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How To Enjoy The Local Scene When You’re On Vacation

If you’re going on vacation real soon, you’re probably writing down a list of the things you want to do right now. The museums you want to visit, the beaches you want to relax on, the hikes through natural wonders you’ve always wanted to experience – the list can go on and on! And spending time away is always going to be good for you! But if you really want to get to know your destination while you’re there, you’ll want to experience it on a local level. Here are a few great ways you can do just that.

Eat Like a Local

Eating like a local is the best way to discover a city’s unique flavor profile. Find out what kind of food and drink your destination is famous for and make sure you stop at a place where they serve it in spades. If you were in Montana, for example, stopping off at a taproom like the Hop Lounge means you can experience some locally sourced beer and chicken. So look up restaurants, food stalls, and bars before you go and see if you can squeeze them into your trip. 

Head Out in the Late Night

The late night scene of any town or city you visit is a true representation of what the destination is all about. If you want to get on the local level while you’re there, be sure to have a late night activity planned. If you’re not a fan of clubbing you can visit a rooftop bar and have a cocktail, or if you’re a big fan of dancing you can see if there’s a festival on and get yourself a ticket. 

The more time you spend out there, meeting people and having fun when everyone is letting loose, the more memories you’re going to create. Of course, stay safe, but don’t let that hold you back. 

Check Out Boutique Stores

Boutique stores are going to contain some hidden gems, alongside thrift stores and vintage shops, so try to visit as many of them as you can. You’re going to be shopping while you’re on vacation anyway, so do your best to get ‘off the beaten track’. Watch out for tourist scams in the smaller places, but don’t be afraid to pick up a couple of cool and fun things. If they’re handmade and the material is locally sourced, definitely take something home! 

Get on the Bus or Train

The more you travel with public transport, the more time you spend on the ground, and that’s where you really get to know how the locals live. Plus, it’s much better for the environment than renting a car of your own to take you all over an island! If there’s a bus or a train you can catch instead, look up the times and get yourself a ticket. 

If you want to live like a local the next time you’re on vacation, plan your travel itinerary with these ideas in mind.