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Hi gmarquardt, all good points and i do think accommodation is worth researching with your requirements in mind, such as location, budget or possibly amenities.
interesting Faceless39, i like going off the tourist trail also mixed with sites worth seeing. thanks for your comments!
Language is important, absolutely! As you say, key words are good to know and a good phrase book/dictionary are well worth bringing. I like to make an effort in foreign non English speaking countries. appreciate your comments!
Culture is important and interesting of a place, i agree H P Roychoudhury. It adds to the whole experience of the place. i have been in remote villages where a foreigner was a new thing,so knowing their customs and way of life was very beneficial.
Hi glorgeousmom, wow that's some list!! Maybe depending on the country and it's location and history you would research all the above. you are certainly thorough! Thanks for your comments, much appreciated.