Posts Tagged ‘cultural experiences’

Cultural Immersion: Interview with Julie Schwieter Collazo

Like many travellers, Julie Schwieter Collazo loves to immerse herself in foreign cultures – by reading more about the places she's visiting, learning the language, and by meeting the locals. The opportunity to see – and experience – another culture first-hand is one of the main inspirations behind her travels.

Originally from the southern United States, Julie lives back and forth between New York and Mexico City with her husband, Francisco. Until recently, they also lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

TravelBlogs caught up with her to talk more about her experiences living in foreign cultures.

The Perpetual Wanderer: Interview with Craig Heimburger

In 2005, Craig Heimburger left his native United States behind to become a "perpetual wanderer". Now on the road for over two years, he has visited over 40 countries in the Americas and Southeast Asia.

He is currently living in Lima, Peru, where his girlfriend, Tatiana, is expecting their first child in the near future.

TravelBlogs caught up with him to talk about leaving the United States, travelling with a pregnant woman in Southeast Asia, and cross-cultural experiences in Peru.

Flightless Round the World: Interview with Ed Gillespie

Ed and Fiona are a couple from the United Kingdom on a year-long trip around the world, with one major twist: they're doing it flightless. Passing up the convenience of flying, they're travelling by bus, train, cargo ship, bicycle, or any other flightless mode of transport.

They're avoiding air travel to keep their environmental footprint to a minimum, but also because they relish the journey. Rather than jetting miles above the earth's crust, they prefer travelling slower, savouring the cultures and landscapes they encounter along the way.

Guide Books, Nicaragua and Benin: Interview with Randall Wood

If you've spent time travelling around Nicaragua in the past few years, you may already know of Randall Wood.

Randy co-authored the Moon Handbook Nicaragua after living there for several years, part of which was spent working with the Peace Corps. He also wrote a companion guide for expats living in Nicaragua.

TravelBlogs got in touch with him to find out about more about his experiences with the Peace Corps, Nicaragua and his current home, Benin.

Teaching English in South Korea: An Interview with Travis

For the cash-strapped traveller, one of the best ways to see the world without going into extreme debt is by finding work overseas. Not only does it ease the financial burden of travel, it also allows a first-hand glimpse into daily life in a foreign context.

Travis is one such cash-strapped traveller. He is spending a year in South Korea, teaching English to a group of eleven and twelve year-old students and sharing his (often comical) observations of Korean culture on his blog.

The Daily Transit

Many passionate travellers remember their first time on the road with fondness.

Whether it's the immersion in a foreign culture or language, the chance to step out on your own, or simply the enlightenment that comes with experiencing a place you're unfamiliar with, that first trip is a profound moment in the lives of travellers.

For Ben Hancock, that first trip came a few years ago, when he headed off to Seoul, South Korea, to study for a year. This initial plunge was enough to inspire him with a deep passion for travelling. Whether he's on the road or not, he uses his blog, The Daily Transit, to share his reflection, essays, poetry and narratives on daily journeys.


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