Whether you’re a seasoned world explorer or
not, it’s surprisingly simple to travel like one.
The key doesn’t lie in hush-hush secret spots
passed on by word of mouth, but rather in
intuitive everyday behaviors that will help you
experience the cultures and countries in full.
What does this mean exactly? It means
ditching the paved road for the dirt track,
writing a journal of your adventure, and
turning it into a scrapbook with all your
treasures and ticket stubs along the way.
Traveling is so much more than just visiting
the touristy highlights. While the must-see
attractions are always fun, be sure to find the
time for some of the little-known or less
documented spots too. It’s time to put your
explorer’s cap on and get curious. Keen to
transition from tourist to traveler? Read on
and take note of all the things to do when
traveling that’ll make your trip even better.

1.GET TIPS FROM LOCALS
It can be all too tempting to stay within the
confines of your resort or only hit the top
tourist sites in your plans. While keeping your
safety in mind, challenge yourself to do
something—anything!—that requires a little
bit of digging. Try talking to locals, asking
your concierge for off-the-beaten-path
recommendations, or starting your pre-trip
research early.
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2.TAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT
There’s really no better way to get a feel for
the full scope of a city than by taking public
transportation. Buses especially help you
grasp neighborhoods. Just be sure to keep
your eyes peeled, bring a map, and be aware
of your personal belongings at all times.

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3.GO TO LOCAL MARKETS AND SHOPS
Put down the souvenir refrigerator magnet
and slowly back away. Traveling is the
perfect opportunity to scoop up some truly
special items that will serve as mementos of
your adventures. So hit the market and buy
something you’ll cherish for years (i.e., not
the made-for-tourists stuff).

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4.RECORD YOUR MEMORIES
Keep a diary. Take photos. Recap your days
with your travel mates. Afford yourself every
ability to look back on this trip and remember
the most wondrous of details, big and small.
Just be sure not to spend too much time on
Instagram. You’ll miss out on the adventures
you wanted to remember in the first place!

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5.RESEARCH TOP RESTAURANTS
We love Yelp. It’s a lifesaver when exploring
a new place. But the real gems—or at least
the truly authentic ones—may evade you if
you only dine by way of five-star ratings.
While you’re chatting up the locals, ask them
what their favorite neighborhood restaurant
is. If you’re adventurous, follow their
recommendation without a Google search
(gasp!)—though we won’t judge you if you do
for peace of mind.
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6.TAKE A DAY TRIP
If your trip involves one destination city,
make a point to arrange for a day trip to a
nearby city or town. Often the most popular
tourist destinations—though popular for a
reason—overshadow some equally worthy
yet smaller nearby locales you may regret
missing.

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7.BE RESPECTFUL OF LOCAL MADE CUSTOMS
Don’t give legs to the “ugly American”
stereotype. Before your trip, read up on
essential phrases so you’re not clueless
upon arrival. If you missed the study period,
pick up a pocket dictionary at the airport and
try it out—most locals will appreciate your
effort, even if you’re struggling.

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8.BE SPONTANEOUS
Spend an entire day with no set plans aside
from exploring a neighborhood intimately. Go
by foot or rent a bike so you have optimal
mobility. Plus, you can stop and go as you
please. Don’t set time constraints, and allow
yourself to amble about from morning until
evening. You’ll be feeling like a local in no
time.

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9.CHECK OUT THE NIGHT LIFE
Whether or not you’re a night owl, a different
energy settles over a city when the sun sets.
Depending on the particular flavor of where
you’re visiting, the nightlife might consist of
live music in bars, huge, pulsing clubs, or
candlelit cafés with plenty of wine to go
around. Get dressed up and go have fun.

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10.PUT THE MAPS AWAY
With smartphone GPS systems never far
away, the age-old threat of losing your way
has been all but erased. Sure, that may save
you some frustrating or stressful moments,
but so long as you have nowhere to be in a
timely matter—and you’re not putting
yourself in danger—getting lost is a great
way to become familiar with a place and
stumble upon unexpected things. Forgo your
maps for one afternoon, and get lost.

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11.GET OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Eat something new. Try something that
makes you scared. Resist the temptation to
plan, plan, plan. Whatever your comfort zone
is, push yourself outside of it—even if it’s
just an inch or two. A truly great and
memorable trip will teach you something
about yourself—and may even change you a
bit. The only way to do that is to shake
things up.

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