How to Feel at Home on the Road

Travel can induce anxiety when trips fail to meet expectations or don’t go as planned, as when a bucket-list museum is closed. Anxiety-prone people may have a hard time making decisions. Remove them in small ways, like traveling with only a carry-on, which reduces wardrobe choices and worries about lost luggage.

Having contacts in a city can help. Social media allows for people to make friends before leaving home.

“I’m big on trying to find friends of friends; it’s a good way to get an inside look at a city,” said Kelley Louise, executive director of Travel & SocialGood, a nonprofit focused on sustainable tourism. She recommends groups like GirlsLoveTravel or Wanderful for female travelers seeking local tips and support.

To feel more at home, try out the local lifestyle by staying in a nontouristy neighborhood, eating outside of hotels and using public transportation. (If you are traveling to Washington, Bangkok or Paris, check out the Where I Live column from The New York Times, which offers insiders’ suggestions on where to eat, drink and wander from writers who make those cities their homes.)

The following options can help travelers feel more at home while they’re away.

Staying With Residents

The original bed-and-breakfast model is built on a personal interaction with the homeowner. That has, for the most part, been amplified in the sharing economy through home accommodations services like Airbnb and Couchsurfing.

The more remote the destination, the greater the likelihood of bunking with a local. There are no hotels on the Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific, for example. Instead, visitors can choose from 12 homestay options in the rugged destination with a population of about 50.

But even in a place like the Maldives, known for luxury resorts, local options exist. Dive Worldwide offers a scuba diving trip…

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