Here's the round-up of this week's #TTOT:
Q1: What defines non-tourist travel? (submitted by OysterWorldwide)
- MalloryOnTravel: The tourist seeks souvenirs, whilst the traveller seeks experiences
- AlexPlim: Non-tourist travel is heading wherever the wind takes you, which takes guts when you've only got a finite amount of time
- belleandi: Going with the flow and see what and where seems a good idea on the spur of the moment. No: packages, resort hotels, plans
- AnthonyOFlynn: Traveling instinctively and putting down the guide books- make your own plans and immerse yourself in culture
- travel_thoughts: Non-tourist travel is when don't have a predetermined agenda. Doing something you didn't hear or know about before arriving.
|Going off the beaten track in India|
- markosul: Switching "bottoms" with my wife so I could swim in a speedo-only pool in Brazil
- MyPostcardFrom: Buying plastic clip on Koalas from Sydney. We gave them away to family on our return. Too embarrassing to have around the house.
- 25travels: Eating at McDonald
- WFTristan: Having to wear a cotton wool nappy after taking most of the skin off my backside whilst in France
- WomanSeeksWorld: A 17-night, 12 country Contiki tour when I was 20...I hang my head in shame thinking about it now
|Buying "tacky" souvenirs at The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul|
- beforeiam35: When I don't get stared at anymore!
- TotalTravelBug: When you stop paying tourist rates for everything!
- corduroy08: When the dogs stop biting me and start licking me
- insidetravellab: When I can use the underground/metro/subway without looking at a map!
- AtHomeAway: I feel like a local when I begin unconsciously swearing in a foreign language. "Merde!" Excuse my French
|Navigating NYC's subway system like a local|
- chippy2u: A homestay in a small village with locals in Yap, Micronesia. Ate betel nut, husked coconuts, home cooked island food each day
- carlitarocks: A samba contest in the countryside of Salto, Brazil
- nishim3: Being taken for a tour of the Amsterdam red light area by a former prostitute
- QunoSpotter: Kissing the boys and making them cry in Le Marche, Italy
- jetsetgisele: I lived in Mombasa for two months and everyday I would get a "Jambo" and a hug from the local fruit lady
|Eating with local Bedouins in Petra|
- NickAtFeynan: Sitting in a Bedouin friend's tent near Feynan, listening to his family's stories and sipping sweet tea by a fire
- RickGriffin: Always feel at home where ever there's Charmin in the restroom
- monaibra: When staying with a Persian friend's family in Montreal and eating authentic Persian food in my PJs!
- KirkShack: Finding Vegemite in a shop in Vietnam
- verty: Of course Stockholm is my holm away from holm
- travel_thoughts: Any time I have the time to unpack the ENTIRE contents of my bag
- InAForeignLand: Home is where my backpack is when traveling
|Feeling at home with my backpack|
Next weeks #TTOT topic is: "Adventure Travel" submitted by traveldudes. Submit your questions here! And don't forget to tune follow the #TTOT every Tuesday at 9:30am and 9:30pm GMT!
As always, a HUGE travel community thank you to our #TTOT hosts and organizers: traveldudes, roniweiss, toddwassel, traveldesigned, insidetravellab, WildJunket, tbloggersunite and mobilelawyer!
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