Try Living Outside The Guidebook!
I don't know about you but when traveling I -- for the most part -- try and avoid the items and recommendations in the travel brochures, books, and mainstream videos. Why? Because that is what every single tourist does!! I'm sorry, but I did not put up with being raped by airport security just to fly 16 hours and travel halfway around the world on my dime only to spend my days lounging in some resort where everyone speaks English and the food is Americanized! How are you ever going to experience another culture that way?
How can you even call that traveling?!?
In order to truly experience a country, to actually get a grasp of their culture and taste of their food (and of course the local alcoholic brews), then you have to interact with the locals. If you want to make new friends and hear interesting stories, visit spots which only the locals know of and hell, maybe even pick up a little bit of the native language, well then my friend you have to ditch the travel guide and go off the beaten path! It's the only way.
Become More Of A Cultural Enthusiast.
Travel for the richness of local experiences! Thinking hotel? Try a hostel. (Added bonus: they are an awesome way to meet other diverse travelers and usually learn a lot...or at least hear a lot of stories.) Thinking big chain resort? Find any small coastal city, guaranteed they have a local family-owned mini-resort that would be more authentic. (And cheaper!) Thinking about a guided tour? Maybe...but first just walk around or better yet test out the local transportation methods and do a little exploring of your own off the beaten path. Thinking about purchasing something from the vendor just outside the airport? Don't bother, everything is half price or less if you just avoid the tourist areas! Do you see where I am going with all of this?
Throw away your travel guide and learn to live a little!
Instead of purchasing a travel guide or relying on a company/site that bases all of its' "recommendations" on paid listings, read a few travel blogs and get some authentic information and advice from an independent firsthand source with no ulterior motives.
Travel blogs provide great information -- some more than others -- but what was missing is one central hub, a good place for people to find active, quality travel blogs. That is what we hope to provide: a nice free network connecting travelers from all over the globe, whether veteran, newbie, or daydreamer.
Are you a travel blogger? Then why not join in and tell us about your HoliDaze! All pages link back to your website and whichever social profiles you choose, making it easy for viewers to find out more about you if they like what you share.