Sunday, 20 May 2012
Smart Tips For International Travel
When you travel outside of the country, it can be a great experience, particularly if you've never done it before. You have to be sure to have a good time and take everything in, and here are a few travel tips to make sure you enjoy your traveling as much as possible.
1. Have a translation tool available at all times. The same books used by your parents are acceptable, but there are other things available today. They are even in the process of releasing phones that allow you to speak a message into your phone and translate it into whatever language you want. Be sure to look into your options and take whatever makes the most sense for you and your budget.
2. Learn the customs of the place you are going to. In some cultures, for example, they do not shake with the right hand. In some countries, when you greet someone you kiss them on both cheeks. The world is not always like your home country, so take the time to learn a bit about what kinds of things you should and should not do in public.
3. Find out about how tips are given in other countries. This can seem like a minor problem, but wherever you go, there is a chance you will be eating out at least once. As with their customs, you don't want to offend anyone in the restaurant by acting inappropriately, so find out what you can about tipping practices around the world.
4. Remember to be polite. You can be seen as an outsider, particularly if you are loud, rude and unfriendly. Remember to be polite and respectful to those in the country you are visiting, if for no other reason than that you want to be seen as a good ambassador for your home. This is especially necessary if you are asking for help or information.
5. Find out about their driving requirements. If you are in another country, you may find that you want to drive. Driving is pretty much the same everywhere--as far as driving the actual vehicle. There are different rules of the road anywhere you go. For instance, most people are aware that those in the UK drive on the left side of the road. Make sure you have some kind of knowledge about what to expect before you get behind the wheel.
6. Research the location of your trip before traveling there. If you research the history and culture of the place before you get there, you will have a richer experience. Map out the places you really want to go to before you even get there. Nothing is as bad as coming home and realizing you missed the most beautiful thing they had.
7. Get involved in the atmosphere. Lose yourself a little in the country you find yourself in. Try to live as the locals do, and get a taste for what it is really like away from tourist spots. That will lead to a more honest, compelling experience.
International travel can be an incredible experience. Use these tips to make the most of it.