If you follow this blog regularly, then by now you know that I’ve developed quite a series on backpacking over the last several weeks – from where you should go to how to backpack like a boss on a college budget to backpacking like a local and fitting in wherever you go. So now we move to a topic that’s not quite as fun, but very practical to discuss as we continue exploring the topic of backpacking.
I’ve always been one to adapt quickly to my surroundings. This is a fitting ability for an avid traveler, since you may experience a new city of different vibes each day while on the go. However, there’s so much to know about a fresh destination and a fascinating culture to soak up, that I wanted to let you in on some personal travel hacks I discovered while trying to adapt and look as little like a tourist as possible while traveling! Here are some tips to fit in wherever you go and backpack like a local.
I’ll save you the obvious list of backpacking on the cheap tips that includes staying in hostels, picking countries that are cheap to backpack in and getting groceries instead of eating out for every meal. There are ways to enjoy a deeper immersion in the culture, have a stress-free night’s sleep on a bed (or couch) that isn’t yours, and even try enough local cuisine to feel more like a tourist than a ready-to-get-down-and-dirty-and-starve-for-2-months-as-a-sacrifice-to-see-the-world backpacker. Care to find out? Here’s how.