Those who have been following my three weeks in Bogota are well aware that one of my main motivators for choosing Colombia was to practice my Spanish. For the last several months I've been taking Spanish lessons in Manhattan, struggling to break free of my shy attitude about real-live practice. However, due to a few glitches in my plan, most of my studying has been on my own.Since I'm trying t[...]
 
 
This post is by Kay Boatner, one of our contributors.Where in the World?For a variety of reasons including work, family, depressing bank account statements and lack of frequent flyer miles, most of us don’t have the luxury of unlimited time and money for travel. Meaning we’ve got to get picky when it comes to planning our next trip and make the most of our short sojourns.So how should [...]
 
 
My recent travel tip article about avoiding homesickness got me thinking about how intertwined technology and travel are while on the road. Here are my tips for finding that much-needed balance between the two.1) Social Media There's no way around it. We all love social media and I don't see that changing anytime soon. While Facebook and Twitter are ideal methods for keeping in touch with [...]
 
 
As much as we may try to deny it, most travelers do get pangs of homesickness from time to time. Although I've never gone on an around the world trip, I've still had moments where I miss my friends and family back home.Here are 5 Tips to Avoid Homesickness1) Prepare in AdvanceI've often found that whenever I'm packing for a trip, the last thing on my mind is homesickness. Missing your [...]
 
 
I took my one and only cruise in October 2010. It was a month until my 24th birthday so a friend and I decided to celebrate in style. There also happened to be a 75% on this particular cruise so we quickly booked.For some reason, I always assumed I would like cruises but after just two days, I was ready to head back to port. However, here are a few tips for getting the most culture you can out[...]
 
 
There have been a lot of articles that tackle the Traveler vs. Tourist argument, including one of our own. I've decided to contribute my own thoughts on the matter by coming up with 5 anti-travel behaviors I aim to avoid.I'll start off with one of my favorite Travel Quotes: If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home. - Jame[...]
 
 
This is a follow-up post to How to Learn a Very Foreign Language by Jessica Tiare Bowen, one of our contributors.A few months ago, I made an early New Year’s Resolution: This is the year I will become bilingual.But much like any resolution, seeing it written on paper is so much easier than having that dream come to fruition. However, I pride myself on not being a quitter, and therefore ha[...]
 
 
Living a Bohemian Lifestyle doesn't mean you are a legit gypsy asking tourists for money outside of Notre Dame Cathedral. I remember my first time in Paris I was shocked to find rather disheveled looking gypsy types at every corner. My naive 21 year old self just assumed they would all look like Esmerelda from Disney's portrayal of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. My mistake!Anyway, here are 10 si[...]
 
 
It's often the people we meet while traveling that give us the best memories. I've met some pretty quirky characters throughout my travels and these are 5 loco locals any wanderer can only hope to meet while on the road.The Wannabe Celebrity with Many Talents: On a plane with from London to Prague, my Mom and I managed to be seated next to a linguist named Anya who was convinced she was Camer[...]
 
 
This post is by David VanArsdale, one of our contributors.“I want to travel but I don’t have the money.”I wince a little when I hear someone say that because for the most part, I think it’s a bullshit excuse. Granted there are exceptions (especially considering today’s unemployment rate), but if you have a job and are currently using “I don’t have the money” as an excuse, keep reading.[...]
 
 
If you are headed to a top travel destination like Mexico or the Caribbean, spending a few nights at an all-inclusive resort may be your best option. While some guests may never plan on leaving the comfort of the resort, other people are naturally more adventurous and therefore may crave more stimulation throughout the day. These five simple tips are perfect for all-inclusive resorts like Barceló [...]
 
 
(original article is from Megan's Travel Column on Life2PointOh, entitled Weekly Wanders)Let’s be honest. The American dollar hasn’t exactly been doing that great the last few years. Back in 2008 when I was studying in London, I almost cried one morning after calculating how much my tall vanilla latte was actually costing me in American dollars. Just a few weeks ago, I was surprised to discove[...]