My first time to attend an international WordCamp was in Poland, which was held on November 15 – 16, where I learned a lot of things during my stay there and so I’ve decided to share my thoughts on how to prepare for WordCamps abroad.
Although this article is not the ultimate guide on what or how you should really be preparing for when attending a WordCamp overseas, I hope you find some tips here useful your future travels.
Noon time in Warsaw.
The Winds of Warsaw
According to taxi drivers and WordCampers,”3° C is normal. We are experiencing quite a mild autumn here.”
I never thought that it would be this cold here. The weather could be quite shocking if you are not prepared. It’s recommendable to check the temperature to where you’re going so you can bring the right clothes. It’s cheaper to buy jackets in your country than the airport!
The Power is in the Adapter
It’s a struggle to have a dead battery especially when you’re travelling. Check the voltage and whether you have the correct adapter, otherwise, you might have to spend a few Zloty here and there to call your hotel or the organizers. In any case, adapters are much more inexpensive than winter jackets, so if you don’t mind 2 Euros for an adapter, then you should be fine.
If you’re coming from far away, you are most likely to have a jet lag. Learn from a pro traveller like Automattician Sam Hotchkiss, who arrived Poland 3 days before the event, which allowed him to adjust prior to WCPL.
Money and Mobile Apps
Watch out for the exchange rates, so you won’t run out of cash. Credit cards are widely accepted, but in terms of debit cards, it’s a possible payment option as well as long it has a Visa or Mastercard logo in it. Same thing goes for withdrawing through any ATM. Your cash card is no good there if it doesn’t have these logos.
It became a habit of mine that when I buy some stuff abroad, I convert the price into my local currency just to see if it’s cheaper or not. If you were in a plane for 17 hours just like me, you just want to sleep and it seems that doing Math is a trouble. I really found the currency exchange mobile app very useful (as long as I have battery).
In Poland, you can buy a prepaid sim card for specific purposes – call, SMS or internet. And it’s very convenient to have one in case you get lost or want to connect with other WordCampers. Plus, you can get to Uber which is much nicer than regular taxis, according to those who are currently using it.
Another thing when you travel, most likely your computer, phone and other devices are still in your home country’s time. Don’t forget to adjust your clocks. You can also download an application like this so you won’t be late.
Even though I did not use the translator app, I thought it would be useful. Luckily, there’s a connection at the airport for me to translate what I had to say to the driver.
It might not be 100% accurate, but I think it’s understandable. I was already quite running late for the WordCamp Poland’s “middle party”, so I had to tell the driver this:
“Proszę, zabierz mnie do tego hotelu i proszę, pospiesz się, bo jestem spóźniony na imprezę! “
Drink like a Local
The organizers did a great job with the party. Poludnik Zero (pub) was packed with WordCampers from abroad and all over Poland. That’s the nice thing about WordCamps – you get to meet all sorts of people where you can share and learn at the same time.
It’s impressive to see a wide variety of drinks from this place, but you will never get to experience the real culture if you don’t try the vodka, they said. And when it comes to parties, Polish people definitely know how to party. So if you are going to plan one, invite someone from Poland and you’ll see how lovely your party will be.
If I’ve missed to include other tips, please share what you know and leave a comment. Dziękuję! Thank you!