5 Ways to Immerse Yourself in Local Culture

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Have you ever wondered about the culture of the people and places you’ve visited?

My friend wanted to do a girlfriend getaway to celebrate her  40th birthday.

The highlights she still talks about after the trip are the times spent outside of the 5 star resort.

” We had a private local driver who shared things about the people and the country. We visited a former

slave plantation and even a local supermarket.

Fruit and Vegetable Stand

Fruit and Vegetable Stand

He explained the local spices which I was able to purchase at a great price. The memories of the trip

remain when the aromas from the curry and seasoning fill my kitchen.”

Here are my top 5 ways to immerse yourself in local culture:

1. Take your palate on a cultural journey when you travel. Move outside your hotel, resort or vacation villa. To capture the local experience get a

few recommendations from your resort staff. Find out where the local folks eat. Go beyond the concierge but also keep safety in mind.

2. Seek out available resources. Check in with area tourist boards. They are a wealth of knowledge and information.  On a previous trip to the Bahamas, I was able to arrange connecting a local business professional with my client through The People to People program. This was invaluable in that it allows one on one interaction with someone from a different culture.

From my flight window

From my flight window

3. Consider being a blessing when you travel by giving back. Connect with a local school, children’s home, church or hospital. Give a little

of your time, talent or money. This can be as simple as bringing along some pencils, crayons or books to donate to an orphanage. Say “hello”

to the children who are often as curious about you , as you are about them.

4. Do you attend church regularly at home? Why not take the opportunity to experience another culture’s worship service by attending church.

People are often friendly and welcoming, who knows they may even invite you home for a meal and a lasting friendship may develop.

5. Research the local; customs and faux pas so that in an effort to be friendly you do not offend or are not misunderstood.

Simply by moving outside your comfort zone with a smile and reaching out, you open yourself to an extraordinary experience.

 

In what ways have you immersed yourself in the culture of the places you have visited?

10 Responses to 5 Ways to Immerse Yourself in Local Culture

  • Tawanna:

    When I went to the Cayman Islands wth my famly, we stayed at a vlla where we could cook our own food so I decded to venture nto the local supermarket. I felt lke a local then, truly mmersed n the lfestyle and not so much lke a tourst orderng everyday from the resort’s costly restaurant.

  • Eva, thank you for ths artcle. When I travel I do my best to totally mmerse myself n the place I am vstng. These deas are great to add to my lst of how to best experence a destnaton. On some of my travels I have researched and found local cookng schools and enrolled n a cookng class. Ths has always been a great experence. I love vstng local markets and seeng where the locals shop. The cookng class has always led to an nvte nto a person’s home for a home-cooked meal. To me, there s nothng better. Thanks agan.

  • As a chld we vsted the Bahamas. One mornng my sster and I wandered nto the local school, and met a bunch of kds. Because ths was on a remote sland there were about 20 kds n the one room school house. I stll remember jumpng rope wth those kds. Go out and explore beyond your comfort zone!

  • I love your dea about consderng gvng to the local communty. Such a good way to connect wth people, whch we all know s the way to soak up culture, but fnd dffcult to do. Thanks for sharng the tp.

    • jordantravelenterprise:

      Your welcome. It can be challengng or dffcult to step outsde of our comfort zone but t s often so worth t when we do. Ths contnues to be my experence n the past year.

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  • Great deas! I lke to taste the local dshes to mmerse myself n the culture. Thanks for the extra tps, though. By mmersng yourself n the culture, you get to experence a country rather than just vstng t!

  • Church abroad s always a very nterestng experence. And defntely try to make gve back a part of every trp no matter how bg or small.

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