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Hosteling

The Polar Bear Adventure: Part II

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Whoof. Woof. Wolf?  Our ears were bombarded by a chorus of dog sounds as we stepped out of our vehicle and onto pristine white snow at the Wapusk Dog sledding headquarters. The dogs knew we were there, they had heard us arrive and could no doubt smell our scent on the air.  It excited them, energized them, and they ...

Travel

Polar Bear Meetings – Weekly Travel Photo

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While most of a polar bear’s existence is spent in relative isolation, there are times – often during their great migrations – when they find themselves cued up and provided with the opportunity for casual social interaction. Bear tea time if you will. It is in these rare moments as the bears wait for Hudson Bay’s ice ...

Travel

An Opportunity to Play With Polar Bears in Canada

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I’m a massive polar bear fan.  It’s hard to give just one reason why.  Perhaps it is their massive size or the exotic nature of their native regions.  It may be their pension for making ridiculous looking faces. Or perhaps it’s because they serve as a powerful reminder of the cost and danger of climate change. Likely it’s all ...

Europe

How “Howdy” Has Made Me A Better Traveler – Considering Cultural Identifiers and Their Value

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Each time we interact with a stranger there’s a significant amount of uncertainty. When that interaction occurs between people from different backgrounds, cultures, and languages that level of unknown is magnified significantly. To convey our background and express ourselves while reducing that uncertainty we dress a certain way, talk a certain way, and when it comes to ...

Central America

Can I Travel if I Don’t Know the Local Language?

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Good Morning! Buon Giorno! Καλημέρα! Have you caught yourself dreaming about an international trip only to have that nagging voice in your head remind you that you don’t speak the local language? If you’re like many aspiring travelers I’ve talked to, you might eliminate destinations or entire trips because of language barriers. It causes uncertainty, especially in novice travelers, or ...

Hosteling

Announcing Travel Answers – My Latest Project!

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As many of you are aware in addition to blogging about my personal travel experiences, musings and adventures here on VirtualWayfarer I have a long standing commitment to helping my fellow travelers as they prepare for their own adventures.  The drive to pay-it-forward has led me to present on solo travel as part of Ignite Phoenix as ...