The leading service for connecting travelers and finding international travel companions TripTogether has compiled a list of tips for how to avoid the tourist label and experience destinations like the locals do. “Many members have expressed a desire to live life like a local, even when they’re traveling, so we polled members around the globe to help meet this desire,” said Anthony Volpe, TripTogether’s main Spokesman.
The first trick is to stay in a residential part of the city where the locals live, rather than staying in the middle of the tourist districts. Shop at the local stores, cook the local food, and you’ll find yourself connecting with the local culture in a way that simply isn’t possible if you stay in a hotel in the city center and eat at restaurants catering to tourists.
Another great way to blend in is to contact one of the locals before you travel there. TripTogether was built with this in mind. When you have a cool companion showing you around all the hidden places, you’ll feel like you’re a part of the city and enjoy it so much more. Guide books are written by people who spend a week or two at most in a city, and often point you towards destinations that will be mobbed by other tourists. Let a local show you where the best cafes and bars are, and you’ll create awesome memories.
Check message boards and the newspaper for events in the city you’re going to. Everyone knows about the famous festivals, but what about a cool art exhibition or music performance? That’s where you’ll find the local people. Meet new people there and you’ll be a cool traveler, rather than an annoying tourist.
TripTogether.com is a social travel website and mobile app designed to boost the vacation plans of members by connecting over 300,000 single travelers worldwide. Using the Live Chat feature, members can discuss planned trips, hook-up with new friends overseas, show visitors their favorite spots, and share hot tips about real places of interest. TripTogether.com uses the combined knowledge of a team of Internet experts (all avid travelers) with over 15 years of experience to give their members the most valuable vacation planning advice. All profiles are verified by TripTogether.com staff, ensuring authentic interaction between members looking for the perfect travel companion.