It's one of the worst-case travel scenarios that you never plan on. Select a destination, research the best deals for flights, spend months planning your itinerary so that you only get sick when you arrive. Don't worry, your trip is not a total bust. Here are 8 ways to feel like a foreign country without even leaving your hotel room.
1. Look at the window. It sounds very simple but true. You are well aware of how the city operates, watching locals live their daily lives. Look at how people move. Do they ride, ride, drive or use public transport? Look at where and when they eat, how they dress, how they interact, and confirm how it differs from the life you returned home. Besides, buses are always fun … and there's no need to touch your room. Of course, you will also be interested in the weather. If it is cold and wet, in any case you are the best.
2. Read about it. Even if you can't read the language of the local newspaper, scroll down and view the pictures. you will probably see places you never knew about. Check out magazines that give you an idea of your destination. Read pamphlets promoting local events and museums. Often these brochures will provide information on popular sights and many pictures. If all else fails, read your totally rude and boring guide that will inevitably put you to sleep. But if you are sick, you will need a trimmer.
3. Watch TV. You should always check local news to see if there are any breaking stories you need to know. In addition, the news will show you around the city, especially human interest stories and local events. Watch favorite sports events or check out culture and entertainment programs to find out what locals are interested in. You just know that in many foreign countries nudity and naughty language are allowed. It's like a pay cable, with no extra costs. Account:
4. Order local food. The hotel staff will have many suggestions for great local restaurants serving national or favorite cuisine. Just call the concierge and ask if they can order you the food that locals eat. You may want to skip room service as the food is usually very expensive and not reliable.
5. Contact the Tourism Office. Even small towns have tourist centers with English-speaking staff. Ask them about events happening all over the city, or force them to send reading materials to your hotel room. Tourism centers will have a lot of information explaining their customs and detailing cultural events, exhibitions and celebrations.
6. Meet the locals. Yes, you can do it without ever leaving your hotel room. Use an instant messaging service that lets you search for people by city who are currently online. Go to MySpace or Facebook, search for groups about the place you visit, and send messages to some people. You can even go to Skype and chat or text face-to-face with locals through the Webcam. Many locals will want to talk to you about boasting about their country and learning English.
7. Read reviews online. Here's another thing you can do online: visit sites like TripAdvisor or VirtualTourist and read about other people's experiences. Just live with other travelers by reading their experience stories designed to visit the places you plan to visit. Moreover, check out the travel blogs. Bloggers describe their travels like a magazine in detail, and understand that you can't get the guide. Just search the "travel blog" or "blog list" in the search engine and you'll find thousands of blogs with articles about your destination.
8. Raise the mini bar. Hotels usually pack a mini-bar with snacks and drinks available locally. Every country specializes in some type of food or drink, and the likelihood is that it's already in your room, everything from soda to snacks. Of course, it may not be very good for your abdomen, but it is worth it.
Obviously, being stuck in your hotel room is not an ideal way to travel. But sometimes it is better to sacrifice a day or two for sightseeing to fully recover so that you can actually enjoy the rest of your trip. In addition, no one should know that you have never left your room.