Posts Tagged“travel”

judith fein

One of the best parts of my recent trip to Poland was meeting and bonding with some fantastic travel writers. None stood out quite like Judith Fein, a travel journalist, speaker, blogger, and editorĀ (though her husband Paul Ross put a fair effort to match her steady flow of jokes that had us in stitches). Before the trip, I’d researched my fellow writers and discovered that Judith had published two books. I started readingĀ Life is a Trip immediately. I highly recommend the book, because it deals with how travel changes us. Judith takes us on her adventures around the globe, and…

Ask questions

On my media trip to Poland, I and the other travel writers would giggle whenever we would get a new tour guide or driver because we knew one of us, Judy, would send a barrage of questions his or her way. The funniest question she’d ask was, “Are you single?” While that might not have been a question I was dying to know, I admired how she got perfect strangers to open up. Simply by asking one question after the other, Judy would find out bits and pieces of what it was like to live in Warsaw. When you travel,…

One of the things I love most about my travels is the people I meet. They give me stories to write and memories to cherish. But given that I have a propensity to be shy, it can sometimes be challenging to actually talk to complete strangers. Here are a few strategies I’ve found helpful. 1. Put on a Smile A smile can go a long way. Smiling at people indicates that you’re open to talking to them, and can be the doorway to great conversations. 2. Learn a Few Local Words I’m big on learning at least the basic greetings…