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Are you thinking about booking your next travel adventure? It’s fair to say that traveling to new places has become difficult in recent months. However, that shouldn’t stop you from daydreaming about where you’re going to go next. There are lots of exciting possibilities to choose from and you might even consider heading to a location that you have never been before. If you do this, then it’s worth taking the steps to ensure that you get a deeper type of experience from the journey. Here are some of the key options you can explore. 

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Stay With Locals 

One of the first options that you could consider is staying with locals in the country you’re visiting. This is an option that will typically be more accessible when you are younger. However, if you research online, you’ll find that there are locals that will be delighted to let guests from other countries stay with them for a short holiday. This includes B&Bs and choices where you will be able to interact with the family you’re staying with. You shouldn’t expect a luxury vacation if you explore this possibility but it’s great if you want to get a real idea of the local people. 

Book A Longer Trip

There are places around the world where if you have a couple weeks, you’ll be able to see everything that there is to see and do. An example of this would probably be Florida. If you’re heading to Florida with the family, then the main activity will be visiting the different theme parks. While there are quite a few, you can hit the majority of the rides and see most of the shows within just 14 days. However, there are other places where you’ll need a lot more time. If you’re heading to Japan or somewhere like Singapore, then you might want to think about planning at least a few months for your holiday. 

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One of the best ways to do this is to look into rentals. If you rent an apartment such as a 2 room flexi, you’ll be able to get all the home comforts that you need for a long stay like this. Renting is also a great choice because you’ll be able to access a wide range of facilities. This includes options that will allow you to buy and prepare your own food, living like a local. After a few weeks, you’ll be heading down to the local markets to get produce such as fruit and veg. Depending on the location you’re visiting, you can also head down to the ports to pick up some delicious seafood too. 

Make An Effort With The Language 

If you want to be embraced by the locals when you’re visiting a new country, then you should definitely make a real effort to learn the local language. If you are planning on spending a few months in a country, then you do have a real chance to learn the language. But, you have to take the right steps to do this. You should make sure that you are actively involving yourself in social situations and speaking to the local people as much as you can. You should also go out as often as possible, rather than staying in your hotel room each day. If you do this, then you could be nearly fluent in the language by the time you leave, 

Attend The Festivals 

If you want to make sure that you are immersing yourself in a new country or destination, then you should definitely make sure that you are getting tickets for the different festivals. Regardless of where you’re visiting, you’ll find that there are festivals that occur throughout the year. You just need to research the schedule online to find out about the different possibilities and discover the ones that are going to suit you most. 

For instance, if you are planning on visiting a location like Singapore, then a big part of the culture relates to art. You’ll find art wherever you go in Singapore. This includes wall murals throughout the city and – you guessed it – art festivals. These run through the year and are absolutely incredible. You’ll discover that they showcase are from countless different artists around Singapore and rest of Asia. These events are like massive parties in the streets and will definitely provide you with a few nights that you won’t soon forget. The best part is that they are free events so as long as you book your trip at the right time, there’ll be nothing stopping you from enjoying these possibilities.

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Hire A Guide

Finally, you might be visiting a location where you can have a true adventure. You could be going off the beaten track completely and diving deep into the unknown. If that’s the case then it’s always worth hiring a guide. This is great for visiting countries like Africa. In certain places around Africa, a guide will actually be key for keeping you safe. It will ensure that you don’t end up in dangerous areas or in risky situations. However, a guide can also open up fantastic opportunities that would otherwise be hidden from you. 

For instance, you might be planning on going on a safari in Africa. This can be quite expensive and while a guide won’t be able to help you cut the costs, they can open up fantastic new experiences for you. With a guide, you’ll easily be able to pass into different parts of Africa and visit some of the incredible wildlife reserves. You can even book a nighttime safari with a guide. This is absolutely incredible because a lot of the animals that you’ll want to see are far more active at night. As such, it definitely makes sense to explore this possibility. 

As you can see, there are countless ways that you can immerse yourself in a new country that you visit. In doing so, you can ensure that your travel adventure is far more rewarding and that you gain an experience that you’ll never forget. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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