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Ask the Locals Travel Guide: Oahu, Hawaii
Ask the Locals / Beach Vacations / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Hawaii / Restaurants / USA

Ask the Locals Travel Guide: Oahu, Hawaii

Peter was live on the radio from the newly renovated Royal Hawaiian hotel, Waikiki’s famous pink landmark (hence its nickname the “Pink Palace”). This historic hotel first opened in 1928,… Read More…

Off the Brochure Travel Guide: Montréal, Quebec, North America’s Paris
Canada / Cultural Immersion / Culture

Off the Brochure Travel Guide: Montréal, Quebec, North America’s Paris

Each year, visitors flock to Paris to experience the French way of life, to sit in cafes on tree-lined streets and soak in that certain je ne sais quoi. But… Read More…

Black History Month Travel Destinations
Family/Kids Travel / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Entertainment

Black History Month Travel Destinations

February is Black History Month, and with the recent election of our nation’s first African-American president, its significance is probably garnering more attention than ever since its inception in 1976…. Read More…

Experience Obama’s City: Travel Tips for a Barack-Style Chicago Vacation
Cultural Immersion / Culture / Midwest / USA

Experience Obama’s City: Travel Tips for a Barack-Style Chicago Vacation

As President Obama waves goodbye to Chicago and says hello to Washington, DC, visitors continue to come in droves to experience the Windy City, Barack-style. The inauguration may have brought… Read More…

Off the Brochure Travel Guide: Seoul, South Korea
Asia / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Etiquette / Shopping / South & North Korea

Off the Brochure Travel Guide: Seoul, South Korea

With more than 23 million people living in the Seoul area, the Korean capital city proves itself as a thriving and electric megalopolis. Seoul is comprised of several distinct districts,… Read More…

Amazing School Travel Programs
Student Travel / Cultural Immersion / Culture

Amazing School Travel Programs

Peter’s latest Today show segment highlights some public schools that go way beyond the average in terms of field trips. These schools, including the Beacon School in New York, Port… Read More…

When in Beijing, Speak Like the Chinese Do
Asia / China / Cultural Immersion / Culture

When in Beijing, Speak Like the Chinese Do

The opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games are this Friday in Beijing! If you’re about to get on a plane and fly to China to be a part of the… Read More…

Tips to Banish Culture Shock in Beijing
Asia / China / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Etiquette

Tips to Banish Culture Shock in Beijing

If you’re one of the lucky travelers heading to China for the Olympic games, you already know that there’s a certain amount of culture shock involved with going halfway around… Read More…

Cultural Immersion / Culture

Art Walks

The next time you’re visiting a small town, you can explore its local art scene with something called an Art Walk.

Cultural Immersion / Culture

Reality Tours

On some tours, you’ll find yourself in a cramped bus filled with photo-snapping tourists, but if you’re looking for a more meaningful experience, try something called a reality tour.

Rite of Passage: Jewish Heritage Travel
Travel News / Travel Tools / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Middle East

Rite of Passage: Jewish Heritage Travel

Among the Jewish community in America, a program called “Taglit-Birthright” is fast becoming a well-known rite of passage. At first glance, the idea of it is almost unbelievable. A free… Read More…

Travel News / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Europe / France & Belgium

Interview with Monique Wells, African-American Paris

Near the beginning of 20th century, a number of African-American luminaries fled the blatant discrimination of the United States and took up residence in France. Among the celebrities who lived… Read More…

Tis the Season for Escaping to Europe
Travel News / Travel Tips / Culinary Travel / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Europe / Festivals

Tis the Season for Escaping to Europe

For many of us, the holiday season is a chance to plan special meals, wrap gifts, and delight in family traditions. Yet while our familiar traditions are tried-and-true, traveling during… Read More…

Bilingual All the Way: Language Immersion Vacations for the Whole Family
Travel News / Travel Tips / Family/Kids Travel / Cultural Immersion / Culture

Bilingual All the Way: Language Immersion Vacations for the Whole Family

Family vacations are a great way to escape the routine of everyday life and bond with your loved ones. But while you’re away, why not take the opportunity to learn… Read More…

Gourmet Traveling, North American Style
Travel News / Culinary Travel / Canada / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Mexico & Central America / USA

Gourmet Traveling, North American Style

Discovering the cuisine unique to your destination is one of the most enjoyable parts of a vacation. After all, we all have to eat when we’re traveling! It’s difficult enough… Read More…

Fighting for Your Vacation
Travel News / Budget Travel / Adventure Travel & Sports / Asia / China / Cultural Immersion / Culture / Entertainment

Fighting for Your Vacation

You, the modern traveler, have a lot of options about where to spend your vacation time, and odds are that you will, in the absence of some pressing need or… Read More…

Lost in Online Translation
Travel News / Cultural Immersion / Culture

Lost in Online Translation

The concept is amazing, even revolutionary: Take information in any language and make it accessible to anyone on earth speaking any other language. That’s what online translators, in theory, do…. Read More…

Travel Tips / Budget Travel / Cultural Immersion / Culture

Getting a Free Local Guide

Why traipse around an unfamiliar city on your own when you can get a local to guide you instead? And the best part is, in some cities, it’s free. So… Read More…