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Aug
17

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International Foods: Dishes to try in our favorite destinations, Part I

Posted by on August 17, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

“What should I eat?” is one of the most common questions we get from our travelers. And who could blame them? Food is a large part of the heart of a culture or country. And international foods tend to be considerably different in their native lands, since American versions of the same foods are usually tempered to cater to American tastes and familiarity.

So, which international foods should you try? The short answer is, “It depends.”  It’s not a non-answer, we promise! It does depend. It depends on your tastes, where you’re traveling, how adventurous an eater you are, and whether or not you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

While we obviously encourage you to interact with locals anywhere you go, we’ve taken some of the legwork out of discovering the most traditional foods on our trips. Enjoy Part One of our list of international foods to try. Fair warning: Use caution when reading this list on an empty stomach… You may end up on a plane before you know it, jonesing to try some international cuisine!

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Aug
10

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Family Vacation Planning Blueprint: Plan Ahead!

Posted by on August 10, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Name a few things in your life that you do without much planning. Grabbing lunch, walking the dog? Making a pit stop for an extra cup of coffee, buying that extra accessory you don’t really need? These all probably make the list. But what about family vacation planning? Would you jump into a trip with the family with little to no planning?

Of course you wouldn’t. (And if you would, we wish you all of the luck in the world, brave soul.)

Family vacation planning is all about making your life while traveling easier. From budgeting to booking, coordinating schedules, to finding the right activities for your children – once you’ve gotten the planning down, all that’s left to do is create incredible memories with your family! Let’s go over how (and why) family vacation planning is done.

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Aug
3

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From customs to tradition: 9 things you didn’t know about Cuban culture

Posted by on August 3, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

WELCOME TO CUBA!! (Handshake, handshake, hug, kiss, kiss.) WE’RE SO GLAD YOU’RE HERE! …Now what?

It’s common when traveling to another country to want to be fully immersed in their culture, at least once you get there. It’s also normal to not be overly familiar with local customs and traditions. Aside from learning these about these things because you’re interested, it will serve you well to familiarize yourself with them before you visit.

You may think you’re knowledgeable about Cuba – and perhaps you are. But the truth is, Cuba (and Cuban culture) has drastically changed since the Cuban Revolution in 1959. While the country is still a “throwback” in many ways (antique cars and historical architecture especially), what you think you know about Cuba may be due for some updates. Once you’ve studied up, make sure you take advantage of the free flights we’re offering from Miami to Havana  (when you book your 2018 trip to Cuba). Quantities are limited, though, and are only up for grabs through the month of August.

Now you’re ready! Let’s take a look at 10 things you may not know about Cuban culture.

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Jul
27

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10 Travel Vloggers You Should Be Watching

Posted by on July 27, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

If you spend any amount of time online, vlogging (short for “video blogging”) is something you really can’t miss. Whether or not you set out to find travel vloggers (or vloggers of any other kind), you’re bound to see them on social media, YouTube, and sometimes even on TV!

The awesome thing about finding travel vloggers to follow is that you get to see their experiences in motion. These aren’t still shots of Big Ben from afar – quite the contrary. These folks record their travels, adventures, tips, tricks, meals, and sometimes antics – making it easier for you to see what places around the world might be like. Who knows – maybe you’ll be so inspired, you’ll break out your camera on your next trip!

Read on to discover ten travel vloggers (in no particular order) you won’t want to miss!

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Jul
20

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A Belize Vacation in Photos

Posted by on July 20, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Have you considered a Belize vacation? Why? What comes to mind when you envision the country, culture, wildlife, and food of the Central American country? Does your imagination run away with you to a tropical paradise full of fascinating animals, sparkling azure beaches, and luxury accommodations?

Follow your imagination – it’s a step ahead of you! We’re very excited to announce that we’ve added a second Belize vacation to our list of trips! And since a picture is worth 1,000 words, we thought it’d be fun to share a few thousand with you.

Sit back, relax, listen for the breeze and the birds, breathe in the saltwater air, and soak up some sun – we’re going to Belize!

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Jul
13

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Know Before You Go: Key Phrases in Your Destination’s Local Language

Posted by on July 13, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

When you travel outside of your home country, is it essential to speak the local language? In short, no. However, learning a few key phrases native to your destination could be the best trip planning you’ll ever do!

