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If Youre Even Thinking About Traveling, You Need To Know These Greetings.

We all know how hard it is to say goodbye, but what many forget is that saying hello isn”t all that easy, either. (Especially if there is a handshake involved.) If you”re a world traveler, then you know that people even have to worry about offending someone by not using the correct greeting.

That”s right: there are more to saying hi than just shaking hands… or bumping fists… or hugging… or, well, you know how confusing it can be. We hope this list of greetings you may come across will ease some of the confusion during your travels. Take a look!

1. Sticking Out Tongue – Tibet

Sticking Out Tongue - Tibet

This Tibetan tradition began as a way to show others that they were not the reincarnation of a evil, black tongued king.

2. Three-Part Handshake – Botswana

Three-Part Handshake - Botswana

Botswana takes the traditional handshake that we all know to the next level. It begins in the western handshake position. Both parties then shake up and down once, only to move the thumbs in an interlocked position as the arms turn upwards to form a right angle. Following that is a second hand grasp, followed by one final shake with thumbs still interlocked.

3. Salam – Malaysia

Salam - Malaysia

This greeting begins with both people grasping hands and ends with placing them palms down on their own chests.

4. Light Handshake – China

Light Handshake - China

As far as China goes, the lighter the handshake, the better. Oh, and don”t even think about staring into the person you”re greeting”s eyes.

5. Sungkem – Indonesia

Sungkem - Indonesia

People of Indonesia, especially residents on the island of Java, will clasp hands at waist height before one person bows to show respect.

6. Hada – Mongolia

Hada - Mongolia

Mongolians greet guests by giving them a strip of silk or cotton called a hada.

7. Spitting – Maasai Cultures

Spitting - Maasai Cultures

People of the Maasai tribe say hello by spitting on each other.

8. Sogi – Polynesia

Sogi - Polynesia

Residents of the Polynesian island Tuvalu greet each other by pressing their noses together and simultaneously inhaling.

9. Bow – Japan

Bow - Japan

People in Japan greet others by simply bending a bit at the waist. No hands or nose touching necessary.

10. Hongi – New Zealand

Hongi - New Zealand

This traditional Maori greeting involves two people pressing their noses against one other and “sharing the breath of life.”

11. Pressing Thumbs – Zambia

Pressing Thumbs - Zambia

Instead of shaking hands, Zambian people press their thumbs together to greet others.

12. Kunik – Inuit Cultures

Kunik - Inuit Cultures

Inuit people will greet others by pressing their nose and upper lip to that of the person they wish to greet.

13. Hand Claps – Zimbabwe

Hand Claps - Zimbabwe

People of Zimbabwe will clap their hands to say hello and goodbye. Men tend to keep their hands flat, while women cup their hands.

14. Back Pat – Greece

Back Pat - Greece

Many Greeks say hello with a simple pat on the back.

15. Nose Kiss – Oman

Nose Kiss - Oman

Omani men greet each other by pressing their noses together a few times.

16. Wai – Thailand

Wai - Thailand

Thai people greet others by placing their hands in prayer position at their chest and bowing. The higher the position of the hands, the more respectful the gesture.

(via Mental_Floss)

That”s a lot of different greetings! Now that you know how to say hello to people from different cultures, it”s time to shake the hand of a travel agent and plan that trip you”ve always been dying to go on.


You’ll Never Want To Travel Again After You See These 10 Gross Foreign Foods

One of the best parts of traveling is the chance to try all sorts of new and unique cuisines. Some exotic foods are utterly delicious, and people just can”t get enough of them. Others, sadly, are so bad that you”d wish to “un-taste” them. Take a look at some worldly dishes in the latter category that you might be better off avoiding on your next vacation.

1. Hasma (China)

Hasma (China)

Hasma can actually be a pretty tasty dessert for your next visit to China. Unfortunately, it is made from the dried fatty tissue of frogs. Not so appetizing now, is it?

2. Natto (Japan)

Natto (Japan)

Natto looks a bit like snot, but it”s actually fermented soy beans. The dish is traditionally eaten over rice. It”s notorious for its strong smell, slimy texture, and acquired taste.

