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Language of Travel

Do you need to learn the language of the country you want to visit? This, of course, depends on the experience you want to seek from your travels. 

If you travel with a tour group, quite often you will be surrounded by others who speak your language. However, don’t just interact with those on tour. After all, did you really travel all this way to talk to another Australian (or fellow country person) for a month?

No, you put yourself though the trauma of a long haul flight to experience a new country, culture, food and language. You can only immerse yourself in a country by talking to the people.

The best way to do this is to learn a few words and phrases before you leave home. Don’t worry if you don’t master the language perfectly, you will have enough to start with the basics. I have discovered the locals like it when visitors make an attempt to speak their language. 

Whenever I travel to a new country I will enrol in a short language course before I leave. I want to be able to at least know the basics. It demonstrates to the locals you are willing to try and communicate with them in their native tongue.

Later this year I will be travelling to South America, so I am taking Spanish lessons. While I will never be fluent, I have learnt a few useful words and phrases to assist me upon my arrival.

Additionally, learning a language can be fun. It broadens your horizons. It also makes you realise how complex the English language can be for a non-english speaker.

You may think trying to remember if a word is masculine or feminine is hard. English words are more difficult because there are so many which sound the same but will completely change the meaning of your sentences.

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Four Summer Travel Reads

Whether you are travelling locally or abroad this summer, you cannot go passed a good book to get through the long commutes. Long-haul flights, airport delays, bus trips etc, are made tolerable if you have a good book tucked away in your bag.  There were a stack of great new books released recently covering all tastes and interests.  But if you are stuck for choice, here are four books I have chosen to accompany me on my summer journey. Continue reading

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How to Make Your New Year Resolutions Count

When the clock strikes midnight on 31 December the New Year resolutions are not that far behind.  However, it is easy to get caught up in fireworks and parties that mark the start of a new year and fall back onto the same resolutions you made last year.  If you have not really thought through your resolutions then it will be hard to maintain committment. Continue reading

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How to Travel to a Merry Christmas

It is Christmas holiday time.  Time to get away, put work on hold, relax, sit by the pool or catch up with family.  Sounds great, right?  Yet chances are everyone is thinking the same as you and this means crowds at the airport and on the road.  But it doesn’t have to be a stressful time. Whether you travel by air, road, sea or rail, these travel principles will help you chill out during your holiday commute this Christmas season. Continue reading

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Travel: Escorted or Solo?

When travelling is it best to go it alone or take a tour?  Of course this will depend on your personal choice and what you want from the experience.  I have done both over the last decade (or two) and discovered that there are advantages and disadvantages to both.  Continue reading

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Airplane Eitquette

The plane lifts off the tarmac and launches up to begin its journey.  Everyone is secured in their seats, trays up, seat belt fastened, seats in the upright position.  All is in perfect symmetry.  That is until the plane levels off and the seat in front starts to come towards you. Continue reading

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Italian Train Travel

Why is rail the best way to travel through Europe?  Not only are the views amazing, but it is easy and convenient to do.  In August I travelled Italy the whole time by train.  Starting from Milan in the north, I took the train down through the stunning Cinque Terre.  My rail journey ended in Rome. Continue reading

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Five Travel Skills To Build Success

Did you know that the skills you use to travel can help you become a success in your working life too?  Everyone defines success differently and to achieve it depends on the confidence we have in beating the fears that prevent us getting there. As travellers we face our fears on every trip and return home more confident each time. The five skills travellers can adapt back home are: Continue reading

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Why Packing Light Makes Good Travel Sense?

On the aircraft you already have to cope with distractions beyond your control such as the snoring passenger in the next seat, the crying child or the long epic journey (if you’re travelling from Australia).  Your suitcase should not add to the list of worries. Continue reading

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By Rail or By Sea? That is the Question

One of the most beautiful panoramas along the Italian coast, the Cinque Terre can be seen in many ways. By rail, car, boat, taxi or on foot.  However, the two best way I discovered in July were by rail and by sea. The Cinque Terre consists of five tiny fishing villages: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterossso. Each has their own uniqueness but the place to set up your base is in La Spezia because more travel options are available to you. Continue reading

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