One of the worst travel scenarios you have ever planned: choose a destination, explore the best deals on flights, and spend your journey just sick when you arrive. Don't worry, your trip is not a total bust. Here are 8 ways to live in a foreign country without leaving your hotel room:
1. Look in the window. Sounds simple, but it's true; by watching the daily lives of the local residents, you will understand how a city works. Look at how people behave: bike, ride, drive or use public transport. See where and when they eat, how they dress, how they communicate, and how it differs from your home life. Plus, business people are always fun … and you don't have to enjoy your room! Of course, you will also be interested in the weather. When it's cold and wet, you're always closed!
2. Read all of this! Even if you can't read the local newspaper's language, scroll and look at the pictures; you'll see places you've never known before. Check out the magazines that reflect your location. Read brochures advertising local events and museums. These brochures often provide information about popular tourist attractions and many pictures. If nothing else, read your book, which is completely gentle and boring, which will definitely make you fall asleep. But if you are sick, you need zzz anyway.
3. Look at the TV. You should always follow the local news to see if there is any breaking story you need to know. Plus, the news will tell you stories about the city, especially human interest stories and local events. Watch popular sports events or browse cultural and entertainment programs to find out what local people are interested in. Just be aware that many foreign countries are allowed nudity and vulgar language. It is like a pay cable with no extra cost. Score!
4. Order a local meal. The hotel staff will have plenty of recommendations for great local restaurants offering local or popular cuisine. Just call the concierge and ask if locals can order what you eat. You may want to skip room service because meals are generally too expensive and unreliable.
5. Contact a tourism office. Even in small cities there are some English-speaking tourism centers. Ask them about what is happening around the city, or send your reading material to your hotel room. Tourist centers will have plenty of information explaining customs and explaining cultural events, exhibitions and celebrations.
6. Get to know the locals. Yes, you can do it without leaving the hotel room. Use the instant messaging service to search for people in the cities you are currently online. Go to MySpace or Facebook, search for groups you visit, and send messages to some people. You can even go to Skype and talk or record face-to-face with local residents through a webcam. Many locals will want to speak with you to brag about their country and practice in English.
7. Read reviews online. Here's another thing you can do online: Go to sites like TripAdvisor or VirtualTourist and read the experiences of other people. Live very lively among other travelers by reading about their experiences in the areas you plan to visit. Better yet, check out travel blogs. Bloggers describe their journey as a magazine in detail, and offer ideas you may not have received from your guidebook. Just search for a "travel blog" or "blog list" in just one search engine and you'll find thousands of blogs with articles related to your destination.
8. Clicked on the mini bar. Hotels usually fill a mini stick with snacks and drinks locally. Each country specializes in eating or drinking, and your chances are already in your room – everything from soda to snacks. Sure, it may not be good for the abdomen, but it's worth it for the soft.
Staying in your hotel room is not the ideal way to spend your time walking. However, sometimes it is better to sacrifice a day or two for a full recovery benefit to enjoy the rest of your journey. Plus, nobody should know that you have to leave your room!