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.
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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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