Some people wouldn't find any difference between the two words tourist and traveler; however, it is the travelers who experience a foreign country unlike tourists do. They say: "Traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see". Now, you're probably wondering how one can be a traveler without being a tourist? Here are our tips to ensure that you embark on your next journey to Prague as a traveler.
#1 Know before you go
Do your research and make sure you know the culture and customs of the country you are about to visit. Also know what you want to do and what's available - depending on your personal interests.
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#2 Make your own booking
It's a quick and convenient way to book a train, flight or accommodations when you're already familiar with the route or your destination. And sometimes the best offers, last-minute specials or weekend deals are only found online.
#3 Try to speak the language
It's a sign of respect and appreciation of the local culture. Learn a few basic words like "Hello", "Please" and "Thank you". Nobody will mind if your accent is not perfect; the fact that you've been willing to speak their language is really appreciated.
#4 Get lost
Sometimes getting lost is the best way to discover something surprising that challenges you and your view of the world. Visit other parts of the city / country that are not really detailed in the guidebooks. Discover something worthwhile somewhere else for a change.
#5 Eat local food
Traditional foods are part of a country's heritage and also a fantastic window into the local culture. Avoid fancy restaurants and big food chains, instead head into a local restaurant for a traditional meal.
TIP: Luckily today we have the internet and we can find authentic restaurants on websites like Yelp or TripAdvisor.
#6 Take public transport
Get on a tram, a metro, a local bicycle hire. Do not be afraid to use public transport. You will meet people, see amazing sights, go to places that you might not otherwise and you'll save money.
#7 Experience is what matters
Your goals for a trip will be to learn and experience new things, rather than to take a relaxing break from everyday life. A traveler may consider a trip a journey rather than a vacation.
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#8 Act like a local
There is no better way to experience a foreign country other than going to local places, socializing with locals, and becoming familiar with their traditions. No one else knows the city better than a guidebook and will give you an authentic experience.
#9 Live spontaneously
Being spontaneous involves regularly stepping out of your comfort zone. Book accommodation just for first night and decide later if you want to stay in this location, do things that scare you or enjoy new activities that you wouldn't do at home.
#10 Hire a guide
I'm not talking about joining a tour group trailing behind a guide holding aloft a closed big yellow / pink / blue umbrella. I'm talking about a local guide - whether you are looking for someone to guide you every step of the way or just show you around a sight or two – a good local guide can be the highlight of your trip. Because, we as humans, demand a personal touch for products and services. Travel is no different.
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So now, do you see yourself as a tourist or a traveler? And if you find yourself a tourist, do you want to convert into a traveler?
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