Tags archives: like-a-local

10 Ways to Ensure you have a Unique Travel Experience like No One Else

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Going traveling - especially a solo trip - can be daunting. It's tempting to organize a lot from home and sort out as much as possible in advance. After all, you only get so many days of paid vacation each year, and you want to make sure that each day lives up to your expectations. Besides, it feels much safer to book accommodation and activities in advance [...]

Do it for the Gram: The Ethics of Climbing Roofs in Santorini

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If you Google 'climbing roofs in Santorini', you'll find two things: Stunning photographs, and tales of adventure and beauty. If you read those tales, you'll most likely find some sort of advice on the best spots for the Instagram shot. But as I quickly discovered this summer, there's more to these shots than meets the eye. Is it an Ethical Dilemma? [...]

A Local's Guide to a Perfect Day in Oslo with Siv Jakobsen

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No one knows a city better than its locals. We asked musician Siv Jakobsen - who just released her debut album The Nordic Mellow - to share with us her favorite places in Oslo.  Oslo is one of my favorite cities in the world. It is perhaps my favorite city, as I was born in it, and have since been living in a suburb of it. After taking a 5 year stint [...]

Why Homestays are the best accommodation in Sri Lanka

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If you want to really experience the world as a traveler, you have to make the effort to meet each country's culture, find out more about its citizens' everyday life and learn about their aspirations. You know, there’s more to taking your standard #followmeto snaps and other instagrammable moments when traveling. I wouldn't imagine any better way to do it th[...]

A first trip to Cuba: family, friendship and feeling alive

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Marianao was where I began my Cuba journey. This is where my host, Eileen, lives; a university graduate whom I found through a homestay website. You are the only foreigner here, she kept telling me as she showed me around the neighborhood where people asked me to capture their smiles. She told me about the challenges of making a living in Cuba as part of the[...]

How to spend a weekend in Paris like a local

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I was always scared of going to Paris. I had heard so much about it. People loved it, were raving about it, were infatuated by it. But somehow, instead of making me want to go there myself, it always just put me off. What if I didn't like it? I couldn't tell anybody that... Better not risk it. Then - out of nowhere - an opportunity arose, to speak at a[...]

How to Turn Into a Local when Traveling Solo

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As I sit in my beautiful bedroom in Krakow, I think about how I don’t ever want to leave. Before I moved to Krakow I had been traveling to Poland several times. The decision to make this city my new home as well as a relatively smooth transition from being a backpacker to becoming an expat wouldn’t have been possible if it hadn’t been for my attitude as a tr[...]

10 secret spots not to miss in Milan

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I have to be honest, the first time I visited Milan, I expected something different. Something more fashionable, something more romantic, something more beautiful. But expectations are a dangerous thing to have and I learned that you should never judge a book by its cover. So I looked beyond and slowly got to know the beauty of Milan. Milan might not have[...]

Do it like a Travel Blogger: Travel Tips for Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka sure is on my bucket list - after a month of featuring articles and photos from the island on our blog and social channels, I know for sure that one day I will visit. But where to begin? I can't be the only now being overwhelmed by planning a trip to a country I know little about. Blogs are my obvious choice to turn to when I research new destin[...]

15 Things to do, eat & see in Sri Lanka

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Travelers are not supposed to have favorites and if we do, someone usually tries to make you feel bad about it. The truth is, though, we do - I think it's just human nature. Those are the places we feel at home and our heart frequently longs to go back to. Sometimes to the detriment of our 'real' homes. For me, those favorites create an issue because they me[...]