Believe it or not, Cinco de Mayo isn’t just about drinking one too many margaritas and practicing your high school Spanish. The holiday originally started in Mexico as a way to commemorate the Battle of Puebla during the Mexican Wars of Independence. Though it’s not actually a national holiday in Mexico and is primarily celebrated in the Puebla region, it has taken on significance in the U.S. as a day to appreciate Mexican heritage and culture.
Regardless of its history, Cinco de Mayo is a great excuse to get more familiar with the cuisine of Mexico, not to mention its classic spirits and cocktails, the most well-known of which is inarguably the tequila-based margarita. On Cinco de Mayo, the refreshing citrus cocktail is trumped only by a good, old-fashioned straight tequila shot, preferably with a wedge of lime and a lick of salt to help it go down easy.
At Triposo, we believe the best way to experience a culture is through its cuisine -- or, in this case, its liquor. This year, if you can’t head south of the border in time for May 5, check out our article on Buzzfeed to discover the restaurants and bars that are the highest-rated for “tequila” on social media according to Triposo’s algorithms. ¡Salud!
By Meg on Friday, May 03, 2013
One of the best parts of travel is the chance to get out of your comfort zone: try new things, meet new people and have exciting experiences. Of course, it’s possible to take it a little too far. So we over here at Triposo recently conducted a survey to find out more about how people behave when they travel abroad.
Our survey covers everything from travel etiquette and manners (like hogging the arm rests and asking to switch seats incessantly) to drunken misbehavior and foreign fraternization. We talked to more than 700 respondents from 62 countries to find out what kind of terrible tourist behavior they’ve engaged in or caught others doing.
Check out some of the results below:
No hotel room? No problem! Seventeen percent of respondents admitted to hooking up in a public place while abroad. Others indicated that body language was sufficient for intercultural communication, with 16 percent admitting to a hook-up with someone who did not speak their language. Overall, 70 percent of respondents admitted to some sort of fraternization while abroad. Here are our key findings:
- 25 percent admit to a one-night stand.
- 6 percent admitted to cheating on a significant other. (Men were twice as likely to cheat.)
- 5 percent broke up with a significant other.
- 6 percent admitted to soliciting sex. (All of these respondents were men.)
60 percent of our respondents admitted to partaking in some sort of adventure that was fueled by alcohol. Unfortunately not all of these adventures had a happy ending, as 11 percent admitted that drinking led to hurting themselves or someone else. Others reported drinking led to some unsavory public behavior abroad:
- 20 percent admitted to urinating in public.
- 10 percent admitted to vomiting in public.
- 5 percent say drinking abroad led to naked escapades in public.
Just Plain Bad Behavior
Some respondents told us about illegal or questionable behavior abroad, including more than 20 percent who admitted to stealing while in a foreign country, even if it was just a hotel towel. Other findings include:
- 15 percent admitted to buying or selling drugs.
- Almost 14 percent admitted to some form of trespassing.
- 6 percent admitted to smuggling contraband.
- Less than 2 percent report being arrested, though more than 10 percent reported being held at the border.
What about you? What kind of bad behavior have you witnessed (or maybe taken part in...) while traveling abroad?
By Meg on Thursday, May 02, 2013
Exciting news today for all you Android users: Triposo 2.0 is live! In this version, Triposo has updated the app with a bunch of great new features, like live event listings, social reviews and an improved layout for tablets and bigger devices.
The new app features include:
- Local events listings to help you find more spontaneous fun while traveling
- Improved phrasebooks to help you communicate effectively, even when you’re out of your element
- Redesigned location and place screens to make it easier than ever to find what you’re looking for
- Fresh data to keep you coming back for more adventures
- Local festivals, food and works of art in the Travelpedia to make discovering culture and experiencing new things as easy as flipping on your smartphone.
- “Good For” and “Best For” badges to help you find what you’re looking for based on social recommendations
Here at Triposo, our goal is to give you all the tools you need to experience a new place like a local. We want to help you find interesting things to do, sights to see, food to eat and culture to experience.
Our “Practicalities” tab gives you all the practical information you will need to navigate your trip, from transport options to local hospitals to laundry facilities.
Our “Travelpedia” provides you with tons of great open-source content to help you find good food, festivals and art, as well as to learn about the history of each location.
And our “Things to Do” tab will help you find nightlife, hotels, tours, coffee shops, outdoor activities and lots more -- everything you need to build a memorable trip.
The latest update takes these features to the next level, making it easier and faster than ever for you to plan trips, find activities on the go and have all of the information you need right at your fingertips, without any heavy guidebooks to lug around. Plus, it’s all available offline, so you don’t need to worry about roaming charges or tracking down a wifi hotspot. Just grab Triposo and go!
Have you checked out the new app yet? Let us know what you think!
By Meg on Wednesday, May 01, 2013