Travel surely is one of the most adventurous activities but it is also one of the most challenging tasks. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced traveler there always are problems and queries which demand solutions. So, here are some of the frequently asked travel based queries and their answers to make your trip easier and better.
Have a look at my answers to questions on specific destinations, trip-panning, budget travel, smart packing and many other topics. I hope they answer your problems and have a stress-free trip.
How can you learn about a culture and meet locals without speaking their language?
Language certainly becomes a barrier when we travel to different countries especially the places where locals do not speak English. But technology has definitely solved this problem to a greater extent and I would like to share my personal experience of how I chat with my Romanian friend who does not know English at all and there is no rocket science involved here, I use google translate.
But, that’s about online chatting and many a times the translation is not so accurate and of course in person it becomes a bit more difficult. When it comes to knowing culture or people, there is one thing which works wonders and that is show interest in them. You have to express respect, warmth, love and interest towards their culture and you will make friends. Love and emotions can help you overcome any barrier. Here are a few tips which might help and the first one is obvious.
- Try and learn basic sentences and words before you go to that place for example if you have to ask about a place, a person’s name, about bus/train timings, directions to the bus stop/restroom/town center, etc. At least learn to greet them in their own language which will definitely help you make friends.
- Learn to make use of gestures which can be both funny and fun but it can help.
- You should keep an edition of Point It with you which is a little book filled with photographs of everything you could ever need to ask for.
Why do you need to turn off all your electronic devices before an airplane takes off and lands?
Quotes from pilots about it:
“People don’t understand why they can’t use their mobile phones. Well, what can happen is 12 people will decide to call someone just before landing, and I can get a false reading on my instruments saying that we are higher than we really are.” – Jim Tilmon
“We’re not trying to ruin your fun by making you take off your headphones. We just want you to be able to hear us if there’s an emergency.” – Patrick Smith
What are some common items smart travelers bring with them?
Some of the items that you should definitely carry along are universal Power Plug Adaptor, store books in phone or laptops instead of carrying physical books, waterproof watch, sunglasses, first-aid kit, tiny flashlight, two printouts of all your passport details and itinerary, walking shoes, yoga pants. Rest depends on your requirements and the kind of trip you’re taking on.
What should you do to stay healthy while traveling?
It indeed is very important for a traveler to be healthy, to have good stamina as well as emotional and physical strength. below are some tips to stay healthy and fit while traveling even if it is a road trip remember them.
First and foremost it is important to keep yourself hydrated in order to maintain good health. Drink lots of water and increase your fluid intake.
Eat healthy food even if those lip-smacking fried dishes tempt you, ditch them and have plenty of veggies, fuits and protein.
Walk as much as you can, it is one of the best ways to stay fit.
You can exercise even if you are on a road trip so don’t listen to your heart’s excuses and apply your brains.
No matter where you are, make use of parks and playgrounds.
Stay relaxed and cool.
Learn more about How To Stay Healthy While Traveling
Best place for someone with occasionally limited mobility to visit?
When you are passionate about something, no limitation can hold you back and we have so many people from across the world who set such examples and inspire others. One such inspiring personality is Cory Lee and you can check out his blog here. Some of the best places for someone with occasionally limited mobility are natural sites like Niagra Falls, Theme Parks like Disney World and of course museums. But hey, don’t limit yourself!
Where are the safest places to travel alone?
Solo trips can be challenging especially for beginner0,s therefore it is really important to start off with places which are friendly, have good transport, least crime rate, and better amenities. Some of the best places for solo travelers in the world are Copenhagen in Denmark, Ottawa in Canada, Auckland in New Zealand, Helsinki in Finland, Hilo in Hawaii. However, for the brave heart the options are endless!
What are some of the best and least explored places in the world?
Papua New Guinea, Namibia in South Africa, Seychelles, Northern Patagonia in Chile, Greenland are some of the least explored places which are truly beautiful and offer sheer joy of observing a less crowded destination. Since these places are least explored you will not find flocks of tourists here and therefore they are good for people who wish to spend some quiet time in sparsely populated areas.
What’s the best city in the world?
Well, that really depends on your definition of “the best city” to a greater extent. If for you the best means the cleanest then it would be Calgary in Canada, Wellington in New Zealand, Helsinki in Finland, Honolulu in Hawaii or Kobe in Japan. If you talk about the most glamorous cities then Venice, Paris, Prague, Lisbon will definitely on the top slots and Iceland, Denmark, New Zealand, Austria are some of the world’s most peaceful countries.
Which are some of the best airlines?
Qatar Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Turkish Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways are some of the best airlines in terms of their performance and safety. With a number of awards in their favor, these airlines have provided best services so far.
This year, Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia, Etihad and Virgin Atlantic and Qantas has made it to Forbes 2018 list of best airlines of the year.
How to travel on budget?
There are places for almost every budget just that you have to plan your trip in advance and plan ahead, do some research. Here are a few general tips which can help you travel on a budget.
Well, this will not only save your money but you will also find less tourist crowd during this period. As far as the fun part is concerned there are many places which are always interesting and beautiful like Paris, Rome, Venice, New York etc.
Use public transport
Hiring a private taxi/car/bike can be more expensive than using pulic transport in almost all cases.
Eat Seasonal Food
If you go with season you can get better food at lesser price.
Look for consolidator tickets for overseas flights
It is always better to look for airlines offering discounts and fare flexibility despite the minor drawbacks that come along. You can save a lot of money this way.
Travel in groups
Group travel has a lot of benefits and one of them is cost-cutting. Plus it is always fun to have friends along and strangers can become friends during the trip.
Make a smart hotel choice
Look for cheap hotels which offer good service t lesser price. It is okay to make a few adjustments, travelers are known for this.
Museum passes can save both time and money.
Hope these answers solved your queries. Happy travels!