Culture shock is defined as 'the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes', and can be particularly affecting if travel itself is an unfamiliar experience. Yet travel is a means of experiencing new things and meeting new people; it's a way to find yourself as well as a discovery of the unknown.
Just getting on a plane and heading off to Europe used to be the norm, but it your budget doesn't cater for the more jet-set backpacking lifestyle, there are alternative ways to travel Europe that won't have you calling home for funds after five minutes.
Responsible travel is having an awareness of the global community in which we live and employing this awareness on a local scale. It is a type of travel that involves an ethos of being culturally aware and environmentally responsible, as well as conscious of the economic factors that we contribute to as travellers.
Why on earth do the Indians need two weeks to issue a visa? If they suspect me of being a drug runner, murderer, agent provocateur or spy all they need to do is scan my passport, like they do in Turkey and the EU countries, and your name is bounced around police databases in the blink of an eye.
Sometimes I think getting overcharged is part of travel but it doesn't have to be like that. I am currently on a short break in Turkey and I made up some rules about how to get the most out of being in Istanbul without getting fleeced.
While it helps to work in the industry when trying to get a good holiday deal, there are plenty of tips 'only the industry knows' that can easily be used by consumers to have a great holiday. Here are a few that travel industry workers know (but don't like sharing with anyone else).
Congrats to Auld Reekie, UK's favourite city 13 years in a row and recently voted one of the top five 'must see' cities in the world. No doubt Scotland's capital will be more unbearable than ever this summer - or the Season of the Mime Artiste as we like to think of it.
British consulates abroad are being inundated with bizarre and exasperating requests for trivial travel tips such as where