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1. Posted by Gilly09 (Budding Member 37 posts) 7y

If you could learn one skill on a RTW trip which you think would be most useful/cool to be able to do (show off in crowds) what would it be!?

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5597 posts) 7y

Interesting topic Gilly!

In general, I guess being patient and keep calm under all circumstances is a skill that not everyone has, including me. I would be very pleased to be so.

It's quite difficult to answer though, what is a skill exactly and in relation to RTW travelling. Maybe speaking some difficult language, learning it while in the country, doesn't matter which language, but just a different one, like Thai or something. Would be cool don't you think!

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

Pulling money out of thin air.

4. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

it's a toss up between knitting wristbands, playing hackysack, or using the three sticks while leaping around and wearing clown pants....oh, I forgot. Making a package of ramen noodles stretch five ways. that was cynical.

I'd love to be able to make seemingly dead vehicles live again. I've never been a car guy, but it sure would be helpful.


5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 7y

I would like to learn how to cook authentic food, say Malaysian or Chinese. On most of my trips so far I learned something about food and cooking and I usually brought back home a new recipe, a new spice or a new way of doing something. It would be cool to get some in-depth training for several months in a professional kitchen in SEAsia.

BTW, many people opt for diving as a skill. Cheap (if not necessarily safe) to learn in third world countries and if you are good you might be able to get a job as a diving instructor in some of the most beautiful places in this world.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Jul-2009, at 00:28 by t_maia ]

6. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Funny you should mention diving, Maia. Have a look at this (trust your Dutch is good enough); it's an item from yesterday's broadcast of a big dutch news show, warning for the dangers of diving holidays, which are largely due to the insufficient training of diving instructors...

7. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 7y

Quoting t_maia

BTW, many people opt for diving as a skill. Cheap (if not necessarily safe) to learn in third world countries and if you are good you might be able to get a job as a diving instructor in some of the most beautiful places in this world.

Niels, my Dutch unfortunately isn't good enough to understand the video, could you possibly explain? Thanks.
I actually considered to become a diving instructor when I was in Thailand, but then I realized that staying on an island for a few months and doing nothing else but diving and socialising wasn't probably going to make me happy on the long run. Instead, I sticked to diving here and there which turned out to be a good choice.

As for what skill would I like to learn on a trip, it would have to be something practical such as proper sewing or repairing stuff. If I ever visit India, I'd love to become really good at Yoga. Other than that, I agree with t_maia cooking like the locals would be a great skill to learn.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Jul-2009, at 03:21 by steff ]

8. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

First off, I should say the item struck me as one of those we-bring-you-this-story-because-we-don't-have-any-real-news-to-cover stories.

It consisted of a couple of interviews with tourists that experienced near-fatal diving accidents, mainly in Sharm-el-Sheikh, which they blamed on the instructors not being very experienced divers themselves. Then, there was this person from the Dutch tourist association complaining that the national governments of many popular diving destinations have no regulations as to who can and who cannot act as a diving instructor. Finally, there was this dutch kid that spoke about his experiences as an instructor in SeS, confirming the other stories.

9. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 7y

Learning a few words in the language of each place you visit is cool. I'm very proud of my 3 Finnish words. ;) Some travellers (on other threads) have boasted about how many languages they can say "beer, please" in.

But there are definitely some skills you should learn BEFORE you travel. I met a British guy in Kunming, China, who couldn't use chopsticks. Poor guy. He didn't know how to say "fork, please" either. He looked very hungry...

10. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 7y

Become invisible. I think that would do a pretty good job of impressing the locals.