laws to travel by – #40 // get to know the locals

Laws to Travel By #40 // Get to know the locals.the-romantic-the-wino

Yes, yes, we know. “Live like a local” seems to be every traveler’s mantra these days. We fully cop to it being ours! But sometimes, we’ve noticed that people miss the most important step of living like a local. That, of course, means actually meeting some.

Saying hi is a great start. Getting drinks is even better. But the real kicker? Stay with them!

One of our favorite travel memories? Staying at a tiny B&B on the coast of Dingle, Ireland. Along with making us a breakfast that was to DIE for (we still dream of their homemade Irish soda bread and jam), our host was able to give us valuable insight into the town. After sitting down with her over a map of the peninsula, we got to chatting. After living in an offshoot of her home for a few days, we… hey! Got to know the locals!

Sure, hotel concierges will tell you all the top places to wine and dine, but only a local will point you toward the best secret beaches. Only a local will highlight the shops that are actually worth visiting along the way!

This theory has held up on the romantic & hubs’s current RTW, with additional highlights including: a village visit with their “Fijian Mommy” during a homestay on the Coral Coast of Fiji, a day of sailing through the Bay of Islands with their hosts in Russell, NZ, and, most recently, a night of crepes and the finale of “My Kitchen Rules” with their adorable host in Warrnambool, Australia after a long day of driving the Great Ocean Road.


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  1. Linda Ripper
    April 29, 2013 / 22:53

    Friends for life, no matter where everyone lives…

  2. April 29, 2013 / 23:57

    Some of my favorite times were with families and other hosts. This is popular in Eastern Europe, where certain countries have so few hotels that old ladies will hang out at the bus station with signs offering rooms in their apartments. They were big fans of serving me tea.
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  3. May 1, 2013 / 14:27

    Very good point about actually *meeting* the locals you’re trying to live like! I know how flattered I am when someone asks me for my favorite restaurant/hiking trail/winery/etc. in Napa, and I would imagine that the local will be more than happy to oblige!

    I’ve stayed with local friends, but never a local stranger! I am excited to hear about how it works out for the romantic and the hubs!
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