Basic Phrases to Learn in Another Language Before You Go

Even though English is widely spoken, it is still highly recommended to learn a few phrases in the language of the country you are visiting. It greatly increases rapport with the locals, it’s faster than looking for someone who speaks English and is a good gateway in getting to know the culture a bit more. Nobody is expecting anyone to become fluent in every language but even knowing just a few basic phrases and words can go a long way. Now you can use Google Translate which even says it outloud for you, you can still go the old fashioned way and bring a dictionary or there are several guidebooks that contain useful words and phrases to know. There are several pertinent ones that not only gives you some extra brownie points with the locals but will come in super handy in certain situations.

Important Words and Phrases to Learn

  • Do you speak English? This will go a long way! It saves time and you can get help a lot faster
  • Please and thank you Just these couple words can establish a good rapport and can define you from those who don’t
  • Hello goodbye Also important even though they are the most basic words. You’ll be able to greet anybody without giving yourself away as a total ignorant tourist
  • My name is Good to know when talking to locals or meeting someone who doesn’t know English very well. Breaks the ice very quickly
  • Excuse me Always good to know when you need to squeeze by a crowd but don’t want to be yelling “excuse me!”
  • I don’t understand If the blank stares don’t work, this will help communicate that you don’t know the language and you don’t understand what’s going on
  • Bathroom You could learn “where is the bathroom” but most people will understand if you say bathroom in a question tone
  • 1-10 Handy to know if you’re taking a taxi or shopping
  • How much? Along with knowing numbers, it’s good to know how to ask how much something costs
  • Help! Important to know in case of emergency
  • I’m allergic to If you have very serious allergies, this is one to know. Also learn what the words are for what you’re allergic to!
  • Where is the Helpful to find directions which then hopefully the person responding will be able to point them out. Or useful when taking a taxi you can ask them and say yes.

Write the words down on a cheat sheet and have it with you at all times traveling. You can’t expect that you’ll always be in a situation or place where someone speaks English and knowing even just the basic words can be of a great help. If you can have data on your phone, Google Translate is the next best tool. If not, a guidebook will work and they usually have pages of helpful words and more complex sentences. Body language goes a long way but in many cases it’s just not enough. Take it upon yourself to be prepared and learn some new words!

 What other words or phrases do you recommend to learn? Share them in the comments below!

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Important Items to Pack Wherever You Are Going

Packing is getting a little more difficult due to all the restrictions. Most domestic flights charge you if you check in a bag, carry on space is limited and you can only bring so many ounces of liquid in your backpack. Travelers have gotten smart since they have to narrow down what are important things to pack, what are some things that can be left behind and what items can you just buy at your destination. However, there are some essentials that should be packed in any luggage or carry on, not only in case of emergency but it could help make your travel day a lot more comfortable.

Five Important Things to Always Pack

1. Over the counter medication

Have allergies? Prone to headaches or get nauseous? Over the counter medicine can help ease your travel day loads. Flying with a headache is one of the most unpleasant things and taking an Advil or Tylenol can help erase that pain. Get plane sick? A Drammamine or anti nausea pill will prevent you from chugging ginger ale and using that dreaded brown bag in front of your seat.

2. Entertainment

Nothing passes time slower than having nothing to do on a plane ride. Some flights have a movie, tv or radio but that can get pretty boring when it’s not something you want to watch or listen to. Bring your own entertainment whether it’s a book, magazine, iPod, Kindle or laptop. Do what you want to do and that will let time pass a bit quicker. With friends, cards or a small board game always helps.

3. Snacks

This is especially important if you’re on a tight travel itinerary and don’t have to time to get something to eat on a layover. Snacks can save your stomach and your wallet too. It’s expensive to buy food on the plane and usually they’re not the best eats either. Try to bring something from home instead of buying it at the airport. 

4. An extra jacket

It gets super cold on the plane, even when you turn off your own personal AC. If you don’t need it to keep you warm, you can also use it as a pillow.

5. Face Wipes

On a longer travel day, it’s nice to have something to freshen up. A face wipe can quickly make you feel better, more awake and more refreshed. You can also use them to wipe your hands and get rid of that grimy feeling you get after you’ve been on a plane for many hours at a time.

Some extras:

  1. toothbrush
  2. ear plugs
  3. scarf
  4. travel pillow
  5. deodorant

What are some of your travel must haves? Share them in the comments below!

