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The JACultureTrav Extravaganza and Amsterdam Meet-Up Was a Huge Success

On Thursday, December 3, #CultureTrav and #JAChat teamed up to host a special #JACultureTrav Twitter extravaganza. The online portion of the event took place at 2:30pm EST (8:30pm CET), and people chimed in from all over the world to discuss the topic “Travel Inspiration.” In honor of this special occasion, we decided to hold in-person meet-ups on the same day: one in New York City, one in Chicago and one in Amsterdam. I led the Amsterdam meet-up, graciously hosted by The Hoxton Hotel. Thank you so much to everyone who joined – both online and off-line. It was a fantastic collaboration!

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List of Foreign Films and Travel-Related Movies

On Thursday, 29 October the #CultureTrav community discussed the topic “Movies” together with special guest host Erik Scalavino. Following the chat, I collected the names of all the movies mentioned. Read on to see the list of foreign films and travel-related movies in alphabetical order.

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Around The World: Interview with Mike and Anne Howard of HoneyTrek

This Thursday on #CultureTrav, we are excited to welcome guest hosts Mike and Anne Howard from HoneyTrek! Ahead of the chat, Nicolette and I wanted to share this fun interview about Mike and Anne’s round-the-world trip, and how they’d love to inspire others to consider long-term travel. Read their interview to get to know them a bit better.

Taking A Travel Trip Down Memory Lane

On Thursday, August 6th I had the opportunity to meet the founder of ‪#‎CultureTrav‬‬‬‬ and my co-host Nicolette Orlemans of Culture With Travel in person. The two of us talk via social media almost daily, so it was special to meet up (finally!) in Amsterdam. Maaike van Kuijk of Travellous World, a regular #CultureTrav chatter whom I had met prior, was able to join us, as well.

We had ideal weather and a day filled with meaningful discussions – about travel, culture and friendship. We ended the gathering with #CultureTrav, an online travel-related Twitter chat that takes place every Thursday at 2:30 p.m. EST (8:30 p.m. CET). This week in particular was extra special, as we planned to discuss the topic “Memories.” The chat brought back some fond memories. The timing was also fitting as I just returned from the United States, where I was visiting family and going through old photo albums and pictures. All of these activities combined made me nostalgic, and I would like to share some of these wonderful travel and childhood memories with you.

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Travel Writing and Women: Interview with Jaclyn Mishal and Rachel Sales of Pink Pangea

Today on #CultureTrav Pink Pangea and Nikki Vargas from Pin The Map Project (who has also contributed to Pink Pangea as a writer) joined us to discuss Travel Writing. Below is an interview to help you get to know Pink Pangea better.

Culture With Travel: Interview With #CultureTrav Founder Nicolette Orlemans

You may know her already, perhaps by her Twitter handle @Nicolette_O, but I would like to take a moment to formally introduce the founder of #CultureTrav and my amazing co-host Nicolette Orlemans.

Responsible Volunteering and Travel: Interview with Kathryn Pisco from Unearth The World

Kathryn Pisco is a social entrepreneur from Chicago with a passion for travel and giving back. After years of working in sales for large corporations, she took a career break with her husband and travelled the world, doing a mix of personal travel and volunteer work. She returned from the trip inspired her to create her own social venture, Unearth the World, an organisation that focuses on service learning and responsibly pairing volunteers with international nonprofits. Read the interview to learn what inspired Unearth the World.

Expat Life: Tips to Integrate in a New Culture

Moving to a new country can surface a range of emotions: the bubbling excitement in the wake of a new adventure; the five senses acutely stimulated, anxiously ready to explore the new environment; the anticipation of new experiences and meeting new friends. Relocating can also instill fear or dread, walking into the unknown and unsure of what to expect. It can be daunting to start over from scratch, having to relearn even the simplest of things like the location of the nearest grocery store. Expat life has so many complex facets.

Last week’s #CultureTrav topic with founder Nicolette and our guest host Cherrie led me to reflect on my own life as an expat. In February 2011, I moved to the Netherlands and have been living in the country ever since. We lived in Utrecht for a year and in Amsterdam now for three. Over the last four years, I’ve experienced a range of ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade my time abroad for anything. This Blog outlines three tips I’ve learned along the way to help expats integrate into a new culture.

10 Reasons to Learn a Foreign Language

Mark-Anthony Villaflor of 365TravelDates discusses why it is important to learn a foreign language and what it adds to the overall travel experience. This topic actually ties in perfectly with our upcoming #CultureTrav this week on languages, “Lost in Translation.” Read what Mark has to say.