Learning from other cultures (AND actually putting it into practice)

Do you remember in grade school when you learned about other countries?  I remember in sixth grade, everyone picked a country and we had to research what they ate, what they wore, what was on their flag, etc., and then present it to the class.  We had to bring in a “traditional dish” to share…

5 challenges for a traveler who doesn’t speak the language

We travel all the time to places where we don’t know the native language.  We’ve had some issues, but most of the time (especially in Europe) everyone speaks English.  If a German meets someone from France on the Swiss Alps, they will speak English to each other.  It’s the most common language you’ll find among…

Off-the-beaten path vs. well-traveled destinations

Off-the-beaten path vs. well-traveled destinations

I was reading through some travel trends recently and it got me thinking.  Many of the very popular tourist destinations are overcrowded and it’s a deterrent to many of us.  We want to enjoy these beautiful spaces with some solitude, without all the headaches of crowded travel buses, long lines, and rude tourists.  But, we…