Category: Travel Tips

Apr
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Tips for Families Traveling to the Galapagos

Posted by on April 20, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Family travel means good times, great company, and memories to last a lifetime. However, family Galapagos travel can be even more memorable! There are advantages for families island hopping around the Galapagos, rather than being trapped on a cruise or on the beach for an entire week.

Read on to learn how our Galapagos Family Vacation is uniquely designed for families, with itineraries that keep the kids thrilled and the parents happy/less stressed/enjoying the trip and the family time.

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Apr
6

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7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites for Every Travel Bucket List

Posted by on April 6, 2017 · 1 Comment  

Have UNESCO World Heritage Sites made it on to your travel bucket list?

There are few guarantees in the world of travel. But a “World Heritage Site” designation from UNESCO– the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization– ensures that a destination is important enough to deserve protection for future generations.

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Mar
5

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How to Plan a Meaningful Vacation: Tips for Making Trips Unforgettable

Posted by on March 5, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

When you plan a vacation, what aspects of the trip do you usually consider during the planning process? Dates, destinations, and day-to-day details are probably at the top of that list. Usually we pick a place that we’re interested in traveling to and then fill in the details from there.

But what about the feeling that you want to have when you walk away from your vacation? How much thought do you usually put into how a given trip will transform you? This isn’t something that most families consider when they plan trips.

I haven’t always been so intentional about this aspect of my own travels. But I’ve recently come to realize that the feelings I want my trips to inspire are a really important element. It’s hard to beat walking away from a vacation not only with wonderful memories, but also with that feeling you get when an experience is particularly special or precious to you.

So what are the components of a meaningful vacation? And how do we ensure that our travel experiences live up to this somewhat intangible expectation?

Each of us is different in terms of what we find most beneficial. But we’ve put together a few suggestions of how to plan a meaningful vacation that will change you for the better…

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Feb
5

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Beyond Machu Picchu: Our Top 7 Attractions in the Peruvian Andes

Posted by on February 5, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

In Peru, tourism is having its moment in the sun, growing annually at a rate of 25% over the past five years. Anyone who has visited this South American nation returns with a deep appreciation for the friendly people, beautiful landscapes, and rich and diverse cultural heritage that is on constant display.

The country is as complex as the most intricate and exquisite weavings made there. For travelers, there are so many things to do in Peru. Festivals spill from churches into the surrounding streets, shaman ceremonies mark ancient rites, and bustling urban centers seamlessly turn to quaint towns and cobblestone streets as you wander.

The vast majority of Peru tourism takes place in the Cusco region and revolves around visits to the famed Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. Under UNESCO protection, the archeological masterpiece has been placed under restrictions by the Peruvian government for its preservation. So it’s not as easy as it once was to visit Machu Picchu.

But there’s so many others things to do and see in the Peruvian Andes beyond Machu Picchu. So this week, we’re using the blog to help travelers make the most of their trip to Peru’s Sacred Valley, beyond simply snapping some shots atop South America’s most Instagrammed location.

The Peruvian Andes (which includes the Sacred Valley, Inca Trail, and colonial city of Cusco) is rich in archaeological sites and opportunities for cultural immersion. Check out these seven attractions in the Peruvian Andes, and leave us a comment if you’ve got suggestions to add to our list!

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Nov
13

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What To Pack For Cuba: The Ultimate List

Posted by on November 13, 2016 · Leave a Comment  

In August 2016, Cuba became an accessible vacation destination for Americans when the first direct, commercial routes were opened between the two countries since the early 1960s.

Many Americans are thrilled by the opportunity to finally visit Cuba and meet the people who call it home. From mountains and beaches to the vibrant cities and towns in between, there are countless places to visit in Cuba that will light up your senses with their colors, culture and vibrant spirit.

But it’s important to remember that Cuba has been under an embargo for over 50 years. That means the goods they have available are very limited. Despite its improved relations with the US, you will not find wide availability of foreign products in Cuba.

So if you’re excitedly preparing to vacation through this previously closed door, it’s important to know what to bring with you. Here is our ultimate guide on what to pack for Cuba, with everything you need for an enjoyable vacation in the country.

