UK culture (c) Stewart Green 1998
HOW TO TRAVEL
update 1.1 24/11/98
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Japan - a country where the culture is completely different. It is expensive so no one tries to rip you off. The people are very kind and polite
The UK - is one of the best places to visit : ancient castles to punk rock
Don't Believe Books Or TV :go see for yourself.
|How - There
are different ways to travel I use a mixture
DON'T Stay at the Hilton and fly everywhere : Wake up in the Hilton and you don't even know what country you are in. I like to find the Real Culture.
Independent Travel : You read the books and make your own plans. You do the work, but you have more flexibility and ultimately it's more rewarding
Package Tour : Easy, everything is organised for you . A great way to meet other Brazilians, but not a good way to meet foreign people or experience the culture
Organised Tour : Like
American Adventures or Top Deck. Like a mixture between Independent and
package travel. . A good way to travel easily and quickly, meet and
share the experiences with other foreigners. BUT You don't get much opportunity
to meet people from country you are visiting, you don't have much flexibity;
you ofetn end up rushing : companies like Contiki can be very expensive
and you can get stuck with a group of people you don't like. I wouldn't
recommend it for more than 6 weeks. Africa is better on your own, most
people that I have met hated it.
Planet, Let`s Go or The
Rough Guides. (all available from www.amazon.com).
Make sure you read it and plan before you go.
To find out about the culture you could read some books before you go. Culture Shock Britain by Terry Tan or try contempary fiction like Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby or travel experiences. The Island by The Sea by Paul Theroux or Notes From A Small Island by Bill Bryson.
Some other good travel books :Vagabonding USA by Ed Buryn , Through The Backdoor Rich Steves, The Hitch hikers Guide To Europe
Don't plan : You don't know what it is like until you get there. Leave your options open so you can decide what to do on the spot.
Packing : A backpack is easier than a suitcase. Most people pack to much and spend their time heaving around things they never use. I once had my bag stolen and had to travel with just a small bag, but it was very easy. You could come to a new town walk around see if you like it, look around different hotels instead of having to worry about first finding a hotel to leave your heavy bag. Rule of packing : pack the minimum things you think you need then put half of them back in the cupboard anyway. You can always buy new things. Put our things in plastic bags, so things stay dry and are easier to find.
Money - It's very good to carry a credit card. Leave money in your account so you can use the cash machines. Also carry a mixture travellers cheques, dollars and local cash. Change money before you need to so that you don't run out on a holiday. Always use a money belt that touches your skin so you can't be pick pocketed.
Don't use only one Travel Agent - Often when they say this is the cheapest price it isn't.
Tickets may be cheaper when bought from
companies in the UK by telephone (most companies aren`t allowed to do this)
|When You are There
The Grass is Always Greener - You often expect the other country to be better than your own. Then when you get there you miss the things from home. Keep your mouth shut
Be Suspicious - People often think that you are an easy target.
Do What The Locals Do : Travel on trains and buses with them eat local food at the same places. Then you can see what the real life is like.
Tourist Information - Always check the local office for free maps and information and news of special events.
Language - AI think it is polite to learn a little of the language of what country you are in. It briongs you more friends.
Talk To Other Travellers - You often meet other people who have jusst been to the places you are going to.
Travel Fast - maybe you will go to more places so maybe more things will happen
Travel Slow - Stay in one place for a while, get to know it and maybe more things will happen.
Don't Travel when everyone else is : i.e. in India on Sundays , in UK on Fridays or in China at New Year. It's much easier when you don't have to compete with the crowds.
Go to Strange places : when people only go to the capital cities they don't see the real culture ; so many things have been directly set up for tourists. When you go to other places people have more time for you.
Hitch-hiking - I really like to hitch hike. If they are going somewhere they are going there for areason. I get to find out more about the life and spent hours talking to a local person. Often in buses and trains people don't speak.
Walk or Cycle - In small countries like in Europe. Things are close together. You get to see things that other people miss when the drive by. Also , because you are going at a slower pace you will find it easier to meet people. There are many long distance footpaths in the UK and the Camino De Campiostmenta in Spain.
Don't get carried away taking photographs : some peole spend all their time looking at their camera not what is going on around them. Often it's better to buy the postcards
Cold - If you come from a hot country you don't always realise how cold it can be. Rememebr you lose most of your heat through your head so a think wooly hat is a good buy.
When in Rome... Try
do do the same things that you do a home and it will be expensive live
like the locals do and you will be better off
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