Traveling & Learning – Around The World

It has long been said that travel broadens the mind. Travel has also been said to be the university of life. I’ve found those statements very accurate when describing what happens to someone who has spent time in another country or area; learning about the people, culture & cuisine. I don’t think of myself as a particularly intelligent individual & there are very many things that I don’t know. So naturally, I have learnt & continue to learn a great deal from my time in various parts of the world. I decided it would be fun to compose a list of things that I didn’t know or hadn’t thought about until I began traveling.


The Georgian script is fascinating.

I’m not talking about the state of Georgia in the US, but about the country bordering Russia & Turkey. If this is the first time hearing of this country, then you’ve learnt something already. Their language is interesting sounding, but perhaps the way the language is written is what will get your attention.Georgian Alphabet

Iraqi cuisine is delicious.

Iraq is constantly in the media & all of us will have heard about the country, but for all the wrong reasons. I had honestly never given a thought to Iraqi cuisine until I ate it. I’m not a food critic or food blogger so if I tried to describe it, I wouldn’t be doing it justice. All I can say is if you’ve never tried it, you’re missing out.

Tax is not included on price tags in the USA.

Now I understand that this is completely normal for you if you are from the States, but it is so strange for the rest of us. An item will be marked as a certain price on the shelf, but when you pay for it, tax is added to the shelf price which obviously increases the amount you pay. I do not understand why it is done this way & I haven’t done any research into it, but I was very surprised to learn this.

Tipping in the USA.

While I’m thinking about the US, I want to point out a cultural difference I’ve noticed here. Waiters & waitresses in the US are so much more vocal about tips than in other parts of the world. Tipping is an entirely different topic & how it varies in different parts of the world becomes quite complex. In the country I come from, waiters & waitresses usually earn their income from tips like it is in the US, however it would be highly unusual to see a server complaining to a patron about the lack of a tip.

Koala bears are not cute.

If you’re a traveler to Australia, you’ll most likely want to see kangaroos & koala bears during your trip. I don’t want to take anything away from this tourist attraction or change your viewpoint of these creatures, but I was utterly shocked the first time I ‘met’ a koala bear. They smell really bad, have sharp teeth, make a terrifying sound & have claws which can cause a bit of damage to a person. A real life experience with them was a far cry from the cuddly, teddy bear idea I had of them.

Penguins are found in Africa.

Admittedly, I’ve known about this since I was a child because they are found in South Africa, but almost every person I speak to who has visited Cape Town mentions the penguins. So yes, there is a species of penguin that lives in Africa.

Budapest is riddled with ruin bars.

A ruin bar is an establishment selling alcoholic beverages out of a run down or dilapidated building & that is how it gets its name. I was surprised to find that what seemed like almost every street in the Hungarian capital had a ruin bar. This is quite the surprise for someone looking for a “normal” bar.

I could continue with this list, but the post is already too long & I would run the risk of my readers finding out how little I knew about the world before I started traveling.

Keep traveling, keep safe.

DanVenture Travels


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  1. there is also penguins that live in forests (new zealand)…. NZ is my dream venture, there are private tour companies that charge around $17k (US) for small tours, seems worth it, any advice on this ? thanks.

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  2. I do believe that travelling really broaden minds. That’s even the headline of the EU student exchange programme called Erasmus+: open your mind. Travelling it’s not just travelling but a way to deepen our knowledge, mutual understanding and respect, as well as a way to understand that many things are pretty often inconsistent with the stereotypes we’ve always associated a place to. Good job!!

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  3. Love what you’ve learned! Traveling is so great to open up our ideas of the way things are, or are supposed to be since that’s all we knew! Come to Canada and in most provinces you get 2 taxes added on to your bill!! GST and provincial sales tax. It is shocking at the till.

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  4. That mirrors the husband’s first time buying something in the US – a candybar, I think. He thought he was being scammed when he went to pay for it and the price was higher than the shelf marker had indicated.

    I must be going to the right restaurants, because I haven’t had that experience with waitstaff discussing tips. That would be considered very rude in the Midwest region of the USA.

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  5. Seeing how America is a Capitalist country, I would imagine the tax is not added because the consumer could then weigh the true cost and might not buy it.
    Capitalists value money over human life, and they are downright paranoid they might lose one sale. I mean, well, look at us now. I think it’s stupid. I have shopped at a few small businesses that add the tax to the shelf price and I am far more likely to shop there again than a regular store just for that fact. I am less likely to buy an item if I have to work the tax out in my head and far more likely to buy it if I don’t.

    And I had no idea there were penguins in Africa. That is cool. Makes sense, though, considering South Africa’s location.

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  6. Love the picture at the top of your post! Where was it taken?
    I agree that traveling is an ultimate opportunity to learn, not only about other cultures, places, people, and experiences, but also about yourself.
    My first piano teacher was from Georgia the country and my thirds piano teacher was from Georgia, the state in the USA.

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  7. I would say, it was not long enough article 🙂 The tidbits you have provided have given me something to look forward to when i get to travel again. And yes, you did bring a smile to my face!


  8. Great read. Didn’t know that about Budapest – definitely a European city I need to discover more of. Also loved Georgia – their greatest cultural honour is to have a guest. Such a beautiful place and people!


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