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20 Top Travel Bloggers on Instagram to Follow

Posted by on March 18, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

There was once a time not so long ago when the only way to document our travels was taking a quick shot with a disposable camera. To take a new photo required manually advancing the film, and you had to wait until the end of your holiday to see if they even turned out. Back then, sharing photographs meant sitting on the couch watching a slide show, or a physical album in hand.

Of course, these were the days long before there were travel bloggers on Instagram. Nowadays, travelers are instantly uploading digital postcards from all across the globe.

The most prolific travel bloggers on Instagram attract thousands, sometimes even millions of followers addicted to living vicariously through their adventures. Some accounts are like visual guidebooks, while others feature sweeping panoramas that will inspire you to pack your bags.

There are plenty of fantastic travel brand accounts on Instagram, from the likes of GoPro, Lonely Planet, and National Geographic. But for this list, we’re highlighting the best independent travel bloggers on Instagram you should be following. These are the people who travel to exotic places and take you along on the journey, ultimately make you feel like booking a flight of your own!Read More

Mar
9

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10 Brave Female Explorers Who Changed the World

Posted by on March 9, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Throughout history, female explorers have ventured into unknown territories, accomplished physical and intellectual challenges, and broken barriers for both their gender and for humans in general.

Not all of them have received the notoriety or credit they deserve, and many of them don’t demand it. But the ones who have made their way into the spotlight of international attention have offered inspiration and motivation to women around the world.

In honor of International Women’s Day, let’s take a look at a handful of female explorers who’ve made a sunstantial impact on their communities and the world. Some of these stories of their adventures might be familiar, while others are more obscure. But each of them demonstrates the reality that EVERY woman has the potential to achieve greatness!

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Mar
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50 Inspirational Quotes About Volunteering & Giving Back

Posted by on March 1, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

“What is the essence of life? To serve others and to do good.”

Spoken by Greek philosopher Aristotle over 2300 years ago, one of the most ancient quotes about volunteering offers proof that giving back to the community is hardly a new concept.

With so many people less fortunate than those of us who can afford to travel, and with funding for social services being brutally slashed, volunteering is becoming increasingly important these days.

From immigrants escaping violent conflict and under-privileged kids needing education to homeless people in need of housing, there are no shortage of ways volunteers can help make a difference. The greatest thing about volunteering may be the benefits it offers to individual recipients, their communities, and the volunteers themselves.

We here at Discover Corps founded our company on the principles of striving to make the world a better place. We hope the following 50 quotes about volunteering will inspire you to give back by donating your time, energy, and resources to the causes you’re most passionate about…

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Feb
14

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The Best Travel Blogs for Couples

Posted by on February 14, 2017 · 1 Comment  

The best travel blogs all have a few things in common.

For one, they manage to be both informative and inspiring, striking a delicate balance between education and entertainment. For another, they have a charming inclusive quality that encourages readers to get out and explore this big, beautiful world of ours. Perhaps most importantly, they have a passion for exploration, and the challenges of getting outside your comfort zone.

This Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be fun to take a look at the some the best travel blogs in the world created by couples. Couples travel blogs don’t tend to get as much attention as solo travel blogs. But there’s something undeniably attractive about a couple who shares their passion for the world with each other, and their passion for each other with the world.

Here, then, is our look at 10 of the Best Travel Blogs for Couples, with an emphasis on those who focus on ecotourism and outdoor adventure…

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Feb
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The 10 Best Festivals Around the World Every Traveler Should Experience

Posted by on February 8, 2017 · 1 Comment  

The best festivals offer a way to celebrate the people and culture of a place, with revelers from all around the globe. They have the power to bring cultures together in events that range from solemn to silly, providing attendees with lifelong memories and stories to share.

With Mardi Gras right around the corner, this is a great time to explore some of the best festivals around the globe. Many of these take place in the countries where people can volunteer with Discover Corps. Timing your volunteer vacation to coincide with one of these celebrations is a great way to reward yourself for a job well done!

Take a look at our picks for the Top 10 festivals in the world

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17 Top Travel Blogs to Follow in 2017

Posted by on February 1, 2017 · 6 Comments  

The travel blogging field has exploded exponentially over the past decade. What began as a simple way for a few adventurous souls to share their journeys with friends and family has become a lucrative industry. These days, the best travel blogs are transforming the way people travel.

