Traveling the World to Meet Local People

ABOUT THE SOCIAL TRAVEL EXPERIMENT

I am using the words “Social Travel” repeatedly throughout this website and it is interwoven in anything I am writing here. But I think this would be a good place to explain the words in detail.

Social Travel is not Social Media Travel

Some people might think that when I use the words social travel I might revere to social media travel. These people that travel and stay connected with the world through social media to get the most out of their trip. They use Instagram to upload their pictures and Facebook to let the world know where they are right now and that they are having fun. They use Pinterest to get all their travel inspiration and are really troubled if their hostel doesn’t have WIFI to tweet about their stay, their last lunch or the annoying guy sleeping in the bunk-bed next to them.

This is not what I am talking about when I say Social Travel. It uses the same word “Social” which means community or connected to people. But while social media connects with people through the internet, Social Travel wants to connect with people in real life.
Social Travelers want to connect with real people. They want to meet locals, befriend them, learn about their lives, their lifestyles, how they live, where they work, what they eat, and what they do in their spare time. They want to know what kind of values people in other countries have, how they are shaped by their customs and traditions and maybe most importantly of all by their history.

What is The Social Travel Experiment?

This website, The Social Travel Experiment, is here to teach you the best ways to become a social traveler.
I go into detail how to meet people and communicate with them and how to share their lives, by using Couchsurfing and Airbnb.
I also teach you about the things that I have learned from locals in the places that I visit. I try to write about the things that were recommended to me by locals, no matter if it is food, or someplace to visit.
I also want to teach you about things that you will be interested in if you are a social traveler, like customs and traditions and history.

Who is this Blog for?

So now the question, who is this website for? It is for you, yes you on the other side of this screen. If what I wrote above about meeting locals and getting an in-depth look into a culture appeals to you, then this website is for you.
And if you are thinking “I have a full-time job and no time to get to know a destination so in depth” then I would like to reassure you, that through the things that I teach, and the help of locals you will have the most rewarding, the deepest experiences everywhere you go, even if you only have a couple of days.

Now that you know what social travel is and what this website is all about, it might be time to get to know me. Just read on below if you are interested in knowing who is pouring their heart and sweat and inspiration into this website.

Or you can jump right in and learn about how to become a social traveler by following this link.

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MEET LENA

Lena

From: Germany
Currently in: Japan
Age: 25 (1992/04/07)
Interests: Reading, shopping, relaxing on the beach, eating delicious food
Motto: Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.

Hi, my name is Lena and I am the founder of The Social Travel Experiment. This post is all about the person behind the blog. So if you were wondering who is creating the content around here, that would be me.

My Love for Travel

I think it is because of my parents that I fell in love with the world. When I was growing up in Germany we would go on family holidays once a year. The most memorable one was a four-week trip to Venezuela where my mother grew up until she was 18 years old. She showed us her old house and school and I was fascinated by the difference between what I was used to in Germany and the rest of Europe and what I was now experiencing in Venezuela. The food was very different but most of what I tried was delicious, the people behaved differently and led quite different lives than the people who I know from back home.

In my teens, I developed a love for Japan. I started learning the language because I wanted to understand what the characters in my favorite anime were saying. Even though I lost the interest in anime quite quickly, my love for Japan only grew. At first, it was the music, then the food and traditions. My first visit was at 18. I stayed with a host family in Tokyo and attended a language school. I had 6 weeks to explore the Japanese capital. I came back repeatedly after that, and after my graduation, I came here for work and have been living in Japan for almost 3 years now.

I am still fascinated by everything the Japanese people do, but I have grown restless staying in one place. My Japanese boyfriend thankfully feels the same way and so we are going to start a big adventure in July 2018. A trip around the world. It will take one year and we will be visiting at least 22 countries.

Why I started this Blog

This blog is not just my travel journal, it is a place where I write about my travel philosophy, that I call Social Travel. An in-depth look at a culture through the eyes of locals. I would love to teach you all about how I travel and perceive the world and how you can do it too, even with a full-time job and limited amount of holidays.

My Values

I value honesty and transparency in real life and therefore I will also respect these values online. There are times when I write reviews about products or experiences, some will be sponsored, which means I received them for free or even received money for them. I will always state my honest opinion. I won’t leave out the parts that I didn’t like about a product or service and most of all I won’t lie.
I also would like you to know that I am using Affiliate Links throughout this website. If you purchase something through one of these links I will earn a small percentage of the sale, at no extra cost to you, so don’t hesitate to use these links.
I am also using advertising on this website. Please note that advertising is not chosen by myself and I can’t speak to the quality of products or services advertised. Use at your own discretion.

The last thing there is to say is "thank you" for your interest in me and my blog. I am looking forward to seeing more from you and I love getting to know the people who visit.
So don’t hesitate to leave a comment anywhere on this website and if you want to you can also just drop me an email to say hi.
I am looking forward to getting to know you.

If you want to jump right into the topic I suggest you read about Couchsurfing, or about how to communicate with locals without using English.

As Featured On

By the way, I have been featured or interviewed on other blogs. If you want to know more about me check out the below link:

Authentic Travels - Travel Style Interview

Expatolife - Living in Tokyo as an Expat