There’s a subtle difference between someone who travels, and someone who takes a lot of vacations or holidays. Travellers tend to really learn from the culture of the place that they’re visiting, and do more than visit the tourist traps, famous beaches and local tourist bars. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with doing any of those things. Often, they’re popular for good reason, and are a great way to get an insight into a place on limited time. However, if you want to do more than just take a holiday and don’t have any constraints, you should really immerse yourself in local culture. But how?
Find Out What The Locals Do For Fun
Do the locals really love to hang out at one particular concert venue or sports centre? You can easily research online if you speak the language of the country you’re in, or if not, you could simply ask a friendly local what everyone does to relax – you may be surprised! Some places will put a different spin on the stuff you may be used to back home, others will offer totally new experiences. Try them all! You don’t want to be a lurker, but you could easily buy tickets to the latest big game or local band, for example. Get really involved – for example, you could try Serie A betting whilst in Europe to really get you into it! When in Rome, as they say…!
Eat Local Cuisine
There is NOTHING worse than seeing people eat at McDonald’s whilst they’re away in an exotic part of the world (well, unless they’ve got a raging hangover!). So many different parts of the world have their own unique foods that you can only dream of emulating back home. Thailand’s food is fresh and fragrant, often with a coconut undertone, Italy does the most divine pasta you’ll ever taste, and even America has a lot of great merits in huge steaks! If you don’t go out of your comfort zone and try foods that aren’t the same chains you can get anywhere, you’re missing out.
Of course, just be careful – some countries may not have the same levels of food hygiene that you’re used to, so just err on the side of caution or you might get sick!
Make Friends From All Over The World
Are you sick of speaking to the same kind of people? Broaden your horizons! What’s the harm in striking up a conversation with other people? If they think you’re odd, you’ll never see them again, but if they’re welcoming, it could be the start of a beautiful friendship! A lot of studies say that there’s not enough cultural mixing which goes on, and that’s a shame! When we mix with others, we learn new things and can explore new experiences. You can meet others in the country you’re staying in, or fellow travellers from around the world. The world will get smaller and doors will open where you never thought possible.