Top Tips for Local Travel

Meeting local people is one of the best tips for local travel success. Local travel, as with most things, is attractive to different travellers for different reasons. For some, the attraction may lie in experiencing the culture, history and language. For others, the attraction may lie in exploring the "road less travelled" with a view to discovering remote tribes, religions, landscapes or to acquire a new perspective.

Whatever the reason for local travel, meeting local people is invaluable. Local people are a treasure trove of knowledge and experiences that can hardly ever be accurately captured on the pages of tourist guidebooks. Unsurprisingly, the travel industry has caught up on this fact, with various "ask a local" apps, cheap flights and other initiatives springing up to assist the pleasure-seeking globetrotter.

Below are four things to bear in mind when seeking to travel locally:

#1. Safety first

If something does not feel right, it probably isn't. And this includes what to eat, drink, do, as well as where to go whilst at the travel destination and with whom.

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#2. Be aware

The last thing you want to do is upset anybody or get into any sort of trouble while travelling. Therefore, it will really help to be fully aware of the rules and customs of the particular area you wish to visit. Be aware of what these are and aim to abide by these or at least respect them.

#3. Plan ahead

Have a clear plan each day of what you would like to achieve. For example, you could have a plan to learn a few words of a particular language on day one of your trip. A good strategy would be to head over to the local market or bars where people are most likely to strike up a conversation.

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#4. Be open minded

This goes without saying. According to author James Michener, "If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home". It really does pay dividends to embrace the unknown with humour and an inquisitive mind.

Happy travels!