Tips for Living Like a Local in Europe

Live like a Local

Local is savvy. Local is stimulating. Moving away from mass tourism, the discerning traveler has been on a quest in search of the true taste of living like a local. The quest began by excluding tried-and-tested tourist attractions from their travel itinerary, finding niche boutique hotels, and trying ever so hard to scout out the native hangouts. And the latest: Live like a local.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

Since we are not all fortunate enough to live in as many different cities as we would like in our lifetime, portals like Roomorama deliver the possibility for a crash-course in your favorite ones.  Short-term rentals are a perfect base for the coveted local experience, be it in exquisite Paris, bustling London or swanky Barcelona. With a detailed & efficient search, a few clicks and a small fee paid over a secure payments system, you have the ease of booking these vacation pads in no time.

For the adventurous, security and prompt service are still travel essentials.

Living like a local is but the first step to “sail away from the safe harbor” as Mark Twain aptly puts it. So, here are 4 A-list things one should do to truly go local:

1.     Avoid most theme parks & major attractions. You don’t need to waste your time caught-up in herds of tourists. Sure, go visit the attractions, but hurry to that lively local café or bar to eavesdrop on the natives chatting about their day.

2.     Ask your neighbors. They know where the best local restaurants and hangouts are. And who knows, you may be living right next to an amazing cook who may be delighted to extend a dinner invitation to the excited traveler next door.

3.     Acquire good deals. Local weekend markets and makeshift stalls are the best way to scour for unique merchandise.

4.     Appreciate the little things. From how people greet each other to their quirky habits and even the foodstuff in your host’s refrigerator, there is much to learn about culture from observing the little things.

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  1. germaine says

    the apartments in the pictures look really neat and cool. this is such a great concept, to “live at home away from home” , as roomorama says. i’ll be sure to try this out soon. it’s good that roomorama has a 24 hr customer service, it makes me feel more assured.

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