The Advantages Of Traveling Overseas
Article by George Hutton
If you’ve ever been to another country, then you know what an incredibly eye opening experience it is. For those of you that have done so, then you know that going somewhere and seeing a completely different culture and experiencing as much of it as you possibly can gives you a perspective that is literally impossible to get otherwise. For those of you that are considering taking an international trip, hopefully this article will push you in the right direction.
One famous guy once said that living your whole life without traveling is like owning a book your whole life and never reading it. The world contains so much richness and cultural diversity that you are robbing yourself of some spectacular experiences if you never venture beyond your comfort zone. Once you have a look around the world, your home town will never look the same. If you don’t know where to start, I’ll give you a few tips in this article.
For your first trip abroad, you should maybe take it easy. Save the backpacking across South East Asia for next time. It’s best to choose a country that’s popular with tourists, but doesn’t have English as their main language. Countries like Germany, Italy, Spain or Thailand and Japan are great places to go. You can fumble your way through without knowing any of the local language, and still get the feel for being in a completely foreign land.
The first thing you’ll need to do before you leave is to get a guidebook. This can be a great way to research your trip, and find out about the local culture and language before you go. Books like the Lonely Planet series are great because they also give you some off the beaten track ideas in case you want to go it alone. Of course, there are also plenty of tour options to join, so you don’t have to go solo on your first trip.
Another fantastic idea is to learn a few phrases in the spoken language where you are going. Most guidebooks while have these, and you’ll find knowing how to say things like, “Thank you,” “How much,” and “Where is the bathroom,” will get you quite a lot of attention, and quite a lot of help from the locals. By showing you’ve taken the time to learn the language, you’ll send a strong message that you really respect their culture.
Of course, once you have a successful first trip, it’s time to start planning your second one. A great way is to go to the book store, and then flip through all the travel books, and see which ones speak to you. Pretty soon you’ll have to get more pages in your passport for all the stamps you’ll be getting.