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May 17, 2018

Know Before You Go: Insider Travel Tips for 2018’s Top Destinations

There are lots of trendy destinations that might be on the top of your bucket list this year. But before you scramble to learn the language and book that plane ticket, do a little research. Because having the trip of a lifetime is all about planning ahead and knowing what to expect. Here are some […]

May 1, 2018

Words Beyond Translation: Hacerle Ganas

Antigua, Guatemala  The expression “hacerle ganas” in Spanish captures a sentiment of strength and perseverance that I’ve consistently found present in Latin American cultures: specifically, what it means to keep moving forward towards a goal, even when faced with adversity. Hacerle ganas roughly means “to create the desire.” It is rooted in the common idiomatic […]

April 19, 2018

8 Books to Read Before You Go To Japan

While you may still be saving up to take that trip to the Land of the Rising Sun, you can definitely afford to go on a literary journey. Japan is a unique blend of tradition and technology, where cherry blossoms and rural countryside give way to one of the most crowded cities in the world. […]

March 23, 2018

Foodie Without Fear: European Edition, Part II

There’s so much to see and taste in Europe that you’ll probably be coming back for seconds. This time take a European tour of some of the smaller countries around the continent to get a sample of cultures and cuisines. From the rainy, green hills and bogs of Ireland to the sunny Mediterranean coast of […]

March 16, 2018

Your Guide to Irish Pub Etiquette

When in Ireland, here’s how to drink as the Irish do. If you’re lucky enough to be touring the picturesque coasts and quaint villages of the Emerald Isle, you’ll run into many pubs along the way. Ireland’s watering holes are friendly, open spaces where the community gathers not just to drink, but to socialize and […]

March 15, 2018

7 Books to Read Before You Go To Paris

Get ready to fall head over heels for the City of Love when you indulge in these recommended reads. Whether you’re booking a flight to Paris or looking for a virtual escape, diving between the covers of these titles not only helps you get a feel for the city but also provides a certain je […]

March 6, 2018

How Do I Capitalize German Words?

If you’ve ever traveled to Germany, or just read a bit of German, you may have noticed that the language approaches capitalization very differently from English. Wie froh bin ich, daß ich weg bin! Bester Freund, was ist das Herz des Menschen!   How happy I am that I am gone! My dear friend what […]

February 26, 2018

Lost with Locals: A Look Over Switzerland

After three years working in travel, I wanted to make this year a year of tradition to return to places that made my heart sing in the past. One of those places was Switzerland. While researching and planning my new tradition of a trip to Switzerland each January, I stumbled upon an International Hot Air […]

5 Places To Visit In Europe This Spring

For those of us who endure a true winter with frigid, below-freezing temperatures, the mere sight of a flower bud waiting to blossom is like the light at the end of the tunnel, luring us out of hibernation. While many people take their big vacation in August, the spring months are also a great time […]