Don’t Ask How It Was

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Did one of your friends ever come back from the trip of a lifetime and you asked them how it was? Well, how was it? Good? Great? Awesome? They can answer this question with one word and it doesn’t say much at all.

One word can’t describe your entire trip. Some days might have been the best of your life, others might have been a bit boring.

You should try to ask better questions. “How was it?” won’t provide you with a lot of information. It can be hard to describe a trip to people who weren’t there but asking more interesting questions to begin with is a good start. Although you probably mean well when you ask them how it was, it doesn’t sound like you are really interested in their trip.

So here are my eleven favorite trip questions to ask people who just came back.

  1. What was your favorite moment on your trip?
  2. What did you learn about yourself?
  3. What was the best thing you ate?
  4. Would you ever consider living in one of the places you visited?
  5. Who was the most interesting person you met?
  6. How many new words have you learned?
  7. What’s the best thing you discovered off the beaten path?
  8. How many photos have you taken?
  9. What surprised you the most about your destination?
  10. What is the weirdest thing you’ve seen?
  11. What was the most useful gear you’ve brought with you?

What kind of questions do you think would be good to ask travellers? What would you like to be asked when you come home from a long trip?

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