Finding authentic travel experiences

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1. Posted by Globvel (Budding Member 15 posts) 3y 1 Star this if you like it!

As we visited new places and picked up new experiences, we realized that it can be difficult to sift through the dominant generic information to find suggestions for local, ethical and authentic travel experiences. How do you find them?:)

2. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1402 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

From fellow travelers, including those on this Web site. Japan's Nagomi Visit is an example: http://www.nagomivisit.com/

Thanks, Rebecca, for the tip.

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4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1720 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I visit the local cemeteries

5. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1615 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Go to the local church.
Shop in the local stores.
Read local newspapers.

Ask local people what they like to do in the area, not what they recommend for tourists, but what they actually enjoying doing themselves.

We do this for restaurants too. We ask people we meet locally where they actually eat, not recommendations for tourists, but where they go when they go out to eat. It works.

6. Posted by Globvel (Budding Member 15 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone
So essentially it is when you get to the location you start looking for local activities.

7. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1720 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I want to see the touristic things also - whatever the reason why most people go to a place should be included. But I like to go to the little museums (like the Amelia Island Museum of History or the North Brevard Historical Museum). I talk to the people there and they tell me good places to eat and interesting information about the place that's not in all the brochures.

So I'm most interested in talking to the people.

We went back to Jeanerette where we lived in 1960 for about 6 months, and I went to the museum there and the little old lady that was babysitting the place (we were the only visitors) told us that both of our neighbors were dead and the church that I went to was no longer in operation (there was a photo of it in the museum)

8. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1526 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Globvel

Thanks everyone
So essentially it is when you get to the location you start looking for local activities.

I'm not sure I'd agree that that's how I do it. I look at potential destinations in a few areas and then research things to do there. Then I can narrow down my potential destinations based on that. :)

9. Posted by aryavritindia (Inactive 12 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

Go to the local church.
Shop in the local stores.
Read local newspapers.

Ask local people what they like to do in the area, not what they recommend for tourists, but what they actually enjoying doing themselves.

We do this for restaurants too. We ask people we meet locally where they actually eat, not recommendations for tourists, but where they go when they go out to eat. It works.

Thats good

10. Posted by aussirose (Respected Member 259 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

On our road trips I like to use Google maps and images. I pick an overall itinerary then do a day by day route then select places along the way and put them into google images to see what it looks like there. That is how I find many off the beaten path places where hubby and I have had some of our best memories.