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Avoiding Cross Cultural Faux Pas The Top 7 Museums To See Around The World


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A Record-Smashing Sea Journey Meet Reid Stowe, the man with a homemade boat and the longest sea voyage under his belt.

Top 7 Museums Around the World One of the best parts of traveling is the sight seeing. There are countless wonders to see in these top 7 museums in the world.

3 Avoiding Cross Cultural Faux Pas It’s silly to assume all cultures have the same customs. Educate yourself before your trip and you'll avoid some awkward situations by reading up on these faux pas.


4 Feel the need for speed? Learn about sandboarding, where to find, and the best locations in South Africa.

6 Packing Smart


The best ways to pack so you can fit all the essentials and more.

How to Live a Life of Travel No more excuses about not having the money to go anywhere. Find what works.

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Top Museums Around the World

Travel is all about the adventure and the view. While you’re out there, you might as well take the time to see historical pieces. Here are some of the best museums in the world, from New York City to St. Petersburg.

By Nathaniel Lande


Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

The Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece

The Smithsonian is the world’s largest research and museum complex, with 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and various research stations. More than 137 million objects detailing America’s story are housed here, so you’d better prepare for a long week of walking. There’s so much to see that, if you spent one minute day and night looking at each object on exhibit, in ten years you’d see only ten percent of the whole. Therefore, it’s wise to head out with a plan. Focus on only one or two exhibits at two or three different museums.

The stunning ground floor gallery houses finds from the slopes of the Acropolis. Its amazing transparent glass floor provides a walk over history, with a view of the archaeological excavation, while sloping upward to the Acropolis with sanctuaries of the Athenians from each historic period nearby. Smaller settlements have been excavated, yielding glimpses of Athenian life. For the first time, the exhibits in the Archaic Gallery allow visitors to take in all sides of the objects, which are displayed in open spaces characterized by changing natural light.

Le Louvre, Paris, France The Louvre was a medieval fortress and the palace of the kings of France before becoming a museum two centuries ago. The addition of I. M. Pei’s pyramid shocked many when it was unveiled in 1989 as the new main entrance, yet it somehow works, integrating the palace’s disparate elements. The museum’s collections, which range from antiquity to the first half of the 19th century, are among the most important in the world.

State Hermitage, St. Petersburg, Russia Russia may be isolated from the artistic centers of Paris, Rome, and London, but the Hermitage has managed to acquire a spectacular collection of world art—more than three million items— spanning the years from the Stone Age to the early 20th century. The museum occupies six buildings along the Neva River, the leading structure being the confection-like Winter Palace. This gloriously baroque, blue-and-white structure was finished in 1764 and over the next several centuries was the main residence of the czars. Catherine the Great founded the museum that same year when she purchased 255 paintings from Berlin.

The British Museum, London, England Britain’s largest museum looks after the national collection of archaeology and ethnography— more than eight million objects ranging from prehistoric bones to chunks of Athens’ Parthenon, from whole Assyrian palace rooms to exquisite jewels.

The Prado, Madrid, Spain The Spanish royal family is responsible for the Prado’s bounty of classical masterpieces. Over centuries, kings and queens collected and commissioned art with passion and good taste. In addition to stars of Spanish painting such as Velázquez, Goya, Ribera, and Zurbarán, the Prado has big collections of Italian (including Titian and Raphael) and Flemish artists.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest museum in the Western Hemisphere. Its collection of more than two million items is not only broad—covering the entire world, from antiquity to the present—but deep, with holdings so large in a number of areas that some might be considered museums unto themselves.

