Many of my best travel experiences have been shared with local people who have invited me into their lives.
- Singing Russian drinking songs with my cabin-mates in Siberia.
- Playing cards until dawn on an overnight train across China.
- Relaxing on an isolated beach with a fisherman in Panama.
These moments, when you actually step off the tourist trail and enter into the reality of the place you are visiting, are the much talked about, yet ever elusive goals of many travelers.