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“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure.”
– Freya Stark
The biggest mistake you can make travelling to a new place is to live the life of a foreigner in the foreign soil. A real travel experience is when you mingle with locals and get to be one yourself.
See the world through the eyes of a local and you’ll love the place even more.
Here’s our association with Airbnb to bring you 5 amazing ways to live life like a local, anywhere in the world!
Travel Like a Local
Ditch the cabs and hop on buses and whatever odd means of transport you can take. Bunch along with locals, ask for directions, share food, click pictures and laugh together. You get a real insight into the lives of people when you prefer the local mode of transport.
Say ‘No’ to Smartphones
Don’t ever bend over your phone or go on a selfie spree on a foreign land. Oh please! This would be the last thing you want to do to ruin a perfect vacation. Instead, just look around you. You’re surrounded by everything new – people, places, language and food. Everything is different. Experience it and indulge in it. You may never get the moment back again.
Learn a Few Key Phrases
While travelling to a place where English is not the first language, try learning a few key phrases. You’ll surprise the locals when you speak the local language. In turn, locals will appreciate the effort you put into speaking the language and respond positively. Learn simple greetings, apologies, numbers and directions in the local language.
Explore Markets, Neighbourhoods and Off-beat Tracks
You’ll get a feel of the new place only when you go where the locals go and roam where they roam. Get a sneak peek into the lives of people in the new city by visiting local markets and taking long walks in the neighbourhood. Off-beat tracks are the most exciting. Trend where other travellers don’t and you’ll have a story to share that others don’t.
Rent a Local Stay
Nothing ever comes close to living the life of local than to stay in a local’s place. And what better way to do that than taking an Airbnb residence. Never stay in hotels and live a guest’s life again. Get personal and share a local’s place for one night or for as long as you like. Airbnb has over 1,500,000 listings spread across 191 countries and there is always a local home for you within your budget.
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Don’t just go there but #LiveThere with Airbnb.