It’s hard to travel around Europe and skip one of the most romantic and cultural cities on the continent. Prague has changed its face in the last ten years, and tourists keep coming. They visit the Czech capital in any season. In a few-day visit, the city offers more historical sightseeing and modern city attractions than one can comprehend. Yet, Prague is much more than the quintessential spots with lots of visitors and overpriced beer. I’ve been living in the city for more than three years, and here are some tips on how to enjoy Prague like a local.
Milan is full of surprises. It's one of Italy's most underrated cities, and often branded an ugly, gray concrete filled city offering little more than a couple so sights and fancy boutiques in the city centre. Visit Milan and you'll be surprised by its cultural diversity, great foodie scene and secret hotspots that only locals know about. The city is dynamic, always in motion - as a local living in the city part time in between travels, I am surprised every time I return. There's always something new to discover.
Here I've gathered 17 cool ways for you to enjoy Milan like a local, and have included nightlife, restaurants, places to see, and things to do.
Experience Outdoor Swing and Ballroom Dancing at Balera dell'Ortica
This is the one place where I always take visitors. Balera dell'Ortica is part bocce club, part outdoor dance club with ballroom dancing and swing nights, part 'trattoria' (family-run restaurant) dishing out great home-cooked food. On Sunday afternoons you'll find local elderly men playing bocce, while Milan's coolest hipsters slide their brogues and twirl their skirts on the dance floor side by side. Vintage and craft markets are also organized - check their Facebook page for more info!
Krakow is the most beautiful place in Poland. It is well-known as the student city with the biggest density of clubs in the world! Everybody will find something for themselves in Krakow: if you like history and art, you will fall in love with Rynek (Old Town Square). There are many hiking trails for nature lovers in the city and its neighbourhoods. With countless attractions for
families, couples and solo travellers, Krakow is a perfect tourist destination for everyone. We've been living in this city for almost 3 years. Here are some tips on how to travel like a local in Krakow.
As I walked out of the airport and into the gray, rainy parking lot in Cincinnati, I questioned how much I was going to like the city. After all, I'm from the south where it's known to be warm and sunny most of the year, and I always had the impression that northern cities like Cincinnati would be industrial and gray.
Thankfully, I was absolutely wrong. Even though it rained for the better part of the four days I was there, I was really impressed by Cincinnati's beautiful downtown area and what seemed like a never ending amount of things to do. To top it off, I had three locals give me the perfect advice on where to go (a shout-out to Tabetha, Trevor, and Kevin!). Now, I can pass their tips on to you...
Visit a Church That Was Converted into a Brewery
Taft's Ale House is an old church that was converted into a bar. First impressions: this place is really cool. I loved the design and the beer lived up to my expectations. I tried the Cherrywood Apple, which was a recommendation from the friendly bar staff. What a neat place! See for yourself in the pictures below.
Vietnam is a melting pot of various cultures. After years of occupation, wars and internal conflict, the influences of different nations melded together to become today’s Vietnam.
Of course, that’s not to say the country doesn’t have its own identity. Vietnamese culture is as distinct as any other, and their culture’s diversity can be felt and tasted through their food.
Bali’s Denpasar is an area of extreme natural and manmade beauty. If you’re planning a trip to this Indonesian region in the near future, why not take a gander at five things to do in Denpasar before you go?
Everyone knows about the beach and world famous harbours in Gdynia, don’t they? But what about all those secret hidden gems? Here are five fantastic lesser known tourist attractions to keep you entertained when you’re in the most northern of the Tricity locations.
When most people think of Florida, they think of Orlando, Disney World, Miami, Tampa, Daytona Beach...places further south than the panhandle. Bustling metropolises, white sand beaches, theme parks, and Mickey Mouse. Pensacola tends to be overlooked in favor of these lively destinations, but to be fair, it’s hard to turn down Disney World. However, many people still flock to the Emerald Coast for beachside locales such as Pensacola or Destin, cities that are generally cheaper than South Florida. Restaurants and bars near the beach tend to be crowded, especially during the summer. Skip the beachside bars and restaurants in favor of these places located in Pensacola. Except for The Leisure Club, most of them are located in downtown Pensacola.
