Unconventional Ways To Experience A Foreign Country

Be kind, compassionate and loyal to one another but don’t ever subsume your personal identity as an individual for the sake of the relationship. After all, that’s what attracted you to each other in the first place, right? Most people follow a set routine when they go to a foreign country. They check their guidebooks and begin sightseeing, they do all the touristy things that they are expected to, they take a lot of pictures and selfies, they try some of the local food and they will purchase gifts and souvenirs for the good folk waiting back home.

Instead, try to be a different kind of tourist. In fact, don’t be a tourist at all. Be a traveller or an explorer. Here are some tips:

Make a Tour of Luxury

If you can afford to do so, you can experience the best of what the country has to offer you: hotels near Erawan Shrine Bangkok. Avoid the ones that belong to international chains and instead check into the local luxury establishments. When resorts are not trying to conform to international uniformity standards, they can be mad creative and culturally expressive. Each country has their own unique brand of hospitality so if you are nervous about trying new things for the first time (such as the local food for instance), the sanitized versions that most establishments offer will be a great way to ease into it. You can always come back to the country for a different experience another time.


This is a portmanteau of volunteer and tourism and is a great way to get to know small communities instead of only seeing a bigger picture usually mandated by a tourism department. There are plenty of onsen Bangkok http://www.grandecentrepointhotels.com/grande-centre-point-hotel-sukhumvit55/ and other groups running community development programmes for which they need muscle and brain. Many young people join these programmes, especially over the summer, in order to travel the world and make a meaningful impact at the same time. However, be careful about the programmes you join and research them thoroughly before you do so. Apart from the physical risks you run, voluntourism can actually hurt some of the people involved in the programme. For instance, child advocate groups are now trying to stop voluntourism because it causes too much emotional trauma for the children to bond with and then say good bye to the volunteers.

Work Travel

This is the best kind of travel because you get paid for it. If you are a photographer, a writer or basically any job which you can twist into some sort of office-funded visit to another country, then you have hit upon the golden goose. Some people who work in companies that have international branches make a career out of transferring from one country to another and then travelling through it. Others go where their work takes them. Still others are sportsmen and women or artists and thus tour the world with their talents and skill. These are all incredible ways to see other countries and not do ‘tourist.’