The best trips I have made in my life are where I learned a lot from the place where I met people and above all, where could escape the traditional tourist circuit and mingle a bit with the locals. Back from a trip saying they know much a site is fine, but try to soak up its culture, absorbing everything we can we will have a much richer experience and will be an act of respect to the country or city where we’re going. But how do you achieve that? Following are some tips that my work for me.
Learn something before traveling
Find travel videos in Youtube, visit blogs or read the guide that we have purchased is a good choice to start. When we get into the plane we can start thinking about all that we have learned and we can feel our head opens many more experiences.
Get lost in streets away from the center
It has happened (I think more than one of us has happened to us) when we go to stop viewing the city after three or four days, we feel we have walked the same street hundreds of times. One way to avoid this is to go to some place out of center (with something interesting to do) and walk through its streets. No matter whether or not the place is touristy, it is essential that this is a faithful to the daily life of the city site.
Go to a festival
Festivals are are wonderful opportunity to have fun with people. Go to a festival or celebration typical to learn something and understand more about their culture.
Learn a little of their language
This is something that interests me more and more. Even if you know Spanish, English, having learned basic words like “hello” goodbye, “” thank you “we will facilitate a lot. For me the minimum limit of words or phrases is ten and if I go home remembering two of them I feel fulfilled.
Eat your food
Not talking about the typical and classic food that every traveler should try because it is what dictates the standard of travel, but the local food, working if possible and without frills. That bring us much closer to the local culture.
Stay in a neighborhood
I already know it; the location is the best of all that and the Internet because we save money and time on transport. But if we found one accommodation in a neighborhood also we find a supermarket in the same place, a cafe to eat something typical morning or an area from which we had never heard before.
Talk to people
If you put face serious and few friends stay away, but if you ask them to do smile a photo, ask for a site that interests you or simply tell him what you think of the city. You will be surprised how kind people can be if you open your mouth and samples friendly.