Archive for December, 2008


Best Travel Wishes for 2009

December 31, 2008

Australian sunset“There are times I am bewildered by each mile I have travelled, each meal I have eaten, each person I have known, each room in which I have slept. As ordinary as it all appears, there are times when it is beyond my imagination.”

– Jhumpa Lahiri, “The Third and Final Continent”

May you enjoy travel beyond your imagination in 2009. Thanks for reading and sharing your travel tales and tips this year. Keep coming back for more in the new year.



Say “Cheers!” in Other Languages

December 29, 2008

Make your New Year’s a little more international with a foreign toast, or keep this list handy when you travel around the world so that you’ll always know how to wish the locals well. (From

Afrikaans : Gesondheid! : (Ge-sund-hide)

Albanian : Gëzuar! : (Géschuar)

Arabic (Egyptian) : في صحتكم! : (Fee-sa-ha-tak)

Armenian : Armenia : (Gen-ots-it)

Azerbaijani : Afiyët oslun! : (Afeeyet Ohs-lun)

Basque : On egin! : (On egín)

Bosnian : Živjeli! : (Zhee-vi-lee)

Bulgarian : Наздраве! : (NAZ-dra-vey)

Chinese (Mandarin) : 乾杯! [干杯!] : (Gan BAY)

Chinese : (Cantonese) : (Gom bui)

Czech : Na zdravi : (NAZ-drah vi)

Croatian : Živjeli! : (ZHEE-vi-lee)

Danish : Skål! : (Skol)

Dutch : Prosit! : (Prowst)

English : Cheers! Bottoms up! Down the hatch! Here’s mud in your eye!

Esperanto : Je via sano! Toston! : (YEH VEE-ah SAH-no/Tóston)

Estonian : Terviseks! : (Ter-vi-seks)

Ethiopian (Amharic) : Letenachin : (L’-TAY-nah-chin)

Farsi : (Ba-sal-a-ma-TEE)

Finnish : Kippis! : (KEEP-us)

French : A Votre Sante! : (Ah Vot-ruh Sahn-tay)

Gaelic (Irish) : Sláinte! : (Slawn-che)

German : Prost! : (Prohst)

Greek : στην υγειά σας! : (Stin Eyiassou/Stin Eye-ee-yass-ooh)

Hawaiian : Okole Maluna! : (Å’kålè ma’luna)

Hebrew : לְחַיִּים!/L’Chaim! : (Le Chy-em)

Hungarian : Egeszsegere! : (Egg-esh Ay-ged-reh)

Italian : Salute! : Cin cin! (Salu-tay/Chin Chin)

Japanese : /Kampai! : (Kam-pie)

Korean : 위하여 (Chukbae) : (Sheet seki yah)

Latvian : Prieka! : (Pree-eh-ka)

Lithuanian i : sveikata! : (Ee sweh-kata)

Luxembourgish : Prost! : (Prohst)

Maltese : Evviva! : (A-vee-va)

Mongolian : Эрүүл мэндийн төлөө! : (Erüül mehdiin tölöö)

Norwegian : Skål! : (Skoal)

Persian : به سلامتی! : (beh salamati)

Polish Na : zdrowie! : (Naz-droh-vee-ay)

Portuguese : Saúde! : (Sow-ooh-jee)

Romanian : Noroc! : (No-roak)

Russian : Будем здоровы! : (Boo-dem Zdo-ro-vee-eh)

Serbian : Ziveli! : (ZHEE-vi-lee)

Slovak : Na zdravie! : (Naz-drah-vee-ay)

Spanish : ¡Salud!/Salut! : (Sah-lud/Sah-lute)

Swedish : Skål! : (Skol)

Thai : ไชโย! : (Chuc-dee)

Turkish : Şerefe! : (Sher-i-feh)

Vietnamese : Chúc sức khoẻ! : (chook-sa-koi-ah)

Yiddish : Zei Gazunt! : (Zye GAH-zoont)

Zulu : Oogy wawa! : (oogee-wawa)


New Year’s Travel Wishes

December 26, 2008

“I’ve always held the belief that however you spend your New Year’s Celebration, it will be reflected in the year ahead, such was that year behind the wheel. Here’s another example: If you have the dream of traveling, I suggest packing your bags and having them with you when the clock strikes 12. Really show the universe that your intention is more than a thought. It is an action!”

Jason Mraz

So where will you and your bags be this New Year’s?


Travel With Santa

December 24, 2008

noradI don’t have kids, so I’ve never bothered to look at the NORAD Santa Tracker before. A coworker recommended it though, and I have to say, it’s pretty neat.

The site shows you where Santa is and tracks his progress all around the world. There are also short videos that talk about different parts of the world and show Santa flying over famous landmarks.

The site could be a great teaching tool for a child, but I think it’s just as fun for adults.

Ho, ho, ho!


Last-Minute Presents: Travel Gift Certificates

December 24, 2008

Gift CertificatesIf friends and family are still asking if there’s anything you want or need this holiday, or if you’re still doing your shopping, travel gift certificates make great presents that can be used for all kinds of things.

Spring Break is coming up fast, and believe it or not, Summer isn’t too far behind, especially if you’re taking a trip that requires some planning ahead. There will probably be some good deals out there, but the sooner you start your travel fund the better off you’ll be when it’s time to book.

So when grandma calls the day before Christmas, or the day after, to ask if there’s anything you didn’t get this year, you say, “Actually, I could use a little help with my _______.” And fill in the blank with “next flight home”, “upcoming Spring semester abroad” or “summer trip to do volunteer work”.

Travel gift certificates can be bought in small or large amounts, and unlike cash, you won’t be tempted to spend it at karaoke night or on something silly, like textbooks.

Visit to learn more about travel gift certificates or buy one for a friend.

Good luck with all your holiday travels!


Don’t Drop the Ball on New Year’s!

December 20, 2008

peachdropMy wildly clever headline is meant to tell you two things:

1. New Year’s is coming up really, really soon. You need to put a plan together soon if you don’t want to wind up sitting at home watching people on TV have all the fun you aren’t having.

2. Although watching the ball drop in Times Square is a New Year’s tradition, there are way more interesting things dropping all over the country, including, but not limited to:

A pickle (Dillsberg, PA)
An Indy car (Carlisle, PA)
A large hunk of bologna (Lebanon, PA)
A massive Hershey’s Kiss (Hershey, PA)

I know, what’s up with Pennsylvania and wacky traditions?

A big cheese (Plymouth, WI)
A mossbunker fish (Point Pleasant, NJ)
A fish named “Captain Wylie Walleye” (Port Clinton, OH)
A sardine (Eastport, ME)
A conch shell (Key West, FL)

There are plenty more crazy things going on around the country. So instead of trying to get a room in New York City for New Year’s – which is next to impossible by now – try out a new place and start a new tradition with your friends.

Peach Drop 2008, baby! (Atlanta, GA)


Twitter With Travel CUTS

December 18, 2008

twitterNow you can get the latest student travel deals and tips by following Travel CUTS on Twitter. What kind of stuff will they let you know about? Here are some samples from the last few days:

If your passport is about to expire,run to the passport office before the rush. Jun 09 Canadians will require a passport to enter US by land
Backpacking in Europe this Spring? Rail pass rates are going up in Jan but you can buy now at 2008 rates
Ever thought about working overseas??? Check out to get you started.

Visit to learn more or to join in and say ‘hello’!