Services like Airbnb are making travel feel more authentic and meaningful, providing adventurers with the chance to connect with local culture

Travel is often meant to feel authentic, but getting beyond the tourist traps and manufactured experiences can be difficult. Some hospitality companies are now going beyond traditional campsites and immersing visitors in cultural experiences that allow them to experience new lifestyles and form meaningful connections with local communities, with the added benefit of sustainability.

Shakti
Exploring the remote areas of the Indian Himalayas, tour company Shakti immerses travelers in seven-night walking tours through Kumaon, Ladakh and Sikkim. Aimed at the sophisticated traveler, adventurers non-intrusively enter villages and monasteries as they get to know the community. To embrace the cultural connection, travelers can either pitch tents or opt to stay in local houses.

Airbnb
Airbnb teamed up with the addressing startup what3words to offer accommodations with Mongolian nomads. In an effort to support sustainable travel and the nomads themselves, adventurous travelers can share a home with Dukha reindeer herders at their camp, which changes its location often. Using a location provided by what3words, adventurers meet up with their hosts after riding a horse up a mountain.


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Travel is often meant to feel authentic, but getting beyond the tourist traps and manufactured experiences can be difficult. Some hospitality companies are now going beyond traditional campsites and immersing visitors in cultural experiences that allow them to experience new lifestyles and form meaningful connections with local communities, with the added benefit of sustainability.

Shakti Exploring the remote areas of the Indian Himalayas, tour company Shakti immerses travelers in seven-night walking tours through Kumaon, Ladakh and Sikkim. Aimed at the sophisticated traveler, adventurers non-intrusively enter villages and monasteries as they get to know the community. To embrace the cultural connection, travelers can either pitch tents or opt to stay in local houses.