12 Travel Hacks I Wish I Knew Before Backpacking Abroad

7. BE PREPARED FOR SLIGHT CULTURE SHOCK

When jet setting to a new land (especially once with a native tongue different from your own), take a few extra precautions to ease the initial transition, like fly into the city’s major, most convenient airport. Or, line up transportation ahead of time to get you where you need to go.

Traveling abroad can be a major culture shock, and this is one of the instances for which you’ll be glad you prepped yourself.

This way, you can avoid a heavyset German woman — who wants nothing more than to see your bony, presumptuous American ass disappear — yelling at you.

8. FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH A FEW KEY PHRASES IN A RELEVANT FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Take the time to educate yourself a bit. Not only does this give you a leg up upon your arrival, but it also goes a long way with locals (even if they’re largely just making fun of you amongst themselves).

Google Translate is an incredible resource to keep handy for whenever WiFi is readily available. Not only does this tweak expressions to reflect language variations, but it also offers pronunciation to help you come across as less of an assh*le.

9. LEAVE YOUR EXPECTATIONS AT HOME… ALONG WITH THOSE CHUNKY-ASS ESPADRILLES

As Millennials, we’re constantly comparing our lives to the people around us.

Whether it’s intentional or not, we must come to a point when we can realize that, for better or worse, our lives are in no way like anyone else’s, and for this, we are entirely blessed.

Only once we relinquish the notion of how things should look do we allow ourselves to fully appreciate our place in the world.

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