Unfortunately, guidebooks don’t discuss about one of the most important things about travelling, that is to meet people. Travellers should be able to meet people and they need to feel the joy of being connected with many people, no matter how brief it is. By being properly connected, we can feel a huge difference in many different levels. One of the best ways to connect with people is by expressing our appreciation. When expressing appreciation, we need to be particularly genuine. In many cases, this shouldn’t be difficult and we can provide plenty of happy comments to get the conversation flowing. People who appreciate one another can feel so connected and they can transfer a lot of information between them. This is quite a good thing and being able to stay connected with locals should be among the best things that we treasure during the trip. It is also a good idea to make a point of looking for times to express our appreciation. This should be easy for people who have a long-time habit of doing just that.
People generally appreciate it when we are genuinely interested with what they have. People will gladly suggest what we should do in the area. They will be quite delightful to allow us know what they often do. One of the best ways to get connected with others is by asking for directions. By asking, we will be able to reach our locations faster. This is a better way relying only on GPS-based navigation tools on our smartphone. Many people in other countries tend to maintain their eye contact with strangers. So, it is actually possible for us to do that to them. This way, we should be able to behave like what locals do. This can make a really satisfying experience that we really appreciate. By making eye contact, we have much deeper sense of social interactions with these people. We won’t be disappointed with what we find in the country. This will be much more satisfying, this is an important thing to do. It is also important to try helping someone in the area. Just because we are travellers, it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do something for the locals.
As an example, we could offer doing multiple farm work. In this case, we will be a better way of making new friends and we will also be able to learn new skills. This may seem like a modest attempt, but can still a much better thing to than nothing. As an example, a teenage boy my clean our windshield for a small tip. When giving the boy some money, we should do that by smiling and saying thank you. A good thing to talk to locals is by buying something from them. We should be able to enjoy this kind of encounter. The act of buying something is a natural opening session of being closer to these people. We shouldn’t become disappointed with what we buy, if it doesn’t meet our expectation. The more important thing is that we are finally able to talk with locals. It also allows us to learn many things about the local customs and language. We should be appreciative enough with this opportunity.