This morning I had a useful illustration of why learning as much as you can of a language is important. This morning, I left my bag near my room as instructed and went to the elevator. A couple of bellboys passed and I heard one of them say a number in Hebrew. I was fortunate to have understood it, because it was my room number – but the group they were collecting bags for wasn’t my group! I decided to go back and bring my bag down to the lobby myself.
Learn as many languages as you can. It is not as difficult as you probably assume it is. And before traveling, focus on the language or languages spoken in that place. Even a little language ability can prove very useful at times!