My favourite thing to do is to go to unknown places, find a spot where I can sit for a while and observe.
I observe what is going on around me and I absorb it all.
When I travel I go to local restaurants, I travel by local bus, train or whatever. I avoid tourists spots. I try to connect to local people; I learn a few phrases in the local language. And I stay in those places for a while.
Have a look at some of my posts from my recent destinations:
– Southeast Asia
You can also follow my steps since November 2018 on Polarsteps. Have a quick look here (you can zoom in and out):