Author page: Melissa Douglas

Preparing For Your Group Trip

So this is it: After years of daydreaming about taking that trip to your dream destination, you’ve finally taken the plunge, organised your tour and booked your flights. Congratulations! You’ve been looking throug the Brave Women Travel trips, and picturing yourself tip-toeing in those fluorescent waters and fantasising about the mouth-watering delicacies you’re going to stuff your face with as you sip your fine glass of red wine and flirt with handsome local waiters… However, for all your daydreaming, fantasising and what you assure yourself is mental preparation, you realise that you haven’t actually started to preparing for your trip at all! For this reason, we’re here to save the day and have created this handy checklist for you to assist you with your preparation.

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10 Tips for Haggling Success

Growing up in the West, we are accustomed to fixed prices when we shop, and a useful little tool called the price tag. If the price is more than you want to pay, you  know to simply move on and find an alternative product. When you are visiting markets, souks and bazaars in other countries while traveling (especially typical in the Middle East, Asia and South America), then the pricing is a little hazier and you are expected to negotiate to find one which is suitable. The aim here is not to screw your vendor into the ground, but to establish a middle point on the prices which means both of you are happy with the transaction and neither of you lose money. Haggling can seem intimidating at first, but it is commonplace, and your vendor expects you to negotiate. Once you’ve experimented with it once or twice, you may actually find the experience enjoyable! For the novice haggler, we’ve established ten “top tips” to help you ensure you get the right amount of bang for your buck.

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Best Languages to Learn

As native English speakers, we are fairly lucky when we travel due to the fact that our mother tongue is widely spoken across the globe, and is often considered as the international language. However, learning a new language is not only interesting, it’s a valuable skill to have. Languages open up countless windows of opportunity both in terms of travel, and more generally in our daily lives. Languages can help us form deeper connections and have conversations of greater substance with the locals that we interact with overseas, and they can help us to further understand the other cultures that coexist within our own country.
If you’ve established that you’d like to take the time to learn a language, but you’re unsure which would come in the most useful for future adventures then fear not, brave women. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most useful and widely-spoken languages to help provide you with some guidance.

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Making Friends on Group Tours

For every person, there are tours that they have always been fascinated by and places they are inspired to visit. Perhaps it’s the vibrancy and colorfulness of Kenya, or a desire to venture through a labyrinth of bazaars and market stalls in Istanbul; perhaps it’s a wish to push themselves physically and attempt a hike or a challenge that will force them to examine their personal limits.

Regardless of specifics, for many people, these dreams remain exactly that – as dreams, since they struggle to find someone (a friend, family member or a partner) who shares the same interest and wishes to join them on this adventure.

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Best Travel Movies to Inspire Your Sense of Wanderlust

Whether you are trying to get into the spirit of adventure for your upcoming trip, or you’re wanting to relive a little of the magic and excitement of life on the road from the comfort of your living room, watching a travel-themed movie is a great way to inspire your inner wander-lusting soul. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best travel-themed movies to really get you in the wandering mood.

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Preparing for Culture Shock in Asia

Vibrant, colorful, exotic, and bustling with activity, Asia makes for an exciting travel destination if you’re looking for something a little different to your typical vacation and you want to give yourself the opportunity to venture outside of your comfort zone.

The important thing about traveling to Asia is to go with an open mind and embrace the new experiences as an opportunity to learn about another culture.

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How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

A long haul flight is often dreaded by all. It usually starts off well, and then by the end of it you are either tearing your hair out with boredom, or you look so bedraggled after a long stint of sitting in the same chair, dozing off, and dropping plane food into your lap every time the plane passes through a bout of turbulence that you resemble a creature that has emerged from a swamp. So let’s talk about how to survive a long haul flight.

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Tips for Learning a Foreign Language

It’s not easy to learn a new language, especially if you are trying to study one that is completely different to your native tongue. Sure, it may not be difficult to pick up the basics (hello, goodbye, thank you, etc) in the places that we visit, but progressing to any level of fluency can feel like an impossibility. Learning a language requires persistence and daily practice, but there are some things that you can do that can make the process easier for you.

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The Best Jobs for Foreigners Overseas

It seems like the dream doesn’t it? Being able to actually live and work in a foreign country for a while and have every day feel like you are on vacation. Such situations can sound like they are almost too good to be true; but we want to assure you, dear friend, they are very possible and there are more than just a handful of lucky people around the world making those dreams a reality.

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