4. If you're active on social media, try "hashtagging" your destination's name. For example, #Barcelona
4. Make a list of destinations that offer what you're looking for.
5. Once you've locked in on a city or country, research online (travel blogs, tourism board websites, on-line travel magazines, etc) to determine the best dates to book your trip. There are many local food and wine festivals that take place in various countries throughout the year. These festivals are usually designed for and by locals, but they happily welcome visitors.
6. After you've confirmed the dates and times for your "anchor activities" (the main reason your visiting the destination) try to reserve a few days before or after to schedule more experiences.
7. Connect with international travel groups in your community (or on-line) and ask for recommendations for your destination.
8. Consider contacting regional wine organizations to ask if there are any special activities (ie. wine tastings, harvest events, new wine festivals, etc) scheduled during your travel dates. (If so, ask if you can purchase.)
9. Contact your hotel or guest house host and ask for a list of "locals' favorite eateries, speciality shops, wine bars, etc beforehand. If they have websites or at least some social media presence you can do research and work them into your plan.
10. Go and enjoy!
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