Travel How to Find Authentic Travel Experiences As the world gets smaller and everything becomes accessible online, it becomes harder and harder for one to experience something extraordinary during your travels. Check out our guide below for a more meaningful and rewarding vacation: Be respectful of local customs One of the first things you can […]
May 28, 2019
How to Find Authentic Travel Experiences
As the world gets smaller and everything becomes accessible online, it becomes harder and harder for one to experience something extraordinary during your travels. Check out our guide below for a more meaningful and rewarding vacation:
Be respectful of local customs
One of the first things you can do before you even arrive in your destination is to read up on local customs. This can be something as simple as learning how to say hello and thank you in the local language, or something more helpful like understanding local etiquette.
People will appreciate it when you go out of your way to be respectful of their culture, and in turn, they will be more likely to be nicer and warmer to you.
Sample the local cuisine
Eating street food might not be the top priority on your itinerary, but it’s usually an affordable and delicious way to fill up while you’re traveling. Keep an eye out for busy stalls – this will mean the food has a quicker turnover, thus food is always served hot and fresh.
Another tip? Follow the queue of locals, they usually know the best spots to dine in.
Local events are a wonderful way to spend a weekend in your destination. There might be a weekend market for you to visit, a concert in the park to listen to, or even a free yoga class for you to try. Not only will this enrich your overall trip experience, it will also give you something to do other than typical sightseeing.
Take a bus or walk instead
Big, metropolitan cities like Hong Kong or New York City are home to a subway system that will help you to quickly and conveniently get from one point to another. However, these subway systems are usually above or under the main highways, meaning you’ll be missing out on the sights along the way.
Taking a bus will give you the opportunity to soak and fully immerse yourself in your destination – and it’s cheaper than taking a taxi too! If you’d like to have more control on when and where to stop, you can choose to walk instead.
Be interested and ask questions
When you reach out to locals and to other travelers, they will generally be excited to share tips and stories that you won’t get in your guide book or even online. Opening up to other people will give you more opportunities, not just for long-lasting new friendships, but also for new adventures. Don’t be shy to ask questions or to even ask for help.
Be there because you’re genuinely interested in the destination, their people and their customs, and not just because you want to take photos for your Instagram or you wish to tick off items from your bucket list.
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