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Living Like Locals Resources on Slowing Down and Settling Into Places When You Travel

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We’ve got lots of living like locals resources on slowing down and settling in to places when you travel, from scores of reviews of apartments and holiday rentals that we’ve stayed in to tips on everything from renting riads in Morocco to how to save money when self-catering.

Our long term aim is to provide a comprehensive directory of living like locals resources, not only pointing to stories and guides on our own site, but to quality content elsewhere. Until we get time to do that, here are some posts we think you’ll find helpful if you’re planning on slowing down and settling in to a place for a while and having a go at living like locals when you next travel.

Living Like Locals Resources on Slowing Down and Settling into Places When Your Travel

Our Guides to Local Travel

What Is Local Travel and Is It Over Yet?
Some seem to see it as a passing fad or a hot travel trend. For us, it’s just how we travel.

Musings on Local Travel and Living Like Locals in Milan
The long-stay in Italy that really got us hooked on local travel.

Local Travel – It’s About The People You Meet
The biggest appeal about local travel for us has always been local people.

Local Knowledge
Browse our Local Knowledge interviews with locals around the world, from artists and architects to musicians and chefs, for thousands of insider secrets and tips to how local residents would love you to experience their hometowns.

Would You Pay to Meet a Local When You Travel?
The rise of sites that enable travellers to hire local guides and rent new friends.

How to Live Like Locals When You Travel

Tips to Renting Holiday Apartments – a checklist
Our advice from lessons we’ve learned renting scores of holiday apartments over many years.

Tips to Renting a Holiday Villa
There are different things to consider when it comes to renting villas and houses; our tips.

How to Avoid Holiday Rental Scams – advice from the experts
We gather tips from the major holiday rental companies on how to avoid getting scammed.

Tips on Renting a Riad in Morocco
Our advice based on our experience staying in riads.

With Holiday Rentals, It’s the Little Things That Make a Difference
Owners should provide some basics in every rental. But then there are the little extras that can make a stay special.

Getting It Right – Selecting The Perfect Holiday Rental
The things we considered when choosing properties for our 2010 global grand tour staying in holiday rentals.

Interview with a Holiday Rental Owner: Rusty Irons from Austin
We asked the perfect holiday rental owner to share her secrets.

A Museum to Local Produce: the Pantry at Rusty Irons
One of the many things that made this holiday rental owner’s property stand out was her pantry.

From Paddock to Plate: Farm to Home Delivery
A service in Austin, Texas that delivers fresh, local organic produce to your holiday rental.

Have You Ever Wanted to Hug Your Concierge?
Some of the holiday rental owners, caretakers, neighbors, and locals who have touched us; people we’d be less likely to meet staying in hotels.

The Holiday Rental Concierge As Your Local Best Friend
Is a concierge service a growing trend in holiday rentals? We hope so.

Goodbye Hotel Fatigue, Hello Holiday Homes! 
The post that partly explains how and why we were able to start Grantourismo.

The Digs – our ‘Home Away From Home In…’ reviews
Countless reviews of holiday rentals, villas, riads, apartment rentals, serviced apartments, and other self-catering accommodation that we’ve tested out around the world, from Paris to RioCape Town to Tokyo, Marrakech to Mexico, as well as reviews of boutique hotels and destination round-ups like these on apartment rentals in Sydney and Melbourne.

A Stroll Around Our Balinese Villa Gardens
Because sometimes a review isn’t enough…

Scenes from Villa Tukad, Bali
And sometimes pretty pictures aren’t enough either: sights and sounds from the idyllic surroundings of a Balinese villa rental.

Our Guides to Slow Travel

Slow Travel – the Best Budget Travel Secret We Can Share
Going slow is the easiest thing you can do to reduce travel costs.

At Home in Hoi An
Reflections on the beauty of settling in to one place for a while in contrast to ticking off countless places.

A Winter’s Tale: Our First Full Winter In Europe
Our case for off-season travel, a time when you’re more likely to meet locals.

Slow Travel Berlin
Tips from a local proponent of slow travel on experiencing Berlin slowly.

And just for fun…

We’ll always have Paris but hopefully not these again!A tip if you’re renting apartments in Paris and other old European cities: check if there’s an elevator if you’re not fond of stairs, otherwise, be prepared to deal with the Paris Stairmaster.

Monkey Business – Our Friends in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Some advice if you’re renting in Costa Rica: if you’re not a fan of wild animals, make sure you rent a villa with walls, windows and doors.

Living Like Locals Resources is the first part of a three part series. Coming soon: Shopping, Cooking, Eating and Entertaining.


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