I have been learning Russian off and on since 2007. I always had an interest in the language and the Russian culture but shortly after meeting Lena and her family, I was hooked.
You hear it all the time, but it really can’t be stressed enough – speaking even just a few words in the local language will enrich your entire travel experience. It is often easy for English speakers to use their language as a crutch.
Here are some tips that we’ve found to be useful.
There’s nothing worse than not having access to your money while you’re traveling. Make sure you prepare yourself before the trip!
If you expect to be traveling internationally in the upcoming months, consider a credit card that does not charge foreign transaction fees. Also look for a bank card that will refund your ATM fees.
Look for credit and debit cards that offer perks that will be useful during your extended international travel. Find a bank that offers an ATM card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees and will refund your ATM fees. Traveler favorites include the Charles Schwab Investor Checking card and the Chase Sapphire Preferred Visa. You can find a great breakdown by by our friends at Traveling 9 to 5.
Another huge change in environments for us: from Delhi, India to Singapore. While much of India is known for being dirty, Singapore is known for quite the opposite. You can’t buy chewing gum because it is banned in the city. Jaywalking is enforced extensively. Caning is still a common form of punishment – remember Michael Fay from Ohio?
Singapore is an interesting mix of cultures. It was once part of Malaysia, but because of fundamental political disagreements, Singapore became it’s own nation. Since then, many British, Chinese, and Indian people have moved there. They have four official languages and most signs are written in each of them!