In Episode 3, I talk with several travel lovers about their experiences staying with locals. The most common way I’ve stayed with locals on my travels is in homestays across Russia, and I’d love to do more of it – although I feel kind of awkward staying with strangers while my son is young, so I might wait a couple more years.
Thanks to the internet in particular there are so many different ways you can stay with locals when you travel these days, from sites like Airbnb through various homestay possibilites to volunteering opportunities like WWOOFing and more. I so believe that you get an amazingly better experience if you get the chance to interact with local people and learn way more from them about the destination than you learn just from hitting the sightseeing hotspots.
I’d love to hear how you’ve stayed with locals on your travels, so do let me know in the comments below.
Show notes for Episode 3 – Stay With Locals
Episode 3 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast is all about different ways to stay with locals on your travels and some of the many bonuses that come with meeting local people. It is definitely a different experience to staying in a hotel in the main tourist zone!
I start off this episode chatting with Kerstin Pilz about her many experiences staying with locals, such as the time she went to Cuba “accidentally alone” and ended up being put up by a whole extended family wherever she travelled. I also chat to Linda and Craig Martin who have used Couchsurfing many times with great success, and made lifelong friends as well as having a roof over their heads. Finally, travel writer Tim Leffel has some good tips about staying out in the suburbs to really get a good feel for a place.
- Craig and Linda at Indie Travel Podcast
- Craig and Linda at Performance Foundary
- Kerstin at Travelpilz
- Tim Leffel
- Tim Leffel’s post on Not A Ballerina about 5 things my daughter is getting out of living abroad
Thanks so much everybody for your fabulous support of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast and my launch last week. It’s been really exciting to have my podcast out in the world and to hear from people who’ve been listening to it. My favourite response so far came on Twitter:
Digging this new travel podcast. Great stories & variety. More than travel hacking & for more than digital nomads. https://t.co/JwZeuUw1DK
— Jeff Sandquist (@jeff_wandering) March 25, 2016
This is exactly what I’m after – not a destination podcast, not just for full-time travellers – but a podcast for everyone who loves travelling and has stories to share. Great to know that I am on track!