The Gift Of Travel

The Gift Of Travel

Everyone deserves the gift of travel
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There is nothing quite comparable to traveling. People of all different ages, ethnicities, and genders, all in one place. A mixture of first-time tourists, the annual visitors, and that country's citizens all buzzing about in one area.

Some travel for their job, to visit loved ones, or just for vacation. Whatever reason convinced them to hop on that plane, their experience is sure to be original each time. Whether it’s the same city they went to last week, or a brand new country they’ve never been to.

Traveling gives people the choice to change the way they live their life. It shakes things up and changes your perspective completely on yourself and on others.

When a person becomes immersed in a brand new culture, it changes their perspective on their own. The obvious barrier between the two is often language. You can gain the first-hand experience with this by traveling to new cities and countries such as Paris, France or Barcelona, Spain.

The language of Paris is predominantly French, and the city of Barcelona is filled with Spanish speakers. When you know very little of either, daily life gets a lot more complicated. This can instill a new type of panic inside you because maybe you couldn’t read the cafe menus, work out the maps, or communicate with the locals.

Don’t worry, you can quickly learn the simple phrases, most importantly, “Parlez-vous Anglais?”: Do you speak English? You may also learn that when visiting a new country, it shows respect to at least make an effort to speak in their language, even if it is to just ask if they know any English.

Some did and some did not, and you eventually will learn how to work the metro map in French after getting lost once or twice. This will give you a new appreciation for language, especially if you have never gone somewhere with people who didn’t speak your own, and you may start to respect the art of how different each one is. Just think, if you had never visited these new places, you never would have gained this new appreciation or found a sense of humility.

People often become so wrapped up in their own daily routine; working, eating, sleeping, and living the same life every day.

Traveling to a new environment and seeing that there are people living completely different lives and having their own unique experiences is extremely humbling. We often forget to pay attention and become self-absorbed, oblivious to how much more is out there.

The world is this great, giant place and as individuals, we are only a very, very small part of it. After feeling this humility overcome me and many others, it will stick with us when returning home and for the rest of our lives.

People learn a new appreciation for the word ‘home’ and what it really means. As soon as they arrive at a new place, they automatically start comparing it to their native country, whether those are positives or negatives, and gain a new perspective on how things work at home compared to this new temporary home.

People learn how to live and conform to the new countries ‘norms’ and social orders, even if it is just for a few days. A person can never truly know what it is to be a citizen of their native country without experiencing it from a distance, and this is most successfully achieved through travel.

Not only do people gain a new perspective and a humbling experience, they gain brand new life experience. They get to step out of their comfort zone and meet new people and try brand new things. People get to enjoy everything life has given them and gain a new appreciation for everything they are able to experience as a human on this earth.

New adventures and new stories to tell, new things to try, and a completely different way of living.

It’s like getting to swap places with a citizen from that country. It gives people the chance to hop into these new people’s shoes and learn everything they can in the time they’re given about who it is to be French or Spanish or Turkish, etc. They can look back at this part of their life and think that this is just one of the many versions of the person they are today. They can say to themselves that they expanded their horizons of the world and all the people living in it.

Overall, every person should be given the gift of travel. Everyone should get out at least once to experience a brand new culture. In time overseas, you learn so many new things about other people, but especially about yourself.

You can find how much you enjoy learning about the ways others live and learning how to adapt to a new environment other than your own. Traveling is a life changing experience, and it teaches people how to appreciate everything they have and everything they could do to be a better person for not only themselves, but to benefit the rest of the world.

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Top 50 Things You'll Hear A Southern Say

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For those of you who may need a little help understanding the slang of a southern, I made a list of the top 50 phrases and sayings, along with their translations.

1. Bless your heart.

My favorite saying. It is an empathetic phrase that is usually uttered when the speaker believes the recipient to be sweet, but misguided or stupid. It can also be used if the speaker believes the recipient needs to grow up and deal with it, when the speaker says it in a sarcastic tone.

2. Barking up the wrong tree.

Means being misguided or mistaken.

3. Aren't you precious?

Mostly this saying is used in a sarcastic tone in response to someone being offensive.

4. Britches.

Pants or underpants.

An example would be, "Your britches are too short, you can't wear those".

5. Coke.

Regardless if it's Dr. Pepper, Coca-Cola, or another carbonated beverage, it's called Coke here in the South.

6. Fixin' to.

Simply means that you are about to do something.

7. Get the short end of the stick.

This phrase means that you basically got an unfair deal or cheated out of something.

8. Give Me Some Sugar.

Simply means give me a kiss.

9. Hissy Fit.

A hissy fit is a grown-up version of a temper tantrum that is as bad as one that a toddler would throw.

10. Hold Your Horses.

Be patient.

11. Holler.

When you say "holler" you are basically letting the other person know something.

Example: Holler at me when you are ready to get something to eat.

12. If the creek don't rise.

This saying simply means that if nothing bad happens, everything will go as planned.

13. You're as slow as molasses in the wintertime.

This phrase means that you are being EXTRA slow.

14. Muddin'.

Off-road four-wheeler riding with the intentions of getting mud everywhere and possibly losing control.

15. Skat Cat.

A phrase that can be used instead of saying "God bless you" when you sneeze.

16. There's Not A Pot Too Crooked That A Lid Won't Fit.

There is someone for everyone.

17. Pitcher.

We mostly mean a plastic container that holds sweet tea, not the position of a guy on the baseball team.

