The Mission

Well, there’s no real mission here, but I just wanted a page call like that because it looks cool.

This website has one main aim: to share our travel stories and experiences, either in written or photographic form. Or mostly both.

The website is structured in two parts:

Travel guides section: here you can find our suggestions on what to do and where to go in our favourite cities. We’ll also provide useful details such as addresses, phone numbers, emails, etc… You can even print those pages on a pdf and take it with you on your smartphone or tablet, or you can copy the info you need on a piece of paper, according to your geekiness level.

– A… blog (sorry I couldn’t come up with a better word): this is the free-flowing part of the website where we focus more on stories, analysis of local people and habits, personal consideration and whatever else is connected with our idea of “travel” and that doesn’t fit in the point above.

What does it mean “like a local”?

I think I need to make this statement, before someone raises the question and because… I just want to.
I decided to call my blog “travel like a local” as a result of my way of travelling and, consequently, it should reflect the tips I want to share and my broader views on travelling.
I don’t always travel like a local, I don’t usually stay in somebody’s house, merging in with the local population. Most of the time I’m rushing from a place to the other eager to make the best of the time I have, skipping the tourists’ hot spots and getting the most authentic aspects of the place where I stay. Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I don’t, most of the times I feel I fall somewhere halfway between the two.
But I think “travelling like a local” is mostly a matter of attitude, curiosity and respect. Whether you’re in a big busy city, or in a quiet countryside village, you’re crashing into somebody’s life, where they work, love, suffer and rejoice.
But also, most importantly, travelling like a local should teach us to live our hometown as a tourist. So many wonders are laying within reach and we ignore it, sneering at our boring town and looking for thrills in exotic places. For the most of us, travelling amounts to a minimum amount of time spent in a year, so it would be very healthy and exciting to start considering the place where we live as a new destination to explore.
Few days ago I made a search on twitter, a social network which is still a big mystery to me, for “travel like a local” and found out that it became sort of a trend. The confirmation is a tweet I read that went more or less like “if I read one more post about travel like a local I’m gonna rip the internet apart” (I couldn’t find it to copy and paste so it’s not an exact quote).
Although I find it positive to teach people to travel more responsibly, to avoid the tourist traps and to enjoy the more authentic sides of their tourist destination, I see too often that behind this “travel like a local” trend there is the same marketing operation that has been done with organic food. Take your old shelf product, stick the word “organic” next to its name, sit back and enjoy the revenue growth. If you write an article about how to visit Germany like a local, and suggest to get beer and wurst in Munich during Oktober Fest, even though in a pub outside the festival itself, you’re tricking us with buying an organic Big Mac.

 

We’re in it for the Money?

There would be so many and better ways to make money. First of all not making a travel website. Or if you really have to, making it not on your personal adventures. We’re here to share and outreach so we won’t be accepting sponsored articles, money for reviews, gifts and free accommodations for mentions and so on.
I’d love to see posts written by someone else here one day, but there has to be a connection and a communion of intents.

So, this is our hobby, our way to invest our leisure time, not a job. However, if you want to help us to face the technological expenses, a little donation will be more than welcome!




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After being in Rome a few times without even looking at the Coliseum I realised that there's more to travel than sightseeing: meeting the local culture is what, 10 years later, determined the birth of this blog.

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