Month: October 2014

Match Your Travel Style to Your Luggage

Some of the most-frequent questions I get from new travelers revolve around luggage. That’s reasonable – the right luggage makes a huge difference. People often ask me whether they should go backpacker style, or opt for something more traditional like …

What’s Costa Rica Like?

You can tell someone is an obnoxiously world-weary hipster traveler if you ask "What’s Costa Rica like?" and the answer starts with a sigh. And then a sneer, and then the words "Costa Rica is so -- Americanized.

I’ve …

Airline Employees Mostly Overlooked and Underrated

There’s a day/week/month honoring just about everything these days -- donuts, India Pale Ale, truck drivers, pie – you name it.

Guess who doesn’t have one? Airline employees. Pilots, flight attendants, mechanics and all the other people who do nothing …

What’s Brazil Like?

If you’re wondering "What’s Brazil like?", I have a small part of your answer. It’s a big country, and I was only in one city – Curitiba – for seven days. But I’ll give you some ideas for at least …

What’s Belize Like?

If you’ve ever wondered "What’s Belize Like?", the latest entry in my "What’s it Like" series has the answer.

Belize in a Word: Narrow

OK, what do I mean by "narrow?" Well, it means that Belize has a narrow …

Re-Thinking Foreign Language Studies in the U.S.

U.S. schools need to get better at foreign language studies.

Sure, you can find hundreds of online articles that say A) Americans are even worse at foreign languages than we realize or B) it’s not as bad as everyone says. …

What’s Australia Like?

I mark 2005 as the true beginning of my international travel experience. Since then, the way I view travel has changed as I’ve seen and done more. This post marks the first in a series that collects and compares what …