Ever feel like you're speaking another language? Well, sometimes you are which is why we asked the members of travel website, Trippy.com to tell us about times they tried to use the local tongue and got, well, totally tongue tied.
I remember in high school when everyone made it a point to remind us at every juncture possible that "it's not the end of the world." That the world was so much bigger than we knew it to be. I hated hearing that.
Granted you might feel a little bit of heartbreak...I won't deny that I was close to tears for a few hours after my Turkish fling said, "I love you" and I awkwardly walked away in silence to board my safari tour vehicle.
People ask me how I deal with the negative comments that people I've never met leave on my articles... well, they don't even phase me because of how much negativity I've dealt with from people I actually know and care about. Bring it, betch.
This past summer, I was actually brave enough to board a plane with my preschooler and toddler and head to sunny Florida. We enjoyed the beach, pools, Disney World, and, most importantly, time with our extended family.
If you're going on vacation, chances are you want to have a good time, and sleep may not be your top priority. But getting poor quality rest can put a serious drag on your festivities, whether traveling for business or pleasure.
There are only so many rom-coms starring Keira Knightley that I can watch (and cup noodles I can eat) until the indignity of being crammed into a seat made for a 10-year old causes my right eye to twitch and my blood to boil.
I was naive, scared and broke yet determined to enhance my foreign language studies. Looking back, it amazes me that I even made it through the process of getting there, however, it can certainly be done.
Think about your last trip - what do you remember best? The view of a famous landmark? Or a fresh pastry in the bakery window, the people-watching you did sitting at a cafe, the street markets, the smell of fall and roasting chestnuts and crisp air?
I've had a great job for over six years. Good salary, excellent health insurance, paid vacations and sick days. I like the people I work with. I've had the opportunity to have a voice in the shaping of my community and the future of my hometown. And then ... I just quit.
There are bunches of articles out there about travel hacking with a variety of focuses from saving money to saving space when you pack. While they are all incredibly helpful, I'm not looking to recreate the wheel.