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Travel: What’s on Your Bucket List?

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”  – St. Augustine

Earth from Space

English is very useful when you travel. I have been to 60 countries so far, and English has helped me in all of them.
(*If you want to see the list, scroll to the bottom of the page).

English truly is a global language. In fact, more people speak English as a second language than as a first! According to the World Economic Forum, over 1 billion people speak English as a foreign language and less than 400 million speak it as a first language.

What motivates you to study English?

Studying English without motivation is an uphill battle (difficult struggle). 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? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

We can substitute the word “abroad” for overseas. If you are planning to travel abroad, English will be very helpful in most places.

(*Not to abroad.  This is a common mistake. You travel to a country, but not to abroad.)

English: Your Passport to the World

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 if you’re just getting started.

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! I’ve created a lesson with 10 travel phrasal verbs to get you started on your journey.

Check out (look at) this 9 minute YouTube video for 10 Essential English Travel Phrases by Eat Sleep Dream English if you’re keen (eager, ready) to get started learning some English phrases to use when you travel.

Why Travel?

One of the reasons people 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 (increases knowledge, understanding, or experience) 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.

Beijing Haircut

You might get a haircut like a local in China, eat grasshoppers (chapulines) in Mexico, hold a baby kangaroo in Australia, hug a lion in Argentina, 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 countries that I have been to:

Maasai Warrior Jump Adumu

  1. Argentina 🇦🇷
  2. Armenia 🇦🇲
  3. Australia 🇦🇺
  4. Austria
  5. Bahamas 🇧🇸
  6. Belize 🇧🇿
  7. Bermuda 🇧🇲
  8. Bosnia and Herzegovina – Mostar, Sarajevo 
  9. Cambodia 🇰🇭
  10. Canada 🇨🇦
  11. China 🇨🇳
  12. Colombia 🇨🇴
  13. Costa Rica 🇨🇷
  14. Croatia – Dubrovnik
  15. Ecuador 🇪🇨
  16. El Salvador 🇸🇻
  17. Finland
  18. Estonia
  19. French Polynesia 🇵🇫
  20. Georgia 🇬🇪
  21. Guatemala 🇬🇹
  22. Hong Kong 🇭🇰
  23. Ireland 🇮🇪
  24. India 🇮🇳
  25. Italy 🇮🇹 – Florence
  26. Japan 🇯🇵
  27. Kazakhstan 🇰🇿
  28. Kenya 🇰🇪
  29. Laos 🇱🇦
  30. Latvia
  31. Lithuania
  32. Malaysia 🇲🇾
  33. Mexico 🇲🇽
  34. Mongolia 🇲🇳
  35. Montenegro – Kotor
  36. Myanmar 🇲🇲
  37. Nepal 🇳🇵
  38. New Zealand 🇳🇿 -Okarito
  39. Panama 🇵🇦
  40. Peru 🇵🇪
  41. Philippines 🇵🇭
  42. Poland 🇵🇱
  43. Portugal 🇵🇹
  44. Puerto Rico 🇵🇷
  45. Qatar
  46. Romania
  47. Saint Kitts & Nevis 🇰🇳
  48. South Africa 🇿🇦
  49. South Korea 🇰🇷 Seoul
  50. Spain 🇪🇸
  51. Switzerland 🇨🇭
  52. Taiwan 🇹🇼
  53. Thailand 🇹🇭Koh Samui
  54. Turkey 🇹🇷
  55. Ukraine
  56. United Arab Emirates 🇦🇪
  57. United Kingdom 🇬🇧
  58. Uruguay 🇺🇾
  59. Vatican City 🇻🇦
  60. Vietnam 🇻🇳

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.: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A.

I sometimes post about the places I have visited. Let me know if there’s somewhere on my list that you’d like me to write about, and I’ll add it to the top of my list! First up: Seoul, South Korea.

Do you have a travel bucket list?

Where do you want to go? I’d love to hear both where you have been and where you would like to go.

Tell me in the comments below.

Bucket List Notebook

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English Pro Tip:

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!

Thanks for visiting!

Your Turn:

Is your country in the list above? What countries have you visited? What countries do you want to visit? Where should I go next? Share your travel experience or dreams in the comments below!

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