Travel Tips Articles

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