To give you an insight into what to expect from this type of travel we asked some Travel Bloggers that have been there, done that to let us all in on their story and why they loved, or hated, spending time with the locals with Immersive Travel.
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I love visiting new places and getting into culture specifics of each. I gather tips and stories from local people to understand their lifestyle better. Living among locals help me experience their way of life to the certain extent , and helps me appreciate their way of thinking. That’s why people often call me the “local foreigner”.
I prefer immersive travel as it helps me to discover local peculiarities of the country. Though every country has beautiful places to fill up a vacation, I believe, you can feel a country from inside by living there among locals for some time.
As a rule, I’m trying to base myself in one city for a longer period of time preferably through an exchange or work program. Working with local people helps me to understand how local economy works, learn some basics of a new language and find local friends.
Even traveling feels differently. Exploring the country with the locals helps me to experience it with the non-touristy eyes. Living and working in India for a while helped me to discover this country from a different side. Though I was fascinated by the Himalayan beauty, ancient heritage sites and cuisine, the most memorable and learning experiences for me were connected to the local culture.
I was deeply impressed about women reality in the country by living in a girls PG; running a project in the Indian market showed me the huge market scale; attending my friends’ wedding gave me an insight to the local customs and these experiences most probably wouldn’t happen if I was a regular tourist in India for a few weeks.
Do you have any other tips to share with us on how you become part of the local scene when you travel?