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We asked some Travel Bloggers to let us all in on why they loved, or hated, spending more time with the locals.

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 more time getting to know the locals.

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Derk focuses on providing tips on how to make friends abroad. Ranging from making travel partners to making friends with locals. He provides tips on how to approach locals in the places he visits to allow a more authentic experience.

Traveling styles vary depending on purpose. We, travelers, may find ourselves striving to take the perfect photo, striving to backpack through the most unique countries, or even striving to find the most magical looking resort. But, we all need a purpose.

So, what’s my purpose?

I’ve always found locals fascinating. They are unique, for no one will ever have the same story. No plot, no character, and no personality will ever be the same. The feelings and emotions you can exchange will locals are magnificent, even more beautiful than the overly crowded attraction. Don’t get me wrong, notable sites are expected to be crowded because they are notable for a reason. But there is more to visiting marvelous structures.

After my trip to Cancun, I hit a turning point in my life. What the hell was I doing while traveling? I seriously felt like I was missing something. Something big. So, once I got home, I started searching for the best things to do in Cancun. I felt as if I hadn’t really seen the authentic culture. Was it because I didn’t visit all the “cool” places? Was it because I didn’t attend a certain excursion? I seriously didn’t know, and it was freaking frustrating!

So, as I was reading, I came across a bunch of comments that recent travelers posted. They were talking about how wonderful and how friendly the locals were. Then it hit me, and it hit me hard. It was an “ah ha” moment.

Local immersion was what I was missing.

The rest of my trips were focused on one purpose – to meet and connect with as many locals as I can while enjoying the notable attractions. The result was amazing! I met amazing people who shared laughs and smiles. I got to know people personally. They became my friends. Real friends.

However, I did come across a few cons. Here is a small list:

  • Some people may ignore you, or may come off as rude.
  • The language barrier may prevent people from talking to you as much as they would like.
  • People may not like the idea of getting personal with you.

If people ignore you, or come across as being rude, just ignore them back. Remember that if you do come across someone who is rude, don’t think everyone is like that. I guarantee you will find someone super friendly and welcoming.

The language barrier may pose a problem, but generally, most people know English. They may not know enough to carry a whole conversation with you, but you can certainly have a simple chit chat. Most countries, the people will try their best to talk to you even with their limited amount of English. Furthermore, Google translate helps a lot.

Without a doubt, I would do this repeatedly. Speaking with locals was one of the best decisions of my life, and I encourage every traveler to at least approach one local. Try to converse with locals, whether it be during a taxi ride or a quick conversation with the local tour guide.

Find your purpose in traveling! Most importantly, spread your love and friendship around the world with the wonderful, unique people who make every city just as beautiful as the next.

Follow along with Derk  on his website, on Facebook or on Pinterest.

Do you have any other tips to share with us on how you become part of the local scene when you travel?

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