December 2016 Newsletter

“ Christmas Market at the Cologne Cathedral 2011 ”, ©  Superbass   /  CC-BY-SA-3.0  (via Wikimedia Commons)”. Street markets such as the ones typical of Germany, Austria, and surrounding places usher the holiday forth with hot mulled wine, good regional food, ornaments, toys, and spirit.

Christmas Market at the Cologne Cathedral 2011”, © Superbass  / CC-BY-SA-3.0 (via Wikimedia Commons)”. Street markets such as the ones typical of Germany, Austria, and surrounding places usher the holiday forth with hot mulled wine, good regional food, ornaments, toys, and spirit.

After a solid evasion attempt, winter is finally catching up to us, heralding the close of 2016. And with that, we would like to thank everyone for another year of your fantastic support with two events.

Our second event this month is our Customer Appreciation Day. On December 21st, come by the store to ward off the chill with hot apple cider homemade cookies. Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends! We will also be doing complimentary gift wrap all day.

 Thanks again for all your support and we look forward to hearing about all the journeys you have planned for 2017!

Happy Holidays from cindy and jimbo!

Happy Holidays from cindy and jimbo!

Upcoming Travel Shows

Please note:  Beginning this fall, travel shows will now be hosted on WEDNESDAY evenings. All shows are hosted at the store at 7pm and are free!

December 7th – Hiking the Italian Dolomites

Charming villages and farms, mountain huts (“refugi”) with breathtaking views, and beautiful old cities, all woven within a network of trails, await visitors to the spectacular Dolomites region of northern Italy. Join us as we describe our July 2016 travels in this geologically, linguistically, and culturally distinct area of the Italian Alps. We’ll talk about our hiking adventures, including leisurely rambles through flowery high alpine pastures, stopping for lunch at farms and refugi, as well as more challenging hiking along the first portion of the Alta Via I.  We’ll also tell you about our overnights at some refugi along with our visits to the fashionable resort town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the lovely village of Mareson, and the bustling and beautiful city of Bolzano.

December 21st - Customer Appreciation Day! Join us for homemade cookies and hot apple cider! Thank you for shopping locally and supporting a locally owned travel store!

January 4th & 11th - No show, enjoy the holidays!

January 18th - Adventuring in the Antarctic and Nepal

Join Jeff Blumenfeld at Changes in Latitude as he takes you on an adventure trip to Antarctica: the coldest, driest, windiest continent on earth.

Learn about a journey to the frozen continent with North America’s brightest high school students - a trip that a favorite teen in your life can take someday.

He will also speak about the Nepal “Gift of Sight” Project, a Humanitarian medical mission to a remote region of Nepal to provide quality eye care to the people of this spectacular, although impoverished country. He will show a 9-minute documentary that you’ll never forget.

January 25th - Walking the Camino de Santiago: Spain

Have you ever started walking and just wanted to keep going? Join Clarissa as she shares her 500 mile walking adventure on the Camino de Santiago, taking the popular Camino Frances route from the Pyrennes to Santiago de Compestela and then onto Finistere “the world’s end”. With two friends, a back pack and a sense of curiosity, she, like thousands of pilgrims since the 10th century, discovered the power of earth, sky and feet.

For more information and updates on our travel shows visit


Gift Ideas & Stocking Stuffers

Because who doesn’t love a plump stocking?


Jilzarah Jewelry - Clay of different hues are baked together to form beautiful patterns and unique pieces of jewelry.

New York International Leather Wallets and Purses - Where function and fashion come together.

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Collapsing Water Bottles – A fun and space efficient way to combat the habit of buying disposable water bottles on your adventures.

CIL Cubes

Packing Cubes – Time to share the joys of easy travelling. Packing cubes make rifling through your suitcase a piece of stress-free cake. They come in a wonderful variety of colors and sizes too. 

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BB Begonia Bags – One strategically placed BB Begonia Bag in a glove box or purse can be handy for unexpected shopping. Save the environment stylishly with a sturdy bag you can keep forever.

Vim&Vigr Socks

Vim & Vigr Socks – Compression socks that look good. One can never have enough socks. Available in Men’s and Women’s.

STS Tek Towels

Tek Towels – “The most luxurious feeling micro-fiber towel on the market.” Packed into its own little pocket, it’s perfect for the person who likes to pack light, camp, and do all sorts of other outdoor activities. Especially great for the young travelers frequenting hostels.

Travel journals – Don't ever forget a memory.

Exo Underwear

Men and Women's Exofficio underwear – Quick drying, anti-microbial, breathable, and possibly the most comfortable underwear you might ever wear.

More Ideas

  • RFID Sleeves – Available for your cards or your passport, these handy little gadgets are a solid defense against technology driven theft.
  • Luggage Tags – Colorful little additions to any stocking or present. It's always a comfort knowing should your luggage become lost, all your information is with it.
  • Waterproof Playing Cards – For the adventurer going off the beaten track.
  • Universal Adapter or Adapter Kit – Never need to go hunting for the right adapter again. For the person who would like to throw one piece in their bag for every trip.
  • Pocket soaps – Fun little packets containing sheets of soap (hand wash, laundry wash, and more) to make any trip easier. TSA carry-on compliant and biodegradable, they make good stocking stuffers for campers and travelers alike.
  • Collapsing wine glasses – For the drinker on the move.

Travel Tip of the Month

Curious cultural customs can quickly become confusing. Upon meeting a local on your adventures, do you shake hands like a Norwegian or nod like someone who's spent some time in Beijing? Should you envelope someone in a hug, as is common in North America or turn your cheek for a European styled kiss? Is that one kiss or two? Do you go from left to right or vice versa? Perhaps there will be a third or fourth peck on the cheek or maybe a nose rub, which would be the proper way to greet a Maori of New Zealand. You're supposed to bow when meeting a Korean in an informal setting and touch wrists if your hands aren't clean in Rwanda. How do you keep it all straight?

You could either do some digging in the back of your guidebook for hints at what to expect, or do some googling. Sometimes the traditions differ from city to city, not just from country to country. But we have found there is nothing wrong with letting people know you have no idea what you're doing! When in doubt, wait for them to make the first move. If you feel awkward, crack a joke. No one expects you to know all the customs of a new country you're exploring. And after bumbling through those first encounters, you'll emerge a pro and probably leave with a few funny stories to tell back home.

Where in the World?

Can you guess this location? Email us your answer to for a chance to win a Changes in Latitude Gift Certificate!

Where in the World?

Hint:  This spectacular view is found on the border of two countries and these peaks jut up from the world’s second largest icefield outside the Polar Regions, which covers an area of 4,773 square miles.

Last Month’s Answer & Winner:  The November photo was of the Helsinki Cathedral in Finland. We had a lot of correct answers this month, so thanks to all who participated! The randomly selected winner this month is David S.  Congratulations, David, for winning the Changes in Latitude Gift Certificate!  

CIL Local "Faces Around the World" Contest

Hiking the peaks out in Argentina!

Hiking the peaks out in Argentina!

Take a picture of yourself wearing a Changes in Latitude hat anywhere in the world and submit it to for a chance to win! Each month we will draw a winner from the monthly submissions and YOU can win a Changes in Latitude Packing Cube in any color or size you want! With your permission, we will add the picture and description to our new website under “CIL Faces Around the World.” Join in the fun!