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Ditch the guidebook: Here are 5 ways to travel like a local

Lady standing with a street performer in Piazza Navona, Rome

I’d arrived into Kathmandu weary after a long flight and with a strong urge to fall head first into bed, yet all I could hear was the chaos surrounding my hotel in Thamel; horns beeping, people shouting and music blaring. Against my better judgement I decided to head out and explore a city I knew nothing about – without so much as opening my guidebook first. I got lost. Like, totally, completely, ‘no-idea-where-I-am-or-where-to-go’  lost. Following a crowd of locals seemed…

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