One thing that I find the most rewarding while travelling is conversing in the local language. Miming and writing "I am vegetarian" on a scrap of paper can get you through day-to-day, but learning a few key phrases can take you from just another tourist to someone worth bothering with. Having considered various factors, including number of speakers, countries spoken in, ease of learning and status as a second language, here are my ten most useful languages to learn.
Do you know your Mercury from your Royal Highness?
How to find the silver lining in life.
While preparing for my upcoming (late-20s, second) gap yar, I put to my fellow travelling friends the question: What one thing item was the most useful?
A Kent cyclist tragically lost his life on Saturday morning during a 24-hour charity fundraiser.
Everything you didn't know you didn't know about Jennifer Lawrence.
So no one told you life was gonna be this way
Best not to admit how recently I discovered the truth
The song title – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – is slightly misleading as only five ways are actually mentioned.