Travel Tip: Get Localized and Have FUN!
Look at it as a way of being accepted into a culture, well, sort of.
Teisha & I are big on localizing oneself while in any destination. Afterall, one cannot experience a culture without being open to experiencing what that destination has to offer, on every level, and there is no better way of doing that than by truly immersing yourself into the local atmosphere. Hence our "More than a retreat its a cultural experience" tagline. And we are 100% all in when it comes to that. We patronize local businesses, spending our time and money where the money will be kept within that destination to help provide sustainable living for its citizens.
A destinations people are its BEST resource. A knowledgeable local will undoubtedly have the best to share with you in terms of "What's Best, Where is Best on the Island". If you can find an excited and knowledgeable person who is willing to share their country from the heart with you, you have found a true gem. Individuals who realize their destination is more than just home to them, but a welcoming cultural exchange for others is a person you want to keep in contact with.
We have both had those cultural experiences on our travels from the Caribbean to South America, kind locals have shared their homes, families and cultures with us by welcoming us into their lives, even but for a brief moment, but that moment was life changing.
Ways of LOCALIZING:
- Spend a day with a local.
- Cook with a local and become familiar with local cuisine - FOOD is a great way of bringing people together. Just don't be rude, you know how some of you can be when you see something that you're not familiar with.
- Learn the language, after all communication is key - pick up a few slangs or phrases, conversational pieces which will help you. You may be laughed at, but hey, it's all about the experience :).
- Learn the local dance. Dancing and music is a great connector, not only are you moving, but it is also a way of.commumication.
- Just spend time and walk a mile in another's shoes.
Do NOT: Attempt to change ones customs. You are a guest in another's home and country.
When you travel what cultural experiences do you immerse yourself in? We'd love to read about your experiences :).
Sharing is caring - do be a dear and SHARE with everyeone :)