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Spreading the Love from Abroad

08 February 2012


Thailand is amazing!  Wow, wow, wow.
I cannot wait to share the details and pictures with you guys.
In the meantime, I'm so happy to share a guest post from Tonya, who blogs HERE and HERE.
Tonya is from a very small town in Iowa...but has spent time living abroad in Ireland.
She so kindly offered to share some tips on 'spreading the love' for those of us who are traveling or live abroad.

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Valentine’s Day Gifts For the Traveler
Valentine’s Day is often bitter sweet for travelers. Regardless of whether or not you are alone, the traveler inevitably leaves people they love in far off places. Show your loved ones you care with these travelers’ Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

1.  Don’t dismiss the beauty of cards. Always seen as a simple gagster, sending a card from abroad means a lot to those in your home country. Cards are especially good for those you may know who have not traveled much or never been to the country you currently live in. Find a card with cultural significance to the area you’re visiting. By a card in the native language and then translate it into your language on the left side. Another option is to play with words. Even if the country you live in speaks your language, chances are there are some differences. You’re not going to find a card that says ‘happy Valentine’s Day, Mum’ in the United States.

2.   Find small baubles in local antique shops. Every country has a history. Try to find a small antique shop or something equivalent to a salvation army. These places hold artifacts from the daily life of local people. You are likely to find old jewelry or quirky toys for all your loved ones. Without ever traveling, you can give your loved ones the chance to own a piece of the county you are living in.

3.  Plan a Skype date. This is especially good if you have been gone for a long period of time or have a time difference that makes it difficult to get in touch. What better gift to give than of yourself. Sure, you may have to get up a little early, or stay up a little late, but your family and friends will be grateful.

4. Send local treats home. Depending on the laws of the land, sending food can sometimes be difficult. If possible find some locally made desserts or chocolates. You can’t go wrong with sugar.
Don’t let loneliness take you, traveler, this Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or go very far to find good Valentine’s Day gifts. Whatever you send will be from your heart and have the added significance of being from a different country. Share your love around the world on February 14th and remember, for every gift you send there is a person who loves you. 

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Thanks Tonya for the great tips!  Please check out Tonya's blog.
I'm sweating buckets with this hot laptop on my lap, in the lobby of our hotel, which is open air {read: no A/C.}  Between that and the ocean calling my name...I think it's time to get back to my holiday :)

If you're friends with me on Facebook, I've posted a couple teaser pictures of Thailand.
My Facebook page is HERE.

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