Why you should talk to strangers when you’re abroad

Why you should talk to strangers when you’re abroad

When I was growing up, my mother used to tell me that life is like a train: it runs its course, it makes many stops, and while some people hop in and out, others stay for the ride. I fondly think of this tale while I am travelling. In the...

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How to order tacos in Mexico City like you know what you’re talkin’ about

How to order tacos in Mexico City like you know what you’re talkin’ about

We asked Milton, our local guide in Mexico City, how to correctly order a taco from one of the city’s classic street stalls. This is a great question and actually complex to explain, but I’ll try my best! In Mexico, there are almost 70 different types of corn — which...

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Meet: Mike, our local expert in Toronto

Meet: Mike, our local expert in Toronto

Learn more about our guides around the globe — everything from what makes the perfect day in their city, to how they landed in tourism, to why they love working with Urban Adventures. On how he ended up in Toronto… This is my second round in Toronto. I originally moved...

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12 city surprises you can find on a Locals on Tap tour

12 city surprises you can find on a Locals on Tap tour

You’ve arrived, you’ve unpacked, you’ve battled your jet lag. So what’s next? Do you check out Shanghai’s local beer scene? (Yes, there is one!) Or soak in Lima’s bohemian vibe? Instead of turning to Google or that dog-eared guidebook from the ’90s, turn to local experts. Connect with in-the-know locals...

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Meet: Oihana, our local expert in San Sebastián

Meet: Oihana, our local expert in San Sebastián

Learn more about our guides around the globe — everything from what makes the perfect day in their city, to how they landed in tourism, to why they love working with Urban Adventures. On why she loves San Sebastián… I live 20 minutes away from San Sebastián in a neighbouring...

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How to hail a cab in NYC

How to hail a cab in NYC

We asked Nikki, our local guide and expert in New York City, how to properly hail a cab so you don’t look like a silly tourist flapping your arms about on Broadway. 1. Get on a street that’s headed in the direction you want to go. Aim to be toward...

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40+ things locals say you should know about their cities when you visit

40+ things locals say you should know about their cities when you visit

There are some basic rules that follow travellers around wherever they go: watch out for pickpockets in tourist zones; negotiate a taxi rate before you get in the cab; when in doubt, don’t drink the water. But then there are some specific rules for each country, and even each city....

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It’s not what you know. It’s who you know. Introducing… Locals on Tap!

It’s not what you know. It’s who you know. Introducing… Locals on Tap!

Pop quiz. You’ve just arrived in a strange new city. What’s your next move? Do you: (a) Reach for your guidebook? (b) Awkwardly try to make friends at the bus stop (or, God forbid, on Tinder)? (c) Join a small group of travellers and a friendly local host for a drink in a cool...

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