When Americans and UK citizens travel to a country
in mainland Europe they're prepared to deal with the language barrier, but some
aren't ready to deal with experiencing a different culture. When you're going on vacation in a foreign country,
you may be a little surprised by just how different everything is. Whether you're heading off to a few villas in Tuscany with your friends or traveling to hotel room in Stockholm, experiencing
a little bit of a culture shock is normal. Don't let the surprise of culture
shock ruin your vacation. Here are a few
tips that can help you feel at ease when you make your trip.
Lessen the Language Barrier
English is a very popular language to learn abroad,
but you should still expect to experience a language barrier when you
travel. If you have a lot of extra money
to spend you could hire a translator, or you can spend a few dollars and make
your smartphone your translator. There
are many apps available that translate languages, and some of them are even
free. You'll be able to easily look up
important words and phrases, and maybe even make a new friend with your new
Find a Tour Guide
You could choose to explore the country where you're
vacationing on your own, but an experienced tour guide could help show your
more than you would ever find on your own.
There is no shortage of tour guides in Europe, especially if you're
planning to visit a big city. The hotel
or rental you're staying at may even be able to recommend tour guides to use.
Learn About Holidays
Holidays are important and unique to different
cultures. Stores, banks, and government
offices close for holidays in mainland Europe just like institutions in your
country. If you unknowingly plan your
vacation when a national holiday is being observed, you'll be disappointed when
you arrive and see that everything is closed.
Take time to learn about your vacation country's holidays before you
plan your trip. You could choose to plan
your getaway for another week, or you can learn about it and get ready to join
in on the celebration.
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