3. Casu Marzu (Italy)

Casu Marzu (Italy)

Casu marzu is also known as maggot cheese, which should give you a good idea of why it”s on this list. It”s a type of “rotten cheese” made from sheep milk, except that it”s left outside for maggots to nest within it. Apparently, there”s something about the maggots” digestive process that gives the cheese a unique flavor.

4. Hoya (Japan, Korea)

Hoya (Japan, Korea)

These “sea pineapples” have been described as tasting “something like iodine” and “rubber dipped in ammonia.” Yum!

5. Lutefisk (Scandinavia)

Lutefisk (Scandinavia)

Lutefisk starts as your standard whitefish. However, instead of cooking it right away, one soaks it in cold water with lye, until it turns into a sort of fish jelly. You can either eat it cold or cooked.

6. Surstromming (Scandinavia)

Surströmming (Scandinavia)

Surstromming is pretty much just rotted fish. The fish is kept from completely decomposing using salta lot of salt. Each can of surstromming is fermented for six months before it”s consumed. Surstromming is usually eaten outdoors because of its strong, putrid smell.

7. Kiviak (Greenland)

Kiviak (Greenland)

This traditional Inuit food is made by stuffing roughly 500 auks (small sea birds) inside the hollowed-out body of a seal. The skin of the carcass is then sealed up and placed under a rock for seven months. During this time, the birds ferment inside the skin. The skin is retrieved when winter arrives, and its contents (the fermented birds) are eaten whole.

8. Balut (Asia)

Balut (Asia)

Balut is a different take on eating eggs. Instead of the unfertilized eggs we eat in the West, these eggs are fertilized. They contain a tiny unborn duck or chicken inside. They apparently don”t taste too bad.

9. Shoiokara (Japan)

Shoiokara (Japan)

Shoiokara is literally fermented fish guts. The mixture is kept from killing you by the addition of a lot of salt. I can”t imagine it tastes any good.

10. Thousand-Year Egg (China)

Thousand-Year Egg (China)

These might look like fish eyes, but they”re actually just ordinary chicken or duck eggs. A thousand-year egg is made by preserving a normal egg in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, quicklime, and rice hulls for anywhere between several weeks and several months. This results in the yolk becoming a dark green color and the white becoming a dark brown.

(source Reddit)

I think I”ll just steer clear of Greenland during my next vacation. There”s something about stuffing 500 small sea birds into a seal that seems unsettling to me.


Photographer Andy Lee Takes Us Down The Roads Less Traveled

U.K.-based photographer Andy Lee captures the simultaneous thrill and serenity of the open road in a series simply titled Roads. These roads wind through some of the most remote places on the planet, where your fellow travelers might be no one but a herd of wild horses. Through mountains, meadows, trees, and tundra, the roads thread one clutch of humans to another.

Describing his series, Lee only says, “Getting lost is half the fun.” His photos are full of striking light and shadow. Though they can be fairly stark, all are imbued with an appreciation for both nature and the ingenuity of humans.

(via TwistedSifter)

You can see more of Lee”s photos, which capture both nature and people, on his website and Behance page. You can also keep up with his travels on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


These In-Flight Meals Will Make You Want To Travel More. Yum!

Flying is almost always a headache. You have to consider your packing options before you make it to the airport. You need to then find a ride to the airport. When you arrive, you”re greeted by security lines that seem to get longer every time you travel.

Things don”t get much better once you find your seat. The best you can hope for on the long journey is a decent meal. If you”re flying the friendly skies with one of these airlines, you can rest assured knowing you”re in store for some good grub. We can”t help you with the crying babies and reclining passengers, but at least your stomach will be happy.

1. Delta


Scrambled eggs, potato wedges, sausage, fruit salad, granola bar, and orange juice.

2. TransAsia Airways

TransAsia Airways

Fruit plate with yogurt, granola, and a selection of breads.

