Mummy says…. Travelling overseas is so exciting, and can be made even better with a little planning, including attempting to learn a little of the local lingo! We have teamed up with Holiday Autos to bring you some great tips for travelling overseas, as well as some interesting findings about us Brits abroad.
- Try and learn some of the local language. Brits find French the most familiar, knowing around 15 words! We tried as we holidayed in France a couple of weeks ago. Even Pickle picked up the basics – Bonjour, Au Revoir. It can be hilarious to have a go at speaking the local language! I had a few disastrous attempts at ordering coffees, but it was a lot of fun!
- Take a basic phrase book at least – one that also shows you how to pronounce the word is really helpful. You can get apps to help you too.
- Keep all travel documents safely in one place when travelling – a large pocket in a rucksack is ideal to reach them easily.
- Check any restrictions at airports or ports just before you travel. They can update their rules daily at the moment. For example, power banks are not allowed in hold luggage on a plane – as my daughter found out, her luggage was delayed by two weeks before it reached her out in Cambodia. You also have to carry tablets, laptops etc. fully charged.
- Check in advance if you need any vaccinations – some need to be given several weeks before you travel. Malaria tablets can cost between £70 and £200, just to warn you.
- Take the largest, lightest hand luggage bag or case that you are allowed. Pop a spare change of clothes in, as well as a basic toiletries set. Ladies, carry some sanitary products if needed too.
- Hiring a car from the UK before you travel gives you peace of mind and the best price. One less thing to worry about once you arrive. Make sure you book all necessary car seats for children too.
Holiday Autos car hire conducted a survey recently about Brits speaking foreign languages when on holiday – do you try and have a go?
It didn’t surprise me, if I am honest, that over a quarter of Brits make no attempt at learning a different language. Everyone speaks English don’t they?
Almost a third of us can ask where the bathroom is – very important! Over a third can ask for a beer!
How many of you have actually started speaking slower to try and be understood? We are SO guilty of this!
1500 respondents were surveyed.