How to Travel Like a Local in 6 Destinations - Brownell Travel

How to Travel Like a Local in 6 Destinations

You’ve traveled across the world and are in a new country. Now it’s time to explore and experience the culture, history, and sites so you strap on your headset, meet up with a group of 50 or so, figure out what color the guide’s umbrella is (because you know you won’t be able to actually see your guide with so many people on your tour), and you set off to rush through the must-see sites in this exciting new land.

Sound like a good trip?

No, we didn’t think so either. When you travel, it’s all about experiencing the destination like a local. Authentic experiences with a local guide allow you to really understand and connect with each new city and country. And that is what our partners at Abercrombie & Kent do best. It’s more than just checking the must-see sites off your list; it’s meeting local people and learning from them. It’s going to the main sites before the throngs of tourists arrive. It’s the extra and the unexpected that make each trip an unforgettable travel experience.

Learn how to travel like a local in these destinations with Abercrombie & Kent below.



Many travelers that want to explore Australia don’t realize that the Land Down Under is actually about the same size as the United States. That two-week trip to pop from Sydney to the Outback to the Great Barrier Reef isn’t as easy as you think.

Enter Abercrombie & Kent.

They have several carefully curated itineraries that ensure you get to experience Australia at a realistic rate. The Family Australia trip is a 9-day journey that includes Sydney, the Outback, and the Great Barrier Reef – talk about a once-in-a-lifetime experience! For more intrepid travelers, the Abercrombie & Kent’s Kimberly Cruise: Australia’s Last Frontier takes you to rarely visited areas aboard the Le Laperouse. During the 13-day adventure you can see waterfalls, reefs, mangrove forests, mountains, and more. Crikey – how do you decide where to go?!


New Zealand

You now know (if you didn’t already) just how big Australia is. So when someone wants to visit both Australia AND New Zealand in one trip, you can see how complicated it can get. And again, Abercrombie & Kent makes it possible. Their Australia & New Zealand: The Lands Down Under program takes travelers through both of these countries during one incredible 18-day trip. During this journey, you’ll get to experience the Great Barrier Reef, visit a working sheep farm, cruise through New Zealand’s Milford Sound, watch the sun set in the Australian Outback, and so much more.



Myanmar is one of those off-the-beaten-path destinations that has been virtually untouched by the rest of the world. You can experience this country’s timeless beauty through Abercrombie & Kent’s Myanmar & the Irrawaddy itinerary. The 11-day journey is part land, part water, with three nights aboard the Sanctuary Ananda on the Irrawaddy River. During this life-changing trip, you will soar above thousands of pagodas in a hot air balloon, experience the ceremonial lighting of 1,000 oil lamps at the gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, and have a private viewing of a traditional Intha boat race on Inle Lake – all with A&K’s expert guides enriching each experience along the way.



As you spot lions in the Ngorongoro Crater, watch the sunset over the African bush, and fall asleep under the stars in a tented safari camp, you can’t help but feel like you are in the real life version of The Lion King. But no need to worry about Scar and those pesky hyenas – you’re safe with Abercrombie & Kent! Their 8-day Tanzania Safari in Style journey lets travelers experience both the wildlife and the culture of Tanzania. You’ll spend time in the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater on game drives and visit a Maasai village, where you will learn about the tribe’s customs and daily life. You’ll also have a chance to visit one of the local schools that is supported by A&K Philanthropy.



By the end of Abercrombie & Kent’s immersive 10-day journey in Egypt, you’ll be walkin’ like an Egyptian (okay, maybe not literally, but you will have a deeper understanding of this captivating country’s history, culture, and overall way of life). You’ll see the iconic pyramids and sphinx, but you’ll also delve deeper to Denderah, one of Egypt’s best-preserved and less-frequented temples. For four of the nights, you’ll sail the Nile in on the Sun Boat IV, and experience Egypt by water. And throughout the journey, you will learn about each site and the country from A&K’s expert guides.



From beautiful natural settings to the legendary temples, you get the experience a wellness-inspired journey to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam with Abercrombie & Kent. You will go beyond just the tour book and learn about the traditions and activities that promote wellbeing from your local guides during the 13-day Wellness Southeast Asia: Timeless Rituals of Indochina journey. Imagine watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat, having a pre-dawn meditation with monks in Laos, or learning to cook traditional cuisine on Krabey Island – it’s all a part your inspirational experience in Southeast Asia.

Click here to find an advisor and start planning your journey with Abercrombie & Kent.