If you want to travel the local way and connect to the natives, don’t stay in chain hotels with tourists. Stay in B&Bs and chat with the owners and staff. Rent an apartment and go shopping for your meals. Try making a meal, or two, yourself from the ingredients you buy from local vendors. Ask the shopkeepers and their customers for suggestions and directions to interesting sites. Eat and drink where the locals do. Hostel stays are a great way to connect and relate with the local.