Some of the best conversations I’ve had have happened while traveling. Often, it begins with me hearing an unfamiliar language or accent and asking “Excuse me, but I’m a linguistics major, and I was wondering where you are from?” People are often more than willing to talk about there history of where they’ve lived and what language(s) they speak. Often the conversations diverge from language to culture, or any other number of topics. People have a lot to offer, but our society is so focused on shutting strangers out. I encourage people to engage others in conversations while traveling; you never know what you might discover.