How to find local experiences?

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1. Posted by travelclub20 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Hello,

How do you all currently look for, and find local experiences/activities when going on holiday - especially abroad when they don’t necessarily speak your language? And how important is it really when picking your holiday destination?

Thanks!

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Sep-2019, 16:46 GMT by travelclub20 ]

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1378 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

This is a very leading question from a new member whose name suggests they are part of a travel organisation. It's fine for general knowledge but it reads very much like a spam-magnet.

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1236 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

We always go to the Tourist Information Office when we arrive. If you don't speak the language, download Google Translate. You can use that to ask questions. It actually speaks. You speak to it in your language and it speaks to the other person in their language. Very helpful.

Also, read local posters. They are usually plastered all over town and have dates that are readable.

Good luck.

4. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1255 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

I visit local cemeteries

5. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 127 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting greatgrandmaR

I visit local cemeteries

lol :):):)

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1255 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting BeateR

Quoting greatgrandmaR

I visit local cemeteries

lol :):):)

You can learn a lot about a place by going to the cemeteries. For one thing, asking directions to the cemetery piques people's interest and they are usually very helpful and forthcoming about the area. We do cemetery documentation, so we take photos of the gravestones and enter them into a database. This gives me an idea of local family histories. Also it takes us off the beaten path - although we do those things too.

7. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 353 posts) 3w 1 Star this if you like it!

We love popping in to local supermarkets. It's a real slice-of-life thing to do and we enjoy comparing all the brands/prices/products/flavors, etc.

Of course, we buy stuff from time to time but we'd still browse the shops if we didn't - it's always a really interesting experience.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Sep-2019, 11:33 GMT by road to roam ]

8. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1236 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Quoting road to roam

We love popping in to local supermarkets. It's a real slice-of-life thing to do and we enjoy comparing all the brands/prices/products/flavors, etc.

Of course, we buy stuff from time to time but we'd still browse the shops if we didn't - it's always a really interesting experience.

That's one of the nice things about renting cottages. You are forced to do local shopping for your necessities. It is fun and a great learning experience. We've discovered things we didn't know existed and wondered why no one bothers to export them to us. Probably just as well since they make fun gifts for friends.

9. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 127 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

As we almost every time drive by RV through USA, we have to go to the supermarkets. And it is everytime an interesting experience. In the meantime we know and like a few things we never get in Germany.

10. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1741 posts) 3w 4 Star this if you like it!

I love the way the regulars here turn a spam setup into a chat. :)