“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” – St. Augustine
English is very useful when you travel. I have been to 48 countries (see below). English has helped me in all of them. It truly is a global language. In fact, more people speak English as a second language than as a first!
What motivates you to study English?
Studying English without motivation is an uphill battle. If you aren’t interested in English, your motivation will be very low and you will be unlikely to improve or become fluent. Fluency requires dedication and passion.
For many, a desire to travel overseas provides motivation to study English.
Overseas puts the “OV” in apOVen.
Traveling overseas means traveling to another country, often by plane over a sea. Currently, I am living overseas in Korea. Have you ever traveled overseas?
We can substitute the word “abroad” for overseas. If you are planning to travel abroad, English will be very helpful in most places.
English is the global language used by travelers and people who work in hotels, airports, and the travel industry worldwide. While it’s always a good idea to learn some basic expressions in the local language, you probably won’t (reduction of “will not”) have time to become fluent. In these situations, English can be a useful tool. Even if you don’t speak English well, with just a little English and gestures, you can communicate!
Do you have a travel bucket list? Where do you want to go?
Tell me about it in the conversation section below.
One of the reasons people love to travel is to have new experiences. Traveling takes us away from the regular routines of our lives. Travel helps us focus on what is important in life. Getting outside of our comfort zones can give us perspective and help us realize that many of the things we stress out about aren’t really worth our energy.
Traveling gives us a sense of freedom and wonder that can be hard to find in our daily lives. It exposes us to different cultures. It can be scary. It can be exciting.
When we travel, life is amplified.
Traveling heightens our senses. In some countries, it’s common for students to take a gap year to travel. Not only does it give them a break from academic studies, but it also broadens their horizons and helps them learn about the world. After all, there is more to life than just studying. There’s a great big world of possibilities out there, just waiting to be discovered.
You might eat grasshoppers in Mexico, hold a baby kangaroo in Australia, hug a lion in Argentina, get a haircut like a local in China, or get tips on how to jump from the original masters of the jump shot in Kenya: The Maasai Warriors :).
Here is the complete alphabetical list of the 48 countries that I have been to:
Of course, being born in the United States, I’ve also been there, but I’ve been told I’m not allowed to count it because it’s not a place I traveled to. Still, sometimes I’m inspired to share a travel photo or experience from the U.S.:
I will continue to post about each place I have visited along with a photo from each country. First up: Seoul, South Korea.
Ready to start your own travel journey? Explore Amazon.com for travel guides and inspiration.
Use Google in English for vocabulary help. Anytime you come across an unfamiliar word, you can quickly find the meaning with Google’s define feature. For example, type “define gap year” into the search box for an instant explanation. Searching in Google Images is also a useful tool for certain words, like molluscs. Even searching gap year in images is useful!