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6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Trips

November 11, 2015

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Traveling is an expensive hobby in many ways—each trip takes a lot of money, effort, time, and emotional energy out of you.

As the our community knows, it’s a worthy investment. But there are many ways to get more out of your trips (or, as we say,#traveldeeper) if you tweak your itinerary slightly. Here are six ideas for how to take huge advantage of your travels.

1. Go Under-the-Radar

There’s something to be said about touristy spots: They’re usually important, and a major part of a city’s identity. But going off the beaten path will reveal a place’s nuances and quirks, and you’re more likely to meet locals at a hidden tapas bar than at a major attraction. Try these spots in Europe for unique under-the-radar experiences. Or, skip the city altogether and make your destination a rural one.

2. Rethink Your Transportation

Buses and planes are inexpensive and direct—but, sometimes, half the fun of traveling to a new place is getting there. Rent a car and make stops along the way, or do it the old fashioned way: Take a train.

3. Hit the Local Markets

Equipped with an open mind—and, maybe, an open wallet—head to the city or town’s markets for a glimpse of the shopping culture. From Florence’s San Lorenzo leather market to São Paulo’s open-air fleas, it’s a great way to pick up unique souvenirs and people watch.

4. Eat the Street

Street food is cheap, easy to find, and a good entry into a culture’s food. Some of our favorites? Fried corn cakes with cheese in Ecuador, banh mi in Ho Chi Minh City, and rice-stuffed mussels in Istanbul. Here’s a guide to some of the best in the world.

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