Hello you! Welcome to my first blog post! My name is Celine, I’m 20 years old and I am from the Netherlands. I recently started working as an intern at Langille & Colburne – More Than Events (based in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada), and I have been loving every minute of it!
Now some of you might think, what is she doing here so far away from home? The thing is, I just love to travel and see the world. I love to meet new people and get to know other cultures by trying to be a part of it as much as possible during my stay. What better way to do that than to work in another culture for half a year!? You get to see parts of a country which you wouldn’t have time for when you’re just coming over for a holiday.
There is so much to see outside of city limits that is not included in the travel guides and the best way to see those spots is to team-up with a local. I have always been very lucky because I’ve had lots of offerings from locals to show me around.
A couple of years ago my family and I were on vacation in New York. While my mom and I were shopping in a big department store, a lady who worked there approached us. She could tell we were tourists and asked how long we were going to be in town for. We told her we were leaving on Saturday and the lady looked very disappointed. She said she would have liked to take us to a mass in a Christian church in Harlem, but the masses were only on Sundays. Since we couldn’t do that she offered to give us a tour through Harlem on another day. If it wasn’t for her we wouldn’t have seen any part of it!
Unfortunately, we’re not always that lucky. But, do not fear, there are other ways to ensure you have the same experience(s)…
A lot of cities have their own guided tours and most of them are led by local people. In the big cities there are obviously more guided tours to choose from; I usually try to find a company where I’m 100% sure the guide is a local (these are smaller companies most of the time). This is so much easier than walking around town, trying to find a pub, brewery or a restaurant where only locals go. Spotting tourists isn’t the hard part and you only have to avoid them to find some local pearls. But if you’re on a tour you can always ask the guide what his/her favorite place is. Because if you go to a good local place, not only can you dive into local goodies, it’s the perfect place to meet new people!
Guided tours save you the trouble of running blind to try to find the right spots and the right people who are willing to show you around, they’ve done the research, and already know what the authentic experience is all about. That is part of the reason I signed-up with L&C – their Out of Bounds guided tours focus on rural, and truly doing what the locals do! The best part, while I’m here in Canada, I am going to be helping to develop some of the OOB tours, so please stay tuned!