Some of my best travel moments happened when I explored countries where I didn’t speak the language. It challenged me, helped me grow, and left me with memories to last a lifetime. Here are five tips to surviving in a country where you don’t speak the language.
Here are some travel hacks I discovered while trying to adapt and look as little like a tourist as possible. This is how to go backpacking like a local.
I’ll save you the obvious list of backpacking on the cheap tips that includes staying in hostels, picking countries that are cheap to backpack in and getting groceries instead of eating out for every meal. There are ways to enjoy a deeper immersion in the culture, have a stress-free night’s sleep on a bed (or couch) that isn’t yours, and even try enough local cuisine to feel more like a tourist than a ready-to-get-down-and-dirty-and-starve-for-2-months-as-a-sacrifice-to-see-the-world backpacker. Care to find out? Here’s how.
As you start the journey of moving completely out of your comfort zone to a new country, be ready for surprises: both good and unexpected. This article will help prepare you for some of the unexpected ones and ease the transition. (more…)
Whether it’s for a semester abroad, or a short-term vacation, when you step foot in a new country or city for the first time, there is always a deep feeling of unfamiliarity. This is known as “culture shock” and is experienced by anyone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture or way of life. In the blink of an eye, you are thrown into a new environment where life is lived and viewed a bit differently, which can leave you with so many mixed emotions. These emotions are completely normal and I can tell you how to deal with culture shock while you’re abroad. (more…)