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How to Meet Locals on Your Next Trip

I’ve seen a lot of discussion on Facebook and other forums about meeting locals while on holiday.  Locals are, of course, the best resource for finding out the latest and greats on things to see and do.  Here are some tips for keeping it low-key when trying to mingle with the local scene on a trip.

  • Get social before you go.  Twitter is, hands down, the best place to mingle with locals online before you take-off.  Pinterest seems to also be an up-and-comer for meeting locals, though I sometimes find it hard to track conversations there as Pinterest’s notification system is rather mundane.
  • Google it.  Look for what are the local online blogs and destination-specific blogs.  For example, in both Seattle and Portland, there are blogs dedicated to individual neighbourhoods – you know those sites are going to have very good recommendations for eateries and pubs.  I also like smaller local blogs because they tend to have the scoop on smaller, locally owned establishments, which personally I like to patronage while on holiday to support them.
  • Festivals and events are the hot ticket.  If you look for what are the local events and festivals, you’ll find these great places to meet locals because they are the locals into the social scene.  (As opposed to going to the local dive pub, where striking up a conversation with a local might be headed in a direction you didn’t anticipate!)
  • Try a home stay, or volunteer.  There’s no better way to be social than to be forced into it!  A home stay, sharing an apartment, or putting a volunteering activity on your holiday agenda might not be at the top of your list, but it certainly will inject you into the local scene.  Don’t be afraid to step out of your boundaries just a bit – you haven’t come all this way for no good reason!

What are your tips for meeting locals on holiday?  Share in the comments!

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Andy Hayes

Andy Hayes is based in sunny Portland, Oregon. When not soaking up the Pacific Northwest lifestyle or enjoying life on the road, he works on his own lifestyle publication, Plum Deluxe.

Posted : Thursday, March 28th, 2013 at 11:00
Category : Holiday Tips
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