Known for its cobbled streets and classic pubs, Dublin has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. A big chunk of Ireland’s overall tourism comes from the capital city. In fact, more hotels are needed in Dublin to cope up with the expected increase in visitors, which will generate a foreign earnings of €400 million. There are plenty of exciting things to do in the city, but one needs to plan out their vacation to make the most of their stay in Dublin. Read on below to find out some of the must-try uncommon activities you should never miss out in the capital city of Ireland.
One misconception many travelers heading to Barcelona have is that they need to pick up a few Spanish words before they go. So, they learn how to say "hola" "como estas" or "adios" in order to connect a little more to their Spanish friends. Yet, while these words will take you far in other parts of Spain, the natives from Barcelona actually prefer to speak their native language, Catalan.
There is a long and not so nice history between the Catalans and Spanish (watch any Barcelona or Madrid game for further evidence!). I won't get into that today, but what you need to know is that most Catalan people are extremely proud to be Catalan, and not so fond of the idea of associating themselves with Spain. Therefore, if you want to speak to the locals in and around Barcelona, use a few words in Catalan. They will probably be shocked that you are actually speaking Catalan, which will earn you a few more smiles, and possibly a new friend or two!
It means hello. Yes, this is an easy one. It's the same in Spanish.
Barcelona is known for being one of the coolest cities in Europe, and rightfully so. There are countless amounts of fun experiences waiting at your doorstep. So many that, even most of the locals haven't dived into everything the city has to offer. I remember speaking with my roommate in Barcelona who had already lived in the city for four years. At that point, she felt like she didn't even know even half of the city, and she is an adventurous girl!
Needless to say, the idea of conquering Barcelona in just a few days is not only overwhelming, it's impossible. Making it a goal to see every single famous building and those 25 museums mentioned in your guidebook will only leave you with tired legs and a massive headache. Instead, be like the locals in Barcelona. Focus on the experiences. They love going out at night, exploring the nature outside of the city, eating Catalan food, and immersing themselves in the many diverse cultural experiences the city has to offer. You won't regret it, and you'll leave Barcelona with more than a few cool stories for your grandkids.
Here are 10 unique experiences that you can have in Barcelona.
1. Experiencing a Calçotada
If you really want to immerse yourself in the local culture in Barcelona, this is one of the best ways to do it. The Catalan people love their Calçotadas like Americans love their summer barbecues. The main difference is that the Catalans barbecue Calçots between January and April, since that is when they are in season.
Experiencing an authentic Calçotada may be difficult if you are in Barcelona for a short visit. You would need to buy the ingredients, travel to a park outside of the city, barbecue calçots and meat, enjoy yourself, and then come back. Unfortunately, this could end up taking a day of your precious time.
An alternative would be to eat at a restaurant where they serve calçots. That way you are able to at least try these tasty barbecued onions and their "special sauce". Just make sure that the restaurant you eat at is known for it's calçots. The last thing you want to end up doing is eating some tasteless onions on La Rambla.
If you are thinking about visiting Australia your priority should be exploring Sydney. Yes, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge are marvellous, but there is something special about this city that makes people come back and experience it over and over again. The melting pot of nations is as well ideal place for trying out various cuisines stretching from the local Australian ones to a bit more exotic such as Thai, Indian and a lot more. No matter if you are an international cuisine lover or just willing to grab a bite of something new, the offer in the Land Down Under will leave you breathless.
However, the versatile offer may leave you puzzled, but if you follow some tips from a local foodie you will taste the best of Sydney.
