Most of us don’t speak a single word of the host language when we explore a new country. One of the biggest excuses I hear for why people can’t travel is, “I don’t speak any of the language where I want to go!” To this I respond:
Budgeting and saving money is hard. It’s REALLY hard. It feels like there’s always something that needs to be paid for and you can’t save because something else (like getting your car fixed) becomes a priority over travel funds.
I will preface this article by saying that I am speaking generally and not everyone within certain cultures will think the same way. Through travel and time living abroad in Italy, I have experienced how people perceive me and treat me as an American on their soil; these have been my overall impressions: