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What NOT to Wear When You’re Traveling in Another Country

Be aware of things that might offend our foreign hosts. Knowing what NOT to wear when traveling abroad can allow you to enjoy closer connections with the locals, and help you avoid uncomfortable situations. We in the United States are used to freedom of speech and freedom of expression in terms of what we wear. It can be a very different climate when we go abroad, especially in countries where such freedoms can sometimes make you a target for reproval by the local government. I want you to have the best experience on your much-anticipated vacation, so let’s discuss what NOT to pack when traveling internationally. Dress to Blend and Not Offend One key to being safe is to not call attention to yourself. I remember visiting Turkey once and wondering how everyone seemed to know we were American tourists. Then I looked down. We were dressed in vibrant colors with camera bags on our shoulders, and bright white athletic shoes on our feet. We looked nothing like the locals around us, who were all dressed modestly and in muted colors. In that environment we weren’t in any danger, but did we have to shout “American” quite so loudly? Just be aware and tone it down a bit. Always respect the local culture, and the locals will, in turn, respect you. Here are 5 things to leave at home when you’re packing to go abroad: If you’re wearing shorts or a tank top, carry a shawl or wrap to avoid giving offense when visiting religious countries or landmarks (such as churches or mosques). 1. Immodest Clothing This is especially...

Book a First-Hand Encounter with the Supernatural: A Look at the World’s Most Haunted Destinations

With All Hallows’ Eve just around the corner, a post about haunted locations around the world seems particularly apt. If you’re into encounters of the spine-tingling variety, you’re part of a small but passionate group of travelers. “Paranormal Travel” enthusiasts participate regularly in online forums, and there’s even a small cottage industry that specializes in highlighting travel to spooky destinations. If this interests you or someone you know here’s a quick list of some of the world’s most haunted destinations. Night guards claim to hear pacing footsteps, strange voices, and blood-curdling screams. Castle of Good Hope, Capetown, South Africa This bastion fort built in the 17th century is said to still terrify the soldiers who guard her ramparts by night. Sentries claim to hear pacing footsteps, strange voices, and blood-curdling screams. Less gruesomely, this castle is also said to be home to a supernatural canine that jumps up on guests as they walk the halls! The Tower of London is haunted by a dark history (here the Tower Bridge is shown looming in the background). Tower of London, England The Tower of London, part of which was built as early as 1078 by William the Conqueror, has served as a royal residence, an armory, and, most famously, a prison. It is here that people claim to have seen the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn, the ill-fated wife of Henry VIII, wandering the halls and gardens with her head cradled in her arms. Dolls photographed on the Island of the Dolls by Esparta Palma [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Island of the Dolls, Xochimilco, Mexico The story of...