Travel sparks our imagination, feeds our curiosity and reminds us all how much we have in common. Travel also has the ability to turn anywhere we feel safe into home.
Depending on your personal interests, there’s plenty of ways to learn about traveling and there’s no greater education than learning from someone local. One’s ability to spot a Texan, Chicagoan or even a Jamaican and confidently approach them helps to better immerse in a culture and its people.
Honoring culture and self-care doesn’t always have to be done abroad or even be expensive. In fact, 29% of American adults have NEVER been abroad. Ultimately, leisure travel reflects the beauty and curiosity of humans and is a transformative experience that remains indelible and alluring. Leisure travel is very important in reducing stress, depression and keeps you healthier. Additionally, not only is your quality of life improved but one’s self-worth and well-being.
So how does one try on local leisure?
- If you’ve ever studied abroad, or have been to boarding school where your international roommate invited you to visit, or you may be familiar with the term “host”. Since 2008, utilizing an AirBnB, VRBO or FlipKey has also made the term popular again. Utilizing local accommodations over big name hotels is one way to exercise your social and language skills. Learning that in some cultures it’s customary to take off your shoes before entering a home, bowing, or eating dinner on the floor. Depending on the unit you’ve booked, you can be in for a treat.
- Once you’ve settled into your home away from home, it’s time to discover your surroundings. Taking a walk around the block, exploring what’s on the menu for lunch and dinner and mapping out a daily route helps to understand the neighborhood. What’s available is a direct representation of the mood, culture, and vibes of the area.
- Finally, as we understand it can be overwhelming to just walk up to someone, here’s a list of apps and their functions to better assist in welcoming you. AskNative for the iPhone is an application that enables travelers to connect and seek advice and recommendations from locals. The Ultimate Guide to Worldwide Etiquette helps travelers understand the varying customs and behaviors from one country to the next. TripLingo, Google Translate, and Triposo are also great to have around.
So where are go going this year? Adventure awaits!!!
Author: Jennifer Wilder
Jennifer Aria Wilder-Boynes is a passionate, heart-centered illustrator supplying art, fashion and decor around the world. Her original designs are saturated in influence from travel, culture, and well-being.
Jennifer concentrated on contributing to a global understanding and appreciation of Caribbean culture, traditions, lifestyle, and identities and how that extends to Africa. At Her Leisure celebrates the entire Caribbean region and its Diaspora. At Her Leisure brings Afro- Caribbean culture to diverse audiences both on and offline in addition to keeping the Diaspora connected with their cultural heritage.
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