6/22 (Sat.) The value of travel (Host: Annie)

Annie Zhang
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註冊時間: 週四 2月 09, 2012 12:03 am

6/22 (Sat.) The value of travel (Host: Annie)

文章 Annie Zhang »

Hello everyone!

We have an exciting topic to discuss - travel! Traveling is always a fascinating experience, filled with adventure and discovery. In the meeting, I will share my personal encounter with traveling to Munich, Germany back in May. However, I'm also looking forward to hearing about your own unique travel experiences. For the material, I thought it would be interesting to watch a TED Talk by the renowned traveler, Rick Steves, titled "The Value of Travel." In this talk, Steves sheds light on the true significance of travel and what it brings to our lives. It's an inspiring presentation that I believe will spark a wonderful discussion among us. So, let's delve into the world of travel! Don't forget to bring your own travel stories and let's exchange ideas and experiences. See you all soon!

"The value of travel" by Rick Steves
Questions for discussion:
Session 1:
1. When flying, do you have a preference for seating - aisle, window, or middle seat?
2. When traveling, do you lean towards spontaneous adventures or do you prefer a well-organized itinerary planned in advance?
3. What's your favorite destination you've visited so far, and why?
4. Do you prefer to stay in hotels, hostels, Airbnbs, or something else when traveling?
5.Have you ever traveled solo? If so, what was your experience like?
6. Have you ever participated in a local tour, either in Taiwan or abroad? If so, did you notice any differences compared to independent exploration?
7. What's the most adventurous activity you've done while traveling?

Session 2:
1. How do you navigate language barriers when traveling to countries where you don't speak the language?
2. Do you prefer traveling to popular tourist destinations or off-the-beaten-path places?
3. Will you follow tips from a YouTuber, lonely planet, or your friend to decide where to go?
4. Do you collect souvenirs or mementos from your travels? If yes, what's your favorite one?
5. Have you ever encountered a sudden and unexpected emergency situation while traveling?
6. In Rick’s video , he mentioned “travel is about connecting the people, people makes your travel experience vital." How has traveling changed your perspective on life or the world?
7. What's the most memorable meal you've had while traveling, and where was it?


3:45 ~ 4:00pm Greetings & Free Talk / Ordering Beverage or Meal / Getting Newcomer’s Information
4:00 ~ 4:10pm Opening Remarks / Newcomer’s Self-introduction / Grouping
(Session I)
4:10 ~ 4:50pm Discussion Session (40 mins)
4:50 ~ 5:10pm Summarization (20 mins)
5:10 ~ 5:15pm Regrouping / Instruction Giving / Taking a 10 Minutes Break (Intermission)
(Session II)
5:15 ~ 5:55pm Discussion Session (40 mins)
6:00 ~ 6:20pm Summarization (20 mins)
6:20 ~ 6:30pm Concluding Remarks / Announcements

Meeting Date: As shown on the Subject Line
Meeting Time: 4:00pm – 6:30pm
Meeting Venue: 丹堤咖啡 Dante Coffee (Minimum Order $85)
Address: 台北市濟南路三段25號[MAP]-捷運忠孝新生站3號出口步行3分鐘

Important Notes:
1. We advise participants to print out the discussion questions and bring them to the meeting for reference. As for the supporting articles, feel free to print them out, as well, according to your preference.
2. We suggest that participants read the articles and think about the questions in advance.
3. Newcomers should prepare a two-to-three minute self-introduction in English to deliver when called upon by the host before the start of the discussion. The host may also ask you to give brief feedback about the meeting at the conclusion of the meeting.
4. We conduct the entire meeting in English. All participants should have at least moderate English-conversation skills and be able to articulate your ideas for each discussion question.
5. We welcome newcomers and other guests to attend the meetings and join the discussion freely for two times. After that, we hope you will consider becoming a YoYo English Club member. We charge a NT$1500 lifetime membership fee, or NT$1000 for students.
Iris Wu
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Re: 6/22 (Sat.) The value of travel (Host: Annie)

文章 Iris Wu »

In 2017, when I decided to travel alone in Northern Europe for the first time, I felt overwhelmed by the daunting task of even just sketching out an itinerary. Despite the abundance of travel blogs and videos online, none were particularly helpful until I discovered Rick Steves' talks and his resourceful website. I realized that I shared his values on traveling, making his travel recommendations resonate deeply with me.

I don’t mean to imply that his values are the “right” or “best” ones. In fact, there’s one point in his TED Talk I don’t quite agree with: when he said, “Fear is for those who don’t get out much.” Nowadays, many people do “physically go out” but not “mentally go out”; they travel within an enclosed “bubble” or “comfort zone.” I believe that frequently traveling within this kind of “bubble” may not necessarily help them overcome their “fear” or “biases.”