10 Phrases to learn in the Local Language when Travelling Abroad

10 Phrases to learn in the Local Language when Travelling Abroad

Travelling abroad should not only be about drinking fabulous cocktails by the pool, viewing spectacular landscapes and wandering the fascinating streets of an unfamiliar city. Mingling with locals and learning a few basic words in the local language will help make your next trip abroad that extra rewarding.

No one is telling you to learn a whole language, that would be crazy and on most occasions near on impossible. But to learn a few basic words in the language of the country you are visiting, could help avoid a few awkward moments and create a few laughs amongst the locals, as you mince up the words in an embarrassing attempt to speak with the foreign tongue.

In this article, I have come up with 10 words/phrases you should learn in the local language, from a friendly greeting to a confused, “I don’t understand.” From there, with this list of words, all you need to do is google the language you need to learn and practice those pronunciations. All the while, you can have a bit of a giggle as you stumble those strange words.

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Talk to the locals


10 phrases to learn in the local language when travelling abroad.

  1. Hello: An obvious choice for number one, but in this world, there are a lot of ways to say “hello” and learning this word will go a long way in any local language. There is no better way to start any experience with the locals with a cheerful hello.
  2. Goodbye: A cheerful “goodbye” or “see you later” after hopefully a, pleasant experience, is a great way to end any conversation.
  3. Thank you: Manners is important any language and “thank you” will be used a lot in the foreign tongue. Make thank you a priority when travelling abroad.
  4. You’re welcome: After a thank you, normally comes a friendly “you’re welcome.” The locals will probably say it to you a fair bit and vice versa, when you learn the word of course.
  5. Excuse me: Sitting in the restaurant and in need for another beer, a polite “excuse me” will help you get the attention of the bartender. A very useful word in the local tongue.
  6. I’m sorry: Bump into someone, accidentally break an item, a good “I’m sorry” will go a long way to make a peace in an awkward moment. Fair to say that “I’m sorry” will get a good work out on any adventure.
  7. I don’t understand: Speak for itself this old phrase, because it’s bound to be needed on several occasions in a foreign country.
  8. How much is that?: A useful phrase when shopping the markets of any city around the world. Normally it is the only way to find out how much anything item cost. Then the bartering begins, probably a good thing to know learn some numbers too.
  9. Where is the bathroom?: In the streets of a crowded city and human nature starts calling you. “Where is the bathroom” will help you in any sudden toilet emergency.
  10. Yes/no: Two words, two opposite meanings but very common in any language. Normally they are the most basic words to learn in most languages and will be easily remembered and used.

There you have it, a useful list of words in any local language that will come in handy when abroad. Now all you have to do is go and learn those tricky words from an appropriate language website. Have fun and good luck, but you will be proud that you made the effort.

Check out Innovative 101.  when finding a local language.



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Learn the local language when talking to staff while abroad.

Great Tips in Readiness for an Overseas Adventure

Great Tips in Readiness for an Overseas Adventure

You are all geared up and ready to go. The big overseas adventure you have been planning is just around the corner. But first, you panic. Is everything in order, flights, passports and Visas? Do you know about the area you are visiting? Are you aware of any customs that may seem strange to you? Or any major religious holiday or political event coming up that could dampen your holiday.

The adventure doesn’t begin when you board the plane, a little planning is necessary, starting from the time you book the flight and your accommodation. Planning that may save you from a little crisis while on your much-anticipated holiday with your family and friends.

So, save any embarrassment and check for yourself by reading the list below, to see if you are ready for your overseas adventure. You never know, there may be something important on the list that you may have forgotten.


Overseas adventure

Are you ready for an Overseas adventure?



Are your flight details in order?

Let’s start with a no brainer. Are your flights booked? Are the dates all in order? Are you sitting altogether with your family on the flight? (that is a good one to check with budget airlines) Even the most basic things can go wrong and it pays to double check your flight details before you leave.



Are your Passports prepared?

Naturally going on an overseas trip, you are going to have a passport and if you don’t, I suggest you hurry up and get it done. The question that need to be asked however are, how long have you had your passport for? Is it close to expiry? Most countries will refuse entry to a person with less than six months’ validation. So, it is important to double check the dates on your passport before you book your holiday.


Do you need a Visa?

