Want to know what a place is really like? Then chat with a local

Get yourself a ‘pen friend’.

Email, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, etc., has made it so easy to connect to people across the world. Has a member of your family emigrated? Do you know someone who knows someone who lives in Belize? To get more personalised information there is nothing better than asking someone who lives there a direct question. You’d be surprised how many are willing to share their first-hand knowledge.

Of course, don’t forget to ensure that you meet your ‘pen friend’ in person while you are away. Remember only meet up with them if you feel it’s safe to do so.


Where Can We Go

This is Britain’s what’s on guide. Use the postcode of your hotel and dates of your stay to find out what’s on while you’re in the area.


Use Twitter’s search function to find users in your area of interest. This may take a while, especially if you’re looking for a city with a famous sports team. When you’ve found one or two follow them. If they Tweet a lot then send them a question.


To use Facebook, put the town or city name in the search box and go through the answers. If their homepage is open to the public have a read to see if you feel that they will be able to help you, then ask them to be your friend. Or you could search out a page that somebody has set up for your chosen destination and then ‘Like’ it or ask to join. Then you can use it as a forum.