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Old 11-20-2017, 02:38 PM
 
Location: In a chartreuse microbus
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Old 11-23-2017, 12:47 PM
 
Location: On the road
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Hah in here "six tip to feel like a local" she has:

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Pamper yourself.

Does it count as a cultural immersion if you’re indulging in spa or grooming treatment? Heck yes! Get a blowout in New York City. Opt for an ocean side massage in Thailand (or one of those crazy fish pedicures!). If you’re really brave, you can do a sidewalk haircut or straight razor shave in Cambodia. And if you’re really, really brave, why not hit up a German sauna? Be warned, they’re often co-ed and swimsuits are often verboten, but the culture is so different than the US when it comes to nudity, it might not feel as weird as you’d expect. Or maybe it will.

I'm sorry but this is absolute tripe.
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Old 11-24-2017, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Tulsa
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Hah in here "six tip to feel like a local" she has:




I'm sorry but this is absolute tripe.
Why would a tourist want to be a local?
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Old 11-24-2017, 04:41 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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Why would a tourist want to be a local?

Traveling like a tourist and living like a local need not be mutually exclusive, because while you should want to see "touristy" things, you also should try to experience life as a local.
One without the other is not going to give you full satisfaction as a traveller.
There’s so much more to a visited place than its standard landmarks and main streets, and letting yourself get lost where locals live and hang is the surest way to experience more than a tourist who only follow tourist guides - eat and sleep at tourist places, shop in a tourist shops, see only what's recommended by the travel pamphlets.
True traveller don't want to be a tourist. It has connotations of uncritical consumption, of high prices and low quality, of being mindlessly funnelled amid a mass of humanity towards the sorts of joints that real New Yorkers or Londoners or Parisians wouldn’t be caught dead in.
Traveling is about breaking free of our comfort zones, putting ourselves to the test, and becoming immersed in a local culture vastly different than our own...
If you manage to blend in just a little, you are responding to that culture rather than just imposing yourself; you can become an observer, not a spectator.
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Old 11-24-2017, 05:48 AM
 
Location: On the road
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Elnina wonderful response
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Old 11-24-2017, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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My favorite travel memories mainly involve living like a local... try it sometime!
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Old 11-24-2017, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Sydney Australia
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Problem is, locals live much the same in many countries of the world. You could come all the way to Sydney, decide to be like a local. You would need to get up at 6am, drive over an hour on a crowded motorway as if you were going to work, sit in a coffee shop, go to the supermarket, pretend to pick up kids or grandkids from school and drive them to dancing lessons, east a Thai meal and go to bed early. Hardly worth the trip!
Seriously, after a lot of travel I have increasingly realised that the everyday life of people in many countries is fairly similar. Unfortunately it often involves, these days, walking around while looking at phones.
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Old 11-24-2017, 01:32 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston/Tricity
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I don't think that's the concept of "living like a local" when traveling to other countries.
It means to step away from the tourist guidebook , and really immerse yourself into the culture and local life. Get to know the people, heir habits, their food, their markets and supermarkets, and what living in their area truly looks like. Travel slow. Stay with a family, or rent a room - not a fancy westernized hotel, explore less known paths, communicate and make friends, ask about their customs, history, chat, gossip, go where the locals go, connect. Observe their cooking, kids rearing, listen what they talk about, what bothers them, what they like to do in free time. Try not only to sample local specialties, but learn how to cook them. Show genuine interest. Find out what the locals do for entertainment, join them.
Take a day off from museums and whatnot to just walk and wander. Always be on the alert for the little surprises right in front of you. Listen and observe. Talk - even if only with the hands. Introduce yourself to anyone you can, without hesitation but with genuine energy, and a door opens to an otherwise inaccessible world.
Be friendly, be curious, learn not to criticize, accept differences, respect their habits, their ways of thinking and acting.
Do not demand, complain, teach, belittle, or show off your money or possessions.

That's how I travel and love it!
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Old 11-24-2017, 02:57 PM
 
Location: On the road
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Problem is, locals live much the same in many countries of the world. You could come all the way to Sydney, decide to be like a local. You would need to get up at 6am, drive over an hour on a crowded motorway as if you were going to work, sit in a coffee shop, go to the supermarket, pretend to pick up kids or grandkids from school and drive them to dancing lessons, east a Thai meal and go to bed early. Hardly worth the trip!
I don't think anyone was advising one pretends to have a job and family to care for.

It was more alluding to doing things that aren't activities for tourists on short trips into other countries. For example:
- go see a Bollywood movie at a cinema in India
- exercise with one of the groups in a park in China
- sit down on a plastic stool in an alley for a breakfast of pho in Vietnam
- buy some wine, cheese, and bread to have a picnic at a public park in Spain
- take the chicken bus to the big market at the next town in Honduras

etc.
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Old 11-25-2017, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Living like a local (the way expressed so well by Elnina and liegiang) is one of the reasons we love home exchanges. Hotel rooms, once considered to be a vacation luxury, have become an occasional necessary evil for us.
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