As you all know by now, I am an adventurer. Travelling is a part of who I am and is one of the most amazing gifts I have been blessed with in my life. However, travelling and exploring new cities can get expensive, especially when you are forced to do all the “touristy” things. Here are a few tips on how you can live like a local in any city you visit… by doing this, you will save money, use your time more wisely AND truly experience the most magical parts of your trip. Keep reading to find out more.
Tip 1 – Google Local Hot Spots
Believe it or not, the internet can sometimes be your friend! Yes, I said it, your friend. Before you go on any trip, make sure that you google to your hearts content because you will often find a few gems that not many people know about. Google is a great place to find local bloggers that write about the most authentic experiences one can have in the city you are visiting. There will also be great reviews on hotels, restaurants, experiences etc, where people express their honest opinion. Go onto YouTube and watch Vlogs filmed by normal people that are experiencing the area. This is a fantastic way to get a proper look and feel of the place and most often than not, the vlogger will tell you the absolute truth.
Tip 2- Learn The Lingo
Take some time to learn how to say “hello” and “thank you” and anything else you think you may need in the country you are visiting. Firstly, it impresses locals and makes them more willing to assist ( with the exception being the French, lol) but it also makes life so much easier for you when trying to navigate your way through uncharted territories. It also makes things much simpler when trying to order food… if you know what you are talking about, you won’t make the mistake of ordering frogs legs instead of chicken!
Tip 3- Get lost And Forge New Paths
The best thing about trying to live like a local is getting lost. Yes, getting lost can actually be a lot of fun (sometimes). Get rid of the GPS, leave the car at home, put on some comfy trainers and get walking. Use a map ( just for fun) and take a break from technology. Allow yourself to get lost, walk down new roads, experience new shops and eat the local food at little local stalls. It really is the best way to get your holiday exercise in but also experience things out of the norm. Tourist spots get so jam packed and are often way overpriced. By getting lost and living like a local, you will be able form your own opinions of your trip but it also won’t break the bank… which is helpful!
Tip 4- Make Friends With Strangers
Talk to the locals ( this is where knowing the language comes in). Talk to them, be friendly and open and willing to embrace a new culture. Ask questions but at the same time, teach them something about you and where you come from. One of the most rewarding things is allowing yourself to embrace other cultures but also finding common interests with strangers. This reminds one that we are all human no matter what language we speak, what skin colour we are and where we live. It is a beautiful thing meeting new people from all walks of life. Who knows, you might go home feeling somewhat inspired by the lives you touched along the way.
Tip 5- Indulge Like A Local
Local’s know exactly where to go to have the best foodie experiences. Speaking from my own experiences, the tourists spots are always way over priced and often not as authentic. My advice would be to follow the 4 tips I previously mentioned and you will be well on your way to having the most authentic local meal of your life. By researching local hot spots, getting lost, making friends with locals and learning the lingo, you will be living like a local in no time. Trust me, most cultures welcome foreigners with hospitality, A.K.A food and drink. Sharing a meal with someone is also a great way of getting to know them, their culture and their community. So go ahead, try new foods even if it can sometimes be scary ( you might not be too sure of what you are eating) but give it a go anyway- we only live once right?
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So those are my 5 tips on how to live like a local in any city you visit. Just so you know, I am totally speaking from experience. With all the travelling I have done, I have learnt these lessons along the way. Living like a local while travelling makes the trip that much more memorable. Embrace the unknown and go for it!
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