One of the experiences we had this past year was exploring the island of Oahu. We decided to rent a house in Hauula, HI, which is about 10 miles from the North Shore. Every day we would drive to the North Shore and wait for Mother Nature to produce the perfect waves for the anxiously awaiting surfers.
Finally, the conditions where just right and we were able to watch the North Shore Surf Shop Pro Junior competition. It was amazing! However, we quickly realized we knew nothing about surfing. The announcers kept spouting out times and terms we did not understand.
While we continued to watch, one of the announcers came down from the stand and passed right by us. We commented on the event and just like that, a conversation was started. He taught us all the ins and outs of surfing and the rules of tournaments. He was kind and chose to spend his break from work educating and talking with us.
The conversations continued when he offered to take our kids surfing! This trip was all about trying new things and experiences, so we quickly jumped on it. It was through this simple conversation, with a local, that we were able to experience one of the most talked about experiences from our trip. Not only did he take each of our kids surfing, his dogs surfed with them as well. Bonus!
Our trip would have been amazing if we had not talked to John, but it became that much more memorable because we talked with a local. We had our heads up from our phones. We were curious and strived to learn about their culture. We sought to build relationship with those around us.
We joke with my father-in-law because one of his favorite phrases is, “I know a guy.” But knowing people is a great way to experience more. Think about all the knowledge and insight you can gain from the people you know. So the next time you are on a trip, stop and talk with a local. I am sure they will have a wealth of knowledge and help you experience more.