I 3. What questions should you ask a travel agent to learn more about a tour?
How long does the tour last?
How much does the tour cost?
How long will it take me to get to the destination?
What documents do I need to carry with me when I travel?
Do I need a passport or a visa?
What sights are we going to visit?
What excursions are included into the tour?
Will I have to pay for excursions additionally?
I 4. What can you advise a person who doesn’t know where to spend his/her holiday?
He can search for some information on the Internet, or turn to a travel agent who will help him to choose a destination and type of transport according to his taste and financial possibilities, make his documents and visas, book tickets and make hotel reservations. Package holidays are very popular among holidaymakers because it’s very convenient. He doesn’t have to worry about such things as where to sleep and what to eat. If he knows English it will be very helpful, because there are a lot of people who speak English in any country he travels.
Nowadays those who live in the country like going to big cities, visiting museums and art galleries, looking at shop windows and dining at exotic restaurants. City-dwellers usually like a quiet holiday by the sea or in the mountains with nothing to do but walking and bathing and lying in the sun. Tastes differ, you know.
If he has enough money he can go on a bus-tour and travel around Europe, for example. If he doesn’t want to spend much money he can just travel around the country he lives in. Ecotourism, for example, has become very popular in Belarus. You can enjoy the quiet and beauty of the countryside and learn more about the customs and traditions of Belarussian people. There are a lot of places to visit in Belarus, such as Mir and Nesvizh castles, Belavezhskaya pushcha, Brest fortress and others.
I 5. What difficulties can you have when visiting a foreign country? Is it possible to avoid them?
When you are in a foreign country, you are subject to its laws and are under its jurisdiction. You can be arrested overseas for actions that may be either legal or considered minor infractions (íàðóøåíèÿ) in Belarus.
One more point is that you should be careful with the food. It’s known that one of the joys of traveling is eating the food of a foreign culture. Not only can it be an intense gastronomic experience, but food is also an insight into the culture of a nation. At the same time though, eating foreign food can often be a difficult experience, and sometimes, can leave you with a rather upset stomach.
Another difficulty is the ability to speak the language of the country you visit. Sometimes tourists can lose their way and don’t know how to get to the place they live. Or there can be just some misunderstanding between you and the native speakers.
My advice is that if you want to go somewhere you should learn as much as possible about the country you are going to.
The language barrier and cultural differences may spoil your visit to a foreign country. Even if you speak a foreign language fairly well you may get puzzled by some idioms and other figures of speech. While you are at a hotel its staff will try to help you if you are in trouble. If you are in the wild you can’t expect others to repeat the same sentence several times until you get it right. People from different countries may have a different attitude to the same thing. It is impolite in some countries to stay close to a person when you talk, whereas it is normal in other countries. Some countries have laws which are different from those all over the world. You may get fined for actions which are normal in your country. Ignorance is not an excuse.
So, visiting a foreign country, people usually come in touch with culture, traditions and ways different from their own. To avoid possible difficulties one should get acquainted with this or that country beforehand and then follow the proverb “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”.