3. Iberia Airlines

Iberia Airlines

Croissant, omelette, ham, toast, fruit salad, and orange juice.

4. EVA Airways Hello Kitty Jet

EVA Airways Hello Kitty Jet

Miso soup, salad, omelette, rice, pickles, and a seafood dish.

5. American Airlines

American Airlines

Lasagna, side salad, roll, carrot cake, and water.

6. Turkish Airlines

Turkish Airlines

Eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, potatoes, fruit salad, and a bread roll.

7. AeroMexico


Ham and cheese sandwich, salad, chocolate cake, and a roll.

8. Kingfisher


Ragda pattice, chocolate cake, and tea packet.

9. Air Canada

Air Canada

Cheese omelette with spinach, yogurt, roll, and fruit salad.

10. DrukAir


Spicy tofu and vegetable noodles, fruit, yogurt, and a croissant.

11. Air France

Air France

Chicken, pasta, a roll, fruit salad, and a tart for dessert.

12. Cathay Pacific

Cathay Pacific

Conchiglie in tomato sauce, a roll, side salad, pudding, and a bar of chocolate.

13. DrukAir


14. Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines

Salmon en croute, vegetables, a roll, and some fruit.

15. Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines

Tuna salad with apple and celery, pork with chicken rice, and a green tea cake.

16. Lufthansa


Mezze plate, carrot and orange salad, rolls, and a tart.

17. Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines

Green tea, miso soup, beef and rice, and a seafood dish.

18. Korean Airlines

Korean Airlines

A vegetarian dish with fruit, pickles, and a roll.

(via BuzzFeed.)

I definitely need to start traveling more. Especially since these look infinitely better than what I had for lunch today.


These Globetrotters Document Their Travels In A Really Cool Way.

Peter Sedlacik and Zuzu Galova run the blog Lens Between Us, which documents their travels through photography. Specifically, they take pictures of themselves taking a picture of the other. It may seem confusing, but their photos feature some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. They really have a great sense of what makes for a perfect backdrop.

Not only that, but the behind the scenes aspect adds depth to the photos. It never feels like youre being forced to look at someones vacation pictures. Check them out!

1. Algarve, Portugal

1. Algarve, Portugal

2. Bondi Beach, Australia

2. Bondi Beach, Australia

3. Cockatoo Island, Australia

3. Cockatoo Island, Australia

4. Featherdale Wildlife Park, Australia

4. Featherdale Wildlife Park, Australia

5. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

5. Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

6. Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore

6. Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore

7. Bratislava, Slovakia

7. Bratislava, Slovakia

8. Marcelova, Slovakia

8. Marcelova, Slovakia

9. Prague, Czech Republic,

9. Prague, Czech Republic,

10. Berlin, Germany

10. Berlin, Germany

(via junk-culture, Lens Between Us)

Awesome pictures, you guys! Now how about one with the two of you together? Or one where you”re SMILING? C”mon. For me? (Aw, grandma will be so disappointed…)

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Traveling? Don’t Bring Back Boring Photos. Here Are Easy Steps For Amazing Shots

Whenever someone comes back from a vacation and wants you to look at their photos, you probably groan a little on the inside. (Yes, you do.) But why is that? Well, it might have to do with the fact that pretty much all travel photos look exactly the same. You know, the slightly crooked shots of landmarks, the stiffly posed group shots in front of vistas, the unflattering “candid” shots of people blinking and chewing. No thanks.

When you travel, you might feel the urge to share your journey with others. That”s natural. So, if you”re going to share your photos with people, make sure you do it right by taking some seriously awesome shots.

You can experiment by taking photos at different times of day for different light qualities.

You can experiment by taking photos at different times of day for different light qualities.

If you want to take pictures of people, please ask first.

If you want to take pictures of people, please <i>ask</i> first.

It”s also a good idea to carry an instant film camera. That way, you can share your photos with people right there!

Get rid of obnoxious tourists.

Get rid of obnoxious tourists.

If you”re in a touristy area, you might find your perfect shot plagued with backpacks, maps, cameras, and that one guy taking photos with his iPad (you know that guy), but there”s actually an easy way to clear a room using your camera and Photoshop. Please don”t attempt to clear any rooms physically.

