Elbows off the table? Clean your plate like your mother taught you? Not so fast. Food etiquette varies widely from culture to culture and can sometimes appear to have no rhyme or reason. In the Middle East, India, and parts of Africa, keeping your elbows off the table isn’t enough—you’re not supposed to touch anything at the table with your left hand (it’s considered dirty). In France, it’s considered more polite to put your slice of bread on the table than to rest it on your plate. Slurp soup in Japan and no one will bat an eye. Slurp soup in China and you’ll be the Ugly American. In China, eating rice with chopsticks is expected, but in Thailand it’s considered inappropriate (there, you should use a spoon). In Brazil and Chile, don’t eat anything with your hands (no, not even fries). In Italy or Cuba, putting your cutlery on the right side of your plate means you’re done with the meal. But in Spain, you’d place it on your plate to indicate that you’re finished. Clean your plate in Ecuador and you’ll be given seconds, but in Peru cleaning your plate is just considered polite. And remember whenever you sit down to eat in a group outside the U.S., there’s a good chance you should wait for either the host or the eldest person at the table to start eating before you tuck into what’s on your plate.
Traveling can be stressful even when going on short trips. When packing a large suitcase it only adds to your stress. Have you ever considered packing just a carry on? Well here is how!
The typical airline will allow you a bag that is up to 45 inches total after adding all of the dimensions. Carry your electronics in a messenger bag or backpack and leave your other carry on for all of your essentials. For women, wear the jewelry that you must have so you do not have to pack it.
For clothing, try to wear what is heaviest while traveling. Shoes tend to take up the most space so bring pairs that are versatile. Jeans can be worn three times easily and shirts twice. Take the basics and add a scarf or statement necklace to make an outfit look different. Rolling all of your items is the most efficient way to pack all of your belongings into a confined space. Use the provided hotel toiletries so you do not have to take your own.
Try it out! Who knows maybe you will continue to pack this way. Have fun.
The Amazing Thailand world-famous attractions have been well documented on television, are used as backdrops in several Hollywood movies and crop up again and again in modern fiction. Still, to witness the Grand Palace in person or to watch a Railey Beach sunset or even to approach Phi Phi Don for the first time is guaranteed to send a shiver up the spine of even a hardened traveller and the frisson of passing by a limestone monolith in Phang Nga Bay is unforgettable.
From the north of Thailand in Chiang Mai to the lush southern province of Krabi you’ll be charmed and even shocked by the raw beauty of Thailand.
Do some research prior to traveling. It’s important to know what you are getting yourself into before jumping straight into it. Know the norms before you go so you don’t stand out too much or unintentionally offend the culture. Be willing to see all of what the country has to offer and add things to your to-do list when traveling.
Get to Know Locals
One of the best ways to feel comfortable In a new country is to get to know the locals. Be willing to talk with your cab driver, the workers at the restaurants, local artists, tour guides, and shopkeepers. The more you chat with the locals, the faster you will be able to learn proper ways of interacting there.
Sample Local Dishes
Consider looking for independently owned spots while on your trip to truly indulge in local cuisine. There are so many dishes in other countries that you would never try if you haven’t traveled outside the U.S. Traveling somewhere new opens your eyes and taste buds to a new found love.
You are able to tell so much about a country just based off of their food. For example, Costa Rica’s motto is “pura vida” meaning “pure life.” This country and their people truly embody that. Their staple mean is rice, sweet plantains, and your choice of meat this is a very simple meal which represents the country’s simplicity. Expect a lot of fresh fish & chicken, rice & fruit, and not much else!
Attend Events of that Country
Participate in festivals, celebrations, and sporting events. Be willing to explore the country. Check out different neighborhoods and learn to take public transportation. Be open to go out walking too (If it’s safe enough to do so.) Go dancing in a local club and listen to live music. Go to local concerts, operas, comedy shows, plays, musicals, and poetry readings.
Engage in the Arts
People express so much emotion about the human experience through art so this is a way to really get to know the culture. Observe the visual art that is around you such as paintings, sculptures, museums, architecture & murals on the streets.
Franklyn D. Resort
This resort is the only one in Jamaica with a free nanny service. She is the gift to your family while on vacation. She is happy to take care of your children when you want to enjoy the vacation for yourself.
For the kids, there’s so much to offer:
Yellow Bird Kids’ Club: A fully supervised place for kids to go with fishing, soccer, tye-dye, snorkeling, beach picnics, and day & night beach games.
Swimming: Main pool and slide for kids of all ages. The “Big Blue” 100-foot waterslide is an adrenaline-rushing slide for kids to zoom down.
For the Teens:
Scuba diving classes, kayak races, bike tours, teen trips, crab races, volleyball, discos, glass-bottom boat rides, pool Olympics, & much more of the sort.
While the children are away, there is plenty for the parents to do!
Day & Night Tennis, snorkeling, kayaks, board games, cycling trips, table tennis, billiards, pool, gym and fitness center, aerobics classes, & golf.
Nickelodeon Resort & Spa
Wake up to breakfast with your favorite Nickelodeon characters like Dora and SpongeBob alongside you!
Splash around in the water slides, splash pads, spray grounds, and enjoy a ride in the lazy river. Take a glance into the Sliming Events and even get a family photo under the free flowing slime!
Kiddy Play Area
For children 4-12, there is so much for them to do here. Enjoy the free play on the mega ball pit, two story slide, and other things such as slime making classes, science experiments, and potential meet and greets with your favorite characters!
For kids and adults, there is tennis, archery, basketball, soccer, giant chess, Ping-Pong, foosball, and a lounge area.
Canary Islands, Spain
There are so many options in the islands for people of all ages. Young and old, there is always something to do. From cruises to sailing, nature and parks, museums, observations & planetariums, sports camps & clinics, culture & theme tours, and anything else along those lines that you can imagine.
The seas of Arrecife, Adeje, Arona, Maspolomas, and La Orotava. These all have different accommodations and things to offer so do some research and see what’s best for your family! There is always a perfect fit.