Destinations

A day in the life of people in 11 countries around the world

What’s your daily ritual? Breakfast? No breakfast? What’s an average dinner? Well, if you for some reason couldn’t answer those questions, you can now draw some inspiration from others around the world.

Because Expedia has put together a series of posters to explore a unique day in the life of 11 of the world’s best travel destinations!

Usually, travellers tend to experience the best of a country, staying in hotels, taking taxis everywhere and eating at the best restaurants. But now, you can see what an average day is like for someone living in New Zealand, India or the US.

And since it definitely, 100 per cent feels like a Monday (thanks, long weekend), we’ve got them all in picture form, so your sleepy little brain can ease into the week.

1. Altiplano (Bolivia)

On the Altiplano, a high Andean plain, the day begins early. Many local Aymara and Quechua are pastoralists, raising alpacas and llamas and spend their days herding their flock. Bolivia is also famous for its indigenous cultures – and colorful fiestas are a traditional pastime.

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2. Assam (India)

Assam, in northeast India, is well known for its black teas – and it takes an army of pickers to harvest them. For those living traditionally, heading to bed means unrolling blankets on the floor – a far cry from how many travellers in India sleep.

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3. Eyasi (Tanzania)

Far from the bustle of Dar es Salaam, where travellers tend to visit, the Hadza live in a centuries-old fashion as hunter-gatherers around Lake Eyasi. The camp’s the heart of the tribe, with traditional songs providing entertainment as night falls.

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4. Himalayas (Nepal)

The Sherpa are some of the world’s most iconic mountaineers, known for their hardiness in the tough environment of the Himalayas. Their  working day can be much tougher than sitting in an office, spent largely on foot, guiding climbers on expeditions. An important part of their Buddhist heritage is cham, or masked dances, which can be performed for fun.

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5. Kwabre (Ghana)

Kwabre is home to many Ashanti weavers, producing the instantly recognizable kente cloth. After a day of weaving, free time means a chance to browse the lively local markets before dinner – before making sure you have a good mosquito net over your bed.

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6. Seoul (South Korea)

Life is busy in bustling Seoul, and it’s no exception for high schoolers, who heavily focus on exam preparation to get into college. Many will even head to the hagwon – cram schools where they’ll continue revision before flopping into bed – which in traditional houses is a yo, or padded floor mattress.

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7. Silicon Valley (USA)

For a software developer in the world’s most famous tech hub, there’s often a big emphasis on wellbeing and balance. This includes a healthy breakfast and regular workouts, not unlike Australia.

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8. Siorapaluk (Greenland)

Here in Greenland’s northernmost Inuit settlement, some still observe a traditional life as hunters. Dog-sledding is still the most efficient method of transport across snow and ice, and a lunch of seal meat is just as traditional, with some of it provided by the hunters themselves. We bet travellers rarely experience that!

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9. Venice (Italy)

Gondoliers, with their distinctive boater hats and striped shirts, are a classic feature of Venetian life, and something many travellers will have experienced. After a day’s work, many will kick back and watch a soccer game before a delish Venetian dinner from the sea. Yum!

 

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10. Wadi Rum (Jordan)

Many Jordanian Bedouin live urban lifestyles, but some, like in Wadi Rum, have continued a semi-traditional lifestyle by switching from goat-farming to guiding tourists. Older-style entertainments, like qasidah, (sung poetry), accompany a shared zarb: lamb cooked in an earth-pit barbecue.

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11. Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka is one of New Zealand’s most popular skiing areas, with some of its best slopes. For ski instructors, this means plenty of students to keep them busy. The region’s also perfect for outdoor activities, with mountain biking being popular for many in their free time. In the evening, it’s time to take advantage of happy hour to meet friends for drinks in one of the local bars. Definitely not that different from Aussies if you ask us.

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