Learning New Languages
One thing you will be faced with when traveling abroad is negotiating prices.
I experienced this first hand in Romania, Africa, and Honduras. Learning new languages will help you to step right into the local markets and negotiate the best prices possible.
Imagine your first experience in your favorite destination…
You get off the plane, get situated in your living space, and head into town for some shopping.
The thing you don’t realize is that there are tourist market areas and local market. In Constanta, Romania most of the tourist attractions are along the beaches. In those areas, the prices are unusually high. After walking a few miles from the beach, I was able to find reasonably prices food and shopping areas.
It saves you money to buy items at local tourist areas where you will get the best “bang for your buck!” Because you are a tourist, expect prices to be higher for you in negotiating markets too. It’s your job to negotiate the best prices for yourself and not get taken advantage of. But if you are firm in your prices, you will normally get very fair rates.
Get Familiar With The Local Currency
On a side-note, you may want to pay close attention to how much change you are supposed to be getting after purchase items with local cash. Some people tend not to give all of your change to you if they know you are a tourist.
I had quite the experience in Romania with a cashier not wanting to give me all of my change back when I bought groceries. Although making a big deal over less than a dollar may just be pointless, if you keep letting people take advantage of you, that change can add up quickly.
BONUS TIP: It helps to be able to order the food that you want off of the local menus as well. You don’t feel like our are in an Indiana Jones movie when you accidentally ordered monkey brains or eyeball soup!
Learning New Languages For Working Abroad
This actually ties into the next blog post I intend to write. Learning a new language is great for working abroad. You will be able to understand the instructions and tasks while working odd jobs. Because you know the local language, you are going to have more opportunities to cover your travel expenses.