When we read about a country, often we’re accessing the news or travel websites or websites by international organizations that give us information like the UNDP or IMF.
But these websites tell us more about the economic, politics, and social aspects of a country during work hours, rather than what happens on weekends, holidays, and during one’s free time there.
So here’s your helpful travel hint of the day…
If at all possible, while you’re traveling in a country, find out what happens after work hours. What do people do? Where do they go? Where do they travel? What makes them most happy?
If we are trying to experience a community authentically, we can’t just read in the news about the economy, or understand the political makeup, or view where and when people jog off to work, and get a true picture of the social landscape.
No, we must observe the country on its independence day, see what’s happening on the weekends, see what happens at 5 o’clock when the office has closed and people are able to scurry about in the way that they most please.
You can tell more about Canadians on Canada Day or Thanksgiving Day or a Saturday morning market crawl than you will in a 3 pm board meeting.
And yet it’s the outcome of that 3 pm board meeting that gets the most news coverage: economic decisions, politics, imports and exports.
There is so much we can only learn through travel. So take the opportunity to learn it! Find out about what constitutes relaxation. And then maybe learn another way to relax yourself….
Happy relaxing and happy traveling to you!