June 26, 2011
Meeting the Locals: Connecting on the Road and at Home (video)
One of the most unexpected surprises of budget travel has been the connection with people. One of my favorite parts of our trips happens not only when we meet locals along the way, but also other travelers back home afterward.
Traveling the “five-star” way (having lived on board a cruise ship for seven years) I had certainly met many travelers. For nearly all of my six-month contracts, I quickly made friends with staff from different countries and enjoyed the dorm-like aspects of shipboard life. I occasionally made friends with passengers but that was somewhat challenging and frowned upon by our employer.
When I left the Seven Seas, I thought my travel days were behind me but after meeting George traveling began again, in full swing but a different style of budget - no longer was I Julie MaCoy Assistant Cruise Director but rather XX-anonymous of the unplanned budget scene.
Video: Our Guide: Keke
Recently in Taiwan, we met amazing people who really went out of their way to help us. We also met groups of students on field trips (video) in Tainan and Keke in Bundai, the port city for Penghou Islands, also known as the Hawaii of Taiwan.
Author’s Note: We are leaving for six weeks in Samoa and Tonga and will not be online for most of the summer! Check our website for more details: http://www.wesaidgotravel.com/. We will bring you stories and photos of the South Pacific this Fall. Lisa and George