Traveler explore for real life experience, tourist only travel for fun! Does that sound like you?
If you are looking at catching life-time memories as a traveler, meeting locals should be a regular menu on your itinerary. I tell aspiring travelers that spending time with locals is the real deal when visiting a new destination, its a perfect blend of sleek and rough for an overall intriguing experience.
Are you thinking of meeting the locals on your next trip? then you must be a traveler. See how i meet the locals in 3 simple steps:
Step 1 – A quick research about the culture and custom of the people of the place you are visiting is always a good start. As I exit the airport on arrival, i take note of the local vendors and workers within the airport area. My pick up cab is my 1st guide as I engage in friendly chats and show my interest in his city, you will be amazed at the wealth of information he delivers excitedly.
Cab drivers are usually excited to chat with strangers, in fact they are tour guides in disguise. If I feel comfortable with him, I book a solid arrangement for him to show me around town.
Step 2 – Set aside days in your itinerary to meet the locals in their various spaces, such as in the market place. You do not only get to chat but also support their businesses by purchasing locally made products as souvenirs. I normally learn how to say “hello” or “thank you” in their local language, which always draws attention to me probably because of my accent or pronunciation. Funny when you see how they try to correct me in the right language, with brief engaging chats at various stalls, I end up most times having so many free souvenirs. Don’t let me get started on the price bargain system in the market place it can be so much fun.
Step 3 – Take public transportation, its not as scary or unsafe as some people might think. Behave like a local when using a public transport, don’t act like a stranger, it might draw the wrong attention to you. Public transportation is not only cheap but also a great way to explore the city.
Don’t forget to try the food, local delicacies are representation of every culture. Stop at a local bar, get into the rhythm of the local dance songs, be nice and respectful of the locals and they sure will reciprocate and you will learn more. Relax, smile and enjoy your time with them
Most tourists have the wrong impression of locals, they think everyone should evolve to modern way of life. Travelers think differently, they respect the way of life of the locals, it’s part of their identity and rich culture.
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