It’s summertime again! That can only mean one thing: Vacation, vacation, vacation. Time to get away from it all and explore an exciting new locale.
When it comes to traveling, however, we often hear the same bit of travel advice: do what the locals do. That’s great advice, but if you’re in an unfamiliar city, it’s a lot easier said than done. Thankfully, with a few apps, a little online preparation, it’s easier than ever to experience any city just like the local residents.
Acting like a native in a new city means behaving like you would if it was your home, but also sneaking in a few well-known tourist attractions while taking advantage of the obligatory photo opportunities to send back home. Learning the language and customs are important, but it’s also about sleeping, eating, and doing things just like the locals do. What it really boils down to is ditching the fancy hotels, restaurants, and travel guides and hitting up all those ‘hidden gems’ within a city.
What can you do if you’re eager to live among the locals in countries around the world and become familiar with their culture, but you’re short on funds? Well, if you don’t mind lending a helping hand in exchange for room and board, strap up your boots and hop onto the KeyBoots website. KeyBoots is a new kind of a work exchange platform that let’s you travel the world, meet new people, and experience a different culture from the inside.
Currency is always an issue when you travel. Nothing gives you away as a tourist like searching for a money exchange or bank, or trying to use a non-local currency. Rather than buying it from a bank or elsewhere,WeSwap, the first P2P money exchange, lets you swap money online with other people who are converting currency. You save the hassle of using a bank, and exchanges are at a flat rate of 1% for every swap. WeSwap will also send you a prepaid MasterCard® which makes it easy to withdraw or spend your money wherever MasterCard is accepted.
Ok, you’ve found a great place to stay, but what about food? Anyone can eat in a restaurant while on vacation, but when traveling you’ll want to eat like a local as well. EatWith is a global community that invites you to dine in the homes of local food lovers around the world. Connect with amazing hosts, share stories and unforgettable experiences, and enjoy delicious native cuisine. The service is operational in over 20 countries in North America, South America, Australia, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
Once you’ve had a good night’s sleep and eaten an authentic local meal, you may feel the need to exercise, but being in a foreign city, you might not know where the local gym is or even where there is a safe public park to run. Gritness is your way to find group activities no matter where you are. Looking for the latest group-run, ride, boot camp, yoga class, swimming activity or other group fitness related activities? Use their app to get all of those results in one central location. No matter if you are traveling for work or fun, open Gritness as soon as you arrive in the city you are visiting to get a list of what’s going on.
Nothing spoils the travel experience like having to deal with exorbitant long-distance phone rates. You can buy local SIM cards but this means you need to own (or buy) an unlocked phone and you’ll no longer be reachable at your normal phone number. You also need to be sure you can get the right-sized SIM for your phone. Another option is to find free wifi and download the netTALK Smartphone App. Have your friends and family download the app, and you can call them for free from your phone without swapping SIMs or having to buy prepaid phone cards. The netTALK App also lets you call landlines and other mobiles at amazingly good rates.
So, no matter where you travel to this summer, take that sound advice and do what the locals do. It will surely turn a great trip into an unforgettable one.