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A Record-Smashing Sea Journey By John Tierney ABOARD THE ANNE, off New Jersey — After 1,152 days meandering the world’s oceans on a 70-foot schooner he built himself, Reid Stowe plans to sail into New York on Thursday afternoon and claim the record for the longest sea voyage in history — eclipsing a century-old record by almost three months. But it is not ending exactly as planned. When the journey of the Anne began in April 2007, there were two travelers intent on staying out of sight of land for a thousand days. Mr. Stowe, 55, a veteran sailor, was with Soanya Ahmad, 23, a recent City College graduate who had never been at sea. She did fine at first, but was forced to leave after 10 months when she felt overcome by seasickness — which turned out not to be seasickness. “The first people I’ve seen in years!” he shouted happily, as a boat carrying a United States Customs officer and half a dozen other people approached his schooner. It looked much the worse for wear; he did not.

and mediation, subsisting on rainwater, fish and sprouts grown on the boat, along with beans, cheese, oatmeal, pasta and rice. “I’ve still got enough food left for another year,” he said, inviting his guests to a meal of dried dates, nuts and Parmesan cheese that tasted remarkably good after three years at sea.

“I was never lonely once in the whole voyage,” he said, once he had welcomed aboard his first visitors. “Being alone in the wildness and beauty of nature is an enlightening experience.”

He said he had not been sick or injured the entire trip, and he credited his health to his diet, especially the sprouts, which he ate twice a day. “Sprouts can save the world,” he said.

He viewed his trip in the tradition of religious hermits who go off by themselves: “You not only enlighten yourself, but you nourish the spirit of your culture.”

The hardest part of the journey, he said, was saying goodbye to Ms. Ahmad, but he felt compelled to finish the voyage.

To the uninitiated, those might sound like the words of a man who has been too long at sea by himself, but not to the friends and sponsors of Mr. Stowe’s expedition. During his years living at a pier in Chelsea aboard the Anne, he became known as a singular blend of mariner, mystic, carpenter, painter, sculptor and New Age philosopher. During the voyage, he spent much of his time sewing torn sails and performing other maintenance, like repairing the the bowsprit after a collision with a freighter. He sustained himself with regular yoga


“I was never lonely once in the whole voyage,” Mr. Stowe said. “Being alone in the wildness and beauty of nature is an enlightening experience.”

In an interview on Tuesday, Ms. Ahmad said she understood. “There was really no question of him abandoning the journey,” she said. “Before we left, we had an agreement that if I wanted to leave, he would go on by himself. It was for the best. If he had come back, he would still be planning on doing the whole 1,000-day trip again. It had been an obsession with him since the 1980s.” It took Mr. Stowe two decades to find sponsors for the trip, which was billed as the Mars Ocean Odyssey: a voyage to study the stresses on an isolated, self-sustained crew over the length of a Mars mission. During his search for sponsors, he had assured Jeff Blumenfeld, the editor of Expedition News, a monthly newsletter about explorers, that he would be prepared for all contingencies of a

long voyage by taking the proper supplies, including contraceptives. Reminded on Wednesday of that promise, Mr. Stowe grinned and said: “People make mistakes. Things happen. We sure didn’t want it to happen. But now that it has, I see it as a positive.” After Ms. Ahmad went home, he began calling it the Love Voyage. With his supporters in New York tracking his route by satellite, he set a course in the South Atlantic that traced a gigantic heart in her honor. Another of the goals was to break the record for the longest sea voyage: the 1,067 days that the crew of a Norwegian ship, the Fram, was away from land in the 1890s, when it became frozen in Arctic ice during the explorer Fridtjof Nansen’s attempt to reach the North Pole. Mr. Stowe is to be greeted at a pier on West 42nd Street by Ms. Ahmad and the son he has never seen. During the journey, in the blog,, that Mr. Stowe wrote on a computer (until it broke last year) and dispatched by satellite phone, he mused on his responsibilities to Ms. Ahmad and Darshen.

Reid Stowe, who has been sailing for three years aboard his schooner, the Anne, will dock on Thursday in Manhattan.