As a result of this rapid growth, there are tens of thousands of blogs out there catering to just about every travel interest you can imagine. From Baby Boomers to family travel, budget to luxury, cultural travel to sustainable travel, the world’s top travel blogs are increasingly niche-driven.

What they all have in common are engaging stories, beautiful photography, and an adventurous attitude that encourages travelers of all experience levels to get out there and explore our amazing planet. Check out our guide to some of the top travel blogs to follow in 2017, and please let us know your favorites in the comments below!

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Jan
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Top 10 Things to Do in Costa Rica for Families

Posted by on January 22, 2017 · 1 Comment  

In its first week, the new U.S. administration has already removed all references to Climate Change from its website and is openly looking to sell off drilling rights in National Parks and other public lands to the highest bidder. So the responsibility of parents to educate their children on the importance of nature and wildlife conservation has never been more vital.

There are few nations on the planet that are better for illustrating the beauty of nature than Costa Rica. The country was one of the earlier adopters of responsible ecotourism, with more than 25% of its 19,700 square miles protected from future development. It’s been ranked the best country in the world in terms of environmental sustainability on more than one occasion, and became the first country in the Americas to ban hunting in 2012.

There are so many things to do in Costa Rica, it can be difficult to decide where to start. The country has 26 National Parks and myriad nature reserves and wildlife refuges, encompassing diverse ecosystems ranging from cloud forests and rainforests to wetlands and coastal marine areas. In short, the place is paradise for anyone with an interest in nature, wildlife and outdoor adventure.

Here are our picks for the best things to do in Costa Rica for families…

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Jan
11

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UN Declares 2017 The Year of Sustainable Tourism

Posted by on January 11, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

The phrase “sustainable tourism” has received a lot of attention in the last couple of years, as concerns over climate change increase and travelers become more aware of their contributions to that change.

But in 2017, the buzzword will gain even more visibility, thanks to the United Nation’s decision to deem this the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

Tourism is a powerful industry with an enormous impact on the global economy. It employs one out of eleven people worldwide and accounts for 9.8% of the world’s GDP, or “gross domestic product.” That kind of reach and impact puts the travel industry in a unique position to promote responsible, environmentally-friendly practices all over the world.

By calling attention to this potential for a positive (or negative) impact, the United Nations is encouraging everyone involved in the industry– from tour operators to travelers themselves– to demonstrate sustainable travel practices with minimal or beneficial impacts on the ecosystems and communities they travel through.

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Why Riding Elephants Should Be a Thing of the Past

Posted by on January 2, 2017 · 2 Comments  

The blessing and curse of Sustainable Travel is that it is a constantly evolving thing. The more we study nature, the deeper our understanding of how it works grows. Experiences that were once considered a must-do for wildlife lovers– from swimming with Dolphins to walking with Lions– are now known to be detrimental to the animals’ well-being.

A similar shift in consciousness is happening now, as more and more travelers shun the use of Elephants for entertainment. Humans have been riding Elephants for eons. They’ve been used as working animals (primarily for transport and logging) in Asia since the Bronze Age. They were also used as an instrument of war as early as 1000 BC, making legends of leaders like Alexander the Great and Hannibal.

Over the past half-century, Elephants have been increasingly employed in the tourism trade. Riding Elephants became big business in Thailand, Vietnam, and other parts of Southeast Asia, and you could also find them being used to perform tricks and paint pictures for tourists.

For decades riding Elephants was on every animal lover’s bucket list. But few people knew about the ugly truth behind this “once-in-a-lifetime” tourist activity…

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Top Sustainable Travel Destinations for 2017

Posted by on December 28, 2016 · 1 Comment  

It’s become an annual rite of passage for travel writers to pick their favorite travel destinations for the coming year. Since we here at Discover Corps are committed to the concept of Sustainable Travel (travel that benefits the local ecology and economy of a place), we thought it would be fun to ask our favorite travel blogging experts to share their favorite eco-friendly destinations. Check out these mini-guides to the Top Sustainable Travel Destinations for 2017:

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