Tuesday, August 13, 2013

No Posts for a While

I apologize for not posting this sooner.

I will not be blogging for at least a week while I'm traveling to support several family members through a difficult time. I will return as soon as I'm able.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Travel Tuesdays: YOU Be the Helpful Local

That's Adam, just before he drove us to a hotel in his big rig.
These "Travel Tuesdays" posts are usually about being a traveler. Today I'd like you to think about being a friendly local to travelers who might be passing through your town or city.

In the past, I've written about locals who have helped us when we were traveling. Franco and Caroline helped us deal with medical issues when we were in Sicily. Our tow truck driver, Adam, showed exceptional kindness and also helped us get to a hotel after towing the RV we had rented. I have countless stories like these.

In each of our travels, we have met wonderful, caring people who helped us in one way or another. Today, I invite you to be the helpful local to some traveler.

I was reminded of this while at the beach with my kids last week. My daughter was playing with another girl which led me to chat with her mom. I learned that they were on vacation from Boston for a couple of weeks. While we didn't "help" them, per se, I'd like to think they came away from the experience feeling welcomed in our area.

If you're not sure how to start, read this old post called Meetin' the Locals to get some ideas. Then step out and make some new connections!

How have you helped travelers feel welcomed in your area? Do you have other suggestions for how to break the ice and meet new people?