When you travel, you want to do as the locals do. Not only does it often lead to more fulfilling and illuminating experiences, but it usually saves you money too. Nobody knows the place you’re visiting better than a local does; tap into their resources with these ways to go local on the road.

Meeting with Locals

Use a special interest or hobby to break the ice with locals; find a local forum or group, and attend meetings (if they have any). I’ve met up with rock climbers around the world, as well as attended member organization meetings like Rotary and Toastmasters. Apparently Couchsurfing chapters meet around the world are a blast too. If all else fails, drown your sorrows in a local pub – a perfect chance to meet locals.

Getting Local Recommendations

If you want a themed or otherwise locally planned itinerary but don’t know anybody where you’re going, here are a few sites that connect you with locals who (for a small fee) will give you customized recommendations and tours:

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