It’s surprisingly easy to avoid experiencing another culture while traveling. Sure, you take public transportation, stay in local accommodations and eat in local restaurants. But after a short while, it can become routine. And staying in a very-easily-created traveler’s bubble won’t help you develop mastery.
Here are 10 ways to get closer to the local culture while traveling.
- Buy toiletries like toothpaste, soap, and shampoo (and for the adventurous…deodorant)
- Get a haircut
- Eat street food and ask questions while your food is being prepared
- Ride a bus, tram or subway to the end station. Wander around. Eat at a restaurant where you can’t read the menu and don’t see any other tourists
- Attend a religious service
- Spend a couple hours browsing a department store (maybe it’s just me, but I always find the kitchen items and school supplies really interesting)
- Attend a meet-up related to an interest you have
- Attend a local performance of something you’ve never heard of
- Take a taxi and chat with the driver
- Buy groceries at a local grocery store and cook dinner for yourself. Even better if you cook a local dish!
What would you add to this list?