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Planning the Euro Trip

Probably, there is no funnier way to travel than just to pop out a road trip with your friends. The abruptness is always a bonus, although not if you’re willing to launch a cross-country journey around Europe. Travelling around the Old World, which is in sober fact a set of different people and cultures united by common history, might require a thoroughly carried out plan. To make it easier, think over forthcoming journey bit by bit.

Where to go to?

feature pictureObviously, people often visit the places they have dreamt of quite long time. Though, such an option might not work if a group of buddies head off together – you must admit that people rarely pursue the same dreams or have the same preferences, and the one on where to travel to is not an exception. By the way, it is also better to make some agreements on possible conflict situations right away, as even the closest friendship might experience the toughest times, especially when travelers are closed up in one hotel room or, more exemplary, in a car.

However, let’s get back to travel destination choice. In Europe, the variety of lands can truly knock out one’s imagination; North Europe that is Scandinavian peninsula, Denmark, partially Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, reflect the idea of woody and contrasting marine landscapes, old-fashioned architecture in the cities, taverns and pubs; the same might be told about Germany yet one should add mighty castles in the sightseeing list; France has probably everything one can await from genuine travel – beaches on the south, wineries and exquisite restaurants, magnificence of Paris, Marseilles, Nice and other big cities, etc.; South Europe can boast of top places to shop in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece alongside charming sandy beach lines of the Meds. Admittedly, where to go in Europe is an intricate question, even if you plan to visit several countries.


If the choice is made, then the Embassy to attain visa is defined. Besides, you should look into if Schengen Visa is needed, as not all the states in Europe keep visa regime.  Besides if entering the country from neighboring lands, make sure that car documents, including driving license, green card, registration certificate, are ok.  Europeans put some of the following requirements for the vehicle: the presence of warning triangle, towing rope, spare extra wheel and main wheels with tread not less than 4 mm deep, car’s homeland sign that is placed on the rear window, a set of spare bulbs for headlights and lamps. Also include a first aid kit separately and fire extinguisher that must be purchased no earlier than six months before the trip. Kit should be composed of 18 items – the so-called eurokit.

Road fees

Either you’ve entered European borders by land or by air, thus rented a vehicle, you should be aware that most of autobahns are paid. Thereby, it is recommended to turn to national web-sites where fees are distinguished; the same goes for road traffic regulations, as each country keeps own speed limits and further peculiarities of driving (for instance,

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Booking hotels, hostels and other accommodation

Surely, popular apps and web-portals might be at hand, for instance,,,, which also provide comments from customers and their pros and cons. By the way, pay attention to exchange rates; regardless of euro currency priority in many countries, rates might slightly differ.

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Soccer continues to grow Down Under

Anyone who has visited Australia will be well aware of precisely how popular both rugby and cricket are, but it’s soccer that continues to be the fastest growing sport Down Under. With the international team now a consistent presence at World Cups and the A-League improving year-upon-year, soccer in Australia could well be a future challenger to rugby and cricket as the country’s national game.

The growth of soccer has been highlighted by sales for October’s Sydney derby between Sydney FC and cross-town rivals Western Sydney Wanderers. With 5000 tickets already sold for the game at the Allianz Stadium, the A-League fixture has already sold more tickets than both the upcoming NRL finals at the same stadium.

With the game still weeks away, both Sydney clubs will be well aware of the excitement building ahead of their round 2 clash. The impressive ticket sales have shown just how popular soccer is becoming in the Harbour City, especially between two clubs expected to be in the A-League title mix this season. Anyone in Sydney on October 18th could do a lot worse than getting themselves tickets to the derby.

Able to hold 44,000 sports fans, the Allianz Stadium in Moore Park, Sydney, has been one of Australia’s most impressive arenas since being built in 1988 and has replaced the Sydney Cricket Ground as the city’s premier sports arena. As well as Sydney FC, NRL side Sydney Roosters and Super Rugby franchise New South Wales Waratahs also call the Allianz Stadium ‘home’.

Next February thousands of teenage girls will descend on the Allianz to scream at the One Direction boys when the band perform at the arena across two dates as part of their Australia tour. It remains to be seen whether that atmosphere will top the one created for the upcoming Sydney derby.

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