Weeks after a great adventure, I still find myself daydreaming of untold landscapes; the waves, caverns,mountains that reach far into the sky and breath-taking architecture that whispers of the past.
But, far down the road, it’s still the people I’ve met along the way that never really leave me. Connecting with the Locals makes for a remarkable and unique journey that no one else could ever recreate. Some of those new-found friendships might even be your ticket to return.
#1 GO TREKKING
Challenge yourself to awesome adventures by hitting the streets on foot. Travel of the beaten path! Deep-dive into the local culture!
Every town, no matter how small, has it’s very own beating heart. To really feel it, you’ve got to explore. Somewhere along the way, you may just find that your heart beats in unison.
#2 TRAVEL ON A BUDGET
Many of my most memorable experiences have been at some of the smallest and unassuming places. At the same time, some of my far-less amazing experiences have taken place at more expensive, culture-lacking hotels. Chain hotels, department stores, and restaurants oppress the beating of that local heart and damage your desire to really experience a true culture.
Create an unforgettable experience for yourself by keeping it real and authentic. Real people – real foods – real life.
There are so many ways that you can do this and still tailor your experience to your specific type of travel.
Stay with a local family, couch-surf, or rent out a small local cottage. Hit up the nearby markets and meet the vendors.
Watch true local life taking place and be a part of it!
While you’re there, throw caution to the wind and try out some crazy local eats! They might just be your new favorites!
#3 TAKE IT SLOW
Take your time and allow yourself to be flexible. Soak up the life all around you! Don’t be afraid to change your plans if an amazing opportunity arises! There are so many things to discover! Let your curiosity get the better of you. Remember, you’re a traveler not a tourist.
#4 BE FEARLESS!
If you really want to discover the locals gems, the area’s surrounding residents will be your most valuable resource! Become a fearless conversationalist and you’ll find that they are happy to share their secrets! Remember, that they are people too and people love to talk! This particular technique is what has allowed me to experience so many spectacular, tourist-untouched destinations!
#5 BE YOURSELF
Traveler. Wanderer. Free Spirit.
You are soulful, fearless and ready to experience all of the adventure life can throw at you! You live a radical and independent life! You are a Traveler. Your stories and experiences are unlike any other. So, be your incredible and unique self!