From The California Native Newsletter:
Lori’s Tips For Trips:
Traveling in Latin America
By Lori Klein
Since so many of our most popular destinations are
based in Latin America, I’ve decided to jot down a few hints that
can make your future travels south of the border mas facil (easier)
and divertido (fun).
- Cross the communication barrier. People will be a lot more
helpful and friendly towards the visitor who makes even the most basic
effort to communicate. Even a simple Hola! (Hi) and smile will
get you a long way.
- Let your palate explore. Part of the fun of traveling is sampling
the local cuisine. Don't turn your nose in the air when offered something
new. You might be in for a pleasant surprise.
- Leave stereotypes behind. All people have preconceived notions
about unfamiliar places and new people. Latin America, like the United
States, has a very diversified population.
- Money, money, money. It is not necessary to change large quantities
of dollars before leaving home, but it’s always nice to arrive
with something in your pocket. Smaller denominations work best and
are easier to change. Travelers checks can be difficult to cash in
- Travel light. Don’t let your luggage become your burden.
Overpacking is one of the biggest mistakes travelers to Latin America
make. If you don't have to worry about “extra baggage,” you
can spend a lot more time having fun.
- Do a little homework. Reading up on the country you’ll
be visiting and learning something about its history, geography and
culture can make your trip a lot more fun and interesting.