If you’re starting out on your first trip, this is for you. Hell, even if it’s your 20th trip, this is for you too!
On connecting with locals
54. Learn some of the local language. It will not only give you confidence, but will give you a ready-made excuse to talk to anyone (to ask for help or practice).
55. Avoid getting trapped in expat bubbles — tap their knowledge but don’t use them as a comfort blanket.
56. Keep a “promise book” with you (can just be the back of your travel journal). Use this to help keep the promises you make to the people you meet on the road (e.g. sending the photo you took of them). Be good to your word.
57. Don’t just seek out conversation with your peers. Some of the best connections you can make abroad are with the very old or very young, even if all you get out of them is a warm smile.