Travel and Learning

Learning About Language and Culture through Travel

By on February 3, 2019

Learning about language, culture, and people has always fascinated me. I can’t remember how many times I’ve gone on and on about travelling to experience these 3. If I had the funds and opportunity to pursue it, then I’d probably drop off everything and fly to my dream destinations. I would simply love to immerse myself in their cultures and learn their languages. Then maybe I could fulfill my other fancy which is to be a good interpreter or translator. I’d probably pass for a German-English and Spanish-English translator but it’ll also be lovely to add Russian and French translation to my language abilities.

Those who are still young and single have opportunities like scholarship grants to international school. They can also apply for language learning experiences offered by governments of some countries. I suggest grab this chance to have an educational holiday experience and gain a new language.

Yes, one can learn from language schools.  It is also easy to learn online for free through websites like Duolingo and Coursera. But, if you want to get your own instructor, try a reputable online language service website like Language Trainers.  For some, it is best to practice by visiting the country where the language is spoken. But, we have different ways and capabilities to learn, thus, staying abroad can or can’t make you fluent.

Here are, in my opinion, some of the best places that offer great cultural experiences. These places also offer interesting languages that one would want learn.

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London | United Kingdom

A Day Well-Spent in Iconic London

By on October 8, 2018

London is an iconic city that continuously draws in travellers from all over the world. But, if for some reasons you find yourself with only a day to spend in this wondrous city (for example a really long layover), make the most of out it and plan your itinerary strategically.

Keep in mind that there’s more to London than just the Buckingham Place and the Westminster Abbey, though they are undoubtedly two of the most impressive landmarks you should see! So here’s how you can make the most of your day and sample some of the best alternatives to touristy spots of this remarkable city (at best 12 hours straight) and some free must-sees.

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Cruises | Winter Travel

Winter Get-Away Cruise Destinations

By on January 20, 2018

(^Board games while on board a cruise ship.)

Vacations, road trips, and cruise holidays are popular during the summer season. Most people are used to the idea that summers are the best time to spend a holiday. But those who have experienced the cold and wet winter weather in the UK may want to re-consider their holiday schedules. Instead of cruising during the summer why not explore exciting destinations during the winter season. This way you can escape the dull winter weather and exchange it with warm and sunny ones. Here are some nice spots where one can cruise around and get away from the bleak winter weather.

When it comes to beach island holidays the Caribbean is often among the top of the tourists’ list. These islands are perfect for cruises because of the cultural diversity among the different islands. One can simply visit one island after another and enjoy a unique island experience in each of them. However, there are also things that are common in all of the Caribbean Islands and those are the beautiful and clear waters, sandy beaches and lots of sunshine.

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Travel Tips

Vacation Destinations for my Girly Gang

By on October 28, 2017

A vacation in any destination is always more fun when it is spent with great company. This is one of the reasons why girly holidays are some of the best vacations that women enjoy. You can expect full attendance among female buddies whenever such excursions are scheduled. The only difficult stage in planning for these holidays is in choosing the destination. Here are some good options I picked for girly getaways that will give the whole gang a good time.

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Travel Tips

Don’t Let Language Barrier Stop You from Enjoying Your Trip

By on September 24, 2017

(^Statue of Kalman in Budapest – English and German description provided on tab)

Read in German

Travelling to another country is something that is probably ever-present in people’s bucket lists. After all, there is nothing more surreal than exploring a place that’s foreign to you and immersing yourself in its culture and traditions. Everything does seem dreamlike, that is, until language barrier decides to step in and spoil the fun.

 

 Language Barrier, a problem?

Of course, this wouldn’t be a problem for you if you come from an interracial family and are well versed with a language other than English or your mother tongue. Nevertheless, not all of us are as fortunate. At the same time, not everyone was able to learn some Spanish, a spattering of French, and some other foreign language back in high school. So will you allow this problem to stop you from enjoying your trip? Certainly not! What should you do, then?

Whether your trip is for business or pleasure, it pays to learn the language spoken at the place where you’re going, and you can learn languages without cramming. You don’t have to be an expert linguist; learning just a couple of important words would be enough. You would be surprised how much better your traveling experience would be if you know how to speak even just a few words from the local language. It can actually enhance your experience in ways you never deemed possible.

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Cruises

The Perfect Cruise for the Family

By on August 16, 2017

 

Most people take advantage of summer vacations not just to reconnect with relatives, families, and loved ones. They also want to have that much-needed break from school or work. This is the reason why my family and I take some time off from our busy schedules during summertime. This time we planned for something we dubbed as “The Perfect Cruise for the Family.”

