The best way to travel like Anthony Bourdain is to get amongst it! The travel experience that brings the most is the one where you avoid the beaten tourist tracks and live it like the locals do. This way you will get to experience the place you are visiting from the viewpoint of those who live there, rather than just following the boring and well worn tracks left by your travel predecessors. Here are 5 ways to travel like the master of travel: Anthony Bourdain.
With The Locals
While there are a billion opportunities to eat in fancy restaurants and to enjoy local cuisine this way, which can sound enticing if the exchange rate is in your favour and it costs next to nothing to eat at five star establishments, you won’t really experience the place that way. The best way to experience the cuisine of a country, is get amongst it and eat where the locals eat. Street food is not only delicious but it will give you a chance to live like the locals do and to really see the countries culture from the grass roots.
Get Off The Beaten Track
The well-worn guided travel tracks will take you to all the places that everyone else has been and that will be fun, but to really experience the place you might want to go places where you are the only tourist around. You’ll often find that when you go to the usual touristy places you will get a more diluted experience since the locals in those places work hard to make you feel as much at home as they can. This defies the point of going to unique, interesting places, since if you wanted to feel at home, you may as well have just stayed at home!
Get To Know The Locals
Networking is one of your greatest tools for travel. Use social media to get to know people from the countries where you are heading. This way you will be able to exchange cultures and have a willing tour guide for your travels to the place. You’ll be able to repay the favour when your new friend visits you in your own home town.
Get Amongst It
Get out there and don’t be afraid to put yourself amongst the action. Anthony Bourdain is known for his trip to Lebanon when he was caught up in a conflict between Hezbollah and Israel. Rather than running away with his film crew, he used the opportunity to get amongst it and record the experience for viewers on his No Reservations show. Get amongst it and you never know the exciting the experiences that it will bring, but just don’t get yourself killed because that would be miserable for your family and friends back home!
Open Your Heart
Wherever you go in the world there will always be the downtrodden and poor parts of the place. Rather than avoiding and pretending it doesn’t exist, open your heart to the possibility of sharing some of yourself with these beautiful people and in turn learning about their culture from their perspective. Your small change could mean a lot more to them than it ever could to you!