Archive for the ‘around the world’ Category


Read a Newspaper & Feel Like a Local

April 18, 2011

When planning a trip you’ll certainly surf the web a bit. You should check in with National Geographic, check out some forums where you can talk to other travelers and get advice, and talking with an experienced travel agent is a good idea as well.

Whats hot in the Southern Hemisphere? Check out the New Zealand Herald to find out what people from Auckland to Dunedin are talking about.

Another simple thing to do is to find the local newspaper for your destination online and read up on what’s going on there. It’s an easy way to get weather reports, find out about local festivals or events you may want to attend, or just to get a feel for what the people there are talking about.

It’s much easier to strike up a conversation with locals when you’re able to ask them about a recent concert, important court case, big sporting event, or just something funny you saw (“What’s the deal with that surfing poodle?”).

Here are some of the best sources for news in other parts of the world:


Sightseeing Must: Subway Stations

April 8, 2011

The Dome of Light in Formosa Boulevard station, Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Photo by

The Matador Network is a great collection of travel stories and resources, and I love when it points me to collections like this one:

Art in Subway Stations Around the World

I’ve written before that I think travel should include not just the big sights, but the everyday sights, too.

So along with the Louvre and the Sydney Opera House, you should also visit a McDonald’s or a laundromat or a neighborhood market. That’s how you get a feel for how the locals live and what their tastes are.

And in this case, you also get to see how some cities create art for everyone. You don’t have to be rich to see these creative works. You just have to wander into a subway station.

And now, I really need to get to the Place-Des-Arts metro station in Montreal.

What’s your favorite train or subway station?



Travel to Famous Film Locations

March 12, 2011

If you like to have a theme to your adventures, how about movie locations? is sharing an interactive world map (put together by that pinpoints places where the top 2000 movies were filmed. Of course, your idea of the top 2000 might be different from someone else’s, but that’s a lot of movies, so there’s bound to be at least a few you like.

There isn’t necessarily something exciting to see in all these places – sets have been hauled away and the celebrities are long gone – but if you just want to be able to say you’ve been there, then this map will help you plan your brush with fame.


Semester Ahoy! Spend Summer or Fall 2011 With Semester at Sea

February 16, 2011

Semester at SeaWhatcha doing for Summer or Fall 2011? Apply now for a 2011 Semester at Sea voyage and you can get your travel kicks and your university credits, too.

Because why pick one destination for your semester abroad when you can pick a dozen? Let your friends do a few cold months in London while you hit Cape Town, Chennai, Ho Chi Minh City and Hilo.

This is your classroom.

Travelling the globe for three months without falling a semester behind takes planning though… and paperwork. If there’s one thing universities are really good at, it’s coming up with new and completely un-exciting forms for you to fill out, so best to start now.

The program is run by an American university, but it’s open to international students (see the admissions requirements). Talk to your academic adviser to find out more about how you can make a semester sailing the high seas work into your graduation plans, then get your passport and visas and your ISIC. (It’s good all over the place!)

Start preparing for the Semester at Sea application deadlines and say “bon voyage” to academic boredom! (Questions? Talk to Semester at Sea on Twitter: @SAS_Dave.)

Summer 2011, Voyage Theme: World Cities (Nassau, Barcelona, Naples, Dubrovnik, Athens, Istanbul, Casablanca, Boston)

  • March 4, 2011: SAS financial aid deadline.
  • March 25, 2011: SAS financial aid recipients are notified.
  • March 30, 2011: Course registration opens.
  • April 15, 2011: Payment deadline. Last day to cancel without penalty.
  • April 29, 2011: Course registration closes.
  • June 17, 2011: Voyage sails from Nassau.

Fall 2011 (Quebec, Casablanca, Takoradi, Cape Town, Chennai, Penang, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Yokohama, Hilo, Puntarenas, Panama Canal, Ft. Lauderdale)

  • May 26, 2011: SAS financial aid deadline.
  • June 3, 2011: SAS financial aid recipients are notified.
  • June 17, 2011: Payment deadline. Last day to cancel without penalty.
  • August 26, 2011: Voyage sails from Montreal.


Travel + Love = Adorable Animal Kisses?

February 14, 2011

I first saw alpacas in Australia, so this does remind me a bit of travelling.

What’s the best way to celebrate love and travel? Pictures of animals kissing, apparently. At least that’s National Geographic’s idea.

Vote for your favorite furry, slimy or feathered kiss at, and have a great Valentine’s Day!


Learn to Say “Cheers” in Many Languages!

December 27, 2010

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)

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)

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)

Lithuaniani: sveikata! : (Ee sweh-kata)

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)


Travel Around the World With Santa Claus

December 22, 2010


When it comes to racking up frequent flier miles, Santa’s the man. Although with those reindeer at his disposal,  I don’t suppose he ever needs to worry about a seat upgrade or paying baggage fees.

If you’d like to see just where Santa’s at this weekend, have a look at the NORAD Santa Tracker. 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!