“They are not the first woman and child to wait for their man to come home from the sea,” he wrote. “It is the most ancient of stories.” Well, yes, it is an old story. Penelope waited during Odysseus’ 10-year voyage home, and they were not able to hold weekly conversations by satellite phone, as this couple did. Then again, Penelope did not have to welcome back a sailor who had been all by himself for two years. Might readjustment to family life be a little difficult for everyone? “I’m not apprehensive,” Ms. Ahmad said. “I doubt he is. Before, he’s gone out for 100 days, 200 days, and he’s been his usual old self.” For his part, Mr. Stowe looked anything but apprehensive. He showed a berth on board that he had converted for his son, and said he looked forward to the family living together on the boat on the New York waterfront. And what, besides seeing his family, was the first thing he wanted to do once he set foot on land? “I have no wants at all,” he said. “I want to make everyone happy. I want to share the story.”

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Understanding the Impact of Cross-Cultural Differences


Faux Pas

By Caroline Smith It’s not just professionals working overseas who need to learn cross-cultural business etiquette. Stop and think about how many different cultures you come into contact with at work. Even if you work in your home country, your colleagues and suppliers could hail from other cultures. Your organization might decide to acquire or merge with an organization in a different country. And your customers, too, may be located in dozens of countries worldwide. Our world’s diversity is what makes it so fascinating. When you take time to understand the reasons for this diversity, you show respect for other people’s cultures. And when you do this in a business context, you’ll improve your working relationships and develop your own reputation.

Feel the need for

speed? Sandboarding in South Africa DID YOU KNOW? The fastest recorded sandboarding speed is 82km/h, by Erik Johnson. Sandboarding is fast becoming one of the most popular adrenalin activities in South Africa. There are numerous tour operators throughout the country, as well as a number of venues dedicated solely to this activity. Come and test your skills in the sun and sand. Sandboarding is South Africa’s answer to snowboarding. It requires the same skills set and produces roughly the same amount of adrenalin, the only difference is that you ‘eat’ sand instead of snow when you take a tumble. Unlike snowboarding, however, very little specialised clothing and equipment is needed for sandboarding, especially in sunny South Africa. Operators in the country generally use 4X4 vehicles to transport participants to the top of steep dunes and then wish them well as they depart on their speedy descent. Adventure sport enthusiasts can also opt to be pulled behind the vehicles to generate speed on flatter sections of sand.


The soft sands found in the Western Cape allow sandboarders to reach considerable speed and to perform a variety of tricks, including twists and jumps, depending on how skilled or adventurous they are. Some of the better sandboarding locations are the dunes in Atlantis, the Silver Sands in Betty’s Bay, Dragon Dune in Vleesbaai, Lagoon Dunes at Langebaan, Nautilus Bay Dunes, as well as the Fish Hoek sand dunes. Peter van Kersen, an extreme sports enthusiast from the Netherlands, tried out sandboarding at the dunes in Atlantis, arranged by Sidewinder Sandboards. He said of the experience: ‘I had done some snowboarding before, so I already had the balance, but some of my friends who came with me had never done anything like this before and they were able to get the hang of it within an hour.’ While sandboarding is most popular in the Western Cape, the activity is also offered on old mine dump slopes in Gauteng province, with Mount Mayhem in Benoni the main location.

Travel Tips & Planning Info Who To Contact Downhill Adventures Tel: +27 (0)21 422 0388 Email: Sandboarding Cape Town Tel: + 27 (0)84 665 1314 Email: Pure Rush Industries Tel: +27 (0)82 605 1150 Email:

Best Time To Visit Sandboarding is offered throughout the year, weather permitting.

What Will It Cost Sandboarding is approximately R600 per person for half a day, or approximately R750 for a full day experience, including lunch and transport.

What To Pack Shorts and a T-shirt are the most comfortable attire for sandboarding. Don’t forget to pack plenty of sunscreen and a hat. All sandboarding equipment is provided.

