One thing I definitely don't want to do is get trapped in tourist deals. When I want to go I'm going to make sure it is for a few months. If I'm still not satisfied I'll make even longer trips. Backpacking seems to be the key term here. I've heard the term vagabonding used also. The other day I came across this site called workaway. It was basically a place where people from different countries around the world advertise to travels that they will provide them with food and a place to stay anywhere from a few days to a few months. All they ask is a few hours of work a day. This seemed very appealing to me because you can stay in one spot for a good amount of time to take in the culture and get to know the people and surrounding area.
Here is an examples from the www.workaway.info
Country: New ZealandDescription
We run a small accommodation business at the great surf beach of Piha. We have hosted many young travelers from all around the world in our work for accommodation scheme. We are two women and welcome all clean living people to our workaway scheme. ... more
It is pretty cool and you can choose from a ton of different countries. I'm still in the planning stages though so I have no idea what is going to happen. I will update every time something worthwhile is decided or happens.