If you have ever gone abroad you know that it is really hard to answer the question “how was your trip?” with a deep meaningful answer because there is just so much to say. But it might be equally as hard to think up good questions! Most friends and family are genuinely interested in hearing about the trip beyond “it was good” but just don’t have the right thing to ask. So I have created a list you can ask your friend or family member the next time they come back from time abroad! Here are 20 Great Questions for Debriefing a Traveler:
1. What made you want to go there?
2. What was the best moment of the entire trip?
3. What was your favorite city?
4. What was the hardest adjustment you had to make?
5. What are two interesting things about [the country they visited] that the average person doesn’t know?
6. Tell me about one person you met.
7. What was the funniest/strangest/most insightful thing a local said?
8. What was the hardest or most frustrating part of the trip?
9. Did anything go wrong that seems funny now?
10. What little, ordinary thing did you miss from your usual routine?
11. What did you learn about yourself?
12. What was your favorite food there?
13. What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
14. How long did it take you to pick up some of the language?
15. Were you able to speak with a local in their language?
16. What was the scariest moment?
17. Did you find any sights or activities a bit off the beaten track? Beyond the tourist traps?
18. What was the strangest thing you ate?
19. Where would you revisit?
20. Would you ever move to any of those cities?
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It is really important to ask questions about the good and the frustrating things. Often, travelers can feel pressured to act like every thing was perfect because that is what everyone is expecting. Give them the opportunity to get some things off their chest if they need it!