How To Travel Like A Local
Travel… There’s no other more open-minding, comforting and soul-cleaning activity, do you agree?
And have you ever pictured yourself living in the places you visit and enjoying them to the fullest?
That means we’re on the same page here. Great!
Then, let me break the topic down a little first so that I can walk you through how I realized that I really needed to find out how to travel like a local.
Think about how you travel now…
Where do you usually stay? Hotels…? Motels…? Apartments…?
Have you ever wanted more from your travel experience than just staying in a cold hotel room or a lonely apartment and visiting some famous landmarks?
Let me explain myself…
When you go on a trip, maybe you just choose a place to sleep without giving it too much importance. You just want somewhere clean to crush, close to some nice tourist locations you got on your agenda, is it?
That’s actually what the most of the people do. It’s the easy way and how it always has been.
And there’s really nothing wrong about it, if it’s really what you want to get from your trip.
You’re just another tourist, a foreigner, you discover new places, visit the must-sees, maybe meet somebody new on the way, get to wind up from your routine… And that’s pretty much it.
But what if I told you there’s another way of traveling…?
Now, I want you to try something different…
You’re going to change your classic idea of traveling as just going somewhere, see a few new things, get some pictures and go back home.
I need you to do a little mental exercise: picture yourself as one of the locals you came across in the streets of the last place you visited.
How does it feel?
It’s like you’re somebody else, right?
OK, hold on to that thought.
You’re not yourself anymore. You’re buying groceries at the local shops, having coffee with your partner on that little charming cafe hidden from the tourists at some downtown alley, to then go home and prepare yourselves a delicious lunch with some friends.
After that, you pick up the car and drive to the woods nearby to enjoy a long and relaxing walk through the mountains, soaking up the afternoon sun and discovering some ancient path leading to a beautiful abandoned church near a lake, where you complete the day with the greatest of sunsets.
Then you and your friends go to a traditional music festival where they happen to be singing and you all have a blast there. Back home, you all enjoy an improvised dinner at the kitchen, talking and laughing.
Are you still with me? 😉
Yeah, I can hear you say it: “What’s your point with that bucollic-almost-cheesy story?”
We’re getting to it, and you’re going to love it.
The secret of feeling like a local anywhere you travel
That story I just told happened to me while a was in the UK a couple of years ago.
And from that moment I realised that was the way I wanted to travel.
My point here is that when you travel like that, you fully immerse yourself into the local way of life and make the most of the trip.
You change your mindset, and do not feel you’re on vacation, you feel like you live there, and everything else vanishes, and you’re completely free and happy.
Your story might be different from mine. But the important thing here is that you won’t feel like a tourist anymore wherever you are if you choose to travel like a local.
And how do you actually do that?
Maybe you’ve heard about it, or maybe you’ve seen it on the Internet…
There’s a company called Airbnb, which puts in contact people from all over the world who want to rent a room or their complete house or apartment to other people who are willing to embrace the local experience.
My wife and I won’t travel any other way. And we really encourage you to try it and see for yourself what it is like to share your holidays with the locals and feel like one of them.
The Airbnb experience
Maybe you think: “What’s the difference between that and renting an apartment like I usually do with my family?”
Well, actually there’s a big difference.
When you rent an apartment, you go there, pick up the keys from the clerk or the hotel desk or maybe the owner stops by and hands them out to you. Then you spend your holidays, give the keys back to whoever you have to and go back home.
OK, The Airbnb Experience has nothing to do with that.
When you rent with Airbnb, you have two options: either you spend your stay without having contact with the owners (just the moment when you get and return the keys), or you can do what we do, and interact with them as much as possible.
That travel to UK I just told you about, got us two good friends for life, and it was the first experience we had with Airbnb. We’ve had a lot more and we’ve made friends all over the world, and we’ve lived with them, eaten with them, they’ve shows us the places you’ll never see following your tour guide…
The point is that you feel like home wherever you go.
If you want to take your travel experience to a whole new level and feel like a local anywhere, try it out, and you won’t regret it.
In this video I walk you through their website so that you can see how it works:
As always, please come back and tell us how it was so that other people can enjoy the experience! 🙂
Enjoy your trip!