Many countries these days do allow travellers to enter for a period of time without any fee. It is important to know that there are some countries that require you pay a fee before getting through customs, for examples Vietnam and Laos. Most times, any Visa fees, need to be paid in US dollars and knowing the amount beforehand is important as credit cards are usually not accepted. Answers to these important questions can usually be found by researching on google and TripAdvisor.


Do you have travel Insurance?

Often people will think travel insurance is a waste of money, “nothing went wrong, so why did I get it.” That is a good thing when travel goes to plan and there are no sudden emergencies. What happens when things do go wrong. Can you afford the added medical bills? Or the added flight fees? Things can go wrong while overseas and travel insurance needs to be essential in today’s travel. At the end of the day it doesn’t cost a lot of money to protect yourselves, your family and your bank account.


Learn some local phrases

No I am not telling you to start learning a whole language, but a few common words that are general in any language won’t go astray. Words such as, hello, goodbye, thank you, you’re welcome, excuse me, how much is that and I’m sorry, will go a long way when trying to chat with the locals.


Know the area

While the element of surprise is great for any overseas adventure, it is also important to try and maximise your time by having a certain knowledge of your future destination. Information like restaurants, shopping centres, and fun attractions you may want to visit are great for having in mind when planning your itinerary for you are adventure.


Know the Laws and Customs

Respect the laws and customs of any country you visit. I can’t stress this enough. Don’t ruin your overseas adventure because you didn’t do your homework on the do’s and don’ts of a certain destination. Some laws and customs may seem strange to you, and vice versa. Too bad, you are a guest in their country and it is up to the traveller to adjust to specific laws.

Another thing to remember is public holidays in destinations you visit. Instances such as any religious holidays, where in most instances shops re closed and you are required to stay in your resort. Any major political events are important details to know about also 


Research activities and day trips

A fun adventure is sometimes knowing what is on offer in the location you visit. Don’t miss out on that epic day trip, or fun-filled attractions because you didn’t do your homework. Google is your best friend, so use it wisely. A key tip to keep in mind when booking any tour is not to book on the internet or through a travel agency. You will save a crazy amount of money by booking tours within the country you are holidaying in.


Download helpful Apps

There are plenty of great travel Apps to help you on an overseas adventure and with a bit of research on specific areas, you may land the right App that will give you plenty of tips and advice. A few Apps of note are TripAdvisor, Google Maps and Smart Traveller, which is great for receiving warnings on any country you are visiting.

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Explore with the family and have peace of mind.

GPSMyCity – Your Very Own Travel Companion

GPSMyCity – Your Very Own Travel Companion

Imagine this. You are in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, you have no sim card and WIFI is limited and you are wondering what the heck to do. Thankfully before your trip your downloaded the IOS GPSMyCity App and all your problems are somewhat solved.

Covering over 750 cities throughout the world, GPSMyCity produces city walks Apps that can be anything from navigating the busy streets of Saigon or taking in the natural beauty of Kings Park in Perth Western Australia.

The App uses GPS tracking from your IPhone, so you can get around a certain location within the city, making sure you don’t get lost in the meantime. The city Apps have links to various articles throughout hundreds of cities throughout the world that include restaurants, café’s museums, attractions and many other shops that are an interest to the everyday traveller.


Don’t get stuck in middle of nowhere, use GPSMyCity.


Quite simply, it is travel guide right on your IPhone. You download the articles of the city you are visiting in the GPSMyCity App and in an instance a lot of your problems are solved. Therefore, when you are in the middle of an unfamiliar city, wondering what to do next, get out your IPhone, head to the App and check a list of ideas within that city that you have previously downloaded, without needing any internet coverage.

How beneficial is that? And who said travel couldn’t get any easier with the perks of the modern world today. GPSMyCity have taken your travel perks to a whole new level.


Check the phone and find your next adventure.

GPSMyCity App Giveaway

It is easy to download the App. Simply click on the links to my articles below and that will lead you to the App store where you can download the GPSMyCity App. Once in, you can browse many cities and download different articles that you think will help guide you on your next trip.

For a limited time only, until Sunday the 14th of May, I am offering you two articles that you can download for free. That’s right nothing. Simply click on the article below, where it will take you to that article and If you haven’t downloaded the App yet, the links will instruct you to do so.

