Here is How to Travel Like a Local -You can Do Any Destination Like a Local!
When we first visited Nairobi as a newlywed couple, along with our first baby, it was a journey of self-discovery. We very quickly learnt to dress for the season and respect the local customs. Despite being neighbours Uganda and Kenya are so different in weather. It was freezing over there. On this trip, we also continued the lessons on how to Travel Like a Local in any part of the globe.
See, both Paul and I were already frequent travellers and fliers! And we got to share experiences then and build on them since. Our then 3-month-old baby, started her life as a traveller too! 😊
We have since been to various destinations. From Seeing iconic sights like the Taj Mahal and the Mughal monuments, to the London eye and Big Ben, to the Equator in Uganda. Over the years we have developed some great and some not so great travel habits. So, we now share our expert tips on how to do any destination like a local!
One thing we must emphasize is that you definitely pack your manners and travel etiquette when you go to any destination be it local or international.
It’s absolutely Important to…
#1. Research and Plan your Itinerary.
Isn’t it always what comes first? Not so much. I know lots of times we chose the destination based on what’s on offer. Then we kinda google and do some homework on what we could do over there…Fess up, you have done this too, right?
Well, guess what, on our honeymoon, we knew exactly where we were going in advance. Yet we didn’t do our homework, we packed all the wrong kind of outfits. I specially packed all them little minis, shorts, short skirts…And boy was it cold in Nairobi, esp. in the evenings.
We ended up going on a shopping trip and I and baby daughter had our wardrobes replenished with wintry outfits. And good job we did, because 6 months later, we were on a flight to UK…Hello British winter!
#2. Travel like a local – Hire a Car, Take a Road Trip.
Yes, to see any destination like a local, how about you do a self drive. Take a day and hire a car.
Get your mobile sat-nav to do its job, use apps, we listed a few in our resource right here and get to see scenery off the tourist beaten track.
For more tips on how to travel in any destination like a local, dive into video below.
How to Travel Like a Local Anywhere in any Destination, Our Expert Tips:
There are lots of places, hot spots and off the beaten track spots in any destination, where you can get a real sense of what the locals like to do in their free time.
Whatever you do to get a real feel for living authentic, one thing is for sure. Doing or travelling London like a Londoner or Paris like a Parisian Frenchman can be a heck of a lot of fun! For life is what You Make it!
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