Travel Tips Articles

What to do if you are pickpocketed while traveling internationally


August 11, 2017 9:41 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It happened. A couple weeks ago I was pickpocketed. I was not in as obviously vulnerable a position as the woman in the title image. In fact, I thought I was doing everything right, and yet …. I had gone to the ATM and made a withdrawal before meeting a... read more

5 Amazing Airports

August 4, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Believe it or not, I hate to fly. Really hate it. But I do it. The good news is, I actually like airports. I like the energy. I like seeing all the places listed on Arrivals and Departures. Jakarta? Vladivostok? Hey, maybe! There are plenty of amazing airports in the... read more

Cuba – Day Four

March 21, 2017 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

For our second daytrip we decided to go to the closest fancy beach, Varadero, a little more than two hours east of Havana. To the north of the peninsula is the Gulf of Mexico. To the south is the Bahia de Cardenas. The peninsula is so narrow that, at some... read more

The Bad, The Annoying and The ???

September 2, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The following stories lead to travel tips. Around New Year’s 2010 I went to Brazil. At the Manaus airport in Amazonas State, I was looking up at the information board to find my flight home. I was going to São Paulo where I was to get my connecting plane back... read more

Cross Cultural Gift Giving

January 14, 2016 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Nothing is more difficult. I’ve heard the story of a businessman from Connecticut who was invited to the wedding of his Chinese partner’s daughter. The American businessman thought it was a good idea to give the bride a Seth Thomas clock, since it was the symbol of quality and workmanship... read more

Off the Beaten Path

December 7, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There is no more “off the beaten path.” In this era of global travel all paths are sufficiently beaten. About 30 years ago I heard about the pilgrimage route known as St. Jacques de Compostelle in northern Spain. It’s a route you walk and stay at hostels along the way.... read more

How To Act Like a Local When You Travel

November 19, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When in Rome, it’s sometimes simply not possible to do as the Romans do, because you can’t figure out what’s going on. This is the sad, humbling, delightful truth of traveling. Having said that, however, I will also say that Americans traveling abroad are like facelifts in LA: you can... read more

Immersing Yourself in a Culture

November 2, 2015 9:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

There is only one way to immerse yourself in a culture: you have to make an effort to learn the language. Any effort less than learning the language is not immersion. It’s floating on the surface. Sure, you can get to know locals and converse with them in English. You... read more