The video below, put together by the Cooperative of Photography, has some very simple tricks for upping your photography game. They cover everything from keeping your camera safe from damage and theft, to backing up your images, and of course, all the possibilities of shooting the photos.

This quick video shows you how to get some seriously awesome shots wherever you go.

Now that you”re a pro, you”ll be able to shoot beautiful, dynamic images anywhere in the world. If you”re self-conscious about anything, just put on some sunglasses and tell people you”re shooting for a magazine. You can learn even more photography tricks on the Cooperative of Photography”s YouTube channel, which aims to teach good photography habits to everyone.

See what other things people are doing with their cameras all around the world:


This Video Will Completely Change Your Mind About Traveling On Planes

Every so often, you”ll experience a rough landing on an airplane, which causes passengers to start clapping. In the past, I could never understand why people clapped. After all, the pilots are paid to land the plane. Why should they get a round of applause for doing their job?

Then I saw this harrowing video of pilots landing planes at an airport in Birmingham, England. This particular airport is known across the globe for its terrible crosswinds. Not only do I understand why people clap, but I”m ready to lead them in a standing ovation for these pilots.

(source YouTube)

It”s going to be a loooooooong time before I think about flying again. I”m stressing myself out just by thinking about it.


Can You Fit All This With You While Traveling? The Answer Might Surprise You

Did you ever wish you could travel with the knowledge that your bed would always be comfortable? Do you wish moving was a little easier and perhaps didn”t require the seemingly endless circuit back and forth? Austrian design firm Juust, headed by designer Stefan Juust, might have the solution for you.

Now, you can have all this, but transport it with barely any effort.

Now, you can have all this, but transport it with barely any effort.

How is this possible? The Travelbox, as it”s named, carries a bed, chair, table, storage areas, and even a bike.

It all folds up.

It all folds up.

And we mean really folds up, right into this sleek metal box.

And we mean <i>really</i> folds up, right into this sleek metal box.

The box itself measures 6.8 feet long by 1.3 feet wide and 4 feet high. It weighs a shockingly light 132 pounds, and can be easily shipped just about anywhere. This means it would be perfect for new homes, sublets, and unfurnished vacation homes.

When it”s not being used for travel or relocation, the Travelbox can also serve purposes at home. It can work as a room divider, and it also provides storage. Its modular nature can help people reduce their need to buy new furniture when moving into a new place, thus helping them save money.

The plan for the Travelbox, which shows where everything is tucked in.

The plan for the Travelbox, which shows where everything is tucked in.

(via My Modern Met)

Imagine how much easier moving would be with something like the Travelbox. It could even spruce up a trip to an otherwise unfurnished cabin. Think of it as the modern evolution of the travel trunk of old.

You can see more of the Travelbox and other projects at Stefan Juust”s Facebook.

For more big-seeming things that are surprisingly portable, check out what these people have created:


Wash Your Clothes ANYWHERE with This Handy Little Bag

Traveling light can be a tough call for campers, especially if you intend to camp out for a couple of days. Some campers are lucky enough to have an abundant water source and enough time to wash where they’re headed. But for those who need a quick wash, there’s a new solution you can rely on.

The Scrubba, a quick solution to your laundry needs.


The Scrubba Wash Bag is a lightweight bag that doubles as a mini-washing machine. The Scrubba wash bag uses microbial and hydrolysis resistant polyether TPU, which allows for prolonged, hygienic use. Inside the bag are hundreds of little nodules to help you scrub your clothes with minimal effort.


So how can you use this mini washing machine? First, you have to fill the bag with water and detergent up to the markings on the side of the bag. Then add in your clothes, making sure you only fill it up to 40%. Next, your roll and clip the bag to secure the water inside. Then, you deflate the bag and start rubbing down on the bag. You can rub for as little as 30 seconds for a quick traveler wash or up to 3 minutes for the machine-quality wash. Lastly, you drain out the dirty water and refil thebag with clean water to rinse.

