Category: Inspiration

Mar
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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
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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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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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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
22

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The Top 5 Thailand Islands for Your Travel Bucket List

Posted by on February 22, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

The Thailand islands have skyrocketed in popularity over the past two decades, and with good reason. With a colorful culture, adventurous activities, and constantly improving infrastructure, Thailand offers something for every type of traveler.

Trips to northern Thailand and the mountains around Chiang Mai offer opportunities for jungle trekking, meeting hill tribes, and diving into the significance of Buddhist spirituality. Visiting Bangkok offers travelers a crash course in Thai culture within the hustle and bustle of a major city.

But the south Thailand islands call to travelers for entirely different reasons. These are some of the most beautiful islands in the world, and anyone lucky enough to visit them comes away with different favorites. There are so many islands in Thailand, even Wikipedia doesn’t have a complete list.

Curious which Thailand islands made our Top 5 list? Check ‘em out below, and let us know your favorites in the comments!Read More

Feb
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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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Feb
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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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How Volunteer Travel is Fatal to Prejudice, Bigotry and Narrow-Mindedness

Posted by on January 19, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

In a world where the career of “travel blogger” reigns high in the court of cool, there’s some inherent irony in the fact that the best-selling travel book of all time is nearly 150 years old.

Mark Twain’s Innocents Abroad, which humorously chronicles Twain’s experience traveling with a group of American tourists through Europe on a the steamship Quaker City, was first published in 1869. It was the best-selling of Twain’s works during his lifetime, and it remains the inspiration for wanderlust of epic proportions to this day.

Beyond inspiring generations of his literary fans with his signature humor, the book supports the idea that one should consider traveling to expand their own horizons.

One of the most quoted sections of the book reads as follows:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s life.” 

Essentially, Mark Twain—the father of American literature and arguably the greatest humorist of his age– believed that travel opens people up to world views that are nearly impossible to comprehend without first-hand experience. Scientists have even tried, through recent research, to prove this statement true.

At Discover Corps, we’d have to agree. It’s our opinion that meaningful travel experiences change lives for the better. We believe that volunteer travel is particularly fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. Here’s how…

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Jan
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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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