Perhaps you and your family are also planning to take a short vacation this year. There’s a large percentage of families all around the world that would go through extreme lengths just to plan the perfect summer getaway. Consider these cruise tips before you decide on your trip.

Perfect Cruise for the Family in Summer

Many families opt to spend summers in places with plenty of amusement parks, beaches, and campgrounds. They of course, would be doing their favourite activities as camping, experiencing thrill rides, and swimming among others. However, if you want to dare to be different come summertime, you might want to explore a unique option. That is, spending your next family vacation aboard a cruise ship. Here are some of the many beautiful things involved in a cruise.

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France | Paris

Going back to Disneyland Paris

By on June 8, 2017

Going back to Disneyland Paris (DLP) is on our bucket list for some time now. If you’ve been to my other blogs then you’ll know how I complain that time goes really fast. Especially if you have kids. Just yesterday the baby does nothing but sleep and drink milk, now they’re going to school and can do a lot of things. *sigh*

These photos were from our Disneyland Resort Paris vacation years ago. That time when the kids are still okay with being in the photos.

 

Those were mostly beautiful days, just windy but bearable enough to go about without jackets.

My older son having the sharpest memory among the three would always recall bits and pieces of our Disneyland experience and relay it to the little boy. He was also with us but he was around 1 year and 6 months so he couldn’t remember it well. We just let him look at the photos.

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Germany

Germany’s Beautiful Spots

By on March 13, 2017

With its vibrant cities, rich culture, beautiful natural sceneries, and castles, Germany has something for everyone. Berlin is the most popular destination in Germany because of its fascinating sceneries and natural attractions. But aside from this fascinating city, the country also has other charming cities, major districts with proud histories. Although I have only been to Nuremberg, Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Fürth, among other german cities, I already saw how charming Germany is.

Among all the cities in Europe, Berlin holds the third spot for being the largest. The city houses around 700 restaurants and 170 art galleries and museums. Its nightlife is Europe’s most popular, it could be rightly called Europe’s city that never sleeps. Berlin’s bittersweet history has accounted so much for what it is today, and seeing the memorials and how this city was brought back from the ruins give one an appreciation of such history.

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Bremen

Family City Break-Bremen

By on March 8, 2017

Some posts on our other blog, we mentioned about the musicians of Bremen having reminded of it by a statue at a children’s park in Fuerth. Click here in case you want to read it.

Was able to visit this German city a while back and as most of Germany, it is spotless. Bremen is one of the cities at the northwest of Germany and is an important hub as it is home to one of the major ports in Germany, by the river Weser.

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Travel Accessories

Efficient Styling on the Go with Convenient Hair-dryers

By on February 23, 2017

People who often travel as part of their job or those who simply love to travel a lot can still look their best even while on the move. A small and lightweight pack of their vanity essentials will ensure that beauty routines aren’t neglected during their trips. One such handy essential is a hair dryer that can help give your hair a salon finish look. Those who travel for business meetings can easily lose their crisp and professional look by sporting a damp and clingy hairstyle. Vacation goers may have more time to dry and style their hair as they please but this task can be painstaking without a hair dryer around. Here are some suggested hair dryer models that are convenient for travelling.

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Travel Tips

Four Safety Travel Tips to Keep in Mind

By on November 30, 2016

^Milan, September 2015

People travel for different reasons, for many though, travelling is their form of escape from boredom and the torture of everyday routine. There are people who have made travelling their way of life, but for most of us, we need travel to add dimension, excitement and adventure to our boring lives. When you travel and discover new sights or new places, you also discover new cultures and meet new people. You discover more about yourself and develop your character in ways you never thought it would. Yes travelling brings with it that heady, thrilling and addictive feeling, but you need to keep your wits around you especially if you’re travelling alone.

A lot of things can happen while you’re miles away from home. It is very important that you are well prepared – mentally, emotionally and physically. Secure your travel fund and ensure that you have an emergency stash or plan B, C and D in case you run short of cash. Consider selling your unused stuff and gadget on a garage sale to add to your fund. Consider the length of your travel and your destination so that you can pack appropriate clothing or footwear. Be sure to bring enough clothing but leave some room for souvenirs too. Once you’ve reached your destination, never be neglectful. Here are some safety travel tips to keep in mind.

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Travel Hacks

Self-Pampering Vacations for Busy Bodies

By on May 20, 2016

People who adhere to busy schedules daily are often the same ones who lose their time for personal needs.  Maintaining a hectic schedule that juggles career and domestic responsibilities can have negative effects on a person’s health in the long run. A vacation with the whole family can be great, but one should also consider taking a personal break with the sole purpose of pampering one’s self.

Read on for some ideas about self-pampering vacations to reward yourself for all your hard work.

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