Travelers strive to go “where no man has gone before” or they travel to origins of their personal family beginnings.
Today’s travelers are far more diverse in the choice of travel sites. These choices are often based on ideas or inspirations they’ve gotten from several sources. These include:
. Books on travel
. Travel documentaries by travel experts
. Experienced travel agents
. Recommendations of family, other relatives and friends
Travel Literacy – Learning Curves Par Excellence
Travel isn’t just about planning a travel itinerary, working out travel arrangements with travel agents or jaunts to domestic or international travel sites.
It is also about details that can make travel complex and/or not as enjoyable as it should be. The best way to become travel literate is to prepare in advance to learn as much about the intended travel destinations as possible.
The travel literate individual is endowed with knowledge of the travel world so they are well prepared before they set off from parts unknown.
The Cost of Travel Education
Surprisingly, students of travel who wish to expand their knowledge of travel find that advanced learning about travel is not costly and well worth the time and small investments involved.
Take note there are similarities in nearly all forms of travel. These include, language, currency, time zones and inherent cultural norms in each region traveled. For example in the U.S., it is important to know there are six time zones: Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific, Alaska and Hawaii. Also, not all states observe Daylight Saving Time. For example, Arizona does not, but even in this state the exception is the Native American Navajo regions that do.
Travel plans to U.S. territories like the U.S. Virgin Island, Guam, Hawaii, Samoa, Puerto Rico and the Northern Marianas Islands do not observe Daylight Saving Time.
To be more literate about international time zones, rely on numerous books, a wristwatch or alarm clock that provides multiple time zones.
All travelers need to be basically literate in each travel region’s currency. World travelers should study ahead of travel plans the currency within each of the countries, if they plan to purchase souvenirs or other goods.
Don’t forget to study the goods countries consider duty free. Learn more about passports, and visas, travelers cheques and accepted credit cards for international travel.
To adapt to languages, there are numerous software applications and devices that are available for language translations
Cultural Norms And Travel Literacy
To avoid appearing to be a novice traveler, take the time to study each travel destination’s cultural norms. Some of these are related to the country’s religion, such as in Middle Eastern nations and others are related to a country’s traditions. These affect dining and sleeping accommodations, as well as the type of travel wardrobe considered appropriate.
Finally, travel insurance is another issue to study to improve your travel literacy. Travel insurance may cover lost luggage, trip and accommodation cancellations, accidents due to auto, rail or airline negligence and miscellaneous losses. Be certain all terms of travel insurance are clearly understood.
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