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Traveling Like a Local

Happy Monday my love hearts!  This post is coming to you while I am snuggled in my slippers sipping on coffee. That’s right, today is a Bank Holiday, meaning no work for me.  I get to enjoy some relaxing time at home,  catching up on blog reading and dreaming of future travel adventures. {Can’t you just imagine me cozied up wearing slippers dreaming of travels?Not to rub it in or anything, but it is pretty awesome.  Beat that Monday!}  And when I plan my dream travels I always try to think a bit outside the guide book and explore like a local.  You know, the off the beaten path spots that are not chalked to the brim with tourists but are filled with quirky traits. Traveling like a local is always a goal of mine…so imagine my delight when Polly and Gena, from Like a Local magazine.  This lovely married couple have launched a quarterly publication all about giving travel insights that only locals know.  It’s a match made in travel heaven!

So, grab a cup of coffee and settle in for a little Q&A session with some fab world travelers!


Polly and Gena

Hi! We’re Polly and Gena, the husband-wife duo behind Like a Local! Like a Local is an online travel magazine featuring just one city per issue and telling the stories that a guidebook just doesn’t have time to tell. Like a Local is a quarterly production, meaning that each city and its secret depths will be highlighted in the peak of each season. Our first issue was based in Moscow, Russia and explored, among other things, illicit romances and secret killing fields. We’re not your average travel magazine.

What is your favorite stamp in your passport, and why?
Polly: One of my nine (!) Russian visas. They’re a huge pain, but each one has represented a different part of my life in Moscow.

Gena: Definitely my American one because it’s like a metro pass to other countries! With it, I could go all through Central American without needing to re-apply for a bunch of different visas.

What item is always in your carry-on?
Polly: My camera. I use a Canon Rebel SL1 with a few different lenses and I feel like I’d be lost if I didn’t have it in my bag at all times!

Gena: My MP3 player. It’s perfect for just relaxing and tuning out the world when traveling.

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What is on your European travel bucket list?

Polly: Everywhere! Aside from a few hours in airports during a layover, I’ve never been to Europe! I think first I’d like to go to the Czech Republic or Hungary.

Gena: The Czech Republic, Germany, England, and Italy.

What inspires you?
Polly: A well-written story. I’m inspired by words more than anything else.

Gena: I paint and I’m always watching YouTube videos of people better than me to learn new techniques and get more creative.

When you travel, do you collect small mementos? (Magnets, coins, spoons) If so, what do you collect?
Polly: I generally hate owning things (the upside of moving around constantly!) so I generally try to stick to collecting pictures or useful things like scarves or blankets.

Gena: I do collect things! It could be a coin, or a piece of shell, or a small toy. Just something that I can look at on my desk to remember my travels.

What is one piece of advice you would give someone who is traveling internationally for the first time?
Polly: Have low expectations! No matter where you travel, it will not always look like Pinterest and something will inevitably go wrong. Just try to go with the flow and stay as stress-free as possible. Oh, and of course – meet some locals!

Gena: Don’t be scared and get more money than you think you’ll need!

Moscow in Autumn

Can you give me clues to the locations for future/upcoming Like a Local issues?
Nope! Well, OK. We’re running a Kickstarter campaign and for ever $25 we receive, we’re releasing a new clue on our Twitter account. Even then, we don’t want to make it too easy!

Connect with Polly and Gena, and the Like a Local project here
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Tell me, how do travel like a local?  Or better yet, give me a local tip for where you live!

Happy Monday my lovelies!



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