Forget About Being a Tourist! Here is How to be A Local in Cebu
November 26th, 2016 / By Oi Meira
Countries in Asia have been European and American tourists’ treasures. They adore the beautiful beaches, exotic food and weather. Believe me or not, some tourists not only look for leisure there but also ‘love.’ There are so many articles talking about the differences of tourist and traveler. I am not judging which one are you, but I am totally agree that there are some differences between these terms.
When I visited two biggest cities cities in the Philippines, Manila and Cebu City, I was shocked that I heard things about the foreigners there. Some of them chose to stay in a very luxurious seashores hotels. Some might have chosen the middle class inn, while the others chose the extra cheap hostels. Some travelers told me, this is what differ them with those people who stay in a very expensive hotels.
“They want to see the beaches and don’t really care about the locals. They do want to try the local food, but they choose taxi and Uber rather than joining the locals, taking public transportation. It’s not about because they suddenly become ‘rich’ after changing dollars to Philippines Peso. But it’s because they don’t really want to experience what it’s like to be the locals,” said a German girl who has traveled around Asia countries for like a year.
This girl, that I don’t really want to open the name here as I haven’t asked her, knows well how those tourists who just want to sight seeing the famous places, leaving a bunch of trash and don’t really want to learn something from the locals. About the habits. The culture. The way they think and solve a lot of problems.
This girl may be right. But as I am not experienced with this annoying tourist thingy, I don’t wanna judge. You have the reasons why do you travel and stay at the high class hotels, visiting the mainstream places, and choose the taxi style while going around the city. Whatever their reason is, I choose how I travel. I want to learn about what the Philippines has. All the local things! I wanna know how does it feel if I am a Filipina, no matter how difficult it is. And then I finally did it.
What did I do in Cebu City?
In Cebu City, I took their public transportation. I ate their local food. I tried to speak in Cebuano, even if it was very hard. It was getting harder when most of the locals didn’t believe that I am an Indonesian, as we do have the same look, from the skin color to the face shape. It was hard, but I learned a lot of things. Plus, I also shared you how you can get around the city. Getting around by taxi might be safe and you won’t be confused. But I think youo’ll have a different sensation if you take the local ones.
I don’t want to experience this awesome thing alone. Fortunately, my first paid article for Travelicious World has publishes! Maybe it’s just nothing for some experienced travelers. But I hope you will enjoy this story and learn more how to be a local in Cebu City. Feel free to check it out now. Oh by the way, if you haven’t found any locals there to stay with, you can just find a cheap hotel here, on TravelBook. Not only a very nice room, but you also will get a discount, up to 50%! This is an affiliate article. I don’t get much money from this, but if you click the link here and book a room, I will appreciate it.