Massage your clothes for 30 seconds to 3 minutes, and let the little internal nodules do the work for you!

The Scrubba isn’t just made for travelers. They can also be used by people who live in apartments without a laundry area. You can do quick washes daily to save up on the cost of going to the laundromat with your laundry in bulk.

If you want to know more about this handy little bag, you can check out their site at where you can also order!

Watch the video here:

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This Dog In Need Of Love And Medical Help Traveled 5,000 Miles To Find It

Hero, one of the nicest golden retrievers you could ever imagine, had a very rough start to life. The poor pup grew up on the streets of Istanbul, Turkey, having been born with a deformed elbow joint and a crooked front leg. Life on the streets was tough, and Hero was extremely lucky to have survived the ordeal, as he had to compete with Istanbul”s 50,000 other stray dogs for food. The starving dog was in desperate need of love and care, but that”s when a miracle happened.

Along with 35 other stray golden retrievers, Hero was rescued by Adopt a Golden Atlanta and flown 5,000 miles to the U.S., where, as fate would have it, the Taylor family was looking for a friend for their one-eyed golden named Jack.

(source USA TODAY)

That was just wonderful. I”m so happy that Hero got the medical attention and love he so desperately needed.

Click on the links below for more heartwarming animal rescue stories.


The Worst Travel Passengers EVER!

Passenger Shaming is an Instagram account dedicated to outing those travelers that we all inevitably run into on airplanes. You know who I’m talking about; the checked out parents who let their crappy kids run wild, or the obscenely obese man who’s tufts of fat flop over the armrest and sweat on you. Maybe its the drunk college kids heading back to Arizona State University with no shirts and pounding booze. Whichever passenger is your least favorite, I guarantee they are in this gallery of A-holes. So next time you are about to lose your shit on the guy next to you, take a picture first so we can all share in your flight from hell.

Poopy Diapers


“I notice a couple changing their baby’s diaper in the seat. I let them know there was a changing table in the lav. So they left me 3 shitty diapers as a thank u in the seat pocket.”

Bag of Pee


“This is bag full of urine that was found on my flight from Anchorage to Seattle. The unfortunate flight attendant was who found it. Like a trooper, she strapped on some blue gloves, and disposed of it in the restroom.”

Get A Room

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This lady lets her fingers do the walking. Gross! Some passengers are oblivious to all others around them.

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Travel Spain Holidays – Trip and Vacation Guide

Travel Spain Holidays –  Trip and Vacation Guide

Travel Spain Holidays Advisor includes valuable travel preparation tips plus info on theme holidays: adventure, family adventure, bird watching, walking, fishing, horse riding, snorkelling, diving, mountaineering, super romantic vacations, special events … In other words not just another vacation experience,  but THE travel Spain holidays experience of a lifetime.



Spain as you never thought of it before: imagine a country where you can wander through the mighty hallways of ancient castles, listen to the chanting of monks in old monasteries, stroll along vast fjords and explore small fisherman’s villages where you will be welcomed with the fresh harvest of the last nights catch.  A country where you can run with the bulls, and fiestas and festivals are always in season. Where you can find your tropical islands, hidden hill towns and Roman cities and where mountains have snow way past Spring…

Spain can cater to all your travel needs, whether you are a daredevil and thrill seeker or whether you prefer a calm, tropical and leisurely beach vacation. As you can see links are provided to bring you directly to the place of your choice.

And maybe deep down inside you want to get away from it all and find a little piece of heaven for yourself and your family, a place where you can go to for some much needed rest and recreation now and then. Or maybe you are looking for a more permanent residence in the Mediterranean, be it to retire to or make a clean break and start all over with a new life in this Land of costa’s and sierra’s, where little places of paradise are scattered all over the blue and green landscape, waiting for you to be discovered.

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Spanish Beaches

Spanish Beaches are the trademark by excellence for Spain and the Spanish beaches are many tourists only reason to visit Spain.