“Koombana Bay – Bunbury’s Summer Hit in Western Australia”

 “5 Places You Must Visit in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam”

Other travel articles from the website that you can download from www.gpsmycity.com are as follows:


Quite Simple, your new travel companion right in the palm of your hand. What are you waiting for? Get your GPSMyCity App today and make travel easier.


Disclousre: Naturally if you do download one of my travel articles, I will receive a small profit, but don’t worry, it is not at an extra cost for you.

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A Few Travel Tips to help for your next trip to Bali

A Few Travel Tips to help for your next trip to Bali

Bali is the ideal holiday place for any type of adventure, but as always when entering the unknown in a foreign country, especially for the first time. There are a few things you need to know, such as tips for dealing with money or choosing the right food to eat.

Never fear. Below is a few handy Bali travel tips for that will hopefully get you through your vacation with a piece of mind and a clean bill of health and it should help you avoid the dreaded Bali Belly.

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Bali is the ideal holiday destinations, make sure you follow some basic Bali travel tips for your trip.


A few Basic Tips for Travelling in Bali


Stand firm upon arrival at the Airport:

The Airport is probably the most daunting experience you can have in Bali, especially if you haven’t organised a transfer with the hotel. Hundreds of taxi drivers and freelance drivers will be waiting for you at the front, like you are a Rockstar arriving at an event.

Keep composed, they won’t hurt you, but they will try and tug you towards their own vehicle. Just trust your instincts and be sure to bring the price down as you can go.


Watch where you eat:

Lots of good places to eat in Bali and there is not any major need to be real concerned. Still, beware what you eat, or what restaurant you dine at, eating at the wrong place could leave you in bed for a while or worse taking a trip to the hospital.

Good tip, dine when the other tourist dine, and take a look for reviews on TripAdvisor. There is more than likely to be a review on most restaurants in Bali on the popular travel App.

Alaya Resort

Watch what you eat, although Great food like this at Alaya Resort will be fine..


Drink water only from the bottle:

Like most Southeast Asian countries, you would be nuts to drink from the tap. The good old Bali belly would keep you holed up for a few days. Most hotels will supply you with a few bottles of water, probably not enough to get through the day. Stock up at the local stores for a very cheap price and keep healthy.


Keep your belongings secure:

Most of the locals in Bali are friendly and are great socialise with. But like any country in the world and even your home town, there are a few bad eggs who get joy out of ruining your fun. When out on the streets, keep your cash and cards secure, in a money pouch or similar item attached to you.

Take the amount of cash you need only for the day and leave the rest secured in your hotel safe. Lock up your room and enjoy your day in Bali.

Keep your belongins secure on any adventure in any country.


Exchange money only at a certified dealership:

You will find no shortages of places to exchange your hard earn cash you have earned for your holiday. Some dealerships will come at an incredible rate that can seem too good to refuse.

Tread carefully. Exchange your money only at banks or proper licenced facilities, you will know what is dodgy and what is legit by the appearance of the building. No matter what, most rates are good away from the airport, so you will still be better off going with the bank.


Barter, Barter and Barter again:

Need a driver for the day? negotiate a fair price. Buying a singlet at the markets? Once again, barter that price down. Most places on the streets of Bali are open to negotiation and the storeowner, or the driver on the street, will always try and make the price higher.

Stand firm and walk away if you are not happy with the price. There is probably another store next door with the same junk items.


Take a stroll through the Markets in Bali, but don’t forget to Barter.

Need more Bali travel tips,  check out this pocket guide from Lonely Planet.

Heading to Bali anytime soon, check out some of these hotels from TripAdvisor.


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The Experiences of Travelling Solo

The Experiences of Travelling Solo

Travelling solo was new to me. I had a lot of nervous energy leading into my trip to Bali and maybe a little guilt for leaving my family at home. Of course, any concerns were unjustified and while my family was not physically around, in this modern world of Skype and Facebook, they were only a phone call away.

Now the trip has come and gone, it had me thinking of my solo travel adventures in Bali. What was good about it? The bad bits? and the plain old awkwardness of it all. At the end of the day there were many different emotions, feelings and experiences to take from the trip (most positive) and I will share it with you in this article.

One thing I can assure you that is a fact. If you want to take the plunge and experience an adventure on your own, then do it. The memories will stick with you for a life time and you will appreciate those closest to you a whole lot more upon your return.

