If you are investigating new locations, you might be interested in traveling to, check out Britannica online. They offer a free, interactive map on places (country, city, state, and/or providence) around the world. This resource provides the basic demographic information, including the flag, land area, people, etc., that you might find of interest.
Simply click to begin your search.
Tip: If you have a child, that is still in school, this might be the perfect start to his/her research paper.
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Wikipedia is adding “Wikivoyage” to their long list of free services. Following the traditional platform input is gathered from the audience which means it can be edited by all. I think of it as a public travel blog. Check out what another fellow blogger Jon Mitchell has said about this Wikivoyage in a recent post.
The Art of Interpretive Writing
Image provided by Alan Leftridge. Some rights reserved.
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
3815 American Blvd East
Saturday, September 14, 2013
9 am to 4:30 pm
Write compelling interpretive messages! This workshop offers you the basics of interpretive writing that apply to signage, exhibit labels, brochures, websites, public service announcements, books, and magazines. You will understand how to create clear, dynamic, and concise interpretive texts, reveal meanings, and ways to excite visitors about your site, whether it is a museum, park, zoo, nature center, or aquarium.
Topics include: The Interpretive Writing Process · Concept Mapping · Universal Concepts · The Five Elements of Interpretive Writing · Meeting Your Audience’s Needs · Concise Wording · Keeping Your Reader’s Attention · The Importance of Fluency · Redundant Wording · Understanding Readability Indexes · Using a Human Interest Scale ·Capturing Your Reader’s Attention · What to Avoid · Connecting with a Narrative · The Editing Process · Evaluation
The fee is $295 and includes instruction, refreshments, handouts, and a copy of the Interpretive Writing textbook.
Contact Alan Leftridge, firstname.lastname@example.org, 406.754.2940 to register.
Alan Leftridge, Ph.D., is the author of Interpretive Writing, and specializes in interpretive
training seminars across North America. Access leftridge.com for additional information.
Nature. Image by Moyan Brenn. Retrieved from FlickR. Used under Creative Commons Licensing.
Ecotourism is considered an alternative form of tourism for travelers. These destinations provide an educational component, capture a larger portion of revenue locally, and strive to minimize the impact generated by the tourists/tourism. Often the main focus is on the natural environment and indigenous peoples and/or cultures.
To learn more about ecotourism you can visit the International Ecotourism Society.
If you are interested in attended the 2013 World Conference this September, click here for details.
Sauk Centre, MN. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.
This past weekend I stumble upon an open house tour of a beautifully staged one-room schoolhouse.
These historic buildings are a piece of American history, signifying early settlements in rural communities across the United States. Before the construction of a more modern school building and the convenience of being driven to school in large orange buses. Children would walk or ride horse (sleigh and buggy) to a small schoolhouse that consisted of a singular room where multiple grades were taught by one teacher.
Many of these structures have been lost over the last century; burned, left to decay, torn down, salvaged for parts and even re-purposed as single family homes. However, some have been saved for special events, school field trips, history day classes and community museums-open to the public like the one my son and I visited in Sauk Centre, MN. We would like to thank the kind retired school teacher who talked about her years as a teacher and shared her story with us.
If you are interested in learning more about these iconic structures, the One-Room Schoolhouse Center website was created in 1998 and provides a host of information about early education in the United States. Tip: Click on the “Villages/Museum” link to find a site near you.
Shoolhouse Interior. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.
Shoolhouse Interior. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.
RRose. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.
Out of the blue my son told me, “Ever since our trip I read signs now Mom; Highway 17, city 2 miles, no passing, rest area ahead…”
And I said, “Mission accomplished!”
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The phase “bucket list” has become a part of pop-culture. It refers to a list of life-time, desired achievements. Over the last few years, the idea of creating a personal “bucket list” has become a growing trend. And, of course, often travel is at the epicenter. If you are in the process of creating a list, click here to include a Tour(s) of a Lifetime. Complied by National Geographic, it includes a list of 50 of the best guided expeditions in the world.
TIP: For additional ideas, consider perusing the BucketList.org for popular list items or recently completed tasks (upper right corner). If you choose to become a member (at no cost) you can compile, track and share your list with friends, family and other task masters.
Wine. Image by Berlado Leal. Retrieved from FlickR and used under Creative Commons Licensing.
Are you a wine enthusiast, interested in some of the top wineries in the United State? Home and Garden Television (HGTV) has posted a photo tour of the top 22 wineries in the United States. From the east coast to the west coast and everything in between. Click here to begin your virtual tour!
Life is a JOURNEY.
Choose well those with whom you travel!
by Loraine Heath
Image by RCompass.
Here are the top 10 things I learned on a recent vacation with a nine year old. These are quick reminders for parents of simple things that can be done while traveling but also at home and after work!
- Power Down: I find that I text a lot at night to stay connected with my friends. Although its not as time consuming as a phone conversation-it is definitely distracting. The first day of our trip, I was returning a text to my cousin who was buying tickets to a concert for us when I noticed that my son visibly slouched in his seat with disappointment. He wanted my time (one-on-one). I text my cousin back and explained that I was going on vacation and would get back to her in a few days. And to my son, I promised to power off my phone for the rest of the trip.
- Digital Revolution: Speaking of digital technology; When I was younger my mom gave me my first camera which used the titty-bitty 110 film. Every photo cost money to develop whether good, bad or ugly. Thanks to digital cameras, my son (a budding photographer) was able to click freely and creatively. Which meant that I was able to save big bucks knowing that we had the freedom to delete and then print the best of the best.
- Big Kid: Let your hair down and don’t be afraid to channel your youthful spirit. Laugh at yourself and get silly at unexpected moments. It will lighten everyone’s mood and maybe even allow your kid(s) to see you in a whole new light.
- Follow the Leader: We often try to navigate and take control of situations (its a parental survival skill). Consider letting your kid(s) take the lead. They instinctively want to show off for their parents (it gives them a sense of approval). You might be surprised and proud of what they do.
- Game on: Think back to when you were young playing with friends, cousins, siblings, or neighbors-almost anything can be turned into a game by simply scoring, counting, comparing and/or tallying. Competition still is a great motivator for most any child (especially boys). Keep it safe, clean and rewarding!
- Get Out: Even if your pillow (or book) seems to be calling you, take time to interact with your child. It isn’t enough to physically be next to each other. Connect in a real way. I find that even though the thought of another hike, tour or bike run is exhausting; once I have committed to it, I almost always find it pleasurable.
- Clean Up Crew: Even though you are on vacation, you will undoubtedly still need a clean-up crew. Simply keep a small bottle of water and a few sheets of paper towels (wipes or napkins) with you at all times. You will be surprised how often they will come in handy. Now I know why my parent’s glove compartments were always filled with leftover *(unused) take-out napkins.
- Navigator: Every pilot could use a copilot (or two). Take the time to teach your child how to read maps and work a compass. Back seat driving can be a good thing. Note: We stayed in a small town in a valley where even my Android didn’t work anyway-it was fun to roll old school.
- Reflection: It takes time to absorb and reflect our experiences. I still remember moments from my first family vacation almost 20 years ago. You might be surprised random thoughts that your child will share day, months or years after your trip(s).
- Present Day: Children have the gift of living in the present. They aren’t bogged down by the past or worried about the future. Everything is real-time. Try to live in the moment with them. Theses days seem to cruise by:-)
And one to grow on….11. There is always room for ice cream (need I say more). Tip:For a special twist on this favorite we bought ice cream flavored Jelly Bellies-just to mix things up!