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How to Live a Life of


By Caz


“Constant travel is tough. I often want to quit, but I never will because I have this huge why–a gigantic urge that only travel can fill.” How many times have you seen a photo of someone traveling around the world, with only a backpack to call home, and a wide grin that says freedom rocks and you need to get some? I bet you want some of it too right? Most people do. Except, most people place the idea of them doing it in the too hard basket, or the basket that is only there for the really wealthy or lucky. I mean really, how could it be possible for someone with average, or less than average incomes, to travel for weeks, months or even years at a time? It can be done. I left home at the age of 21, with my 3 day old teaching degree, a backpack, and only a few thousand dollars. (If I can be honest with you, that money wasn’t even mine, it came from the bank – I don’t recommend you do this by the way). I’ve been traveling ever since. I have created a life of travel for myself. This does not mean I have endlessly been moving from one country to the next. I often stop for work breathers, a place to stock up again before moving on. The pauses can be acts of discovery, exploration and fun synonymous with travel as well. I am often asked how to live a life of travel; it’s not surprising people are curious. You’ll be shocked to know that I am not wealthy – far from it. A life of constant travel is not as difficult as you may think. There are many clever strategies you can employ to travel around the world for low cost and sometimes even free. We have created a lifestyle of travel. It’s what we do everyday, even when we are not traveling. When we are ‘settled” (not sure how to define that) we still have our travel attitude on, which is a major part of what travel is. But to get to the nitty gritty, here are our biggest secrets to help you live a life of travel.

Make It A Working Holiday What? You mean I have to work? Ain’t nothing going to come to you unless you work hard for it. Glinda the Good Witch is a fantasy. If we have disappointed you, I’m sorry, you are probably reading the wrong post and were hoping I was going to say we were rich, because then you’d have a good excuse to not follow your heart. We all have to work and we need money to travel. Why not work and travel at the same time? The best way to do this is to live and work in expensive countries. Better to spend the local currency and save your own money for other adventures. I never could have traveled the UK and Europe on the Aussie dollar, so I lived in London and earned pounds to travel on instead. Craig and I have followed the working holiday through 5 countries since 97. Some of our richest travel memories come from the experiences we had living in another culture. It is by far the best strategy to have a life of travel – and a good on at that.

Digital nomads and those creating their own travel lifestyles are becoming more common. If you want a life of travel, discover how you can make it happen. Craig and I created this travel blog because we wanted travel to be our lifestyle. Our working holiday visa options were up (due to age) so we had to discover a new path. Our life of travel now continues with our two children because of our online business. Trust us. We had no idea how to create this lifestyle. We had no special talents and definitely no money. All we had was a very clear dream of what our ideal travel lifestyle looked like, then we became 200% committed to it, and we took small steps each day with passion and conviction. And look what the Universe delivered to us a result.

Make Travel Your Focus Many people want a life of travel, but they don’t make it their focus. You don’t always have to travel far and wide. There are plenty of ways you can make travel a focus of your everyday life. I like to say make it your magnificent obsession. That means it fills your day dreams and night dreams. Every decision you make from now on is directed towards making that life of travel a reality. Once you start focusing on something, you start planning, and then usually the Universe helps you by bringing what you need to make it happen. The small steps start to grow bigger and before you know it you are living the life of travel you thought was only possible for the lucky ones. Constant travel is tough. I often want to quit, but I never will because I have this huge why–a gigantic urge that only travel can fill. I’m happy to ride on the back of a pick up, or sleep in a van, and eat two minute noodles for weeks, if it means I can continue to explore and experience newness every day. There’s no other life that makes sense for me so I continue to leap over the hurdles. For many people a life of travel would suck! Different strokes for different folks. You have to decide WHY you are traveling. What burning need are you trying to fulfill? How will this life of travel make a difference and why is this important to you? Work that out all your paths will fall into place. What is your path? Is it constant travel from one country to the next you yearn for? Or is it a slower form, with frequent pauses for a sampling of the “settled” life before travel calls you back on the road? Or do you want to just have more travel, even if it is only an extra 2-3 weeks a year? That life of travel you desire can be yours.

