Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A Note Ahead when Traveling

Whenever we think of travel, satisfying images pop up in our minds; a walk to the seashores, breathe the cool breeze with the natural beauty of whatever Mother Nature brings to us or simply spends all our money shopping. No doubt that when we say travel, it is one of the best ways to take a break from our gruelling days of work and spend a quality time enjoying with our loved ones in beach resorts. However, one important thing we should be aware, of whenever we plan to travel is to choose the best destination we can spend our time on. We choose the right place where we feel not only pleasure but also a place where we sense a security in every moment we spent. Surely, we don’t want to have a memorable vacation ending up in a disaster in any way. Nonetheless, it is best to plan ahead before we set out on a journey what this world of ours can offer.

We have to do as much research as we can ahead of time. This is the ABC’s when traveling to any destination we plan to go. For the more we know about the country and its people before we arrive, the quicker we get under the skin of the place. We don’t want to end up in a situation that when arriving into a foreign land, we suddenly realize that we have no idea on how to catch a taxi, find a restroom or rent a hotel room. By buying a guide book or checking anything in such a manner resourceful enough in helping us to prevent encountering such hassle situations, we can save a lot of time and effort in doing so. We have to review it thoroughly to be knowledgeable enough of the areas we want to explore or tour around.

One common problem we encounter whenever we decide to spend our time in a far away place is the language used of the people living there. In accordance to this, it is important to know basic phrases of their native language and to take note on how it is spoken properly. Important phrases like; how much, where can I find the place, I need a doctor, I don’t understand and more... also we should keep in mind that we must show respect by saying “please” or “thank you” for it is one way of effective communication when both parties show respect to each other.

There are a lot of ways we can somehow manage to carry ourselves away from encountering any kind of troubles like following the rules and regulations of their country, but there are rules and regulations that are not found written just in any book. Those are the culture practices of the people. Somehow, most culture practices are based on the religious beliefs of the people. We might find a place where women are prohibited to go out from their houses or even not allowed to look at them straight into their eyes. It may seem normal to us, but it deeply offends them on the other way around. In addition to this, we should be aware of their dietary, clothing, medical, spiritual practices and so on.

Even though there are a lot of things to be aware of to not only prevent culture shock but also to be safe in any area of the place. Aside from reviewing appropriate books and other helpful information available like internet sources, there is one most effective way to gather enough information. That is to ask the people who once been there. They are the ones who can aptly explain to us in a detailed manner and can even give us more vital tips which most books cannot offer. Unlike books or internet articles, people can give us information in such a way that they would notice if we understand it or not. Furthermore, we can even ask deeper information which most books are not able to provide us. So to say, if we have all this information reviewed, it is most likely that we can say we are well prepared to take such a journey.

There is a saying that “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”. It is absolutely true that there are a lot of things we need to see in this world, but it is also important that we should be aware of what awaits us.