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Top 7 Tips on obtaining and enjoying the very best foods from around the world when traveling

7. Take a Cruise with multiple stops at ports-You get the best of two worlds by doing this kind of traveling. Not only can cruise ships have some of the best foods you already enjoy but when you stop at multiple international ports you have the ability to expose yourself to some really great local eats at each port.

6. A week before you travel, recreate the foods in your kitchen-Did you know it takes 7 times before a child can be able to fully determine if they like or don’t like a certain food? The same can pretty much apply to adults. Before you head out on a big international adventure familiarize yourself with some of the foods that are local to the area. Make a few meals at home and feel out the ones you really like and want to try once you reach your travel destination. (Check the Travel Trend of the Week for a good method to help you achieve this method).

5. Know and learn to say no thanks to certain foods-One time we were watching a special on the cuisine of Southern Korea and let’s just say we almost vomited from just watching this particular special. The food, we quickly determined, simply wasn’t for us. We know it’s suppose to be rude to turn down food that is suggested or given to you, especially when in someones house, but it’s okay to have a limit and not budge. We, for example, don’t eat pork, so we won’t be shifting gears anytime soon. If you really don’t feel comfortable turning down food from hosts but want a way out, just say you have dietary restrictions or that you are allergic.

4. Expect your stomach to get a little queasy- While you may not get sick and vomit all over your hotel room expect your stomach to turn a little sideways when eating foods made from around the world. It’s just going to happen eventually when you consume foreign food you normally don’t eat on a regular basis. If you don’t end up getting even a little sick at all, that’s okay too.

3. Indulge yourself…but not too much- This advice is a great way to avoid tip #4. You want to enjoy all the best foods you can but don’t over do it. Not to sound like food critics but allow yourself the ability savior every bite and take a moment to enjoy the particular foods unique taste, texture and smells. Also, by indulging a little less you give yourself the ability to try a wider range of foods without feeling like crap later.

2. Remember that service is different everywhere- Here’s a funny story: when we were in Murcia, Spain, we would go to a few local neighbor pubs and restaurants every so often to experience the area or have a joyful evening. After placing our initial order of drinks or food with the waiter or waitress they would never return back our table again. If we wanted another drink or more food we had to find the waiter or get up to order it ourselves. Those experiences taught us service is different across the globe. Make little adjustments and you will be more likely to always enjoy your food.

1. Ask for the local dish- Okay, so you will definitely look and sound like an American when you ask for the local dish but it works. If you are at a restaurant or pub, instead of choosing the same ol’ American hamburger ask the server what the favorite local dishes are and choose one or two. Many of our favorite meals where discovered by simply asking what the locals eat. Plus, it’s a great way to be spontaneous and add to the wonderfulness that is international travel.

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Photo overload again, I’m sorry (but not really). My big goal for this summer was to hike through the Enchantments in one day - what would be my longest hike yet - and I made it, with energy to spare! Hiking up Aasgard Pass is sooo much easier with trail runners and a small daypack than with boots and a 4-day pack - who’da thunk it - so I felt good enough to add a climb of Little Annapurna, 8,440 feet.

This place is so wonderful, like a little piece of the Sierra Nevada magically transported to Washington. Mountain goats everywhere, following you to slurp up any salty fluids you might discard. Glittering lakes, towering peaks, smiling people. I might have to come back in the fall when the larches turn golden…

Enchantments & Little Annapurna | 20 miles | 6000 feet elevation gain (8000 feet elevation loss since we started at the higher trailhead)

Post-hike celebration at South in Leavenworth where I devoured an excellent Relleno and several buckets of water.

(via wendesgray)

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RV’s and Campers: Modern day RV’ing is officially a (better) blast from the past.

Remember being a kid and taking overnight trips with your family to visit amusement parks, national treasures and more family members? It was so much fun, wasn’t it? Now let us bring you back to reality. Do you remember sitting a hot camper for hours with no space, fighting with your siblings and wondering if you would ever arrive at your destination? Yea, so do we because there was a time when road tripping didn’t include iPods, cell phones and video games to keep you busy. We aren’t even sure how you survived.

While the spirit of the road trip has not disappeared the discomfort sure has thanks to modern day advances in RV’s and campers. On CruiseAmerica.com you can rent RV’s and campers that come equipped with multiple refrigerators, cooktop burners, microwaves, air-conditioning, showers, one or more beds and impressive sized water heaters. The RV’s come in all shapes and sizes whether you are doing a trip by yourself or decide to bring the whole family along. Plus, you can make your RV experience an opportunity to go international as you can travel between the U.S.A and Canada at no extra charge. Hello Canadian bacon!

Plus the cost is not out of this world. On Cruise America.com you can rent a standard sized RV (which features all the amenities mentioned above) that fits 5 people for as little as under $1,900 for 2 weeks with a 1,400 mile travel limit.

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Got to make sure the hairs looking right. Hello Paris.

Got to make sure the hairs looking right. Hello Paris.

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Life is sort of like a roller coaster. You have ups & downs and experience a few bumps. You do crazy leaps you love & have wild turns you hate. But in the end, you would do it all over again. -Swim&Staci

Life is sort of like a roller coaster. You have ups & downs and experience a few bumps. You do crazy leaps you love & have wild turns you hate. But in the end, you would do it all over again. -Swim&Staci

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Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure

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BTD Travel Trend of the Week

Bikes, Motos and Velos

Bicycle usage is going way up in the United States. From Seattle to Charlotte, Detroit to Austin, Texas more and more people are dropping their car keys and picking up their bicycle helmets. The best part is that international cities and tourist spots are making it even easier for tourist and locals alike to get in on the trend of biking.

In overseas destinations such as Paris and Melbourne, Australia companies such as Vélib’ are making it easy for tourist to visit a major city and rent a bike for as little as $4 a day. Scattered throughout the city you may see bike stations featuring as many 30 bikes ready to take you to your destination. You simply pay with a credit card, take the bike and return to any number of bike stations throughout the city. It’s that simple. So next time you are visiting a destination see if you can rent a bicycle. It can save you some money and make your travels a little more magical.

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Alexis Meads (@AlexisMeads) explains why she believes “that anyone presented with the opportunity and ability to travel abroad, should take it”. We couldn’t agree more.

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"I believe that anyone presented with the opportunity and ability to travel abroad, should take it."

— Alexis Meads

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What the heck is a tomato pie?

What the heck is a tomato pie?