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Alaskan dogsled tour with Gondwana
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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 Environmental Programme, emissions from long-haul flights and energy-intensive resorts have […]

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Pun Pun Organic Farm near Chang Mai, Thailand, combines local culture and farming with permaculture-inspired philosophy.
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What Is Permaculture? (And How You Can Volunteer To Help Sustainable Agriculture)

Growing populations and shrinking resources strain the environment and stress its human inhabitants. Developed in 1978, permaculture aims to better prepare people for an uncertain future by embracing sustainable living. At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, dining halls serve food grown in student-started gardens on campus. Volunteers re-build areas demolished […]

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Expat Beth Williams Shares Her Top Cultural Immersion Tips For Japan

Have you ever dreamed of not only visiting Japan, but truly immersing yourself in the local culture? Travel blogger and insatiable nomad Beth Williams of Besudesu Abroad had the opportunity to live with a family in Japan while she studied for a degree in Japanese Language and Culture. She sat […]

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The treehouse room at Rainforest Boutique Hotel
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Ethical Travel: 3 Sustainable Stays In Kerala, India

Known as “God’s Own Country” for its diverse ecosystems and landscapes, India’s Kerala is the perfect destination to explore Mother Nature. It’s also a worthwhile place to learn how to respect her, beginning with the carbon footprint you leave when traveling. The following Kerala accommodations are committed to sustainability as […]

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Alsace, France. Photo courtesy of Tambako The Jaguar.
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Sommelier Certification: Exploring The Wines Of Alsace, France

“‘The Queen of Riesling’ — That’s what I want it to say on my tombstone!” laughs Stephanie Frederick, my instructor for the day for my Sommelier Society of America sommelier certification. Not only does she hold a diploma from the Wine And Spirits Education Trust in London and the distinction […]

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Child wastepicker. Photo courtesy of Keith Bacongco.
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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; however, one piece that stood out to me before embarking […]

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Pills. Photo courtesy of CathyK.
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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 in North America and Western Europe, more patients are choosing […]

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WWOOF And Wine: A Glimpse Into The Agriculture Of Northern New Mexico

Cross the river. Go up the hill, but don’t go down the hill! Cross the river. Go up the hill, but don’t go down the hill! Ahh Emma, don’t miss your turn for the vineyard! I repeated these directions in my head a good 20 times as I scanned the […]

#InstaTravel: Culture, Food And Beautiful Views In Guatemala
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#InstaTravel: Culture, Food And Beautiful Views In Guatemala

      For those looking to travel to Guatemala, the country is full of beautiful landscapes, delicious food and immersive culture worth exploring. To show you what I’m talking about, here’s a look at some highlights through Instagrammed Guatemala photos from my recent trip.   Have a favorite Guatemala […]

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Chimps playing with a shirt Shara bought them
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Notes From Uganda: Culture, Couchsurfing And Volunteering With Orphaned Chimps

Travel isn’t always pretty. Intrepid traveler and wildlife volunteer Shara Johnson tells us about an eye-opening and somewhat difficult experience working at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center, as well as how to experience local culture, what to eat, and why both good and bad realities are worth exploring. 1. You spent […]

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