Learn The Lingo Before You Go

Written by Ron Tichenor

Before going on your next vacation or business trip abroad, consider learning some ofrepparttar language that is spoken where you're going. You can get started learning easily and relatively inexpensively. Learningrepparttar 149206 local language can enhance your travelling experience, sometimes in ways you never thought of.

You can begin with just a few greetings and phrases, progress to a more 'survival vocabulary' level, or if you really like, you can go ahead and spend months studyingrepparttar 149207 language in-depth. In any case, if you find you like speaking and learningrepparttar 149208 language, you can always expand on what you've learned at first and further your study.

Why learnrepparttar 149209 language? For one thing, it is easier to deal withrepparttar 149210 local people if you speak even a little of their language. Don't assume everyone speaks English. Numbers, greetings, directions and simple questions are not very hard to learn and are very useful. The locals will appreciaterepparttar 149211 effort on your part, and in fact, you may receive slightly better treatment than you would otherwise. In a perfect world that wouldn't be true, but every little bit helps.

Improving communication withrepparttar 149212 locals is important. By learning some ofrepparttar 149213 language, you reducerepparttar 149214 possiblity of miscommunication. "Please", "Thank You", "How much is that?", "Where is ..." are all easy to learn and can go a long way toward friendly encounters. These phrases can be very handy for allrepparttar 149215 times you go to restaurants, buy something, take a taxi etc.

Travel is simply more fun when you speakrepparttar 149216 language. It's all part ofrepparttar 149217 adventure. Learningrepparttar 149218 country, repparttar 149219 people andrepparttar 149220 culture will expand your possibilities. By learning another language you can increase your social contacts and travel opportunities. Work, study and even retirement abroad all become more possible.

So, how do you go about starting to learn a new language? There are lots of different sources you can use to get started.

First is online. There are endless websites that can help you start learning a particular language. Travlang.com offers free online words and phrases with audio that you can use to pick uprepparttar 149221 basics. About.com is also an excellent source with some more in-depth tutorials for many languages. You can also do a search on any search engine for "learn spanish" or "learning chinese" or any other language, and you will find many sites with free tutorials.

Planning Your Next Weekend Getaway

Written by Melanie Breeze

Are you working too much? If you are stressed out and in need of some rest and relaxation, consider a weekend getaway. A two day trip to somewhere close can be a great way to recoup and connect with your spouse or loved ones. If you are on a budget, have no fear, with a little bit of planning you can get away for much less than you think.

One ofrepparttar most expensive parts of any trip isrepparttar 149163 hotel room. A good hotel will cost you hundreds a night, while a good motel will run you around $60 a night. Forrepparttar 149164 best deal, try using a website like priceline.com. You can get some really great deals, which can make your trip more affordable. My last weekend getaway, we stayed in a 4 star hotel for under $50 dollars a night! What a great deal! You can also name your own price for a car rental or airline trip, so you can go almost anywhere your heart desires.

Once you haverepparttar 149165 room, you need to getrepparttar 149166 travel gear. You will need luggage, and of course a few new outfits. My favorite site for travel gear is couponchief.com. They are free to use and give you coupon codes for a huge assortment of websites. I was able to save almost 50% on my new luggage set, and got a few new outfits for a cheap price. A weekend trip away won’t require a lot of luggage; one or two small inexpensive pieces should do just fine. It took only minutes to findrepparttar 149167 items I wanted, and they even had it shipped free to my doorstep.

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