Connect With Travel

For A More Personal and Fun Trip

COVID slowed us down for a couple of years, and now a few health issues challenge us.  We're still traveling if not writing about it quite so much. Our goal in 2022 was get to all seven continents in one year... and we did it.

Going forward health issues may not allow us to travel.  No one can take away those memories though.  We hope all of you are well and staying safe... and that you find some inspiration here for YOUR future travels. 

Learn to connect with travel by accepting that things will be different.


At least we hope it is.

Sorry for shouting, but we feel strongly about this.

We have met people who are traveling just so they can tick one more country off their list and impress the neighbors...

OK... WE keep a country list, but...

Wow, what a waste not to connect with travel and really learn something.

Connect With Travel Alone Or With A Group

You don't have to be traveling on your own to connect. You can find ways to learn about local customs and people if you're on a tour.

Ask Questions... Don't Be Shy

If you're strolling through a local market in Borneo, and you don't know what that fruit is.... ask.

People love to share their culture with you if you show an interest.

You might even end up with a taste... though if it's durian you might want to pass.

Talk To Local Workers

Strike up a conversation instead of just taking pictures of them....

Mark and new friends load Dhow Dubai Creek

On the waterfront of Dubai Creek, we wanted to take pictures of the old wooden dhows.

Mark started chatting with the dock workers.

Next he was helping them load boxes onto the dhows, and we were talking politics....

The American tourists making friends with the Iranian and Pakistani dock workers!

We were having fun, and they now had a slightly better view of Americans.

Linger In Churches If There Is Music

Frauenkirke towers in Munich

Instead of rushing in and out of a famous church before the service begins, linger and listen.

In Munich one time, we were about to leave a church because the service was ready to start. 

A local gentleman invited us to stay for something "Frei".

We weren't sure what it was, but it was free.

We stayed and enjoyed the most fantastic Mozart concert you can imagine.

Join In An Evening Walk

Join in the evening "passeggiata" in Italy.

It's "el paseo" in Spain.

You'll find that all over southern Europe, locals stroll and stop to chat with each other. Smile and nod, you might strike up a conversation.

Ask the locals where they go for dinner.

That small local place can be a real prize even if you can't read the menu.

And If You Can't Read The Menu

Instead of saying "It's all Greek to me," get friendly and curious.

In a little town in Greece where no one spoke English, we ditched the menu and went into the kitchen.... then we just pointed to what we wanted to eat....

It was absolutely wonderful... and so cheap we thought they had made a mistake on the bill.

Supermarket in the Caprivi Strip, Namibia

Visit A Market...
Super Or Otherwise

It's fun to see what they're selling and how they sell it.

Look around to see what's really different...

And what's pretty much the same.

(And we love to economize... buy some cheese, bread, wine and have a picnic.)

Accept Invitations

Mark speaks to school children in Kenya

We were invited to visit a local school in Nairobi by some teachers we just happened to meet.

When we got to the school, each of the classes had prepared a song or a skit for us. It was a real eye opener when the 2nd graders did a poem about AIDS, but what a wonderful experience we would have missed if we had been shy and said no.

After school we went with the teachers to a local African sports bar.

Our safari was wonderful, but the school experience really allowed us to connect with travel and the local culture.

So break out of your shell, try something different, talk to strangers.... really connect with travel.

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

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