Conversations with Locals – Episode 59 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast

Are you shy or brave about chatting to locals when you travel? I can be either, depending on the circumstances, but I've definitely got better at it over the years and when it's a language issue, for example, I've got much braver about just "having a go" in the local language and not worrying about … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 13 – Taking it Slow: Travelling to Feel Like a Local

Slow travel has become quite the catch phrase in travel circles of late, and although it's something that I think quite a lot of people have recognised and practiced for many years, a bit of research suggests that labelling "slow travel" as such is something that's only been happening in the last … [Read more...]

The Thoughtful Travel Podcast: Episode 7 – Unexpected Travel Friends (and Monks on Facebook)

If you were to scroll through my list of Facebook friends, you'll find people of all different nationalities. Quite a lot of them are people I've taught English to over the years, but some of them are much more random - just people I've met on my travels, people I've struck up a friendship with in … [Read more...]

Airbnb in Iceland, or accommodation to help you fall in love with Iceland even more deeply

Everyone’s been talking about Airbnb lately. Well, not quite everybody, because quite often when I told people we used Airbnb in Iceland they’ve replied with something like, “Oh yes, B and Bs are such great options for meeting people,” and I’d try to spell it out that actually I mean Air B and B … [Read more...]

#mylocalworld Instagram challenge for July 2015

Back in April, a bunch of Not A Ballerina readers gathered around on Instagram and Facebook and shared a picture a day which illustrated some aspect of their local world. We had pictures from the United States, Canada, England, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East, Malaysia, both sides of Australia ... … [Read more...]

Locals I’ve met: Real life examples of why I love meeting the locals when I travel

Meeting the locals when I travel is one of the aspects of being out there that I love the most. I think it's partly because I'm insanely curious about people in general (it's a genetic trait!) and partly because over the years, meeting local people on my travels has led me on all kinds of … [Read more...]

7 characteristics of the perfect house guest from abroad

When I travel, I absolutely love to stay with people I know in various parts of the world. It's such a different experience from being in your own accommodation. You get to really see how the locals live, and get all kinds of insider tips that no hotel concierge could ever provide. Of course, … [Read more...]

Showing travellers around your region – meeting the locals

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - one of my absolute favourite ways of travelling is to stay with some locals and learn all about how they go about their daily lives. Figuring out the similarities and differences from my life to theirs is something I find fascinating. It both reminds me of … [Read more...]

#mylocalworld – discovering how other people’s everyday worlds look

The celebrations for Not A Ballerina's tenth birthday continue and for April, I'm holding a photo-a-day challenge - #mylocalworld. The idea is that readers and followers from all around the world can share an image a day during April, following the topics below, so that we can all build up a … [Read more...]

Do you really like green tea? Lessons from Japan and meeting the locals

Everyone who knows me well in person knows that I like green tea. Some of my best friends (and yes, this is probably a criteria you need to satisfy to become one of my best friends) buy green tea especially so that they can offer it to me when I visit them. (Love you guys.) But the other day someone … [Read more...]