What's that saying? When in Rome, do as the Romans do? That's my thoughts exactly when I travel to another area of the country or the world for that matter.

During the few times I had the opportunity to visit the United Kingdom, I wanted to experience as much of the culture as possible. That meant several things, including staying at Bed and Breakfast homes rather than a hotel. We met so many local residents and learned so much about their town and way of life.

For dinner, we always ate at the local pub. No matter how small the town may have been in England, Scotland or Wales that we visited, there was always at least one pub located in each. Nothing quite like a great local meal followed by a pint or two of beer to top off the evening. That that would be a British beer, not that watered down American beer.

Even though we visited many of the tourist destinations, most were of historical significance to the country we were visiting. Taking in a Shakespearean play while we were in Stratford-upon-Avon or visiting Stonehenge, were a few unforgettable experiences.

While in Wales, we visited a town with one of the longest name in the world, 'llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.' Don't ask me how to pronounce it though. It's one of those places you have to visit when in Wales.

As odd as this may sound, even when I'm in a different state, I like to experience the local flavors. Mostly that means the food or drink that is made in that state. For example, when I'm at camp in Pennsylvania, my favorite beer is Yuengling, brewed in Pottsville, and my favorite type of potato chips are UTZ, made in Hanover. It's pronounced 'Uts', like 'puts', not 'You-ts'.

The next time you travel, be sure to experience the local flavor. It's an experience you will cherish for a long time.

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