If I'm going to recommend a tour to the readers of From Tourist 2 Local, I'm not going to pick just any tour. There are so many tours where guides lead travelers around the city for a few hours to look at a some buildings and ramble off a bazillion facts while the tourists brains turn to mush. Not only do tours like this not fit our idea of traveling more local, they also can get a bit tiring, or boring if you don't like history.
At From Tourist 2 Local, we look to team up with tour companies that give our readers the opportunity to step away from the tourist areas and explore the more "real" side of the city. This is why we are bringing you Steel Donkey Bike Tours in Barcelona. We believe that their tours have the perfect combination of learning, snacking at the local hotspots, and a relaxing bike ride. Of course, you do it all outside of Barcelona's biggest touristic zones while discovering parts of the city that would be hard to find in any guidebook.
Every Steel Donkey Bike Tour is unique, but here is what I experienced on my tour...
I’ve lived in New York for over four years now, and last year, I realized I’d settled into a routine – going to work, getting drinks at the same bar near my apartment, grabbing pizza at the same spot in my hood (Barboncino in Crown Heights, for the record). I wondered why I was living in New York, a destination city for foodies, if I wasn’t sampling the smorgasbord of options?? Surely, more people would want to try new things with me, yes?
So, Restaurant Club was born. Every month or so, I organize a meet-up with a group of food-loving friends at an eatery of a different cuisine. We share dishes, making sure to order options we’d never normally order on our own, and split the bill at the end, which makes the whole venture fairly cost-effective. If you turn off your phones, you end up with memorable conversation as well.
Here are five of my favorite spots we’ve tried:
1. Shanghai Café Deluxe (Chinese; Chinatown)
More than 30 million tourists visit Sydney each year and most of them have a similar experience with the town. They arrive, visit the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney Tower, Bondi Beach, George Street and Royal Botanic Gardens. Not many of them get the opportunity to feel the true spirit of Sydney, by getting to know some of the places the locals enjoy in. No tourist agency will recommend you to go there, because they do not feel them sufficiently attractive, but, let me tell you a secret, those places are far more astonishing then we give them credit for. So, are you ready to let me teach you how to experience Sydney like a local?
If you’re the type of traveller who journeys through a city through your taste buds and stomach (like me), then you probably plan where you are going to eat before you have booked your accommodation. Offering foodies a combination of Iranian, Lebanese and Arabic food that will have you craving your next meal, restaurants in Dubai are the perfect place to indulge in any food cravings you may have. In this article we are going to look at ten of Dubai’s exotic dishes you should try while on holiday in this magical city.
If your travel dreams consist of warm weather, beautiful beaches, and California burritos, you are probably dreaming of America's Finest City: San Diego! People travel from all over to bask in our sunny weather and quintessential laid-back SoCal vibes. We are famous for attractions such as Legoland, Sea World, and The San Diego Zoo, which are all well worth the visit. But if you truly want to see what makes San Diego shine, here are a few tips on how to travel like a local in San Diego:
1. Eat Mexican food!
If you ask any local who has been away from home for a while, "What's the first thing you are going to do when you get back to San Diego?", their answer will probably be, "Get Mexican
Food." It's just not the same anywhere else, and the guacamole and carne asada withdrawals are real. It's here where cultural influences from Mexico blend deliciously in the form of dishes such as Carne Asada Fries, Fish Tacos, and a California Burrito. Get your fix at local favorites like Lolita's, Las Quatro Milpas, Las Olas, and Lucha Libre.
In the last few years, the number of people who visited Greece in order to get a close look at its beauties, history and cultural background has increased. Undoubtedly, there is a great need for quality, contemporary and reliable touristic services. Greeking.me is a new, innovative cultural tourism company based in Athens, Greece. Anna and Nikos, the two founders, designed a series of exciting and interactive experiences through which people will get to know the Greek culture in an authentic way!
