We live in an era where the “authentic” is prized above all else in our voyages of discovery, while the logistical challenges of international travel have meant that “slow travel” is at the top of the agenda once more.

In order to truly discover the destinations we wish to explore and gain an understanding of the culture beyond the tourist traps and the chain restaurants, you should look to venues and spaces where tourists rarely venture.

One stellar example of this is the bingo hall, which you can find in towns and cities all over Europe and The Americas. Here is why you should stop by a bingo parlor on your next vacation.

1. Meet the Locals

One of the best reasons to visit the bingo parlor, whether you are traveling in Madrid, Manchester, Milan, or Miami, is that you are going to be able to mingle with the locals and be far away from the tourist traps. Bingo has always been a community pastime, with the bingo halls that line urban neighborhoods representing a perfect opportunity to socialize and get to know the community you are traveling through, rather than just sticking to your bubble.

2. You Can Experience Bingo Before You Go

Naturally, you might be nervous about your first bingo experience in a foreign city. If so, you can try international bingo online, which allows you to play real-money bingo in English, German, Russian, and Portuguese. You can also play scratch cards online that are based on bingo and themed around different cultures, such as Ireland or France. This can help you get to grips with the game and ensure you arrive prepared.

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3. A Cheap Night Out

If you’re looking to save a buck or two on your travel experiences, the bingo hall is the place to be. Instead of dropping stacks of cash at some VIP nightclub, you can enjoy a raucous and more authentic night at a local bingo hall. It is well known that the food and drink available at bingo halls tend to be dirt cheap, while the price of entry is almost nothing and the games go on all night. What’s not to like? If you’re serious about saving some of your hard-earned cash on your travels, bingo is one effective way to do it.

4. Master the Basics of a Language

No matter where you are going or how long you are staying, learning a bit of the local language will pay dividends for the rest of your life. If you want to learn the essentials of a language in a low-stakes setting, try a local game of bingo. At the very least, a bingo game will be a fabulous crash course in how to say numbers in a foreign language, while the non-touristy nature of the setting means that people might be less inclined to switch straight to English when you speak to them. Give it a try and you might be pleasantly surprised at how much you learn.

These are some of the reasons to hit up a bingo parlor on your next travel odyssey. Go against the grain and make some truly unique memories.


Northern girl Laura is the epitome of a true entrepreneur. Laura’s spirit for adventure and passion for people blaze through House of Coco. She founded House of Coco in 2014 and has grown it in to an internationally recognised brand whilst having a lot of fun along the way. Travel is in her DNA and she is a true visionary and a global citizen.

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