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A real differentiator between a tourist and a traveller is how much you immerse yourself in the culture of your destination. Certainly, there are some ‘tourist’ attractions that should not be left off anyone’s itinerary, but there’s some experiences – no matter where you are in the world – that every ‘tourist’ and ‘traveller’ should go the extra mile to include.

  1. Embrace something out of the ordinary that’s actually very ordinary
    Such as my attempt to post a parcel in France – communicating with what basic French I knew – had the cashier reverting to English by the end of the conversation, but she appreciated my attempt and it gave us both a laugh in the meantime.
  2. Make yourself at home, in someone else’s home
    When you’ve saved every last penny to make this your trip of a lifetime, it’s very tempting to book the crème-de-la-crème hotel in the area. But in my experience, the best way to get a feel for a city is by staying in an apartment for a taste of life as a local. I’ve had great experiences in both Paris and New York using sites such as AirBnB or Stayz to find a place to call home.
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  4. Don’t be afraid of public transport
    Transport yourself around your new ‘home’ like a local and you’ll travel much more efficiently and see much more than you would sitting in traffic in a taxi. Some tourists avoid underground trains because they don’t offer as many sight-seeing opportunities, but it’s the underground where the locals come alive. You’ll never know what you might see unless you try it.

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  5. Taste the local food
    Eating traditional foods of the places you visit is a great way to connect with the local culture. Food markets give a great insight into the local culture and are often really inexpensive. At the food market you see what the locals eat, how they dress, and how they interact.

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What have you found to be the best ways to soak up new experiences when you’re travelling?

 
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