1. Read the newspaper
Nothing gives you a better view of the local culture than reading the newspaper in the area. You will learn the things that are important at that time and this will give you the knowledge of the issues that may concern the people you will encounter along the way. You will not find this information in your travel guide, however updated it may be. Of course, due to the possible different political orientations, look more than one to get different visions.
2. Learn about the politics of the place
Although briefly, it is good to know what type of party governs and what is the political structure of the country. If you are a traveler who is thinking of coming to Spain for the first time, it is better that you skip this issue, unless you carry Prozac pills in your backpack. In fact, I do you the favor: the political class of this country is the biggest garbage I have ever met.
3. Talk to people
Taxi drivers, people waiting for the bus, the supermarket ... Don't just go there, buy anything and leave with a smile. The smile is fine, but most certainly they will be as curious about you as you are about them (especially in places less traveled by tourism). There is nothing like a good chat with the locals. Listen to them and you will learn a lot about their customs and way of life.
4. Do not go too loaded.
If you move around the city or town with a huge backpack, they will recognize you as a foreigner and will also make you want to stop chatting. Leave her at the hostel and go for a walk with a simple notebook and a pen to take notes of the places and people you find.
Stall in the streets of Mandalay
5. Eat in places that are not touristy.
It is good that you follow the advice of the guides from time to time. But if you want to get to know the locals a little more: have breakfast, lunch and dinner where they do it. Ask at your hostel or just shop around and see where they meet. Find the grandmother's counterpart in that exotic country!
6. Travel like a local
What is the preferred means of transport in the place where you are? The meters are usually in large cities, but the truth is that they are quite impersonal. Rickshaws, bike-taxis and buses are other options, but the traditional kick is undoubtedly the one that will give you more interaction possibilities.
7. Invite people