There are many motivating factors for people to travel. Experience different cultures, try new foods, make new friends and the list goes on but as humans we are very visual. With every person having a camera on their phone, we are all amateur photographers and we spend a lot of time looking at images of all variety and if you’re into traveling, you’re looking at pictures of cities and landmarks. This is normal to run into especially when you have a place in mind to go to but you want to research it more. No problem, go on Instagram for pictures or Google Images to see what these places look like. One thing has become very evident after traveling to some of these places, a lot of pictures that are floating around are edited.
I had the opportunity to go to Munich as part of my 9 night Germany trip. Munich was my second stop and I knew only a few things about Munich from other Germans and travelers who have been there. Needless to say, I was wide open to what I may run into and what to visit while in Munich.
Tourism is a huge industry throughout the world and countries across the world want people to come into their country to experience their culture and of course, spend their money. With this being said, there are airlines that are being used to entice travelers to choose their country as a possible country to visit by offering great layover programs. A layover program is essentially giving you the ability to pick an ultimate destination but mid travel you will have a layover in a different country for 24 hours or longer. This idea is to give you the opportunity to tour the country and then fly to your destination.
One of the most daunting ventures is designing your own travel itinerary. It can be challenging to figure out where to start and there is a reason why people pay travel agents to figure out everything for them. I have a particular methodology that works and as long as you follow it, it’s very easy. To make sense, I will provide examples of common cities and how to figure out if your travel plans are realistic and with the least amount of stress. Before we start, there are key things to understand before you start plotting:
Photo Credit – Davis Staedtler
If you asked me years ago would I be interested in paying money to sleep in a room with strangers in bunk-beds, I would have said “Hell No”. Maybe it’s the American in me that immediately is suspicious of strangers especially people in a different country. Maybe it’s the constant reminder from people of the horror movie “Hostel”. Either way, my feelings about Hostels has changed significantly to the point where I prefer to stay in a Hostel. For those of you who have never stayed in a Hostel, here are some Pros and Cons (Hostel Recommendations will be at the Bottom).
When traveling to Europe, Paris is at the top of most peoples list of cities to visit but I will admit before my trip, I wasn’t sure how I would like the city. I did some research before hand but I didn’t do enough. Most people tell you about how pretty a city is but not many people explain to you the logistics of getting to certain places or what you might experience when you get there. I ran into hurdles, got lost, missed a flight but it was a great learning experience. So here is what I learned…
Where you stay can sometimes make or break your vacation. It is common for people to look for the nearest and most affordable Hotel in a given city but there is a great alternative, AirBNB (www.airbnb.com).
Humbling experiences rarely happen in a persons life but when you experience it, it can have a great affect. One of those experiences for me has been learning a new language, more specifically, learning German. I believe most people I run into would say “I wish I knew a second language” but it’s difficult to make that next step into actually doing it. I’ve realized that learning a new language is like losing weight…everyone wants to do it and it’s very challenging but when you make progress it’s extremely rewarding. Learning a language is more than just another form of communication and I learned this first hand.