Ask and you will see the way

People who choose Germany as working holiday destination are likely to be dedicated travel lovers, with its central location in Europe, one can easily go to any part of the continent from Germany. Inside a vast country there are so many things that one can see, but if you are not satisfied with what's recommended on popular travel books, what are the best ways to find out the hidden gems?

In Kaliningrad of Russia, even the hostel staff cannot speak English, I could only rely on this girl from the Information Centre for all my communications.In Kaliningrad of Russia, even the hostel staff cannot speak English, I could only rely on this girl from the Information Centre for all my communications.

A passionate couple from Slovakia, they completed my journey.A passionate couple from Slovakia, they completed my journey.

My tip is – just ask! You can always find people who can speak English in hostels or information centers—no matter which country you are in, just ask them what to see and where to go! Talk to your hostel roommates, or people you meet in bars and restaurant, they've probably just came back from somewhere. Talk and you will get what you need. If you don't like their answers, keep on asking, eventually someone will tell you what you want to know.

Lofoten Islands in Norway, spectacular scenery, also a nice spot to see the Northern Lights.Lofoten Islands in Norway, spectacular scenery, also a nice spot to see the Northern Lights.

Fanø in western Denmark, good place for bird watching.Fanø in western Denmark, good place for bird watching.

Scenic gulf in MontenegroScenic gulf in Montenegro

Curonian Spit in Kursiu Nerija National Park of Lithuania, spend a day with your bike here.Curonian Spit in Kursiu Nerija National Park of Lithuania, spend a day with your bike here.

Another way is check every corner on Google Map, special geographical features usually come with something interesting to discover. For example Curonian Spit in Lithuania, the fjords near Perast and Kotor of Montenegro. Meanwhile, national parks seldom disappoint people; look for peninsulas or isolating islands, Lofoten Islands in Norway and Fanø in Denmark are interesting examples. If you are a lazy person, join a local tour, or ask your couchsurfing houseowner to show you around.

Following the white balloons, I accidentally joined a memorial event in Bruges, Belgium.Following the white balloons, I accidentally joined a memorial event in Bruges, Belgium.

To see what a city really looks like, nothing's better than riding on a bike, or using your own legs. Only through these one can really mix with the locals and learn about their daily lives. If you spot something interesting, ask if you could join them. Europeans are passionate people and I have never heard a 'no' when I asked their permission to join. So, to create for yourself a unique travel experience, be brave, just ask! Asking does you no harm, and it may bring you something totally out of your expectations. Too shy to talk to strangers? Come on, you won't see these people again in your life!

In a hostel in Liechtenstein, my casual question In a hostel in Liechtenstein, my casual question "What are you doing?" turned out to be a night of wine and cheese fondue with the locals.

I asked, and then I got a fishing rod from a local, photo taken in HungaryI asked, and then I got a fishing rod from a local, photo taken in Hungary

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Fung Garcia

A post-80s Chinese language teacher who failed his A-Level English, went working holiday to Germany before his turned 30 –worked little, holiday a lot. Speaking poor English and zero German, he managed to survive and visited 29 countries in Europe. Lazily updating his travel blog 'Garcia in Germany'.
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