1. Do you speak English? I am always relieved, yet sadly dismayed, that nearly everyone in the world says ‘yes.’
2. Do you take American Express? I am always relieved when the answer is ‘yes,’ which is not that often. I’ve learned to carry a lot of cash, which seems unwise, but necessary.
3. Are you supposed to tip the taxi driver? I’m such an American. No wonder the world thinks we’re rich! I am thrusting money at everyone who so much as looks at me. Not everyone tips taxi drivers and restaurant servers. I am so obviously American; it seems like they should be thrilled to see me coming.
4. Can you call me a taxi? It’s easy to get from the hotel to wherever you’re going, but getting back may not be so easy. And in some countries, taxi drivers rarely speak English.
5. When can I go home? Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE to travel, but sometimes it gets a little too George Clooney Up in the Air-ish. I become a little too familiar with airports, airlines and hotel rooms. I miss my my family. There comes a point when I am consumed by all the things I’m missing at home and decide that travel isn’t worth it. That’s usually the moment I start planning our next family vacation, because business travel is nice, but I’d rather see the world with the people I love.
What burning questions go through your mind when you travel?