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Wellness Travel: World’s Top Boozy Yoga Vacations

On first consideration, drinking and yoga may seem rather incompatible. If, like me, you’ve occasionally had one too many glasses of red wine before heading to an hour of vinyasa and downward dog, you may have reservations about combining the […]

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A Sustainable Wellness Getaway At Al Capone’s Old SoCal Hideaway

“Qigong is the practice of mindful of your body, mind and breath,” explains Michael, my Tai Chi instructor for the morning. “If you’re mindful of your breath and body but not your mind, you’re not doing Qigong.” It’s a sunny […]

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How A Farm-To-Fork Food Truck Is Providing A Positive Future For Formerly-Incarcerated Youth

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. It also imprisons more young people than any other nation on earth. On an average day there are around 50,000 16- and 17-year-olds in custody and facing prosecution as […]

48 Hours On A Vineyard: 5 Things I Learned During Harvest Season

Sepia-toned movies like French Kiss, Sideways and A Good Year paint a romantic image of life on a vineyard. Who wouldn’t want to abandon beige office cubicles for sunny rows of grape vines? Or exchange suit pants for jeans? After […]

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Ethiopian Culture: Exploring The Country Through Beer

Much of the tourism in Ethiopia is focused on history. The country is in the region of the world where humankind originated – the ‘Cradle of Civilization.’ From the Rift Valley, which yielded the 3.5 million-year-old fossil of Lucy, to […]

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To Be Honest, I Just Want To Volunteer: Common Voluntourism Mistakes And How To Fix Them

That’s great – honesty is the best place to start – without honesty there are so many pitfalls – so many mistakes that well-meaning volunteers can make. My organization, People & Places, has been campaigning for better volunteer experiences for […]

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Wildlife Experiences: A Humane Holiday Or Torturous Tourism?

Do you want to know more about responsible wildlife tourism? Epicure & Culture caught up with Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, to learn more about what’s ethical and what’s not when it comes to animal experiences. In […]

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How Jewelry Is Helping Underprivileged Girls In Bangladesh Gain An Education

Like all good stories, this one began a long time ago in a faraway place. It started in the small town of Bogra in Bangladesh before Nur-E Farhana Rahman was even born. It was the 1960s and her great grandfather, a […]

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How To Experience The Best Of California’s Temecula Valley Wine Country

“What’s the number one reason after Disneyland that visitors come to California?” asks Elizabeth, my host for the day. As I’m on a Grapeline Wine Tour of California’s Temecula Valley Wine Country, I think I can guess the answer. “Wine!” […]

Tasty Travel: Learning The Art Of Soba Making In Japan

Tasty Travel: Learning The Art Of Soba Making In Japan

Izushi, Japan, located in the Hyōgo Prefecture less than two hours from Osaka and about two-and-a-half hours from Kyoto, is known for many things: an ancient theater, castle ruins, a preserved old-time feel, and, the focus of this piece, soba […]