Why Learn A Language Before Travel?

Learning a second language is always fun and you never know when it might come in handy. One thing is for sure, it doesn’t go to waste and it makes for one interesting thing on your resume. New opportunities could open up for you, not only in your professional life but also your personal life.

You can pursue careers in translation from one language to another or there are always agencies available to guide you what to do with your talents.

People also learn a different language as a hobby and enjoy it. And what’s not to enjoy? You can make more friends and maybe even have a pen pal someday. But it comes in most handy when you travel to some foreign country and you know the local language to help you. I don’t mean recite the local poetry or anything, but a few words or sentences

can help you with these 5 things:

Meet new people

You speaking the local language can help you befriend the locals. They find pride in the fact and may be more hospitable towards you. You might even make a friend for life!

See and explore more

Yes, tour guides are available everywhere and speak English too but wouldn’t it be more adventurous to find your way on your own in an unfamiliar town. Gave me an adrenaline rush right there. You can communicate with the locals and find about the hidden treasures and adventures the town has to offer.

In case of emergency

Always remember, better safe than sorry. We normally don’t consider this when departing on a vacation but accidents can happen and emergencies can knock the door anytime, anywhere. Knowing the local language can help tackle situations like this a bit better.

Understand the culture

I don’t know about you, but if I am traveling to a foreign place I like to know as much as I can about its culture. They say knowing a second language is like possessing another soul. I do believe words have that kind of power. You can connect with locals and learn about their culture, history and concepts of life. Sometimes an experience like this can be life affirming.


Frugal alert! I do love to bargain and bargaining in another language is just so much more fun. If you are visiting a country where bargaining is a norm like Thailand then knowing the language will prevent you from being ripped off. Negotiating prices is a norm and usually expected.

.And there you have it folks, 5 reasons why learning a second language can be useful. Well, here is number 6: it’s just cool. So please share your experiences and tell me if you ever needed to know the language on one of your vacations.

What Jobs Do You Pay Someone Else To Do?

So I was a teacher but I quit my job because I wanted to give my family more attention and time. Yes, our finances have been affected due to this big decision but I can give more to the family and this makes my home a much happier place. I am there for my children and all there big moments. Just the other day my kid had his sports day and I had a free schedule to go watch him participate.

So I marked the A level exams which not all teachers are particularly thrilled about. Marking sessions are held over the weekend and that too evenings. This means none family time over the weekend. I always thought I would be done with the task within school hours and let’s not talk about how that worked out. Anyway, on the brighter side I had a full pocket for the summer.

But when the task is at hand, I strongly feel sometimes that I should delegate it. It’s time consuming and not worth it. Confused? Let me explain. This blog for example, I love writing and thanks to internet job opportunities I could possibly make a living of it. If any changes to the theme or layout had to be made, instead of investing that time in this, I would hire someone to do it for me.

Are you thinking how someone thrifty like me would pay someone for a task I can do? Its not about the money but the most smartest option.

Yes, doing some of this work can be cost effective. See, if I saved up all those little tasks or DIY projects for my husband to do at home over the weekend, it would definitely help me save, but at what cost? Not have relaxed over the weekend or spent quality family time just means more stress for him when Monday comes knocking at the door. So I prefer making a list of all these things and have a handyman come over take care of these.
If some task requires investing time but it disrupts your schedule and plans, then I prefer paying someone else to do it. After all, life isn’t all about money.