One of the best parts of taking a career break trip is getting the opportunity to go local in a destination. When we’re grinding away at the 9-5′s and take our one or two weeks of vacation each year, it’s extremely difficult to really dig into a culture – for several reasons.
1. Time: Learning about a new culture and its people takes time. And traveling in a destination for a week or two rarely affords us the time to really get to know a place.
2. Priority: Often digging into a culture isn’t on the top of our priority list when taking a vacation. We are tired and just want to relax during the little time off we get – which is perfectly reasonable.
But taking extended time off for a career break will afford you that opportunity.
BootsnAll hosts a chat every Wednesday afternoon (3:30 EST) on Twitter entitled #RTWchat, and this past week’s chat was all about going local. They also do a corresponding video chat with a few guests, and they invited one of Meet, Plan, Go!’s co-founder, Sherry Ott, along with LL World Tour’s Lisa Lubin, to give their expertise on what it means to Go Local. Check out the video and the following resources to see how you can best connect with locals during your career break trip!
Read the following articles to learn more about going local on your trip:
- How to Go Local in Istanbul
- Living La Dolce Vita: Slow Travel to Rome
- Living Like a Local in Barcelona
- How to Eat Like a Local in Sri Lanka
- Create Your Own NGO: Give Back to the Local Economy
- Rethinking Adventure: Travelling Locally