Language of Aussies

Some common travel advice is to learn the local language before you go somewhere. While this is a noble endeavor, don’t view it as a necessity for traveling somewhere. If you learn a language purely to travel to its country of use, then it likely won’t be a very thorough understanding you have (unless you plan to not just travel but immigrate). At best, you’ll have a full command of the language and fit in much more easily with the locals. However, most likely, you’ll have a token understanding of the local language, and any mistakes will be easily spotted, outing you as the tourist you apparently don’t want to be identified as. The reality is, if you speak English, you’re good to travel in most of the world. English is the international language of business in many countries, making it the de facto language of much of the Earth. You can thank early English imperialism for this, but chances are, if someone recognizes you as a tourist it’ll be much easier for the both of you to speak English.

However, most likely, you’ll have a token understanding of the local language, and any mistakes will be easily spotted, outing you as the tourist you apparently don’t want to be identified as. The reality is, if you speak English, you’re good to travel in most of the world. English is the international language of business in many countries, making it the de facto language of much of the Earth. You can thank early English imperialism for this, but chances are, if someone recognizes you as a tourist it’ll be much easier for the both of you to speak English.

Many travelers like to live a sort of Puritan lifestyle while out traveling, in order to gain more of a connection with their surroundings and force themselves to appreciate the areas that they visit. Unless you fully know that this is for you, I would not recommend it. Not only are you cut off from communication in the chance of an emergency, but you are cut off from most forms of communication entirely. You can’t rely on strangers or public services to stay connected to the rest of the world, even while you explore it. Get a good charging setup as well, to ensure that you don’t have to go without a reliable source of information. Your phone isn’t just a plaything or a source of entertainment; it can be your lifeline as long as it’s charged and you have a network.

When you travel, it can be tempting to wing it. Don’t take the chance. You have a wealth of information and possible materials to choose from and shouldn’t deprive yourself for an imitation of spirituality. Explore the world, but be safe and sensible.

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