18. Reckon.

When you say "I reckon", you believe that something is true.

19. Hoot With The Owls, Soar With The Eagles.

This simple phrase means that if you are going to stay up all night, you should be able to get early in the morning.

20. Too Big For Your Britches.

Simply means that you take yourself too seriously.

21. Stompin' Grounds.

Your hometown or where you grew up.

22. Back In The Day.

Back in the day could be a month ago, a year ago, or 20 years ago.

23. You're A Spitting Image Of (Insert Family Member).

Yes, I know I'm a spitting image of my mother. "Spitting image" simply means that you look just like someone.

24. "Darlin, Sugar, Sweetheart"

These words are simply terms of endearment.

25. Buggy.

A buggy is a cart/basket at the grocery store.

Example: Who wants to push the buggy?

26. Quit Crying Or I Will Give You Something To Cry About.

This phrase simply means to quit crying and if you didn't then more than likely you got a spanking,

27. Where You Raised In A Barn?

If you are from the South, you have probably been asked this more than once, especially when you left a door open.

28. Close The Door. You Are Letting All The Good Air Out.

This southern heat is nothing to play with. It simply means to keep the door closed so the air (or heat if its winter) stays inside.

29. You Are Going To Make Me Lose My Religion.

When you say this phrase to someone, it more than likely means that person has done something to irritate you or made you mad. Thank goodness Jesus saves.

Example: You are going to make me lose my religion.

30. You Look Like A Chicken With Your Head Cut Off.

This is said when you are running around like a crazy person. It can be said if you are looking for something that you are searching for or if you are just really busy.

31. Y'all.

The southern way to say "you all".

32. You Can't Carry A Tune In A Bucket.

If you've ever been told this, it means that you can't sing.

33. Have Their Feathers Ruffled.

You normally have your "feathers ruffled" when you are pouting.

34. Two Peas In A Pod.

When you and someone else are "two peas in a pod", it means that either you almost always together or that you two are almost identical in the way you think and do things.

35. Well Butter My Butt And Call Me A Biscuit.

This saying can be used when you are surprised or excited.

36. Don't Let The Door Hit Ya Where The Good Lord Split Ya.

When someone say this they typically mean to get out and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

37. You're As Good As Gold.

When you are "as good as gold", it means that you are well-behaved and obedient.

38. It's Raining Cats And Dogs Out There.

This simply means that the rain is really coming down hard. It's not actually raining cats and dogs, people.

39. I'm Full As A Tick.

This phrase means that you ate too much food.

40. I'm Sweating More Than A Sinner In Church.

When someone says this, it means that they are really hot and sweating A LOT.

41. Pot Calling The Kettle Black.

This phrase is used when one person is guilty of the very same thing of which they accuse another person.

42. There's More Than One Way To Skin A Cat.

It means that there is anyways more than one way to fix something.

43. Shut Yo' Mouth.

Means to be quiet or hush up.

44. Whatever Floats Your Boat.

This saying means to do whatever you want to do.

45. Slap Yo' Momma.

This phrase means that something is good.

Example: This BBQ is slap yo' momma good.

46. She's Like A Bull In A China Shop.

When you tell someone this phrase, you are telling them that they are clumsy or careless in the way that they move.

47. Cuttin' A Rug.

Cuttin' a rug is used to describe dancing.

Example: Let's go cut a rug tonight.

48. Clicker.

A clicker is another name for a TV remote.

49. Slow Your Roll.

This also means to be patient.

50. You're A Hot Mess.

When you tell someone that they are a "hot mess", you are simply telling them that they don't have it together.

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7 Things Never To Do While Visiting London

Abandon all hope, ye who use public transport during rush hour.

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As I've said before, London is an interesting place to be, however, there are a handful of things that should be avoided. Of course, mistakes will be made and lessons will be learned, but maybe if you read this, you'll know better faster.

1. Do not stand on the left.

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... of the escalator. Some people prefer to walk down to their train, and if you're in the way, it's as if you were sent from hell itself, especially during rush hour

2. Do not take the Central Line.

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Unless you're going to the Museum of London or St. Paul's. Or you're into weird smells and clinging to the pole because there is no such thing as a smooth ride. To each their own.

3. Do not attempt to get anything to eat in Leicester Square after 4:30.

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Leicester (pronounced like "Lester") Square is one of the best places to grab some grub in Central London because of the sheer amount of choices. Just plan to eat early because everyone else knows that very thing and you'll end up waiting an eternity for a table, then food.

4. Do not rely completely on an app.

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It's totally fine if you have no clue where you going or how public transport works, but once you get the hang of it, you're allowed to trust your own judgment. Maybe you don't have to get off the train then switch twice before getting there instead of riding a few stops more and switching once.

5. Do not attempt to take the Tube during Rush Hour when you have other options.

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Just take the bus if you have to to the national railways. The SWR trains are slow, but at least you're not packed in like sardines and there are usually open seats.

6. Do not forget to check for student discounts and bring your ID.

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Remember this when you go to the palaces, it could save you six pounds and make a real difference if you're going with others.

7. Do not let anything ruin your day.

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There will be a lot of things that will try to ruin your day... Like people who intentionally break some rules above, lines (Sorry, queues), poor navigation skills, etc. Still, you're in London. Savor your visit, and don't let any mistakes or people without common decency ruin your visit.

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