Travel Tip: A few days before you go....Google a brief history of whatever country you are going to visit.
Even if you are just going somewhere generic and “down south” for
a week at a resort, having a general knowledge of the history of the
people and country can provide you with some valuable empathy for this new place.
And maybe read an article of two out of a big newspaper from the country itself -
familiarize yourself with one interesting thing that is going on!
Worst case scenario you’ll have a conversation-starter while you’re
sitting alone at the bar!