Category Archives Living Abroad

If you are planning a mountain climbing, hiking, skiing or snowboarding trip, you may have your sights set on a high altitude destination such as the Peruvian Andes or the ski resorts of Colorado.  These destinations carry with them the thrill of a tingling physical challenge as well as the risk of developing altitude sickness (also known as mountain sickness).…

Does talk of the upcoming winter Olympics have you channeling your inner Lindsey Vonn or Shaun White? Skiing and snowboarding are great winter activities -- fun meets fitness.  Regardless of where in the world you decide to visit to participate in these types of winter sports, there are some safety issues to consider:  protect your head and face, keep warm…

Ime chortofagos,  is Greek for "I’m a vegetarian." A poll from 2005 estimated that 4.7 million adults in the U.S. are vegetarians.  Vegetarians that travel sometimes worry about how to maintain their diet while in a foreign country, but as the population of vegetarians has grown, so have the resources. Here is some advice on what to eat while abroad. (If…

Active travel comes in many forms: biking through Italy's wine country, white water rafting in Costa Rica, hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro and everything in between.  Despite the variation in intensity, these trips share a common bond. Whether you're a novice or a virtual pro, you must adequately prepare for your adventure vacation or it's likely to take its toll on both…

So you've just enjoyed an exotic dinner including a liberal sampling of the local alcoholic libations (some of which are quite potent), and now it's time to drive home. Be honest, do you have any idea what your blood alcohol level might be? Nearly 90% of the world's countries have a national drunk-driving law on the books. Of course enforcement…

A recent post on the Uncornered Market blog addresses the not-so-delicate topic of "how to travel without hugging the bowl."   Though this is sometimes unavoidable, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your vacation from a gastrointestinal attack. More than 200 foodborne diseases have been identified worldwide and include traveler's diarrhea, Hepatitis A, typhoid fever, cholera, salmonella, and…

Last week, the Freakonomics blog cited two studies showing that, at least in their specific locales, the overwhelming majority of bicycle and motorcycle crashes on the road are caused by motorists.  As a former motorcyclist who was involved in a crash caused by a car, I can personally relate to these studies as can most of the writers who commented…

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