Fed up with the tourist traps on holiday? Use our top tips to blend in and get the inside view of a country abroad!
1. Eat with locals
There is no better way to get a taste of the local culture than by eating with a local. VizEat is Europe’s largest social dining network and you can use the platform on your desktop or on mobile (iOS) to find locals in your travel destination to share an authentic eating out experience. For example, a meal in their home or an "in the know" food tour of local producers.
2. Travel with locals
Get around like the locals. If the city you're visiting is cycle friendly, like Copenhagen, for example, embrace that. While you're at it, take the road less travelled. When you purposefully turn left instead of right, or take a few turns off of the main high street, that's when you're more likely to find a quirky shop, hidden gem of a cafe, interesting park or a secret back-beach!
3. Stay with a local
Thanks to platforms like Airbnb this is no longer hard to do. Just head to the website, search for your destination (there are hosts in over 191 countries) and request to stay. If you're new to the platform or have any reservations, just seek out the properties with lots of five star ratings and read through the user feedback.
4. Shop with the locals
This is made easier if you make the effort to learn a few words of the local language - ok you might not be able to fluently bargain for the best deals at markets, but you will feel more confident in stepping off the well-trodden high-street equivalent paths. Local markets, particularly those not right in the tourist hotspots, can provide hours worth of free (depending on how restrained you are!) people watching and local interaction. It’s a great way to observe first-hand the sights and smells and the cultural business and social interactions of your destination. Language learning apps like Duolingo can help you to pick up a few usual phrases to try out during your shopping expedition.
5. Sightsee with the locals
When you're in a new place, there's nothing better than having a local guide to take you around. There are loads of commercial tours - both walking and via bus or car - available to be found and booked online but the best things in life are free, right? Well, free-ish. Free Walking Tours By Locals is just that - a nifty little collection of where around Europe that you can book in to go on a free tour run by a local. Don't forget to tip generously though - this is usually how the guides make their living.
6. Plan... but not too much
Leave time in your itinerary for those unexpected, unforgettable travel experiences.
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