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Apr
16

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[WEBINAR] Sunset Happy Hour Featuring Mexico!

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Episode #3 Featuring our partner in Oaxaca, Mexico, Rodolfo

This webinar launches a series where we speak with our guides in-country, in a relaxed environment, to discuss more about how their country is handling the pandemic specifically, and what this has meant for local businesses.

The purpose of this webinar is not to sell you future travel, but simply connect you with those around the world with a different story to tell and a different perspective on what COVID may mean for future travel in the country.

In case you missed it or would like to share with a friend, watch the recording below:

Apr
15

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Cultural Understanding and Why it is Important During the COVID Crisis

Posted by on April 15, 2020 · Leave a Comment  

In the modern day and age, there is a great push to have a better understanding of our unique cultural heritage, while at the same time celebrating the things that unite us as a nation and as a people. We live in an increasingly global society. Things like the global refugee crisis have created an entirely new class of people growing up in strange lands, speaking both their native language and the new language, but lacking in terms of cultural understanding and even to some degree, cultural sensitivity.

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Apr
9

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[WEBINAR] Sunset Happy Hour Featuring Cuba!

Posted by on April 9, 2020 · Leave a Comment  

Episode #2 Featuring our Cuban partner, Dayron.

This webinar launches a series where we speak with our guides in-country, in a relaxed environment, to discuss more about how their country is handling the pandemic specifically, and what this has meant for local businesses.

The purpose of this webinar is not to sell you future travel, but simply connect you with those around the world with a different story to tell and a different perspective on what COVID may mean for future travel in the country.

In case you missed it or would like to share with a friend, watch the recording below:

Apr
2

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[WEBINAR] Sunset Happy Hour LIVE from Costa Rica!

Posted by on April 2, 2020 · Leave a Comment  

Episode #1 Featuring our Costa Rican partner, Tara.

Our first episode was a success! This webinar launches a series where we speak with our guides in-country, in a relaxed environment, to discuss more about how their country is handling the pandemic specifically, and what this has meant for local businesses.

The purpose of this webinar is not to sell you future travel, but simply connect you with those around the world with a different story to tell and a different perspective on what COVID may mean for future travel in the country.

In case you missed it or would like to share with a friend, watch the recording below:

Mar
11

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Why Is Cuba Filled with Classic Cars?

Posted by on March 11, 2020 · 1 Comment  

One of the first things you notice as you enter Havana is the colorful vintage cars that line the streets. The classic car is as much of a Cuban icon as cigars and Che Guevara and thrills tourists and locals. But why does Cuba have so many old cars? Explore the history of Cuba’s vintage car industry and why the old cars in Cuba are so vital to the Cuban culture.

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Mar
11

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8 Things to Do in Thailand with Your Family (from Someone Who Has Lived There)

Posted by on March 11, 2020 · Leave a Comment  

Thailand is one of the top tourist destinations in South East Asia and lures an influx of tourists from all over the world. Synonymous with beautiful beaches and absolutely breathtaking temples, traveling to Thailand will give you the required break from your busy schedule, and visiting with your family will be a cherry on the cake.  Below are 11 things not to miss:

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Feb
19

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Ethical Elephant Tourism: An Interview with Thai Mahouts

Posted by on February 19, 2020 · Leave a Comment  

When it comes to the ethical treatment of animals, there are many different layers to consider and therefore many different beliefs that exist. Discover Corps went into the field to learn about the complex question of elephant tourism from those who have been working with the elephants for generations – the mahouts in Thailand. 

In short, we do not support elephant riding in any way, shape, or form. However, we believe that the problem is not so black and white, and in fact, focusing only on elephant riding is doing a disservice to the animals, the travelers seeking to understand them, and the conservationists working to protect them. 

“Now, the biggest problem we face is that in the past, there was plenty of space for the elephants to graze and feed. Now there is a lot less space, and local laws do not allow them to graze on public land [..] so it can be difficult to find them enough food.” – Boon, Head Mahout at the Elephant Nursery 

We believe that travelers need to vote with their dollars by going to truly ethical camps, the mahout tradition needs to be celebrated, governments, companies, and citizens need to prioritize proper care to establish standards, and we must work to restore lost habitat. 

Watch the video below and get to know the mahouts from our Thailand: The Baby Elephant Experience, and write any questions in the comments!

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