Here’s why: Trying to communicate on some level with locals (anywhere you travel) can be endearing. You’re visiting their country – their home – and you’re showing that you’re interested enough in their culture to at least try to learn.

It’s also all about the basics! While many trips are to predominantly English-speaking countries, or have guided tours with English-speaking guides, you can’t go wrong with memorizing some standard words and phrases. What if you venture off to mingle with the locals? Being able to ask and answer questions would be helpful.

While we can’t cover every country and language, we’ve put together a list of commonly visited countries on our radar, long with key words and phrases in the local language you should get familiar with.

¡Vamonos! (That’s Spanish for “Let’s go!”)

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Jul
6

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Beyond People: 4 Volunteer Vacations That Help Animals

Posted by on July 6, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Volunteer vacations aren’t just about humans and the environment. Not hardly! Animals are such an integral part of our world, and sometimes they need our help. But, how can you help? And how can you do it on vacation?

Many of the animals you’ll see on the trip list below are endangered or very close to making the list. Typically, that means you wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to get up close and personal with them (in the wild or in captivity). In the case of the volunteer vacations below, what that means is you’ll be on the forefront of helping them get off that list (or to not land on it to begin with)!

And look, we know you’re here to help. We get it. We love it. But you have to have a little fun while you’re out there, too. You have to see some sights. You need to try the food. These are volunteer vacations after all! Be sure to click through to each trip to see the other adventures you might have in each location.

Read on to see what kind of animals you can help, where you’ll find them, and what sights, sounds, and smells you’ll likely see on your adventure!

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Jun
29

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5 Ecotourism Blogs You Should Be Following

Posted by on June 29, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Ecotourism. Green travel. Eco-travel. Sustainable travel. Whatever you call it – we call it “awesome,” for more reasons than one.

Maybe you want to leave Earth in better shape than you found it. Perhaps you dream of shaping the place future generations will call “home.” Heck, maybe you just want to reduce your own carbon footprint.

All reasons considered, environmental awareness has caused a rise in ecotourism. Whether you’re new to the idea of sustainable travel, love the idea ecotourism, or you lead the green travel brigade, we seriously suggest checking taking a look at our list of ecotourism-based blogs.

These travel bloggers do more than globe-trot. They explore, learn, give back, clean up, teach, and – most importantly – care.  Ready to learn how you can help change the world and shape the future on your next vacation? Let’s go!

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Jun
22

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Making Sense of Trump’s Latest Announcement on Cuba Travel

Posted by on June 22, 2017 · 2 Comments  

President Trump last week (June 16, 2017) announced that he would roll back much of the Obama administration’s progress with Cuba travel, saying “Effective immediately, I’m canceling completely the one-sided deal with Cuba.”

But what, exactly, does that mean?

Here’s what it doesn’t mean:  It doesn’t mean the U.S. is back to a completely frigid relationship with Cuba. It doesn’t mean all channels of travel between the U.S. and Cuba will be shut down. It doesn’t mean that you, as an individual, can’t still visit Cuba if you’re so inclined. You certainly can!

What it does mean, is: You can no longer travel to Cuba on your own, individually, for people-to-people tourism. You must go with a group (like Discover Corps). It also means the U.S. government will not be facilitating the Cuban military receiving U.S. funds in any way.

Read more to dive deeper into the details of the President’s most recent Cuba travel announcement. Then, prepare to travel!

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Jun
15

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Travel To Cuba: 10 Things To Know Before You Go

Posted by on June 15, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Travel to Cuba became a possibility in 2014, when then-President Obama announced United States-Cuba Normalization. Since then, U.S. tourism to Cuba has more than tripled. This comes as no surprise, since Americans hadn’t been able to visit Cuba for 50 years prior.

Now that travel to Cuba is an option and people are flocking to the beautiful country “stuck in time,” you might be tempted to hop on a plane and head to the Caribbean’s largest island. And who could blame you? From antique cars to fascinating architecture, incredible food to the tight-knit communal culture, there is so much to experience.

The fact is, travel to Cuba is unlike travel to similar destinations in many ways. Planning will serve you well here, and help your trip go off without a hitch. Read on to discover ten things you should know before you go!

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