Approaches to traveling in Germany the alternative way
Now when I say, “alternative approaches to travel”, I don’t mean doing all of it virtually from the internet. Thankfully the influence of Web 2.0 hasn’t come to that. With travel becoming more accessible, especially for the young folk, hearing our friends telling us about their holiday in some exotic destination is an all too common occurrence. If you want to take an alternative approach to your travel plans in Germany, then here are some inspiring tips.
Although hitch-hiking is almost a ‘dying art’, it does not mean that it’s the end of a cheap ride and maybe stir-up an interesting conversation or two with a complete stranger. Online car-pooling has started to become more popular with petrol prices increasing. Thankfully it can be done online so the platform is pretty safe. It is definitely an interesting way to get from A to B.
Rent an apartment and stay with a local
Almost like car-pooling but with accommodation, the trend of booking a room or whole property has increased over the years. There could be many reasons for this, its affordability, comfort of not staying in a generic hostel bed and living like a local. Apartment offers in Berlin and worldwide have great spaces for visitors. There are even listings where you can stay with your host, which is always a brilliant opportunity if you really want to get to know a city at a local level.
Make the most of local festivals
Germany has a lot of festivals throughout the year from traditional folk to alternative festivals. If you really want to understand a culture and its people, then doing your research and planning on a trip to a few festivals is a good idea. Oktoberfest of course takes the prize for the most influential but don’t forget Karneval in Cologne and the Christmas markets all across Germany. Music festivals like Fusion and Melt can be pricey but if you are lucky enough to pull a few strings you could even see yourself working at one whether it be for money or a free ticket!
Ironically, with these tips being alternative ways of seeing this diverse land, they happen to be cheaper as well. It just goes to show that not all interesting travel stories come from paying an entrance fee to a tourist site. Especially in Germany.