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Traveling

Published: 02.02.2010
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Experience new cultures, eat exciting and strange foods, meet hospitable people, lie on the beach. . . . . Sounds great! Well, then you might want to learn a little bit about traveling.

 


How to Get Most Out of It

 

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Traveling is a good way to

 

  1. Get knowledge
  2. Meet people
  3. Get to know yourself
  4. See different cultures in their natural context
  5. Get experiences for life
  6. Widen your horizon
  7. Have fun

 

Part 1

It is essential to plan your journey to make sure you get the most out if. Learn as much as possible about your destinations before departure. Here are some ways to find information:

  1. Internet pages (homepages...)
  2. Travel Books (Lonely Planet, Thomas Cook ++)
  3. Recent publications/Travel magazines
  4. Talk to people who know the country you are going to
  5. Contact a Tour Operator to see what they offer
  6. Read biographies and novels from your destination
  7. Watch films and documentaries about your destination


Part 2

What would you like to know about your destination before departure?

  1. Vaccines, medication, health
  2. Clothes, climate, where you need to cover up
  3. Places to avoid
  4. Places to see – attractions. natural/man-made
  5. Expenses (cheap/expensive)
  6. Transport (how to get there, how to get around at the destination)
  7. Unwritten rites/codes (behavior, dress, body language)
  8. Currency and credit cards
  9. Language/dialects
  10. Food (special dishes, what to avoid)
  11. Hygiene
  12. Price level
  13. Time difference


Part 3 - Cornerstones of Traveling

There are four cornerstones in all tour planning: Travel, Live, Do and Eat.

Travel

  1. Find the right Flight
  2. Schedule flights?
  3. Charter flights?
  4. Stop-overs?
  5. High season/low season
  6. Or alternative ways of going
  7. Bus or train?
  8. Ship?
  9. How to get around at the destination
  10. Special offers in public transportation
  11. Deposit


LIVE

  1. Hostel – bunk beds, dormitories, self-catering
  2. B&B – often private homes
  3. Hotel (often chains – Hilton, Radisson SAS)


EAT

  1. Traditional Places (ex. Pub in London, medieval restaurant in Tallinn, Estonia ++)
  2. Cleanliness/Hygiene
  3. Special Dishes
  4. Price range (should fit you budget)


DO

  1. The main attractions of your destination (natural attractions or man-made attractions
  2. Any attractions on the WORLD HERITAGE LIST? (UNESCO)
  3. Not more than 2-3 main attractions a day
  4. Choose attractions in the same area (saves transport time)
  5. Transport (bus, tram, subway, taxi,,,)
  6. Prices and opening hours of museums/attractions
  7. Any day with free entrance to attractions?
  8. Days closed?

 

Experience Other Cultures

We travel to meet people and cultures.
Traveling will be more interesting for you if you learn about:

  1. Ethnic groups
  2. Religion (traditions, festivals)
  3. History of the people
  4. Political situation
  5. Music
  6. Theater/Plays
  7. Events (carnivals ++)
  8. Gender differences
  9. Trading traditions (bargaining)


The world is yours to choose from.

Have a nice trip!

 

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