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leroc
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20 October 2013 at 8:59am | IP Logged 
I know that learning any language can open up worlds, but what languages are best to learn if you want to travel for cheap? For those with experience what are the languages that are best for those on a budget? This is factoring in airplane tickets, housing, food, public transportation and general leaving expenses. Like for instance, Cambodia is very cheap while Norway is notoriously expensive and has sky-high taxes.



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20 October 2013 at 9:58am | IP Logged 
You can travel cheaper anywhere if you know the local language, although in Europe the
discount will be less.
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caam_imt
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20 October 2013 at 11:36am | IP Logged 
Mexico :) and you definitely need to know Spanish to get the best out of the experience.



James29
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20 October 2013 at 2:18pm | IP Logged 
For an American it, no doubt, must be Spanish. Plane tickets are cheap and many places in Latin America are very affordable. For example, in Ecuador, I stayed in a very decent Quito hotel for $9 a night and another nice place in Cuenca for $8. Cannot beat that. Full course steak dinners for $5 also. Lonely Planet publishes a book on how to travel cheap through South America (I think it is called South America on a Shoestring). Good resource for cheap Spanish learners like me.    
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Fenn
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20 October 2013 at 2:42pm | IP Logged 
This is one of the things that is stopping me committing fully to learning Russian.
Travelling to and getting visas for Russia seem like such a pain (both in cost and
effort) compared to a lot of languages.



espejismo
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20 October 2013 at 9:06pm | IP Logged 
Fenn wrote:
This is one of the things that is stopping me committing fully to learning Russian.
Travelling to and getting visas for Russia seem like such a pain (both in cost and
effort) compared to a lot of languages.


You don't need a visa to go to Ukraine (for up to 90 days). Lots of people there speak Russian, and it's a very
beautiful country. Just sayin'.
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I'm With Stupid
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 Message 7 of 16
20 October 2013 at 9:13pm | IP Logged 
Spanish has to give you the best bang for your buck, given that it opens up most of the countries in Central and South America, and of course Spain itself. And from what I hear, it really opens them up too, because they're not as English-friendly as other budget destinations like South East Asia or India. Obviously Chinese opens up a single huge country to explore too, and is another one where a lot of people and services will struggle to deal with an English speaker.



beano
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 Message 8 of 16
20 October 2013 at 10:00pm | IP Logged 
Fenn wrote:
This is one of the things that is stopping me committing fully to learning Russian.
Travelling to and getting visas for Russia seem like such a pain (both in cost and
effort) compared to a lot of languages.


Russian is widely understood in the Baltic states and they are in the EU. Many native speakers also live
there. It might also be possible get to places like Azerbijan and Moldova without a visa, as well as the
Ukraine.



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