While traveling through Europe during the last weeks, getting invited to warm beer in England and cold sausages in Austria, a question came to my mind: If we live location-independently and travel around a lot, is it still possible to be part of local communties? Hint: Expat meetings are not part of local communties.
Why should we care, you ask? Locals provide new points of view. Locals take you to the bars unpatient tourists never get to. Locals know the real secret spots that will never make it into the Lonely Planet. Locals often don’t know about location independence, but would probably be a great part of the community.
The next time you leave the house, why not skip Starbucks and go to where the locals are hanging out? If you’re living location-independently, why not live culture-independently as well and open up your mind for new things every day? The greatest risk you take is having to learn a new dance and making a fool out of yourself in front of a bunch of friendly amused strangers.
Concerning this topic, cf. also the nice and enjoyable Going Local Travel by Vicky Baker! The Idle Musings are short posts of 300 words maximum. They are published on The Friendly Anarchist every other Tuesday. Grab the RSS feed to get them right into your reader.
Featured Comment by Nate: “[…] we can experience new things right where we are. […] If we look within our own community we can find new things to do whether it’s going to a play, seeing a local band or just taking a walk down a street you’ve never been down before.”