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Brandon Styles describes how travel broadens his mind and horizons
I think travel is great! It can be fun, healthy and an opportunity to visit new places and meet new people. Travel is extremely interesting and broadens the mind. Having new experiences means it is difficult to get bored.
My most enjoyable trip was to Universal Studios Orlando in Florida USA. I was thrilled and felt happiness and joy because of the amazing rides. There are a number of rides: Revenge of the Mummy, the Incredible Hulk Coaster and Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit.
They’re all enormous and colourful. You can hear people screaming because the rides are so fast. My heart was beating and I couldn’t wait to get on my first ride. Afterwards I wanted to share the buzz with all my friends and my brother and sister.
If you go to Universal Studios Orlando don’t forget to bring some snacks because the food is very expensive. After lunch be sure not to rush to get on a ride as this could make you feel very ill.
Some rides made me sick and dizzy. Any ride that goes around in circles makes my tummy feel funny. These rides include the Waltzer and the Merry Go Round.
It is important to bring the right clothing, sun glasses, sun hat, shorts and sun cream in warm weather. When it’s cold it’s advisable to wear layers and remember your hat, scarf and gloves.
If you are very sensitive to noise bring a pair of ear defenders because it can be extremely loud. I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes because you spend lots of time standing and the park is very big. Arrive nice and early so you can avoid all the crowds.
Look at the travel agents online and Universal to research what is on, how to get there, where to stay, opening times, waiting times for rides, cost of the rides, how to keep safe and facilities for people with special needs.
Another good online resourse is TripAdvisor. This is a review site where you can find travel information with hints and tips from other visitors as well as buying tickets and booking hotels. Spend time with your family or friends deciding what rides should you go on.
When it comes to travel, one of my passions is cruising because the food is yummy, the ships have lots of fun stuff to do on board and you get dressed up for dinner and I wear a tie!
One of my favourite activities on board is the flowrider. This is a machine where you can be taught to boogieboard or surf with trained instrutors. Boogieboarding is a water sport where you lie on your belly on a board with your hands placed on the top corners and ride simulated waves in a safe envrionment. Some cruise ships now have these as part of their daily itinery.
Brandon boogieboarding on board a cruise ship
On a cruise you often have many stops along the route. A cruise I took started in Barbados and visited St Lucia, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Vigo. We got to spend about eight hours in each place. I swam in waterfalls, snorkelled in the Caribbean seas, visited a movie set and saw volcanoes.
Meeting new people is very easy while travelling, especially on a cruise ship. There are lots of people ready to have fun. My mum and I always come home having made new friends.
One of the negatives is being seasick. This is a common problem but you can get seasickness tablets at Guest Services (reception) on board for free.
I started travelling when I was very young. My first trip was to Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, when I was six.
Sometimes people think I am younger than I look. This caused a problem when I went to the Over 16 Swimming Area. This a place where you have to be at least 16 to admitted to the pool and hot tub. This problem was solved by my mum speaking to the lifeguards.
I started travelling when I was very young. My first trip was to Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, when I was six. I don’t remember too much as I was young, but I went with my mum, brother and sister. I know because we have some photos at the beach.
I have also travelled to America, France, Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, Greece and the Carribean. I enjoy learning to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in other languages. Some examples are:
Please: s’il vous plait
Thank you: merci
Thank you: xiexie
Thank you: khob khun ka (female), khob khun khap (male)
It is really important to think ahead, plan your journey and ask for help with expenses and organising. Ask friends if they have been and can share their thoughts and ideas.
Make a timetable so you know what you will be doing while you are there.
Always remember to check if you require a travel visa. Some counties will not allow you in without one. For America you do need an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). This can take up to 72 hours to arrive but does last two years.
Don’t forget to take photographs and make videos to show your friends when you come home. Go and have FUN!