Lost in Translation: 4 Language Tools To Pack in Your Suitcase

When I was eight years old, I remember preparing for my first trip to a country that spoke another language. My Dad purchased a CD-ROM language course in French, learning pointless phrases such as “I am Madame Burton’s gardener.” He would laugh at how ridiculous these phrases were, as they offered no practical assistance for our trip to France. Language tools have come along way even in the last two decades. Luckily travelers don’t have to pop in CD-ROMs to learn a thing or two about their destination’s language. Now you can throw these four tools in your pocket when you hit the road to knock down language barriers and make sense of destinations that are seemingly foreign.

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Five Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Los Angeles

Dining in unique restaurants is one of the most enjoyable parts of our regular visits to Los Angeles. However, I have to admit that our dining habits have changed a bit since we’ve become parents. Fortunately, there are many excellent restaurants in the Los Angeles area that are also kid-friendly. Here are my top five recommendations.

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5 Best Restaurants for Service in the UK

UK restaurant bookings site, toptable, has announced the winners of its 2013 Diners' Choice awards for the Top 50 Restaurants for Service in the UK. The awards represent the “combined opinions of approximately 350,000 reviews submitted between September 2013 and Auguest 2013 by verified toptable diners for more than 4,000 restaurants across the UK. All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the highest average rating in the service category.

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5 Top Sights in Manila

Manila – it's one of the world's biggest cities and one of its most exciting and diverse. Steeped in history but with a vibrant 21st century edge, Manila offers a tantalizing variety of delights for all travelers. Here's a list of five top attractions spanning six centuries – from colonial walls to giant oceanariums and luxury shopping destinations.

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2014 Michelin Stars for London

Whoa, when I go the idea to list all of London's Michelin starred restaurants I really didn't realize it would be quite so lengthy. Yep, London's got just over 60 fine dining establishments boasting the much sought after stars from the famous Michelin Guide on where to eat. Of the nine new entries from London, I've had the pleasure of dining at three this year – Bo London, HKK and Lima – and can attest that they comprise a trio well deserving of accolades and recognition. Anyway, once I pho my list I figured I should go ahead and finish it and share it with you. So here it is. Bon Appétit!

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