It is only the question to what extent the mass tourist (and yes, even the self-proclaimed “travellers” are actually just a niche group in mass tourism) really comes into contact with other cultures.On the one hand, the locals try to create an “authentic” façade to meet the expectations of tourists. On the other hand, the essential elements of a culture remain hidden. These are not to be fathom in a few weeks or even months. For that you will really have to live and work in a particular country.
In India One knows the Lonely Planet Trail.This is a route that follows the bulk of travellers looking for authentic India. Towns and villages on this route are already fully set up on the groups of backpack tourists who often come into waves depending on the timetable of trains and buses. Meals and prices are then adjusted and the useless knick knacks is displayed as authentic. If the tourists have left again, the daily routine will return.This according to Anil Ramdas that a time in India wrong and wrote about there.
You will learn that, despite some cultural differences, people everywhere are largely the same.Everyone tries to survive on his way and generally people are friendly and hospitable.
Instead of complaining about Islam, all those people would have to get to know a mosque or ordinary Muslims effectively.Then you learn that it is unjustifiably how talked about them and that the news reports about them are almost exclusively negative.
You will find your way too if you do not speak the language.And that comes again because generally people are friendly and helpful. Everyone will sometimes experience negative things or come across people with less good intentions, but that will always be exceptions.
Remember that wherever you go, there will always be people who would love to help you.
I answer this question as an ex-expat.Travelling depends on the normal working person along with the amount of free time, the budget and the family circumstances. “Regular travel” is therefore a relative concept for non-expats.
As an expat, I was almost always on non touristy places in non-touristic conditions for many years in the most diverse places in the world . The experiences, images and social contacts I have gained during that period have shaped me as a person to whom I am now.
I’m going to relativate more.Everyday problems come in a different daylight. Things that are important or pushed forward in our western society are given a different value and vice versa.
I saw how one deals with everything (social, political, ethics, cultural, religion…), every culture in itself and have been able to learn to stand better in life.
All this is hard to put down so, I’m not a writer and don’t have the space here to write a book.In short: It’s up to you to travel even more, in the right way, away from tourism. You léért also travel.
I am glad that I have been given the opportunity to get in touch with people and cultures in a different way.I can advise anyone to stay away from organized trips and standard travel books/websites. Take your legs, the bike, the car, the train, the plane, it doesn’t matter, leave and do your thing, find your way already and talk to people. Travel is discovering and that starts at the moment you close your door at home behind you while you think: I’m open and see what crosses my way.