There is no better way to expand your mind and your soul than with travel. However, with so much unknown, many jet-setters opt for organized tours or all-inclusive hotels where everything is taken care of for them, and they never have to leave the resort. Ask any real traveler, however, and they will tell you that they exciting experience happen when you live like a local.
Couchsurfing is quickly becoming a trend amongst more than just the traditional shoe-string budget travelers. Not only is couchsurfing cost effective, but the hosts who lists such places are often very culturally connected with local agriculture and history. If you are interested in learning about the deep roots of the local culture along with learning more about cultural sustainability, couchsurfing is a great option.
Renting a local home has long been a great way to experience local life living in the suburbs or inner city apartments. These come in options where there is a host living at the residence or you get the entire place to yourself. To find out more about the idea, check out the Groupon Coupons page for VRBO about how you can find a great place to live like a local.
As a side note, sites like these also allow you to mark your home as available for the duration of your trip. This could help to offset some of your own travel costs and help to keep your home secure while you are away.
Of course, a hostel will always have a place in any budget travel guide. A mixture of couchsurfing and renting an entire local home, hostels provide a great atmosphere where like minded people can share experiences and advice. Hostels are also one of the best places to find locals who are willing, for a few dollars, to show you around places where a regular tour likely won’t take you.
Traveling the world is something that every person should do. However, experiencing and learning about a new culture is not always an easy task to accomplish. The next time you are setting off for an adventure, keep these tips in mind and enjoy everything that the local custom has to offer.