Learning a new language is the best way to enhance your travelling experience. Travelling inside our own city or country is easier, even when we are travelling for the first time. The reason is that we can speak the native language and connect with the people around us. Travelling abroad can be scary for some people because of the fear of a strange place. When you travel to a place where people speak a different language, it can be difficult to move around or do anything. The most significant benefit of learning a second language is that you can travel comfortably in a different country.
Spanish is the native language of almost twenty countries. Knowing the Spanish language can help you a lot if you travel to any one of them. Even if you know common Spanish phrases or greetings, it would be so much easier for you to travel and visit places. Have a look at some other major benefits you will have once you learn a new language!
1. You Can Roam Around Easily
When you travel to a new place, you don’t know about any of the sites or cafes. You may have the necessary information from the internet, but that is not always accurate. For instance, your town or country can have lots of sites and places that people need to see. However, only you know about the places that are really underrated or are better than others. You also know the best route to those places, and how to make the best out of the entire experience. If you are a tourist in another country, only the natives will know what café serves the best coffee or which places are worth seeing. The only way you can get that information is by asking around, and you cannot do that unless you know the native language!
2. You Get To Connect With New People
Travelling is not just about going to new places. It is also about meeting new people and connecting with them. There are more than 7 billion people on earth, do not let the language barrier limit you from making new friends. Meeting new people can help broaden your vision. You can get rid of any misconceptions about that certain country or people.
There are many countries that have been portrayed in a negative light. If you live on the other side of the globe, you would easily believe what you are reading on the internet. It is only when you speak to people that you will get to know them.
3. You Can Understand Different Cultures
The world is huge, and we are a small part of it. Our country is just one of the many that exist on this planet. There are thousands of different cultures in a single country. Imagine how many more cultures you can get to know about once you start travelling the world. The best way to acknowledge other cultures and understand them is when you travel. You get to see people from a closer lens and observe how they behave. Knowing a certain language also helps us understand the culture from a different perspective.
4. You Can Save Money
There are many shopkeepers and cap drivers who take advantage of people who are from that city or country. People can detect tourists by the way they look, which is why it is your language that becomes important here. When you speak the local language, it makes a good impression on the people, and you can even get a discount. You can ask around for cheaper places, and the people would be more than happy to tell you about them.
5. It Makes Your Experience Better
When you go to any new place, it is important to understand its root and history. Neither of these things can be comprehended if you cannot speak the local language. Take a historical site for example. When you visit an important tourist attraction, sometimes there are guides present to tell you all about the history. These guides specialize in speaking multiple languages, but they are not always the experts. Sometimes all you can understand are the basics, and you miss out on so much more fascinating information. Don’t let your travelling trip go to waste like that!
Make the most out of your trips by learning a few other languages. Even if you learn the basics of a language, such as greetings, and common phrases, it will make your experience so much better.
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About the Author:
Lara Smith has worked for Wall Street English for 20 years. After studying at Stanford University and subsequently doing a CELTA course, she began her career in teaching. She is obsessed with languages and currently writes blogs at https://www.mimicmethod.com/.
Published by Mohaned Gadnne