When traveling outside of the United States, it could be a bit scarry and/or confusing as to what is needed prior to your trip. A little planning ahead of time will make the trip easy and comfortable.
Perhaps you, a friend or a family member may need special assistance. Medical needs, vehicles for disabilities from wheel chairs to vans well-equipped for different needs. There are many places available for rent or lease of vehicles specific to what you need. A call prior to the nearest clinic or hospital in the area you plan to be at will most likely have what you need or could get it and have it ready when you arrive at the airport.
Immunizations are a must when traveling to the Philippines. You'll be given a few shots months prior to your trip to help keep you safe from contracting a disease while in the Philippines. Its a different place and therefore your body defenses may come upon something its never been exposed to and could bring on an illness that could be hard to fight off without the proper medicine aid. As with anywhere you go, drinking water, eating the food, restrooms, chairs and people, its important to always keep your hands clean and be sure of cleaniless whereever you may be.
Language...If you only speak English and have not been introduced to the language of the Philippines, conversations could be a bit tricky. There are a thousand different dialects in the Philippines making it even tougher on the tourist. It would be good to find out what dialect is spoken in the area you will be prior to your arrival. Although english is spoken there, it is still a second language to the locals and could make it even harder to figure out what they are telling you due to the broken use of english words. There is also an accent to learn. The accent is used of course with their own language, but when trying to speak English, they could put the accent in the wrong place in the english word, making it sound like something else altogether. I believe learning body language using hands and your surroundings could help alot with this communication lesson. Put yourself in their place and think about when someone approached you in the United States and tried to very hard to ask a question in their language along with very broken english and how you tried to help as best you could. Maybe you get lucky and happen to be traveling with someone who is familiar with the language and could be a huge help in being that handy translator!
Currency is also important, so be sure to change your money to what is being used in the Philippines, so that no matter where you are, you can pay for what is needed as needed.
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