It’s a general consensus that Millennial’s would rather spend on a new experience than acquire things. Unlike Gen Xers, who may have prioritized putting their money and time into physical assets such as cars and a home, the younger generation would rather take a trip and experience a new country.
And experiences live with you forever.
Some of life’s best experiences you’ll ever have is traveling to a foreign country. It’s like falling in love for the first time. The world’s most beautiful destinations are hidden in countries you’d probably never heard of before. Yet, these destinations are waiting for you, ready to take your breath away. Such experiences include visiting the beautiful Louvre in Paris.
But the hallmark of taking a trip abroad are the little things you’re able to pick up from your tour. From learning the cultural heritage of the people in your destination to getting educated about their political structure, there are some essential things you should seek to learn on your next tour of a new country. This article will share three of those things you should learn on your next trip abroad.
- Explore the local cuisine of your destination country
If you’ve been to a foreign country before and missed out on their local dishes, you might as well have just passed through the country without touching the soil. One of the strongest bonds you could have with a place is the food.
Frequent travelers that interact with the dishes of foreign places when they travel abroad also have the added advantage of learning new flavors that they can try at home. Since no knowledge is a waste, experiencing the taste and flavors of a new country means you’d have gained new knowledge that can help improve your culinary skills.
What’s more, learning the dishes of another country may help you discover your new favorite food. While it’s true that most of us would have picked our favorite food during our formative years, the fact that we haven’t experienced all that life has to offer means nothing is set in stone.
So, when on your next trip, take time to taste the actual food, the locals prepare themselves, particularly their street food.
2. Learn the language of the people
Learning the language of your travel destination will help you in a lot of ways.
You may not be giving a glowing speech in the language, but you’ll get a sense of pride and belonging from knowing you’ve learned a few new words from your adventure.
When you learn the language of a foreign place you’re visiting, you are also learning part of the history of the people. This will not only make your travels more enriching and fulfilling; it will also help you become more open-minded to the diversity that makes the world such a beautiful place.
Apart from the cultural benefit of learning a new language, it also helps to make your travel experience easier. That’s what Sean P. Finelli, a travel expert and co-founder and CEO of international tour company The Tour Guy, says about learning the language of a foreign country. According to Finelli, “when traveling to a foreign country, learning the basics of the native language will greatly assist you in navigating the city better, locals are always more receptive to tourists when they make an effort. Learning the language should be part of the adventure of traveling internationally.”
So, if you ever happen to get lost in your next adventure abroad, the tidbits of the language you’ve picked up might just warm the locals up and get them scrambling to your aid.
3. Learn about the political landscape
When living in a relatively safe country such as America – – with a highly progressive and liberal political structure – – it’s easy to take the opportunities and protection that you enjoy for granted. When visiting a foreign country, you may not know what political life is like in those countries until you decide to learn about it.
With many countries having open public libraries and heritage sites that represent their struggles and stories, it’s easy to pick up some knowledge on what the political culture of a foreign country is.
Learning about the politics of a place you’re traveling to will equip you with a new understanding of how different people go about life in different parts of the world and how to enjoy your trip to a foreign country without getting into trouble. It will also help you to appreciate the freedom that your country’s political structure affords you.
When on your next trip to Malaysia, be sure to visit a library and pick up some information on how the country is governed. You might just get exposed to a different kind of political system.
While traveling is mostly enjoyed for the fun of it, it can also present opportunities to pick up new knowledge or to experience an adventure. Why don’t you take out one or two things you want to learn on your next trip and see how your next adventure turns out.