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Gingerbread: History, Traditions And Where To See The World’s Sweetest Artwork

With Christmas quickly approaching, sights, sounds and smells of the season warm the cooling winter air and brighten dark nights. Among the colorful lights and cheery decorations, gingerbread houses have always stood out as being (almost) too ornamental to justify […]

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The Dark Side Of Easter: Child Slave Labor And How To Source Ethical Chocolate This Holiday

Easter has always been a time to celebrate rebirth. During the spring, the entire planet seems to come back to life. Trees and flowers begin to blossom and the holidays are celebrated with an array of delicious foods. Most notably, […]

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Tips For Giving Your Trip A Responsible Makeover

In the USA, the Union of Concerned Scientists has found that 40% of the country’s fossil fuel related carbon dioxide emissions come from the transportation sector. Since travel — especially on an international level — involves taking at least a […]

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Going Local In Sumatra, Indonesia

While living in Singapore, some friends approached me to travel with them to Medan on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. When I asked why Sumatra, they showed me the blowout sale Jetstar was having on flights and said “why […]

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5 Common Travel Practices That Are Detrimental For The Environment (And How You Can Easily Change Them)

The idea of going on vacation is probably one of the most appealing concepts we have as human beings. It can mean anything from jet setting off to a sunny beach and sipping tropical drinks to trekking through remote and […]

Sliding Down Volcanoes And Into New Local Friendships In León, Nicaragua

Sliding Down Volcanoes And Into New Local Friendships In León, Nicaragua

When I decided to meet up with a friend of mine for a week-long trip to Nicaragua, I was set to experience what I thought was the best of what the country had to offer: adrenaline pumping treks up and […]

These Voluntourism Companies Help Travelers Give Back While Still Enjoying Their Vacation

These Voluntourism Companies Help Travelers Give Back While Still Enjoying Their Vacation

While many people think of travel as a time to pursue their own relaxation and enjoyment, it can also be a great opportunity to give back. Voluntourism trips have been gaining popularity for their positive contributions to society while still […]

 Eco-Conscious On The Road: Amazing Travel Companies That Can Help You To Save The Planet

Eco-Conscious On The Road: Amazing Travel Companies That Can Help You To Save The Planet

As enjoyable as jet-setting off to foreign destinations in search of new experiences (and food and drinks) can be, international travel has developed a bit of a track record for being less-than-enjoyable for the environment. According to the United Nations […]

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The International Issue Of Child Street Vendors

Before I take any international trip, my friends and family become overwrought with “helpful pieces of advice” for me. Most of it is usually common sense like not doing drugs in alleyways or leaving hundreds of dollars unattended on tables; […]

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Medical Tourism: Are Cheaper Procedures Worth The Risk?

While even the thought of needing to take a trip to the hospital while on vacation is enough to make most travelers shudder, others make this the center of their vacation. With costs and wait times for treatments increasing rapidly […]