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Best Travel Tip to Meet Locals

By travelanswerman | February 6, 2010

Bringing your own music in an MP3 player or portable CD player is a great way to block out the noise of typical major cities, smooth the ride on trying bus journeys, or pass the time during long transit periods. On the other hand, there is nothing more isolating than a pair of headphones. Who would want to communicate with you when it is obvious your desire is to block out the rest of the planet.

Instead, on your next vacation or holiday, try bringing along some current CDs or cassette tapes. When you tire of the cab’s selection of the greatest American music, offer the driver one of your own. In some parts of the world, you could give your new potential friend a colorful tee-shirt from home and they would be “happy as a clam.” Of course, what action you take depends significantly on where in the world you are located. Take a moment, evaluate your surroundings, and use your best judgement.

Giving simple, inexpensive gifts is an excellent way to reach out and touch people. Consider the many other things that would be acceptable and appreciated. Isn’t supposed to be better to give than receive? Go ahead and give it a try. You’ll likely be surprised at the outcome!

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