5 Reasons Every Camper Should Learn Spanish Before Traveling to Latin America

Planning a trip to South America? Whether you are camping, going in an RV or staying in hotels, learning Spanish before your trip can make it more enjoyable.

Traveling anywhere where there is a language barrier can be quite difficult. You don’t understand one another and asking for simple things like the bathroom or directions can seem confusing. If you have plans to make it to Latin America, it might be beneficial to learn Spanish. It will help your trip go on without a hitch and keep you safe. Not convinced? Well, here are 5 reasons that you should learn Spanish before camping in Latin America.

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Make new friends

One of the best parts of camping is the friends that you make along the way. In order to meet new people and make conversation in Mexico and South America, chances are you’re going to have to speak Spanish. Though many people know English, Spanish is actually the second most spoken language in the world. Learning about where they’re from, what they like to do, and what brought them camping will create that bond and have you leaving with international friends that you will remember forever.


Emergencies happen when we least expect them. Though we never plan on getting into a car accident, getting lost, or our car breaking down, it happens more often than we’d like. If you’re in a country where you don’t know the language and you run into one of these incidents, communicating with a local for help is going to be extremely challenging. If your car breaks down on the side of the road, being able to ask for help in Spanish will land you a tow truck or assistance if needed. This will also help in case you end up in the hospital or at the doctor’s office.

More opportunities

It may sound silly but a lot more opportunities arise while camping when you learn Spanish. For example, there are a lot of tours or events to attend all over Latin America but you will not be able to understand what anyone is saying if you don’t speak their language. In order to feel like a local and experience local activities, speaking their local language is a must.

Avoid hassles

Being able to speak Spanish will help you avoid trouble or annoying inconveniences while abroad. For example, if you’re unsure of where to park your RV or how much you need to pay for a parking meter, asking a parking attendant or security guard will help you figure it out, so you won’t end up getting towed or given a ticket.

Learn about a new culture

Lastly, learning Spanish teaches you about a new culture. In fact, language is one of the most fascinating parts of a culture. You get to see how another culture approaches things like going out to explore nature or the movies or bigger things like weddings and parties. You can then take that knowledge back home and impress your friends and family and have a newfound respect for the culture.


Spanish is quickly becoming one of the most spoken languages in the world, even in the US. If you get the chance to visit Latin America and experience their culture, learning their language will help you navigate your vacation while keeping you safe and making you friends along the way.

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Happy travels!

Shelley Trupert
Outdoorsy Content Team

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