There a lot of people who like the idea of being able to travel and to visit a new country. However, they don’t do it. Many people honestly avoid traveling because they are afraid of the unknown. They have a comfortable home, they are comfortable in their community, and they are quite frankly afraid of what might happen to them if they risk venturing outside of their comfort zone. For this reason they might make excuses about not traveling. They might say they need to do things like do a US passports name change or other paperwork. However, people who have been able to get over these concerns and have been willing to take the risk to travel have really had an experience that has drastically changed their life for the better.
Of course, not everyone is ready to jump into traveling feet first. Sometimes it’s better for people to take baby steps. These baby steps could include things like visiting a foreign country that is either close to home or that shares the same language and customs as the country the person is visiting from. As an example, people in the United States could travel to Canada. It still another country, but it’s similar enough to life in the United States that travelers will not experience an overwhelmingly large culture shock.
Once a person has visited a country that is close to their home, then they can start to venture out to areas that are a little farther away and where the culture is a little bit different from what they are accustomed to. For North Americans, this might include visiting Mexico and Central America.
One of the nice things about visiting Mexico and Central America is that in these places are different enough to be considered foreign but still have close enough ties to North America that many of the customs and ideas will be familiar to travelers. For example, if a person chooses to travel to El Salvador, they will find that there are many people from El Salvador who have lived, worked, and studied in the United States. And while the vast majority of people speak Spanish, there are a few who speak at least some English.
Another nice thing about traveling in Central America, especially in El Salvador, is that the currency is the US dollar. So there is no worry about transferring or exchanging money.