Often when I travel I choose to go the comfortable way, as most people probably do: book a nice hotel to sleep in, grab food at a place with good ratings and visit a few of the "must-sees." But traveling like this doesn't show the real daily life of a place, only a comfortable, touristic version.
Things tend to get interesting when you go local. To really understand what it's like to live in a different country, it's best to sleep, eat, talk, dance and hang out with local people. When we stayed with a local couple in India, we really experienced their culture and got a glimpse of their habits (it even made me question whether we really need to use toilet paper...) and outlook on life.
If you've traveled like this before, I'd love to hear about your experiences in the comments below. If not, try it out next time you get a chance—I'm sure you will be inspired.
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