Vacations are a great way to experience another part of the world, country, or local culture. However, many times vacationers spend their time at the popular tourist spots and don’t fully immerse themselves in the culture of where they are traveling. When you get into the culture and experience it more in depth, your vacation will be much more worthwhile. Here is how to dive into the culture around you when travelling.
Stay with the Locals
Consider accommodations renting an apartment and or villa in a neighborhood surrounded by locals who live and work in the area every day. You will be more absorbed in the everyday living of the locals and get to experience firsthand what it is like to live in that place.
Dine with the Locals
Don’t settle for all of the tourist hot spots when it comes to eating out. Ask some locals where some of their favorite spots to eat are, and experience them for yourself. Not only will you be putting yourself in the middle of a culture and experiencing food like you never dreamed you would, you will also be avoiding large crowds and get a more intimate dining experience.
When traveling, talk to those around you and find out if they are traveling to the same place. Find some friends in your hotel or rental house who want to get out and do some exploring with you. Traveling with others is a great way to open yourself up to new experiences. They might have something on their to-do list that you didn’t know about!
Use Local Transportation
Local transportation is a great way to see the sights and really feel as though you are experiencing the local culture first hand.