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October 2, 2011 at 8:07 PM | Posted in Globetrotter | 1 Comment
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10 not-so-awesome things to know before your Colombian adventure

October 2, 2011 at 8:03 PM | Posted in Faces Abroad, Globetrotter | 1 Comment

Beautiful Playa Blanca on Isla Baru; A definite positive but the relentless vendors weren't

Don’t get me wrong, besides the bad there was a lot of good during my Colombia travels; these were the most glaring negatives and frankly, most surprising. Preparation is best when venturing into new territory and I wasn’t, but hopefully you will be after reading.

You will be stared at — relentlessly

Whether you’re an attractive traveler, a person of color in cities with a majority white population, a suspected rich foreigner or just a foreigner, be prepared to be a specimen. As one Bogotaon said, Colombians are obsessed with foreigners, whether that’s a good or bad thing, they will stare at you until you figure it out.

You will be harassed within an inch of insanity

If you are suspected of being the aforementioned, along with staring comes the harassment. Forget it if you are heard speaking English, the rich foreigner is immediately ascribed to you and anyone selling something will never stop. Particularly in Cartagena. We tried many methods to decline, politely declining, ignoring, firm refusal, acting deranged and not one was to any avail. Our refusals were met with 5- to 10-minute pitch lines, curse-outs and stalking.

Continue reading on Examiner.com 10 not-so-awesome things to know before your Colombian adventure – New York International Travel | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/international-travel-in-new-york/9-not-so-awesome-things-to-know-before-your-colombian-adventure#ixzz1ZekRYLLF

The Dominican Republic: Pure Hospitality

October 2, 2011 at 7:54 PM | Posted in Faces Abroad, Globetrotter | Leave a comment

Newly adopted Dominican Family

My reason for venturing off to Santo Domingo was for research, my reason for a swift return is for the warmth; the weather and the people. I felt right at home as soon as I stepped off the plane and into the hug of an excited seven year old. It was the daughter of my host Altagracia. I decided to rent out one of her room on airbnb. I felt to get the most authentic and inside look into the country for my research and for my own experiences, staying with a local was the best way to go. Alta had two daughters and they were amazed by an American coming to visit. Alta lived about 15 minutes from the city center in Sabana Perdida. Her neighbors were just as amazed of an American coming to visit and not opting to stay in a fancy hotel. Alta made sure that I was accompanied everywhere I went, whether it was her or her neighbor, Jhordis, a 14-year old girl that I initially thought was in her 20’s. She took me to all the places I wanted to go.

It is such a tight knit community oriented environment in the Dominican Republic. One looks after the other, who looks after the other. Everyone is their brother’s keeper and…Continue reading on Examiner.com The Dominican Republic: Pure hospitality – New York International Travel | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/international-travel-in-new-york/the-dominican-republic-pure-hospitality#ixzz1ZejFfyST

 

How Will You be Received in the Country You’re Traveling To?

October 2, 2011 at 7:46 PM | Posted in Faces Abroad, Globetrotter | Leave a comment

Brazilian Boys at Oktoberfest

As a traveler, making friends and building connections are essential and oftentimes makes or breaks your travel experience. Travel affords the great opportunity to build a world-wide network as well as make interesting love connections. If you feel you’re not getting love in your hometown or home country, get a plane ticket and the possibilities are endless. I have established connections romantic and platonice in all the places I’ve traveled. I’ve also come to discover that depending on your “look” you WILL be a novelty depending on your locale. I’ve gotten so many concerns about how an individual would be received in certain countries and it truly does depend on the country and the pervasive look of the locals as to how you will be treated. If the country is homogenous, if you are opposite the popular look, be prepared to be loved up and down. In some places, people get their perceptions of a particular group of people from the media and you may be their only encounter. As I always say, everyone is exotic somewhere. Here are my observations:

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What They Don’t Tell You About Rio Carnival

