The Caribbean Islands: A Vacation Full of Adventure and Local Culture

When some people think of traveling the Caribbean islands, they think of yachts, resorts, and beaches; however a winter Caribbean vacation doesn’t have to mean forfeiting adventure for the warmth of the tropics. In 2009, I was invited to take a cruise through the Southern Caribbean. At first, I was hesitant.  My only understanding of… Continue Reading The Caribbean Islands: A Vacation Full of Adventure and Local Culture

Mixed up in Mostar

You may remember that recently, I wrote about different types of places you can stay during your travels if you want to branch out from the usual hotel or hostel-types of accommodations. One of the types of accommodations that I mentioned is what’s referred to as a “sobe” or “zimmer,” throughout Europe (especially the Balkans).… Continue Reading Mixed up in Mostar

4 Budget Hotel and Hostel Alternatives That Promote Local Culture Immersion

Staying somewhere other than a hotel or a hostel can be an adventure of its own. It can certainly give you a cultural experience that a hotel or hostel may not provide. It may also give you a kind of personal touch that other hotel-staying travelers won’t get. Let’s look at a few alternatives to typical hotel/hostel travel lodging. Continue Reading 4 Budget Hotel and Hostel Alternatives That Promote Local Culture Immersion

Skip the Souvenir Shops! 5 gift ideas with real meaning and function

So your vacation is coming to an end, and it’s shopping day. It’s time to spend hours looking for the perfect gift for your friends and family, or a souvenir for yourself to keep the memory alive. Skip the souvenir shops filled with key chains, t-shirts, postcards, mugs and all the other tacky gifts that will end up forgotten, left in some closet somewhere. Instead, opt for souvenirs and gifts that have real meaning and function and will constantly conjure memories of your trip!

Here are some of my favorite items to bring back from my travels: Continue Reading Skip the Souvenir Shops! 5 gift ideas with real meaning and function

A Multi-Cultural Birthday Abroad

Different travelers have different preferences about how they experience the different cultures they encounter. Some travelers want to stay in luxury accommodations and experience the culture through exhibits, shopping, and delectable cuisine. Other travelers want to abide among the “common” people, eating their foods and experiencing their daily lives. While there are merits and drawbacks for each, one of my most treasured birthdays was spending the day among a Maori tribe of New Zealand. Continue Reading A Multi-Cultural Birthday Abroad

guatamala local living

Stunning Lake Atitlán—ringed by volcanoes and home to a large Mayan community—just begs to be appreciated. And there is no better way to really experience a place than by having a local show you around. Quickly becoming a fan-favourite, this Local Living adventure offers the chance to live, work and play like the locals in this off the beaten path community. A helpful CEO is there to help you smooth out any wrinkles, but this ain’t a hotel’s staged cultural show—get ready for real life, Mayan style. Live it. Continue Reading guatamala local living