On this episode, I chat with a world traveler about his trip to the Balkans.
English Level: B1 🇩🇪🇨🇦
- Introduction (0:21)
- Can you tell us a little bit about the places you’ve traveled to? (1:00)
- What attracted you to Vanlife? (05:30)
- What are some of the challenges of traveling this way? (08:11)
- What advice would you give to someone who wants to try out the vanlife? (11:07)
- We want to talk about your trip to the Balkans. Which countries did you visit and which one did you like the most? (14:23)
- What did you think of the local food? (22:00)
- What were the people like? Was it easy to communicate with them in English/German? (Albania, 19:00)
- Did you notice any differences between the people there and Germans? (24:55)
- Can you give us some recommendations of places to see and visit in the Balkans? (28:43)
- Can you tell us about your work and the services you provide? (28:40)
- freelancer (noun) – someone who is not employed by any one organization but does particular pieces of work for different organizations.
- unique (adj.) – being the only existing one of its type or, more generally, unusual, or special in some way.
- trash (noun) – waste material or things that are no longer wanted or needed.
- toll road (noun) – a road that you pay to use.
- bonfire (noun) – a large fire that is made outside to burn unwanted things, or for pleasure.
- dead end – (noun) – a road that is closed at one end, and does not lead anywhere.
- off-season (noun) – a period of the year when there is less activity in business.
- obvious (adj.) – easy to see, recognize, or understand.
- passport – an official document containing personal information and usually a photograph that allows a person to travel to foreign countries and to prove who they are.
Phrases to Remember:
- To give a shout out: When you give a shout-out to someone, it’s usually to express appreciation or thanks—or just to recognize their presence.
- To get into something: to start enjoying something, or to become enthusiastic about it.
- To take it slowly: to not rush things, to do things at a slow speed.
- To be on a budget: if you are on a budget, you do not have much money to spend
- To take something for granted: fail to properly appreciate (someone or something), especially as a result of overfamiliarity.
Mistake to Avoid:
Farther NOT more far (14:48); my bad preparation NOT preparing (14:57)
- In which month of the year did Philip begin to build his van?
- Why did he eventually install a solar panel on the roof of his van?
- What is the main challenge when you travel with a van?
- What are you not allowed to do in Germany when you park somewhere overnight?
- Why do locals get annoyed at the increasing trend of van tourism?
- How long did Philip travel though New Zealand?
- What does Philip prefer? To go to the coast and the beach or to go to lakes and forests?
- Which moments did Philip love the most on his tour to the Balkan?
- Why is it better to travel with your van during off-season?
- Why would the local police come to Philip when he would park his van somewhere in Albania?
- What did Philip like about Croatia?
- Why should someone go and visit Albania?
- Why can Philip work remotely? What is his profession?
What can I, as a busy mom do to improve my English?
One basic rule: slow and steady wins the race – the key is consistency. Practice for 5-10 min using apps like duolingo, Drops or Quizlet. Make it a routine – developing skills is all about habits.
Question to consider:
What do you connect with the Balkan countries?
- Theth in Albania
- Beach Karlmeska, Croatia
- Durmitor National Park, Montenegro
- Philip’s website
- Philip on Instagram
- Philip’s Podcast
- Episode about how to learn English
- Most Common Mistakes Germans Make in English
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