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Tips for Traveling Abroad

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“Fights between individuals, as well as governments and nations, invariably result from misunderstandings in the broadest interpretation of this term. Misunderstandings are always caused by the inability of appreciating one another’s point of view. This again is due to the ignorance of those concerned, not so much in their own, as in their mutual fields. The peril of a clash is aggravated by a more or less predominant sense of combativeness, posed by every human being. To resist this inherent fighting tendency the best was is to dispel ignorance of the doings of others by a systematic spread of general knowledge. With this object in view, it is most important to aid exchange of thought and intercourse.” Nikola Tesla, THE TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY WITHOUT WIRES AS A MEANS FOR FURTHERING PEACE, Electrical World and Engineer (7 January 1905)

Traveling can be a wonderful experience IF done correctly.  First and foremost, do thorough research on the particular nation or continent that you are interested in traveling to.

Set aside savings to cover your trip. A general rule of thumb is $2,000 for every week you plan to be abroad.  Never use debt to pay for a trip. Use traveler’s checks instead of a credit/debit card.

With social media, it becomes easier to make personal connections with people around the world.  Ask for recommendations from them and consider going off the beaten path.  It is less of a crowd and would make for more interesting sights.

Make sure you have your ducks in a row with regard to clothes, camera, passport and all the things you may need. However, do not take the entire house with you.  The less stuff you travel with, the better.

Keep important numbers handy. The nearest US consulate or embassy. You can find a list here.
— Local police and fire stations
— Nearby hospital or medical center
— A local cab company
— Any other numbers you may need in a pinch!

Every country has their own specific customs and traditions. Although being immersed in a culture is the best way to learn what is appropriate and what is not, try to research some of the major faux-pas Americans commit in your destination. Even if it seems normal to you, it could be highly offensive to locals. For example, some places, like China and South Korea, shy away from tipping, while the French would be shocked by a hug (although kisses are totally fine).

Don’t dress like a tourist.  Don’t flaunt your wealth.  Don’t be loud, obnxious and rude.  You certainly don’t want to create the impression that you are a rich American who is inviting being kidnapped for a sizable ransom.  Ladies, especially if you are in a nation where the average income is about $600 a year, it would be better to not worry too much about your hair, makeup and nails. After all, you are on vacation.  Don’t take the whole house with you either.  Americans in particular are used to loudness and the sensation of being in a hurry.  In other parts of the world, especially those that are not industrial beat to a different drummer.  Slow down and enjoy your stay.  You are on vacation after all.


Written by chrisforliberty

April 1, 2014 at 12:24 am

Posted in General

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