How to Meet Locals on Vacation

On your next vacation, meet some locals to learn the history of the area, enjoy some hospitality, and find the great dining spots only the locals know.


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You Will Need

  • Internet access
  • Plane ride
  • Hotel, lodge, or resort
  • Day trips
  • Manners
  • Research
  • Gratitude


  1. Step 1

    Chat online

    Visit online chat rooms with people who live where you will be going. Ask them for suggestions on where to travel and see how people in the area actually live.

  2. Step 2

    Talk to people

    Talk to people on the airplane. You may find someone that lives in the area or knows someone else who does.

  3. Step 3

    Ask questions

    Ask people who work at the hotel, lodge, or resort where you are staying and ask them where locals hang out.

  4. Be friendly and patient if there is a language barrier.

  5. Step 4

    Visit smaller towns

    Take day trips to visit smaller towns or suburbs of your destination and strike up conversations with strangers.

  6. Step 5

    Be polite

    Be polite and greet people with friendly smiles. Research the customs and culture of your destination to avoid accidentally insulting locals.

  7. Step 6

    Repay with gratitude

    Repay locals' efforts with gratitude. Be a friend to them instead of a source of income.

  8. Each day, approximately 2.8 million hotel rooms are booked in the United States.