With the never-ending stream of pre-packaged, all-inclusive tours, it’s no wonder “authenticity” is at a premium for travelers. Fortunately, given rise of the sharing economy and the popularity of companies like Airbnb, it’s also never been easier to eat, drink, and party like (and with) a local.
“People no longer have to rely on the information produced by tourism boards and hotels,” says Angelo Rossini, travel analyst at Euromonitor International. “They can do their own research and look for channels of like-minded people who have the same types of interests.” Here’s a look at seven ways to get under the skin of your next destination, integrate with the locals, and see what makes them tick.
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