How to Get More Out of Travelling
No matter where you travel, you want to experience new cultures, and be respectful of those around you. Travelling to different places is a very enriching and educational experience, as well as enjoyable! This article will help you to get the most out of your travels.
Research about where you plan to travel.Look at many different resources: the internet, books, friends, teachers, co-workers, etc. Become somewhat knowledgeable with where you will be travelling to. Find information about typical behaviors, dress, lingo, etc. of the culture you plan to visit.
If you are visiting a place where the citizens speak a different language than you, learn a few words and phrases:
- Where may I find the bathroom?
- Where can I find (shop, restaurant, etc.)?
- Hello, Goodbye, and Thank You.
Pay special attention to typical weather in the area you plan to visit.This will help with how you should pack. When the time gets closer to your date of travel, check current weather forecasts (which can be found online) so you pack accordingly.
Create an itinerary for your trip.A 3-ring binder is very helpful. Include copies of your flight information and boarding passes (if applicable), what hotels you will stay at, places to eat in the area, where you will be visiting, different tours of the area, etc. The more organized your information, the easier and calmer your trip will be, instead of scrambling for information.
Once you arrive at your destination, explore the area.Drive around and locate shopping malls, restaurants, and interesting tourist spots. If you are staying in a hotel, walk around and locate elevators and stairs, concierge, the pool, and other interesting areas.
Immerse yourself in the culture.Go to both tourist-y areas, and areas where the locals go. Take a sight-seeing tour with a tour group, visit museums, go to shopping centers where the locals go, eat where the locals enjoy their food. Of course, it is okay to visit tourist-y destinations as well.
Try something new.Eat a new meal you have never tried. Do an activity you have never done, but always wanted to do. Be daring, but also be safe. If you are not sure what something is, ask. Don't be afraid to try something, because you just may like it. And if you don't? Well, at least you tried it!
Be respectful of another's culture.If you don't like something, do not be insulting, such as saying "that's not how we do it in (your own culture or country), so you guys are doing it wrong." Think of how you would like to be treated if a foreigner came to your own country for the first time.
Enjoy your time while travelling!Take multiple pictures of your journeys to keep as memories.
- Research way in advance. Depending on how far away your destination is, it could take anywhere from a few months to a few years in planning your trip.
- Do your research! Look at all available resources so you can get the most out of your travels.
- If you travel to a place that speaks a different language, learn basic words and phrases that will help you to communicate with the people there.
- Never be rude or disrespectful. If you don't like something, keep it to yourself. Do not call out something if it isn't what you would normally expect from your own culture.
- Pack accordingly to the location of where you will be staying, and what you are planning to do there.
- Have an open mind. You will be experiencing new things, with a different culture from your own. If something is strange to you, accept it. If the opportunity presents itself, try something new. Have an open mind.
- If you plan on bringing electronics with you, make sure you have the proper outlet adapters for cables. Different countries have different shaped outlets with different voltages.
- Talk with a travel agency. They are there to help you with all of the planning of your trip.
- What may be friendly in your culture can be completely degrading and insulting in another's culture. Research on different common behaviors of the culture you plan to visit, so you do not make a social faux pas.
- Do not arrive unprepared. Know what you are planning on doing in advance. Your trip will be confusing, stressful, chaotic, and most importantly, unsuccessful if you are unprepared.
- Don't forget your passport!
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