You probably already know by now that Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world. But did you know how many people speak it? It’s estimated to be around 415-470 million.

So should you learn it? Well, Spanish is actually only slightly ahead of English when you include people speaking English as a second language. Many English people travel all over the world without learning a single word of another language. Can they really be missing out that much?

Think about your daily experiences. You look everywhere and understand what every sign means. You can listen in on other people’s conversations. You can exchange stories with fellow commuters. You can communicate a problem to a stranger.

We forget that it’s these little micro-communications that make us feel at home. Wherever you are in the world, there is information and opportunity everywhere. But we can only realize these opportunities if we know the language of a particular place. By becoming fluent in a language, you can deepen your experience with that country. When you can’t speak the language, your interaction with that place is only superficial. It also means you won’t be as safe on your holiday.

When you travel to a Spanish-speaking country, learning Spanish before you go can make your trip much more enjoyable. Experiencing the true culture of a country means leaving the beaten path, away from things that cater to tourists. And away from this path, fewer people will speak a language other than Spanish. No travel experience in another country is complete without being able to speak to the people who live there.

Armed with fluent Spanish, come of those most culturally rich places in the world open up to you Examples:

 

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Argentina

An extraordinary, intense destination. The birthplace of Tango, Argentina is a colourful and geographically diverse country. Argentina occupies practically the entire lower half of South America. This means its climates range for scorching, to mild, to sub-antarctic. With an affordable Spanish school, it may be the ideal place to begin your aventura española.

 

 

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Colombia

The home country of Shakira and Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia is a country rich in artistic culture and vibrant verdancy. Colombia does not have seasons; because it is near the equator, it has sunlight throughout the year. It also has much of the Amazon Rainforest, the plants of which produces around 20% of the world’s oxygen. It also contains half of the planet’s estimated species of plants, animals, and insects.

 

 

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Cuba

The relations between the United States and Cuba are finally warming up. Barack Obama has made moves to lift the embargo against Cuba. This means that American tourism to Cuba will hopefully be getting easier in the next few years. People from others countries have always been able to visit this politically fascinating country. The Baroque, neoclassical architecture of Old Havana has to be seen to be believed. Until the embargo is lifted, Americans are missing out!

 

 

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Peru

For those who love adventure, there’s few places more desirable than Peru. Its main attraction is Machu Picchu, a vertiginous and haunting throwback to the Inca Empire. Peru is a beautiful and mystical place of gold, shamans and absolutely incredible coffee.

I mean, seriously incredible coffee.

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  You probably already know by now that Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world. But did you know how many people speak it? It’s estimated to be around 415-470 million. So should you learn it? Well, Spanish is actually only slightly ahead of English when you...