At 21 I made the decision to jump into something totally different so after finishing university, I moved to Moscow, Russia to teach English. I didn't know anyone in the entire country but ended up falling in love with Russia's capital city; so much so, I stayed for five years! After years of exploring the city for fun and work (I just published a Moscow guidebook), here are the must-have experiences for your Moscow visit:
1. Try local favorites like blini or pelmeni
If you're on a budget, try Cheburechnaya (multiple locations), a cool Soviet-era throwback. The main dish is, of course, chebureki (a deep fried pastry with meat or cheese filling) but the cafe also offers a range of other Russian classics. If you have some extra money to spend, try Cafe Pushkin (Tverskoy bulvar 26A – metro Pushkinskaya, Tverskaya). Although it's called a cafe, Cafe Pushkin is really more of a luxury restaurant. The restaurant has been decorated to look a noble per-Revolution estate house and the food is so good it might well have been prepared by someone's ultra-talented servant. Classic Russian food and, of course, vodka is served.
Portland, Oregon. It’s been, well, discovered. Chances are, that’s why you’re here – you’ve discovered Portland for the mecca of greenery, outdoor activity, killer eating and drinking, and open-mindedness that it is. We all love these things about the Rose City, but what we don’t love so much is spending our Saturdays and Sundays waiting in line outside of the latest trendy cafés and hip watering holes. I’ll give you a little rundown of what might be, for most people, the ideal day in PDX – and after each option, I’ll throw you a second idea – one that will be a little less crowded, a little off the beaten track. The local’s perfect day, if you will. Isn’t that what the hipster attitude is all about, anyway?
Get on up (like the Portlanders do) and get active. Most people will be biking this morning – and we don’t blame them, Portland is, after all renowned for it’s bicycle-accessible roads and paths across the Metro and surrounding areas.
One of the Go-To places for people visiting New York is Times Square. My office is just off Broadway, so I've spent some time trying to find the less touristy options in the area for food and drinks. The tricky part is finding something good that's not also expensive.
The third year of my French and International studies degree was spent teaching English to primary school kids in France. It was hard to choose between spending a year in Paris or a year elsewhere and in the end I chose elsewhere. That elsewhere was Grenoble, a beautiful town surrounded by mountains in every direction. Grenoble is perfect for people who like an outdoors lifestyle; think walking, skiing, rock climbing and cycling. But there’s also plenty to keep the less activity-inclined interested.
Welcome to Sofia, my home for the past few years and capital of Bulgaria. My name is Geri and I am the founder and blogger behind When Woman Travels, a place where female travelers can find resources, ideas and inspiration to make their travel dreams come true.
Today I will show you how to visit Sofia as a local. There are many places in the Bulgaria’s capital city to keep you busy and well entertained during your stay. You can choose from various activities and I am sure every one of you will find something to his taste.
First, short introduction: Sofia is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It may be not well known but its beginning goes back to the 4th BC. In our days Sofia is one of the capitals in the European Union and thus it is easy to visit. The city becomes popular for tourists and travelers because of its fairly affordable standard of life and cosmopolitan atmosphere.
How to spend few days like a local in Sofia? Here are my suggestions:
1. Start by visiting the museums.
Places that you shouldn’t miss are: the National History Museum, Archeological Museum and the Rotunda Saint George. By visiting these museums you will become more aware and will understand better the country and its people.
Beyond the splendor of the Empire State Building, bright lights of Times Square or the stoic grandeur of the Statue of Liberty there is so much to experience in New York City. Meeting a local can lead to memorable experiences during your time in the Big Apple. In a city as dynamic as NY, being able to spend time with someone who lives here can lead to invaluable insider tips to add an extra dimension to your trip. New Yorkers have a reputation for being rude and unfriendly; here are tips on where to meet locals and discover first hand that that is far from true!
Pamukkale is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Turkey. If you look up travel pictures from Turkey you will see tons of pictures of Pamukkale. It is known around the world for its hot springs and travertines, which are so unique. It's really great when you find natural spots around the world that just aren't comparable, and Pamukkale is one of them.
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