Tourists love 'live like a local' travel. Do locals?

37 thoughts on “Tourists love 'live like a local' travel. Do locals?

  • Been an avid traveler for the past 17 years thanks to the mileage I earned from traveling for work. I’ve always told people I prefer to “live like a local”, meaning that I rent an apartment and go to the local market, ask for the help of locals to guide my food and “site-seeing” choices. I’ve always considered “live like a local” traveling to be when you befriend the people who live there and truly immerse yourself in the culture for the sake of learning and going outside your comfort zone. No photos for social media. No trendy shopping. Guess I’ll stop using the phrase “live like a local”.

  • I'm a Portuguese-american and i lived in Lisbon for a few years. Lisbon is easily one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
    The problem is the cost of living is going to through the roof, especially the housing market. Portugal's minimum wage is 600€ per month but renting a 1 bedroom apartment can cost you more than 500€ per month and i'm being generous. Working-class people from Lisbon can't afford to live there.

  • Tourism is great for Portugal except the pressure it creates on locals, locals dont have the buying power that can match tourists and speculative housing makes it impossible to buy or rent a house, in Lisbon and Porto specially. I just hope our government can stop this out of hand growth. Loved the video !

  • If I want to travel to the certain place, I want to travel there not because I want to see and experience the same thing I had in my country. I want to experience something new and different culture I never had before. I think every country should keep that in mind, not making the same with every other countries for the sake of convenience and capitalism.

  • It's kinda funny that the woman who's interviewed runs a souvenir shop with many expensive (for tourists) items. I'd say avocado toast is not really a problem – I think many locals also like hipster cafes and new interesting restaurants just as much as tourists. Rent prices or evictions are real issues and hopefully the local government has the wisdom to maintain a balance. Recent policy changes maybe offer some hope.

  • It’s the job of the locals to preserve the culture. If they bend and cater to tourists needs it will become another theme park.

  • While I don’t support government rent control, i believe Airbnb should regulate prices because its destroying the life’s of locals.

  • Airbnb is not going anywhere, they're here to stay. But maybe cities could impose % limits for airbnb. Once the limit is reached, no new units will be added until more rental spaces are created or someone delists their rental.

  • Thanks for the great click bait story quartz you guys never disappoint. You should make another video about how people should stay in 5 stay hotels and never visit anything other than tourist traps.

  • I overheard a conversation between a few locals in my home city and they were discussing this very topic. One of them said:

    "As long as the tourists that come here are wealthy and spend a lot of money during their stay here, then I'm fine with that.

    I just don't like those cheap tourists that only take pictures, rarely eat out in the local restaurants/bars/pubs, do AirBnb, and only go to the free attractions. They put a strain on the local housing economy, public transportation services, and overcrowd the place."

  • Tourism will continue to explode because people all around the world are getting wealthier, and in the 2040 with 4 billion (now there are 1.4, in the 80's, 0.2) tourists there is no way to find an alternative to the touristification

    This is not bad, but we must get used to it. There is no way you can have sustainable local tourism when most people in the world are middle class, the only alternative is to go back to the era when no-one afforded travel

  • Change is unavoidable. The question is how it occurs. If it from centralized control like with the EuroZone, everybody loses on net. If it is organic, grass-roots, by choice of the property owners, then all will benefit, on net. Some will always complain because they see only immediate limited growing pains, not the whole picture or the end result.
    The less the govt. is involved, the better. Zero taxation would speed up constructive change.

  • AirBnb is a virus. It creates a housing shortage for locals and jack up rent prices. Thankfully, at least in NYC where many building ban them unless you own a 'house' but the majority of people live in apartments that management prohibits the listings. In my building if you are caught it is a $500 fine plus any legal fees.

  • "Locals" haven't lived in Lisbon for over 30 years. Lisbon metro area is 3M people, the city centre is about 500 thousand people. Local officials have consistently taken disjointed policies not to make Lisboa manageable. This demographic problem only caught media's eye when tenants started updating rents that had been frozen since the 70s.

  • As someone who lived in Lisbon for several years and saw the change first hand, it really sucks. I left cause the city was effectively ruined by tourism. And I'm not anti-tourism, but I am anti-the government not doing enough to curb overtourism. A few of the problems that allowed overtourism, aside from the general economic state of the country, are: A) Airbnb et al being allowed to run rampant, B) publications and media companies continously saying Lisbon is the next cool place to be C) Web Summit, etc, bringing in even more hipsters and digital bro-mads. Not to mention, the more this cycle continues, the less Portuguese it becomes, which is the reason people started going in the first place (sun, local charm, historic city, good prices, good food, etc).

  • What other industry do countries like Spain and Portugal have other than tourism in order for the country to survive? The unemployment rate is super high. Embrace the tourism and make a profit off of it.

  • Tourism is booming all around the world. If you don't work in tourism some way some how, they you're missing out on this wave! Do not complain that your neighborhood is changing if you are not going to adapt to the changes.

  • I've been to Portugal for 3 weeks last year, Lisbon for a week, and it's a magical place. The locals were genuinely friendly and the city is truly beautiful. Fact is, it is filled with tourists. I found some of the popular tourist places to be insufferable and just went on exploring small streets and neighborhoods away from it all. I can see how the locals are sick of living in a place like that, but more importantly, their cost of living has risen significantly. However, unlike some (I see u, Frenchies and Andalucians) they will not treat you like shit because you're a tourist! I've never felt so good and homey in any foreign country besides Portugal, so I send so much love to Portuguese people and am forever grateful for being the major reason why my holidays were so enjoyable.

  • capitalism rots at the core. It destroys everything and everyone. We can't have nice authentic places to travel to anymore because of greed and the priority of making money to "boost the economy" at the expenses of locals. The whole world is becoming a large money making disneyland.

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