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Read a Newspaper & Feel Like a Local

April 18, 2011

When planning a trip you’ll certainly surf the web a bit. You should check in with National Geographic, check out some forums where you can talk to other travelers and get advice, and talking with an experienced travel agent is a good idea as well.

Whats hot in the Southern Hemisphere? Check out the New Zealand Herald to find out what people from Auckland to Dunedin are talking about.

Another simple thing to do is to find the local newspaper for your destination online and read up on what’s going on there. It’s an easy way to get weather reports, find out about local festivals or events you may want to attend, or just to get a feel for what the people there are talking about.

It’s much easier to strike up a conversation with locals when you’re able to ask them about a recent concert, important court case, big sporting event, or just something funny you saw (“What’s the deal with that surfing poodle?”).

Here are some of the best sources for news in other parts of the world:

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