Are you looking for new ways to connect with locals?
Firstly, you must ask yourself a question… Do you feel connected to yourself?
How to Connect with Locals
Being disconnected from yourself how can you expect to connect with others.
If like me you are taking trips of growth we have to remember they’re not achieved without guidance and support from others.
This is my main inspiration for connecting with local people:
One day I decided to travel to Guatemala with my backpack. After doing research I realised it’s probably one of the best places to learn Spanish in Central America.
If you’re interested, check out this school where I learned how to speak Spanish in just 3 weeks. Below are 5 ideas I used to connect with locals whilst on my Spanish learning journey. These ideas are not limited to travel, use them while at home too.
My ideas were so effective I thought you’d likely benefit from them:
1 Follow Your Interests
I’m often drawn towards things that i’m interested in. I feel a great pull when something catches my attention and these callings have usually lead me to the place I want to be. This is why I went to Jamaica to learn more about my ancestors and to receive wisdom from my Grandad.
2 Random Acts of Kindness
Whilst on the road, look out for people who are struggling with something. Even surprise somebody with a nice gesture. Random acts of kindness are perfect for sparking up a conversation. Who knows what type of connection it might lead to.
3 Be courageous
Are you prepared to leave your past behind and allow the future to be?
Like Osho once said:
“Courage does not mean fearlessness. Fearlessness happens if you go on being courageous and more courageous. ”
Keep doing what gives you the best results. Follow your instincts when interacting with new people. It’s daunting at first, but the more you interact the easier it gets.
4 Do A Homestay
Immersion is the fastest way I’ve found to connect with locals.
Find yourself a homestay or even a work-away, this will help you connect with different people, in different ways. I did this in Latin America and I recommend a homestay as one of the fastest ways to connect with locals.
Try it! Especially if you’re thinking of learning Spanish.
5 Take Your Time
To be able to connect with locals and their community, you need to spend more time. Frequent local places and don’t be afraid to talk to people about the local scene. This is how you become more knowledgable of the local area.
🚶 lead by example
Layer Culture is about digging deeper into the patterns of everyday life. I achieved this by deciding to study Spanish in Latin America. So be prepared to empower people, locals may look to you as a source of light and inspiration.
Follow the tips above and be ready to connect with locals in unpredictable situations.
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