Travel is a kind of meditation and it is always a pleasure to meet like-minded people in other parts of the world and exchange ideas. I’ve met people over 50 nationalities and the best way to greet someone is with a smile. It costs nothing and brings joy to meet someone for the first time.
Traveling is Education
The more you travel. You will learn much more. You don’t need a degree to travel. There is a lot to learn about a different culture and cultural difference, currency, nature, and each country are different and there are different languages around the world. If you have a passport then you can travel anywhere. You don’t always need money to travel. I’ve traveled to 40 nations and almost 99% of traveling is for free. Well, my job allows me to do so.
Picture was taken in Germany during my stay in Hamburg.
Learn a foreign language
Yes, you got it right. There is no difficult language in the world. I’ve met Germans who can speak Chinese, Chinese speaking in Japanese, Indians speaking Russian, Goans speaking Portuguese, German-speaking in Hindi. I’ve learned German fluently during my travel and all on my own. I’ve also learned other foreign languages like Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian, Serbian, Tagalog, Bahasa, Russian, and more.
If you know the language then you will also know the country.
Tips to learning a language
If you are surrounded by a certain language group then it’s possible to learn the language. If you have an interest then you can learn anything. I was surrounded by German most of the time and I took an interest in learning German on my own. I discussed with my German friends my difficulties and today I can speak very good German. The most important is to get socialized and be comfortable with people from other countries.
Took this picture in France with French school girls and my German friends. The students needed a picture for their projects.
Each country has different rules. Not following the traffic signals can end up in a penalty in UAE. Eating chewing gums can put you behind bars in Singapore, smoking a joint is legal in the Netherlands, Menthol Cigarettes are banned in Germany. How do I know all these? I’ve traveled a lot and talked to different people.
Some facts might shock you. For example in Ethiopia, they have a twelve-hour clock and not a 24-hour clock, with one cycle of 1 to 12 — from dawn to dusk — and the other cycle from dusk to dawn. An Ethiopian year is comprised of 13 months and is seven years behind the Gregorian calendar. If an Ethiopian person works in a foreign country; the family thinks he is in the future.
Different place, Different food
The best food in Germany is Currywurst whereas the most famous food in Italy is Pizza. India is famous for Biryani. Most people travel to try different food around the world. During my trip to China, I fell in love with the dumplings. Some people like food to be very spicy and in Europe, most people cannot even spicy at all. Indonesian eat ice cream with bread. Well, that’s why I travel to learn.
Keep yourself up to date while traveling especially with the time
India is a big country and it follows one time without any time zones. In the USA there are different time zones. I always have to change the time on my watch after landing in a new country.
If the time in India is 03:53 AM then the time in the USA is as follows:
6:28 PM Sunday, 9 August 2020 (GMT-4) Time in Washington, DC, USA
|5:28 pm||Chicago (GMT-5)|
|4:28 pm||Denver (GMT-6)|
|3:28 pm||Phoenix (GMT-7)|
|3:28 pm||Los Angeles (GMT-7)|
|2:28 pm||Anchorage (GMT-8)|
|12:28 pm||Honolulu (GMT-10|
There are 180 currencies across the world, as recognized by the United Nations. Some of the popular currencies you might know is Rupees, USD, EURO, YEN. However modern bank cards allow to pay in any country and it is not really needed to carry cash. Most countries accept Credit/Debit cards. US dollar talks everywhere and it is the only currency you can use anywhere. Beware of false calculation. For example, 20 AED in UAE is 5.45 USD and some taxi drivers might say 10 USD since you are not aware of the conversion. It is highly important to know the conversion rate in another country.
100 U.S. Dollar = 2,324,320.0000 Vietnamese dongs, you can be an instant millionaire.
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Risk while traveling
Do you know whom to contact in case of a lost passport?
Well, there are certain risks while traveling and most fools are subjected to those risks. You cannot leave your purse on the table in India and go to the washroom. Your purse will walk away. Most foreigners have to travel with an ID card / Passport and if you don’t take care of your belongings then nobody will.
My colleague kept his camera on a tripod and started chatting on his tablet in Barcelona and his tripod ran away without any trace. Watch out, fellas!!
Some countries are very honest and I’ve seen in the middle east that even if you keep your belongings on the table and go away. No one will dare to touch it. This is because the law is very strict.
United Arab Emirates: Theft Article: Punishments
Theft carries a punishment of imprisonment from 6 months up to 3 years or a fine. Attempted theft, which is also a crime, carries the punishment from 3 months up to 18 months or a fine. The public prosecutor charges the accused with theft.