Do you like traveling? Are you a person of wonder? There are much fun when you travel, leaving from daily work for a while and experience new things and seeing beautiful sights... But there are some traps when you are traveling and if you know them before, you'll enjoy our traveling much more.
Here we'd like to ask one simple question for you.
HOW DO YOU WANT TO TRAVEL?
Depending on how you want to travel, as a tourist with listed busy plans, or as a person who is willing to experience new things and understand the culture and people deeply. There are many attractions which is setted up for tourists in the major destinations like in Paris, in Barcelona, in Rome, etc. But remember that those things you experience through the group travel package, from the popular guided books have some traps. First, what do you want to see? What do you want to do? Let’s get out of Instagram trap first, where you can promote yourself by uploading the picture of you with the most famous beautiful sceneries. The beautiful pictures should come with your unique experiences, not from what other people would expect to do. But how can we travel like locals? Here are some tips we’d like to note. Keeping in mind that how to travel can be up to the person, here is some tips which can help you to enjoy yourself more.
DO NOT MAKE A JAM PACKED PLAN
When you are planning, you may want to plan as much as you want. You have bunch of lists what to and where to go. But remember that any trouble can happens and spoil your schedule which makes you feel bad, or you would skip many hidden gems which you didn’t know.
FACE THE REALITIES
There is the actual lives, people in each places. Sometimes tourists get a shock derived from their discovery that the country or the city is not what they had expected it to be, there is the image which is associated from great pictures and magazines, etc. There is the actual lives and social situations and problems happening there. Also some disaster or transportation problem would happen when you are there. It means, that if you are ready for any situations that you didn’t expect, you can just change your mindset and still enjoy your time. Everything you see with your eyes is the reality and we always can learn from that.
OPT FOR LOCAL TRANSPORTATIONS
It often happens when you reserve the tour, that they would take you to a souvenir shop and sometimes these shops are unreasonably expensive. When you are on the way someone prepared for you, there often is a trap in it. Even though it’s more convenient for you, you’ll have your own choice and you can choose when you go by yourself. We’d recommend to use the local/public transportation. You can also see how people are transporting and where they go, depending on times.
STAY IN LOCAL PLACES
Living is clearly the most basic things which differs a lot by countries. Things varies by cultures and regions and you cannot see their life if you stay only in the franchised hotels which doesn’t have a lot of local features. At the same time it’s true that hotels can serves the most dedicated comfortable stay for you. So what you need to be careful is not choosing only by the price or special offer on the booking website but searching by your own which you feel is unique or interesting. You can also use Airbnb which serves peer-to-peer property rental.
PUT YOUR MAPS AND YOUR WATCH IN YOUR BAG
Have you encountered the situation where you realize that you are pushed up by your own schedule? You wander the land where you don’t know to get to the destination you dreamed to go, looking your map and checking the time. What we recommend is to choose just a few destination where you must go and just walk and explore around the city with your feeling. On the way you get to the place you want to go, you’ll find many things. Mabe just a cafe which is filled with local people talking, or the concept shop which collects many goods from that country.. You do need a map while traveling but remember that the less you stick to the map and watch, the more you enjoy the trip.
FOLLOW SOME LOCAL PEOPLE AND JOIN SOME ONLINE GROUPS. -MAKE A GOOD AND PRACTICAL USAGE OF SNS
To find a good place with good eyes, you don’t NEED to see certain tourist attractions and restaurants which sets up tourist price, whilst of course you can go. Then other than touristic places, how can we find good places by ourselves at the place? Here is the tips. Local people always often can offer good places or hidden spots. Follow the blogs or instagram account and check what they post, if it’s not too much promotional. And you can also search some online group such as on facebook. They often share the information for people who stay there for long, or live there, managed by local people. From this kind of online group, you can find more lively news and events. You may also notice some facebook events suggestions depending on your location.You can also check by hashtags on instagram and compare with many photos. We’d recommend to follow the dynamic changes and latest news through the press.
SEARCH FOR LOCAL EVENTS LIKE EXHIBITIONS, FESTIVALS, LOCAL MARKETS
There is always official tourist office website or private website which publish events coming within a few weeks. You can follow up the events and join. Local market such as the ones hold on weekends are interesting. You can see the things which people actually use, and vintage stuffs.
LOOK FOR THE PLACES LOCALS LIKE, NOT THE ONES TOURISTS LIKE
Apart from the famous places like the city squares or cathedrals, if the place is filled with people in that hidden way, it might be really the good place by people’s reputation, not by the environmental feature where it locates or by promotions. Ask advices from local people about the places they like to go to.
LEARN FROM THINGS THAT YOU LIKE
Do you like watching movies? or reading books? You can try something that you like which is related to the culture or history of your destination. There are so many things we tend to miss when we don’t know well and just go around the touristic spots. Through the works which are created by people who lives there, you may get more perspective to see and understand the culture more. You don’t have to feel that you have to learn or study, just choose what you like!
LET’S LEARN THE LANGUAGE
It would be sometimes hard to study other languages but still language is of culture and it’s one of the most important keypoint for the living of people. It’d make your travel much more enjoyable if you can speak some principal phrases like “Hello”, or “I don’t speak…, do you speak English?” in that language even if it’s totally different from yours. English definitely helps to travel. You don’t always have to stick to the grammar or textbooks, you can try to communicate with people or use some online courses where you actually can practice your language.
SOME OTHER SUGGESTIONS
For those who cannot still feel satisfied and eager to travel world and stay deeply in the place as locals, we have some other suggestions. For example..
If you want to enjoy the local meal and communicating with people, EAT WITH is the best choice for you. This is a docial dining platform
This is getting more and more popular for travelers around the world. Couchsurfing is to find a place to stay or share your home and hometown with travelers. There are always many events on couchsurfing, if you wish to know many people from all over the world.
Some cities which has more dense populations and most people lives in small/tight places like in Tokyo, it might be difficult to find a host.
If you want to have a longer experience, such as doing volunteer or some work like working holiday, WORKAWAY would be also nice. In exchange for a certain hours of work per day a Workawayer receives accommodation and food for the duration of their stay. These experience could be something else which can really open your eyes.