Some of the best experiences that happen while traveling occur when a local takes you under their wing and shows you how the people who live in your travel destination do things. These experiences take you far away from the pre-fab, touristy parts of travel and give you a window on something more authentic. It used to be that you had to rely on serendipity for these local connections to happen, but that’s not true anymore. Many services are now available on the internet that help travelers connect with local residents of the places they visit.
Vayable.com allows people who live in popular travel destinations to post services and experiences they offer to tourists. These local experiences are often very cheap, and allow travelers to do things like take personal tours of the Kibera slums from a resident in Nairobi or go on a rally adventure through the French Alps. Another great service is Eatwith.com, which enables users to find local home cooks who will cook them the typical dishes they eat every day. It’s so much better than trying to dodge tourist-trap restaurants or eating at your hotel!
Read the full article here: 5 Ways to Connect With Locals When Traveling