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Integrating with local communities whilst you travel

Travel Forums General Talk Integrating with local communities whilst you travel

1. Posted by Daisyjain (Budding Member 2 posts) 31w

We are a family who would like to plan an extensive round the world trip. We are still in the initial stages of planning where to go and how long to stay for, but our priority is to integrate as much as possible to make the experience as rewarding and educational as possible. We would like to stay in local accommodation, meet local people and get involved with community projects to break out of the tourist bubble and learn about real life in the places we visit. There seem to be a number of websites offering language/volunteering and cultural exchanges. Could anyone recommend a website or programme which has worked well for them and tell us a little about it? Thank you.

2. Posted by RuudJ (First Time Poster 1 posts) 31w

I can recommend Bulgaria. The country is also great for tourism, I was there last year and had an amazing experience. Many great places to visit and interesting cultural things to learn. I recommend eco traveling - I think the company was called -snip-, they work with locals and organize cultural programmes.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please ]

3. Posted by Daisyjain (Budding Member 2 posts) 31w

Thank you Ruudi, I´ll have a look at that for sure!