March 28, 2011 at 11:48 PM | Posted in Globetrotter, Jetsetter | Leave a comment

The city smells like urine
Which would be expected with the ample and free drinking going on but I would be lying if I didn’t cringe and die inside when walking most of the city wondering if the puddle I almost stepped in was rainwater or…

It’s more commercialized and less authentic
Let me be frank, it’s an epic frat party on spring break steroids. Some of the locals say the carnival in Salvador Bahia is better and more “real.” Not my words, but I can see why. Rio carnival was a blast but it was more a battle of the obnoxious and insane and who could be the superlative of both. I’d love to go back to Rio, but not during Carnival but I’d recommend it as a once in a lifetime travel destination. Read More

 

Six Miscellaneous Tips that will Enhance Your Trip

March 28, 2011 at 11:45 PM | Posted in Globetrotter, Jetsetter | Leave a comment

Bring two different sized locks

Hostels usually provide a space for you to lock your belongings. Some offer the lock and key, others just provide the compartment and it’s up to you to use your lock. The size of the metal loop may vary as I learned when my regular bulky lock was rejected for my itty bitty lock.

Download a currency converter app

This works no matter what country you’re in. It’s at your fingertips and it takes all the guesswork on conversion budgeting. Especially handy in countries where the bills are in the thousands such as in Colombia. Read More

How to Avoid the Possible New Airline Fees

January 27, 2011 at 8:50 PM | Posted in Economista, Globetrotter, Jetsetter | Leave a comment

George Hobica, founder of the travel website Airfarewatchdog.com, drafted a list of possible new charges airlines may adopt this year, some of which he said are already active in the U.S. and Europe. Want to get ahead of the curve and prepare yourself on how to avoid those imaginary pesky fees airlines may tack on? Follow this guide.

Leave your baby at home
That’ll save you 30 bucks each way to hold your baby on your lap.

Check in on-line or at a kiosk
To eschew the In-person check-in fee to check in with an airline employee.

Don’t transfer your ticket
Airlines may charge a fee to transfer a non-refundable ticket to someone else.

Continue reading on Examiner.com: How to Avoid the Possible New Airline Fees – New York International Travel | Examiner.com

I think I’m turning Viennese

January 22, 2011 at 7:38 PM | Posted in Face Abroad, Globetrotter | Leave a comment

Ah. Vienna. The extravagance, the magnificence, the wonder. I’m not exaggerating, this city deserves all these verbs and more. Vienna came after Prague. When I was planning out my trip I said “hmmmmm…since I won’t be going to Bad Durkheim for the wine festival this year where should I visit?” Brussels was a strong option and Zurich was a close second. “How about Vienna?” my co-worker chimed in. Oh Vienna eh? Might be fun. My co-worker went on to say a friend of his went to visit family there and was blown away. Didn’t take more persuasion than that. “Vienna it is!” I exclaimed. Plus it was a cheap bus trip from Prague and a cheap train ride into Munich. Booked!
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Getting the cheapest airline ticket

January 21, 2011 at 1:27 PM | Posted in Globetrotter, Jetsetter | Leave a comment

The cost of flying is steadily rising, don’t get left behind, here are a few simple tricks to getting a cheaper ticket.

Buy a ticket on Tuesday afternoon

It’s cheaper. Just try it.

Buy a ticket at obscene hours of the nights

This works. I’ve seen the price for a particular flight jump up $100 from 2a.m. to 10a.m.

Continue reading on Examiner.com: Getting the cheapest airline ticket – New York International Travel | Examiner.com

Unconventional Accommodations

January 12, 2011 at 5:24 PM | Posted in Globetrotter, Jetsetter, Travel | Leave a comment

AirBnb allows users to search for accommodations via postings from locals of their particular destination. You can find people renting out rooms in their apartments or renting out whole studios, apartments and condos as well as listings for dorm rooms and bed and breakfasts. You request the room and the owner of the property confirms or denies your request. User-friendly, convenient and offers another option to hostels and hotels with a local flair.

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