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Packing Smart Traveling

By Rick Steves

The importance of packing light cannot be overemphasized, but, for your own good, I'll try. You'll never meet a traveler who, after five trips, brags: "Every year I pack heavier." The measure of a good traveler is how light he or she travels. You can't travel heavy, happy, and cheap. Pick two.

One Bag, That's It My self-imposed limit is 20 pounds in a 9" × 22" × 14" carry-on-size bag (it'll fit in your airplane's overhead bin). At my company, we've taken tens of thousands of people of all ages and styles on tours through Europe. We allow only one carry-on bag. For many, this is a radical concept: 9" × 22" × 14"? That's my cosmetics kit! But they manage, and they're glad they did. After you enjoy that sweet mobility and freedom, you'll never go any other way. You'll walk with your luggage more than you think you will. Before flying to Europe, give yourself a test. Pack up completely, go into your hometown, and practice being a tourist for an hour. Fully loaded, you should enjoy windowshopping. If you can't, stagger home and thin things out. When you carry your own luggage, it's less likely to get lost, broken, or stolen. Quick, last-minute changes in flight plans become simpler. A small bag sits on your lap or under your seat on the bus, taxi, and airplane. You don't have to worry about it, and, when you arrive, you can hit the ground running. It's a good feeling. When I land in London, I'm on my way downtown while everyone else stares anxiously at the luggage carousel. When I fly home, I'm the first guy the dog sniffs. These days, you can also save money by carrying your own bag. While it's still free to check one bag on most overseas trips, you'd likely pay a fee to check two. If you're taking a separate flight within Europe, expect to be charged to check even just one bag. Remember, packing light isn't just about saving time or money — it's about your traveling lifestyle. Too much luggage marks you as a typical tourist. It slams the Back 14

Door shut. Serendipity suffers. Changing locations becomes a major operation. Con artists figure you're helpless. Porters are a problem only to those who need them. With only one bag, you're mobile and in control. Take this advice seriously.

Packing 101 How do you fit a whole trip's worth of luggage into a small backpack or suitcase? The answer is simple: Bring very little. Spread out everything you think you might need on the livingroom floor. Pick up each item one at a time and scrutinize it. Ask yourself, "Will I really use this snorkel and these fins enough to justify carrying them around all summer?" Not "Will I use them?" but "Will I use them enough to feel good about hauling them over the Swiss Alps?" Frugal as I may be, I'd buy them in Greece and give them away before I'd carry that extra weight over the Alps. Don't pack for the worst-case scenario. Pack for the best-case scenario and simply buy yourself out of any jams. Bring layers rather than take a heavy coat. Think in terms of what you can do without — not what will be handy on your trip. When in doubt, leave it out. I've seen people pack a whole summer's supply of deodorant or razors, thinking they can't get them there. The world is getting really small: You can buy Dial soap, Colgate toothpaste, Nivea cream, and Gillette razors in Sicily and Slovakia. Tourist shops in major international hotels are a sure bet whenever you have difficulty finding a personal item. If you can't find one of your essentials, ask yourself how half a billion Europeans can live without it. Rather than carry a whole trip's supply of toiletries, take enough to get started and look forward to running out of toothpaste in Bulgaria. Then you have the perfect excuse to go into a Bulgarian

Light department store, shop around, and pick up something you think might be toothpaste. Whether you're traveling for three weeks or three months, pack exactly the same. To keep your clothes tightly packed and well organized, zip them up in packing cubes, airless baggies, or a clothes compressor. I like specially designed folding boards (such as Eagle Creek's Pack-It Folder) to fold and carry clothes with minimal wrinkling. For smaller items, use packing cubes or mesh bags (one for underwear and socks, another for miscellaneous stuff such as a first-aid kit, earplugs, clothesline, sewing kit, and gadgets). Go casual, simple, and very light. Remember, in your travels you'll meet two kinds of tourists — those who pack light and those who wish they had. Say it out loud: "PACK LIGHT PACK LIGHT PACK LIGHT."

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