Today's Reader Tip: Ask the Locals
Today's featured entry in our Best Travel Tip Contest--the one with the $15,000 trip to Charleston, South Carolina, as the prize--is a piece of advice that goes without saying, yet bears repeating, as it can enhance a trip more than just about any other single thing. It was submitted by Kathy Nelson of Engaging Ireland:
"Talk to the locals! For information on everything from the best steak or seafood to the best fishing hole, the locals know. Ask taxi drivers, street vendors, hotel doormen, store clerks, or the people sitting on the bench in the park. You might even make a new friend."
Have you shared your best travel tip yet? You too can be in the running to win a weeklong trip to Charleston that's guaranteed to introduce you to plenty of locals: In addition to a two-hour immersion in Gullah-Geechee culture with Lowcountry guide Alphonso Brown (pictured here), the prize includes a number of other insider tours with locals, from museum curators to restaurant chefs to the cast of Charleston Stage's latest show. Click here for the prize details.