You have finished your education and now you are aware that the most intelligent choice would be to see as much of the world as possible before you even think about settling down and making permanent life choices. Statistically you are one of many and although it may not seem apparent to you from moment to moment there are an abundance of skills that you can easily develop in order that you can live the dream to be witness to parts of the world some people never realize.
Travelling with all of your belongings on your back or as a "backpacker" is a way to be mobile without having to be pressured for time. It is a humble yet relaxed way to see out of the way places or even big cities in a bona fide close-up manner. There is a local flavor to this type of travel excursion because hostels and lower-end hotels won't have the tour operations that expensive hotels will.
Large tour companies will usually herd the foreigner into parts that are commercialized and certainly concocted. When you travel this way you end up spending all of your time with other foreigners; which is hardly a culturally enriched excursion. The "backpacker" community has served to blaze new trails in terms of what destinations are currently being sought out. Places that may have been much harder to get to now seem much more accessible and these out of the way places are more open to visitors.
The "backpacker" contributes to the health of the host country's local economy because the money spent by the backpacker will go directly to the small business people. This is a very economical way to travel and is more popular for younger people. The ideal is not to have a rigid travel plan, but of course to have some sort of pre-destination itinerary.
Complicated situations are often encountered when on any journey that even the best laid plans can't prepare you for. Although travelling is certainly an educative process learning another language is a way to not only enhance the experience but also to make it much more safe and efficient.
If you find in yourself the drive to venture and you want to be fully prepared, then we certainly have a place for you here in Latin America. Before you embark on a world journey you can make a close connection with the Latin culture. You need to learn how to speak Spanish fluently for use in actual situations, and you can do this economically. Learning the Spanish language is highly advantageous worldwide because first of all, there are 23 countries where it is the dominant language. These countries include: Spain, USA, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Costa Rica just to name a few. Spanish is highly utilized in Europe. Many Europeans from different parts will understand and be able to converse in it. It is a Latin based language and will provide a gateway into the fundamentals of other closely linked languages such as French, Portuguese and Italian.
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YTI Youth Travel International Magazine. Published by: Federation of International Youth Organizations. pp. 10-15. /