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While they have been invented for the purpose of quenching the thirst of a particular individual, beverages are known for their fact that they play a major role in the lives of humans. With the advancements made in the food and drink industry, there are a number of popular drinks currently in the market, ranging from different flavors of juice, soft drinks, coffee and also a large variety of alcoholic drinks. Alcoholic drinks have been around for more than eight thousand one hundred years and have always been part and parcel of the traditions and cultures of various civilizations and countries.

One drink that has steadfastly remained the most popular and favorite drink is tea. With a long and intricate history that dates back to more than a thousand years, the first documented use of tea was in ancient china for the purpose of a medicinal drink. This information was penned during the third century. Portuguese merchants who traveled to china for the purpose of business were one of the first people from the Western world to experience the drink and via them, it was gradually introduced to their native countries. The tea frenzy sparked off in the Great Britain a little in to the seventeenth century. Due to the great reach of the British Empire, they were able to easily obtain tea from countries under their control like India and Sri Lanka. From such humble origins, the tea industry is a major business right now. Nowadays the industry has even moved online with varieties of tea such as green tea pouches and loose leaf tea online.

A common legend about the origin of tea says that the Emperor of China was drinking water off a bowl when the leaves off a neighboring tree were blown in to the bowl due to the effects of the wind. The Emperor noticed that these leaves had changed the color of the water. Intrigued by this development, the emperor had some of the water and found it to have a pleasant and pleasing flavor. Another variation of the myth says that the Emperor was fond of trying out the effects of herbs and yams on his own self and while in the process of it, he discovered that the tea leaves made for an excellent antidote. Now people have discovered multiple variations of tea, ranging from green tea to fruit to satisfy the cravings of the tea crazed world. Tea is also known to have plenty of benefits to an individuals body; from reducing his stress levels to reducing the chances of a person having a heart attack or stroke.

Exploring a new country can be an exciting experience. Sometimes you will get carried away by attractions and sightseeing and forget other important things you should be doing while exploring. The whole point of visiting new territory is to see places, learn about culture and tradition, talk to local people, try local food and make good memories. Here are a list of things you should never miss out on doing while exploring a country.

Move Out of Your Comfort Zone

Most attractions cater to the tourist. Everything you find in tourist hubs such as merchandise, souvenirs, tickets to view attractions and taxi rides are usually very expensive. The real adventure of exploring a new country begins when you step out of your comfort zone and seek new ventures. Visit local markets and factories, take a walk in a quiet neighbourhood or watch local artists perform. You will find that they are way more interesting than what everybody else does.

Try Local Food
Trying local cuisines is something you must never hesitate to do. Give up the usual Italian restaurant at Sukhumvit and try flavours you have never tasted before. Ideally, you should drop by a restaurant that has menus you cannot read. It can be a real struggle to order in such a place, but it will be a fun experience that you will never forget. If you are travelling on a budget, stop by street food stalls that sell local food. Travelling wouldn’t be as incredible as it is if you do not taste local food.

Try Local Liquors

This is another enjoyable thing to do while exploring a country. The production of liquor varies from region to region. Visiting a local brewery is well worth your time. If you are in the city and happen to be at a hotel, head up to its dim sum brunch and order locally brewed wine, rum or other liquor. You may or may not like what you taste, but it is definitely a fun experience.

Learn the Local Language

During your stay in another country, this is something you should definitely do. Picking up a few local words will come in handy when you shop at stores or eat at diners. Native people love it when you try to speak their language. This will help you to converse better with them. Of course you do not have to be fluent, but knowing basic words such as ‘Thank you’ or ‘sorry’ can help you throughout your stay. When exploring another country, the possibilities of what you can do are endless. Try out these things to make the most of your visit. They can also help you learn from your mistakes to better your next travelling experience.