To really get to know a country, you’ll have to mingle and talk with local people. You can meet them during tours, in restaurants or cafés and many other places. They’ll give you glimpse of how live is around where they live and another great reason to meet local people is to get to know the happenings at the time. They might know when a special ceremony or event is taking place and if you are allowed to join in. They might direct you to hidden gems as well or great street parties.
A homestay might not be as luxurious as large hotels, but they offer something the big hotels can’t: authenticity. Staying in local hotels and family-run guesthouses and homestays can be just as amazing. You’ll get to rest in comfort, get a dose of real culture, and you’ll help the local community as well. And often the food is fantastic, homemade and delicious and you’ll taste the love that has been poured into the cooking. The facilities might not be the same, but the local homestays make up for that in being real. You’ll also get a glimpse of the daily live of people living in that area. Homestays are becoming more and more popular all over the world.
Delicious food and drinks are important during a holiday and the local people know exactly where you have to go for the best tastes. In authentic bars, cafés, and restaurants you’ll get the food that local people also seek. Local markets are also often a great source for local food and snacks. In some countries these markets are held in the morning, in others they open up at night. Make sure to do your research before you go. It can also be helpful to read up on the meals and food that you really want to try. So you can look for those things that you are curious about. Or you could go with the flow and surprise yourself with what’s available.