#4 Ask locals for advise
It is great to do your research ahead of time and hit the famous sites. However, if you really want to get an authentic experience. It is best to get off the beaten path. Try to eat where locals eat and experience more of how the actual people of that country live. We always do this by asking our local uber or taxi drivers for their recommendations. We strike up conversations with local shopkeepers. We always try to learn at least a few phrases in the local language which goes a long way in creating friends. We have been invited to weddings, dined with families in their homes, and had such unique experiences because of this openness we have when we travel.
#5 Less is MORE
When we first started traveling it was all about how many countries we could see. However, we have come to realize that in order to truly learn and understand a culture it is best to slow down. To truly immerse yourself there and not just hit the iconic sites. So if you have the chance, take more time in each location you visit. Get off the beaten track. You will likely have an incredibly unique and transformational experience.
#6 Build a Community
It is great to do things alone at times. However, depending on how long you are in the country. It can also be nice to make some friends. We have found, Facebook expat groups are a great way to find out about local events taking place. Or going to a hostel (even if you are not staying at one) as they often put on events daily and it is a great way to meet fellow travelers.
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The bottom line is that traveling alone will be one of the best things you’ll ever do for yourself. It will push you out of your comfort zone, you will meet new and exciting people and be expanded in ways that you never thought possible before. The world is full of amazing places and if we listened to all the fear out there, we would have never been blessed to travel to over 100 countries collectively. If going on an adventure is calling to you and you’re tired of waiting on others to finally be ready to travel. Believe in yourself! We have found kind, generous and amazing souls all over the world that remind us what a beautiful world we truly live in.