Your vacation is the time for you to get away from the stress and busyness of your life. It should be a moment of relaxation and of mental and physical renewal. Visiting a new country and immersing yourself in a completely different culture can help you get the most out of your vacation.
When visiting a foreign land, it is tempting to fall into a routine that is easy and unchallenging. The most popular tourist magnets have reinvented themselves into theme parks for foreign visitors. They present to tourists a superficial version of their local culture; and visitors are often able to stay in a comfortable bubble of hotels, shops, and restaurants that offer surroundings, merchandise, and food that is familiar to them.
But what is the sense of traveling if you are not willing to experience new things? You will have a much better time on your foreign holiday by blending in and learning more about local traditions.
Here are a few suggestions on how you might do this:
Local Smoking Lounges
Before you make your trip, if you enjoy cigars, you might want to get a cigar sampler to take with you and enjoy in one of the smoking lounges in the city you will be traveling to. There is no better way to sit back, relax, and soak up some of the local smoking traditions than this.
You have two choices when it comes to local cuisine. You can go to the restaurants that cultivate and cater to tourists. Or, you can go to the restaurants frequented by the locals. The latter is much better. First, the food tends to be of a higher quality. Second, the bill is much lower than what you’ll find at tourist restaurants.
In certain countries, and the regions and cities within them, music is of the greatest importance. In Australia, the didgeridoo is a wind instrument invented and played by the natives of the country. In India, the sitar is a stringed plucked instrument that is used in Hindustani classical music. It is these sorts of instruments that you should seek to learn more about. You can even take short courses on how to play them. Doing so will help you understand their significance in the culture. It will also enhance the quality of your stay.
Local festivities and celebrations
You may have arrived during a festive season. You should try to find out what if any religious or national holidays may occur while you are on vacation. This could give you an opportunity to observe such festivities and celebrations first-hand. You may even be able to participate in them. Be sure to invest in some hangover prevention pills if you are going to imbibe. These can help you recover faster so you can make the most of your holiday.
You should take the time to see a locally-made film if you are in a country that makes them. India rivals Europe and America combined in the number of films it makes each year. In fact, if you are planning a trip to the sub-continent, you should see an Indian film. It is what ordinary Indians do, and you should make it a priority to have this experience as well.
The bottom line is: when in Rome, do as the Romans do. If you really want a rich and memorable vacation, then you should try to see and experience the city as though you were one of the locals. Getting a taste of the food, music, arts, and festivities of the local culture will allow you to better understand the country and its people. It can also be the kind of distraction you need to take your mind off work and the anxieties associated with it. You will get the most out of your vacation by fully engaging with the local traditions and customs of wherever you happen to be.