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Last month, The Travel Word examined the question “What is Experiential Travel?” To follow up, we’re bringing you more stories and ideas to get you on your experiential way.

Where to start? We’ve heard from our network of local experts about travelling with all five senses. We tell you where you are welcomed into the homes of locals with homestays around the world and in Laos. We share recommendations about local experiences in Brazil and set you thinking about how to get inside a destination by experiencing a national holiday.

Experiential travel is a mindset. Find out how it can turn mishap into adventure and how ‘experiential’ is travel’s future.

All the best,

Cynthia Ord, Editor, The Travel Word newsletter

beaches, cities, festivals & events, food & drink, forests & jungles, islands, local knowledge, music, personal experience

Experiencing the World with All Five Senses

WHL Group 25 July 2012

To dig deeper into the concept of ‘experiential travel,’ we asked the WHL Group’s partners – local travel experts from around the globe – to tell us how life feels in their destinations. We asked them to get sensory about it. Find out which of the five senses is most heightened when you open your eyes, nose, mouth, ears and hands in a new place.

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adventure travel, Cambodia, food & drink, indigenous culture, local knowledge, Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, top five

MY HOUSE IS YOUR HOUSE: UNIQUE HOMESTAYS AROUND THE WORLD

LAUREL ANGRIST 2 JULY 2012

No matter where you travel – the saying goes – there’s still no place like home. Luckily, for many travellers, it’s now possible to forgo run-of-the mill hotel stays in favour of a night (or more) spent with a local family. Commonly known as ‘homestays,’ such local travel opportunities offers win-win outcomes for both travellers and their hosts. Here are five of our favourite cultural homestays.

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Asia, children, food & drink, indigenous culture, Laos, local knowledge, personal experience, South-Eastern Asia, whl.travel

Homestays: Experiencing the Real Laos

Cindy Fan 16 July 2012

We’re in the small village of Ban Dong Muong in southern Laos. We’ll be staying in someone’s home tonight – no hotels here. Our accommodations will be the floor of a simple home. Village life is an integral part of Lao culture and society, and this homestay will allow us to experience how the majority of people in this developing country live.

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adventure travel, opinion, personal experience, responsible travel

Will All Travel Become 'Experiential'?

Alex Narracott 20 July 2012

Experiential travel, local travel, responsible travel, ethical travel, ecotourism. Can you spot the difference? When you boil down such expressions to their essence, they all really mean one thing: travel done properly. Perhaps one day we will reach a golden moment when we can quit naming it ‘experiential travel’ or anything else, and simply go back to calling it ‘travel.’

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beaches, Brazil, cities, ecotours, forests & jungles, islands, local knowledge, opinion, personal experience, South America, waterfalls

Experiencing Brazil from a Local’s Perspective

whl.travel 9 July 2012

The Travel Word asked its partners in Brazil the following question: “If you were hosting a visitor in your city for only one day, what single experience would be central for that visitor to come away with a deeper understanding of your city and your country?” The responses were fantastically varied, highlighting the great diversity that underpins Brazil.

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Asia, cities, Croatia, Europe, food & drink, Netherlands, North America, personal experience, USA, Vietnam, whl.travel

When Travel Mishaps Turn Experiential

WHL Group 29 June 2012

By the looks of glossy travel magazines and flashy vacation websites, things can only go right on the road. But anyone who has practiced the art of travel knows it’s not always lollipops and rainbows. The staff at The Travel Word has had its fair share of travel mishaps. We found that some of our richest travel stories started with a mini-crisis and ended with a mega-experience.

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festivals & events, holy sites, indigenous culture, local knowledge, music, top five, whl.travel

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS: EXPERIENTIAL TRAVEL AT ITS BEST

ETHAN GELBER 4 JULY 2012

The (northern hemisphere) summer holiday season is now well and truly upon us, complete with major celebrations. Independent travellers with a particular penchant for direct, deep and engaging discovery – something sometimes called experiential travel – of new lands and cultures often wrap their travel plans around these happenings. Here are some of our favourites.

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