There is nothing better than feeling like a local in a European city. But you are not likely to feel like a local unless you spend some time in the place, and commit a few embarrassing faux pas.

When you’re traveling abroad, it can be all too easy to follow a string of guidebook suggestions and never really get to know the place you’re visiting.

Thankfully, with a few tweaks to your travel planning, you can easily get a taste of everyday life in a foreign country – feeling more connected wherever you are, making unique memories, and spending less along the way. 

If you’d rather get under a city’s skin as opposed to simply scratching the surface, read on for ten ways I’ve learned to travel Europe like a local.