How about the famous proverb -
When in Rome, do it as the Romans do...
Unless you are a traveler with no time limits or on a voyage, every place you visit on your short breaks like for 5 days or 8 days or even 15 days; it may make you feel you have not known much about the place.
And this quest to know a place much more than only the marked tourist spots often brings up the notion of ‘Travelling like a local’.
Here are a few pointers how you can know a place more like a local even on your short tours-
Commute as the locals –
It’s common these days to travel to your destination using your own vehicle or hiring one from your city. This is specially for the destinations nearest to your location. Even if you are travelling via some travel agents you may only be able to cover places in your itinerary. While this may give you some comfort, assurance or ease of travel, if you want to know more about the place try to travel using the local commute. One can hire a car/driver at the destination or sometimes even try hopping into some local transportation like the city bus.
I still remember how we had explored some parts of Goa in a public bus on one of our family vacations. And we were not lost! Locals will definitely guide you if you ever feel lost. And amazingly till date many people marvel at the destinations we have covered in Goa which they have not heard of.
There was another instance in Chikmangalur, where the tour agency provided car driver simply denied covering any location beyond the itinerary even though we had ample time after visiting the said points. We immediately took a Rickshaw ride and covered some beautiful places which we would have otherwise never known.
And because of the local cab hired (provided by hotel reception) in Hampi, we could explore the nearby beautiful villages/rivers/dams which most tourists usually do know about.