Alternative Travel

July 18th, 2010  ·  posted in Blog by Greg

As many of you know, I am a big fan of traveling, not touring.  Touring to me is just seeing a country and culture at a skin-deep level, leaving much of the beauty and intrigue of a different culture unnoticed.  Traveling, on the other hand, takes you deeper into the culture itself, providing opportunities for learning, inspiration, connection, and growth.

For many years now, I have been a member of Couchsurfing, and have enjoyed the interactions I have had with people.  This is a great way to meet people from the local area, find out about things to do and see that the average tourist will never experience, and many times even get a free place to stay for a night (a great thing for people who spend a lot of time on the road).  As a host and a surfer myself, I can definitely say that it is a legitimate organization and I would recommend using this service whenever possible.

Another option that just recently came to my attention is Tripping.  Although I have no first-hand experience with this organization, I have heard good things about it from different sources.  It seems to be another option to break through the tourist wall and really get out there and experience different countries and cultures.

I’m sure there are many other options out there, and I encourage everyone to use all kinds of different sources and techniques to break away from the beaten path and start to walk the road less traveled.

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