Who can blame them? The Spanish beaches are amongst the most wonderful in the entire world and Spain has an enormous coastline, more than 3900 km long.

It would take us to far to give a description of all the beaches along this vast coastline so we will just talk about three of the well known coasts: the Costa Brava, the Costa Blanca and the Costa Del Sol.

Costas in Spain

  • Costa Brava, between the Mediterranenan and the Pyrenees, is the popularly accepted name of the littoral of the province of Girona.

    Its nature, climate and history create a setting of odd, haunting beauty that is hard to grasp, but that never fails to seduce, with its lush vegetation propped against the blue and green immensity of the sea.

    Right up to the edge of the sea, hanging on occasions over abrupt cliffs, on others in the actual proximity of the spanisch beaches , the vegetation paints the fine golden sand green, blending with the ochre of the earth, inland, and together with the dominant landscape.

    The 16 degrees C of average annual temperature, with moderate rainfall, and the 2,500 hours of sunshine that illuminate the historic-artistic vestiges, recalling the existence of a notable past, are only the visible aspects of a reality that has a hidden pulse waiting to be discovered.

    Its 214 kilometres of coastline stretch between the beaches of Blanes in the south, surrounded by El Maresme and El Montseny, and Portbou in the north, on the French border.

    Beaches, coves, cliffs and woods sit among renowned places like S’Agaro, Tossa de Mar, Begur, Cadaques and Portlligat. The modern tourist infrastructure of the area has turned Costa Brava into one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations.
    Costa Brava Spain

  • Costa Blanca takes up the stretch of Mediterranean beach that corresponds to the province of Alicante, a great example of what is known as Mediterranean landscape.

    The traveller can choose any part of this beach line, from the liveliest, most cosmopolitan stretch to areas that still maintain a rural feel. Wherever you decide to go, try to visit the neighbouring regions where you can discover the beautiful Mediterranean landscape.

    The horizons of the Costa Blanca beach feature many different types of attractions ranging from the valleys, where the memory of its Moorish past is kept alive in its terraced vegetable gardens, to the palm trees.

    The climate is also variable. The temperature is generally mild ( the annual average being slightly higher than 17 degrees C) with little rainfall, and in the northern mountains in the area, the rainfall is logically higher than that registered in the lowland surrounding Elche and Orihuela.

    The combination of almond tree fields, vineyards, orchards and magnificent palm trees creates a type of vegetation that is unique in Europe.

    Costa Blanca Spain

  • Costa del Sol takes up about 300 kilometres of the Mediterranean littoral that corresponds to the province of Malaga.

    Protected from the northern winds by a mountain chain that in some parts comes down to meet the sea, this sheltered coast is shaped by a succession of extensive spanisch beaches, coves almost hidden between cliffs, marinas and anchorage for fishing.

    The mild climate, infrequency of rainfall and the sea breeze make for semitropical vegetation in which palm and cypress trees, bougainvillaea, oleander and hibiscus are common.

    The proximity of such different landscapes -the mountain, the valleys blanketed in vegetable gardens and the sea- is, without a doubt, one of the greatest attractions of this beach line which combine all the appeal of the Mediterranean landscape and culture.

    Residential areas, marinas, golf clubs, entertainment centres, nightclubs and many more tourist attractions have been built around and now coexist within the peaceful ambience of country villages, which have astonishingly conserved their traditional town centres.

    Summer beach holidays and all the appeal that this can offer along this stretch of the Mediterranean is not, however, the only attractions offered by the Costa del Sol: you will have the chance to uncover the most genuine, authentic features of the Andalusian culture very close by.

    In addition to the folkloric displays in the tourist centres, you can also experience the lively and popular celebrations. The fiestas, Easter parades, song contests and the bull runs without a doubt claim first place on the list of recommendations for travellers who want to see beyond what first meets the eye.

    Tasting country wines in the intimate cellars of yore and having some traditional fried fish (cooked to perfection by the local folk) are some of the temptations that will seduce all visitors, specially those that prefer the wonders of local gastronomy over the ever-present international fare.

    Costa De Sol Spain
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