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Adventures of travelling solo.


The Initial Fear of travelling solo

Embrace it, because it won’t go away in the lead up to your trip, no matter how many times you are flying solo. Fear is a great commodity to have, it means you won’t have complacency in unfamiliar environment.

The fear will stick with you right until your arrival at the airport, getting through customs and if landing in a place like Bali, dodging the hundreds of taxi drivers desperate to give you a ride.


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Embrace the fear of travelling solo.


The awkwardness of Dining Alone

Walking into the fine Sakala Resort restaurant all alone, it had me thinking of the Jason Segal movie, Forgetting Sarah Marshall. You know the scene, where Segal walks into the restaurant and Jonah Hill mocks him big time about being in the magnificent resort all alone and offering him a book to read to combat the boredom. Hilarious and it is how I felt (See the clip below).

It is real awkward feeling about when dining alone. Others are sitting together in groups, laughing and carrying on. Couples are rekindling their love in style and no doubt have further plans later in the night back in the room. It’s all the thoughts that come into your head and a little envy comes your way. You make a point from then on that the next time you dine, you do it when the restaurant is empty to avoid the embarrassment.


Learn the real locals

Solo travelling opens up your eyes to the others out there, the locals. It’s natural that when you are travelling with your family, your lover or in a large group, that you keep to yourself. It’s not that we ignore the friendly folk in their own country, but sometimes we do get caught up in our bubble.

Travelling on your own means you open yourself up to the locals and believe me that is a good thing. On a recent trip to Bali, I was able meet some incredible people, learn about their life, their background and culture. The experience in itself was fascinating. They were conversations I will always cherish.

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meet the locals.


Take the freedom while you have it

Sleep in or wake up early. Drink at the bar and get home when you want. Take a day trip to an exotic location that suits your own desires. The freedom of travelling alone allows you to do whatever it is you want. And why not you have no one to answer to but yourself.

Although, at least for me, the freedom is only enjoyable for the short term. You do miss your family, a laugh with your kids, or cuddling up to the wife who is back at home. I am a family man and I know who I do prefer to take on my adventures throughout the world, even though it can’t always be the case.

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Coffee time in amazing destinations.


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How to cope when Travelling Without Your Family

How to cope when Travelling Without Your Family

Sitting up late I my Bali hotel room at The Sakala Resort, something doesn’t feel right. Don’t get me wrong, I love being in Bali, but without the family, it’s just not the same. Wandering around town, I see couples being romantic, large families having a laugh and a group of close friends getting wild.

Meanwhile, I sit alone at a restaurant or pub, putting down a few Bintang Beers, wishing like crazy my family was by my side. They are not, so I cope and think of ways of getting through another solo trip.

I am not going to pretend or be an expert on solo travelling. Although I do take the plunge from time to time. Therefore, I do know what it’s like to travel without my family and its harder than you think. Sure, there are some perks, like relaxation, freedom and being a selfish traveller, along with breeze of getting through an airport without having to look over your shoulder every two seconds.

Okay there are a lot of perks and I may be cornering myself a bit, so back on track I go. The bottom line is your life is short time and we need to keep close to those most precious to us, even though it is not always possible.




Traveling with family always brings happier times.

 Speaking from experience, I am going to let in a few secrets on how to cope when travelling without the family and a wise tip on beating loneliness.

1.       Bring lots of photos: Regular late nights in bed looking at photos of your family and perhaps a video of your kids doing something cool, will bring a smile do the dial.

2.       Regular phone calls: It always helps to beat the blues. A regular call back home to your family, to see if their everyday lives are going fine always helps. And easy too, with Facebook Messenger and Skype to help with cheap or free calls back home.

3.       Talk to the locals: Dining Alone? Or drinking alone? The Balinese are a friendly mob and will approach you, chat to you and have a laugh with you, if you are seen dining alone. The locals are interested in learning little about you, the family, your home and the country you are from. So, have a conversation and learn a little about them too. Their story is just as fascinating.

4.       Be free: Don’t let loneliness tie you down. It may not be your preference to going solo. But if that is the situation you find yourself in, then be free. Visit where you want, or eat where and when you want. It’s your very own adventure. Have fun.

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Talking to the locals is a great way to beat the lonely feeling.

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