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Oct
20

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7 Things to Do in Puerto Plata & Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Posted by on October 20, 2016 · Leave a Comment  

The Dominican Republic is the second largest country in the Caribbean, with over 10 million people spread across 18,704 square miles. Located on the northern coast, the city of Puerto Plata (and nearby beach town Cabarete) isn’t as well-known as Santo Domingo and Punta Cana, but it does offer a less crowded alternative.

Founded in the early 1500s, Puerto Plata is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the mountain known as Pico Isabel de Torres on the other. Historically, the city boomed after privateer Sir John Hawkins brought 400 slaves he’d abducted from Sierra Leone, launching Britain’s involvement in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Now, Puerto Plata is becoming increasingly popular among tourists seeking eco-friendly adventures. From climbing waterfalls and strolling through mountain-top botanical gardens to zip lining through the jungle and helping to build local school and clinics, here’s our tips on the best things to do in Puerto Plata and Cabarete.

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Oct
9

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Be a Better Wildlife Photographer: 7 Tips

Posted by on October 9, 2016 · 1 Comment  

My love of wildlife encounters and my love of travel went hand in hand, so much so that it would be hard to imagine life without either.

From early trips to Costa Rica and South Africa to more recent adventures in the Galapagos Islands and Tanzania, we’ve been fortunate to experience some of the world’s most incredible destinations to refine your skills as a wildlife photographer.

Over the course of 20 years of traveling professionally, my wildlife photography skills have improved dramatically, from simple snapshots back in the late ’90s to getting my first photo used by National Geographic last year.

There were a few photography classes and a lot of trial and error over those years, with thousands of terrible photos and a few really good ones. Most of the winners came from improving my gear and experimentation in the field, using  a few simple tricks I picked up along the way.

If you’re like me and you get a visceral thrill out of seeing wild animals in their natural environment, these tips can help you be a better wildlife photographer. Whether you’re a casual hobbyist or an aspiring professional, it’s really all about taking as many photos as you can, constantly adjusting in the moment to capture images that tell interesting stories worth a thousand words.

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Sep
21

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Holidays in Cuba: 4 Ways to Choose Your Adventure

Posted by on September 21, 2016 · 1 Comment  

Cuba is calling, and more and more Americans are hearing that call. The vibrant island nation previously shrouded in mystery is now ready to be rediscovered by its neighbor to the north.

Due to travel restrictions that remain in place visitors to Cuba from the United States, more and more structured “people to people” holidays to Cuba have popped up. Countless tour operators cater to the curious by operating within the confines of the rapidly changing rules and regulations for U.S. travelers.

While convenient, these large tours are often complete with overcrowded hotels and massive buffet meals. These mass tourism pitfalls can feel really impersonal, and make it difficult for visitors to immerse themselves in the warm and inviting communities they visit. There’s little room for exploring your own interests when you’re traveling alongside 50 other people!

Don’t want to miss out on all the special moments that make traveling to a new place so fulfilling? There are other options that allow for more meaningful experiences. In fact, Discover Corps recently introduced new holidays to Cuba, including a Celebration of Arts & Culture tour, a Preserving Nature’s Wonders tour, a Yoga & Culture Exploration tour, and a shorter Havana Weekend Getaway. 

Read on for our choose-your-adventure guide on things to do in Cuba, designed to help you decide which of these Cuba travel options is right for you!

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Aug
19

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7 Travel Photography Tips for Photographing Other Cultures

Posted by on August 19, 2016 · 1 Comment  

Photography is a big part of travel these days. Everyone wants to capture their awe-inspiring travel experiences to share with friends and family back home. Thanks to social media, we can do so almost instantly (depending on the availability of wifi).

While it’s great that the proliferation of stories and photos can spread so quickly and help make the world feel smaller and less intimidating, we must remember that we have a responsibility to the people and places we photograph.

Cultures do not exist merely for the sake of Facebook likes and retweets. They are complex, intimate, and sacred. And we, as travelers, should feel honored when we’re given access to cultural experiences that are not our own.

That being said, there are ways to photograph cultures that are respectful and effective in capturing beautiful moments around the world. Keep these points in mind and you’ll come away with great photos and richer experiences as a result.

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