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10 Maps You Didn’t Know You Needed

10 Maps You Didn’t Know You Needed August 15, 2011 | Featured | Read More
Maps are a traveler’s bible. Whether you prefer your maps digital, interactive, or the old-school fold up kind, we would never recommend leaving home without one. A good map gives its user logical information–directions, topography, street names…you know, the important stuff. While...

What Did You Call Me?! Slurs and Slang for Americans Abroad

What Did You Call Me?! Slurs and Slang for Americans Abroad April 27, 2010 | Around the World, Featured, Talk Like a Local | Read More
He rocks cargo shorts and a baseball cap, tilted at a jaunty angle day and night; he swigs from a bottle of cheap beer wherever he goes; he smothers his steak in ketchup; he waves his American passport like a carte blanche; he yells at the top of his lungs and dishes out high fives like his palms hold...

Talk Like a Local: Becoming British

Talk Like a Local: Becoming British November 12, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
It’s a well known fact that the British have special powers when it comes to slang. They can turn the dullest sentence into something at once amusing, sarcastic and adorable just by shortening a word and inserting a nickname. For example: Regular English: I just hung that picture up completely...

Talk Like a Local: Would You Like to Dance?

Talk Like a Local: Would You Like to Dance? November 4, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
Asking someone to dance is nerve-wracking enough in your own language (What if they say “no”? What if they sweat on me? What if I step on their feet?), but add to that an unfamiliar destination, weird music and a foreign tongue? No, thank you. See the below formula: [ DancePartnerRequest...

Talk Like a Local: Hiker Slang 101

Talk Like a Local: Hiker Slang 101 October 21, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
In today’s economic climate, more and more people are turning to the great outdoors to get their travel fix. There’s a lot to be said for hiking and backpacking; not only is it great exercise, but it’s affordable, fairly easy to organize and local. However, there already exists a devoted...

When Barney Is More Than a Dinosaur: Movie Slang

When Barney Is More Than a Dinosaur: Movie Slang October 14, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
Hollywood culture fascinates the entire world. We “average” folks just can’t seem to get enough of the people we see on the silver screen. But despite the fact that everyone knows when Brad and Angelina adopt a new kid, or one of the Olsen twins goes to Starbucks, few people know about...

Friends Don’t Let Friends Talk Like Bros: Man-speak for the Savvy Traveler

Friends Don’t Let Friends Talk Like Bros: Man-speak for the Savvy Traveler September 30, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
The traveling Bro is a dangerous beast. He’s easy to spot by location (predominantly bars, tourist traps and crowded beaches) and look (dragon decals on clothing, lack of shirt, sunglasses worn at night), but is far more difficult to avoid. While outward appearance is an easy way to determine his...

Talk Like a Local: Sound Bites

Talk Like a Local: Sound Bites September 23, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
The foodie world is an intimidating one. Whether you’re in an upscale restaurant trying to order Filet Mignon without embarrassing yourself, or in a competition that involves celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsey, a dinner challenge and some choice expletives, talking about cuisine can be hard. That’s...

Shboots and Trashion: Fashion Slang

Shboots and Trashion: Fashion Slang September 16, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
Spend fashion week in Milan and not only will your head be reeling from the fantastical clothes, the over-the-top makeup and the stick-thinness of the models, but also from the fashion slang you hear spewing from the attendees’ mouths. Read on for some words that will help you keep up with Anna...

Talk Like a Local: Coffee Slang

Talk Like a Local: Coffee Slang September 9, 2009 | Talk Like a Local | Read More
The molecular formula for caffeine is C8H10N4O2…but you probably call your morning brew something a little bit different. Baristas (like the one pictured here at the original Pike Place Market Starbucks back in 1977), sippers and coffee aficionados around the world have slang terms for their favorite...
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