There’s no better way to discover new places, meet new people and try new things than to travel. Whether it’s to a different city or continent altogether, traveling offers the opportunity to experience a culture outside of your own. But in a world of tour buses and hotel chains, we don’t always get the most authentic experiences when we visit a new destination.   travel

For travelers looking to create real connections, Airbnb has created a community built on sharing and trust, offering a unique accommodation alternative for your next vacation. With millions of hosts around the globe, travelers can now choose from a variety of authentic places to stay anywhere in the world, on any budget! Experience the heart of the city, pick your view, your neighborhood and your style, and enjoy a unique experience through the eyes of a local.

Immersing yourself in the culture when traveling is the best way to get a feel for the city you’re in and to create a sense of belonging. In addition to staying at local residences, here are some more tips to help you feel part of the communities you visit.

Try the local cuisine. You wouldn’t dream of going to Italy and not having pasta – this mindset should apply anywhere you travel. Dine at restaurants owned by locals. If you’ve got a kitchen where you’re staying, why not try cooking your own meals from scratch, inspired by the local culture’s cuisine.

Commute like a local. Sure, it’s nice to take a cab or limo to treat yourself, but if you really want to feel like a local, commute like one! If you’re in Toronto take a street car, or Amsterdam, rent a bike! It’s these types of authentic experiences that make you feel part of the community you’re in.

Attend local festivals or events. Experiencing events first hand is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and meet locals. These types of festivities are also typically rooted in tradition which makes them a staple to the community you’re visiting.

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Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.