European customs, eating and drinking habits, and the general way of life differs greatly from those we have in North America. Diving into “their” way of life is challenging, yet essential to having a true and authentic travel experience. My travel philosophy has always involved “fitting in” and becoming temporary “locals” at our tour destinations. On my tours, that’s what we try to do… fit in and join the fun. Sometimes this means doing without ice in your cola and liking it, or maybe it means paying for your dinner bill with cash instead of a credit card. For me, it’s all part of the experience of becoming a temporary local by learning the culture, customs, habits, and EXPERIENCING EUROPE! In this series, I hope to address some of these cultural differences and suggest how to deal with them and enjoy the experience.
My first post in this series is titled “ICE? Usually None but if you ask it’s One” and will appear on August 4, 2008.