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Interview from “The Sea Turtle Initiative”: Discover Corps Guide Tara

Posted by on May 2, 2018 · 2 Comments  

A surf trip to Costa Rica changed Tara’s life, ultimately leading her to move to their white-sand beaches and devote her life to sea turtle conservation. Today, Tara shares her passion with travelers from around the world to create unforgettable memories for those who are looking for something more unique and a little bit more impactful for their vacation.

On our Costa Rica: The Sea Turtle Initiative trip, travelers get the rare opportunity to help endangered sea turtles and learn from biologists and conservationists more about about the threats they face and the efforts taking place in Costa Rica to bring back the population. You’ll see primarily olive ridley turtles and will either travel during nesting season to see the mother turtles coming to shore, or during hatching season, where you’ll see hatchlings make their way to the ocean (and sometimes, lend struggling hatchlings a hand!). In addition to night patrol drives, experience zip-lining, river tubing on the Rio Vegro, an animal rescue center for big cats, and more.

So what is the trip really like? Watch the video above and get to know Tara. Write your questions in the comments below!

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Apr
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Are Budget Tour Companies Really the Best Deals in Travel? [Infographic]

Posted by on April 26, 2018 · Leave a Comment  

When searching for a tour company to work with for an upcoming vacation, there are so many options that offer in-depth, all-inclusive, stress-free options. If you choose not to plan the entire trip on your own, you are usually open to spending a little bit more for the convenience; however when you have to add in lots of missing costs, it can become a little bit inconvenient.

Whenever you book a tour, it is important to not be fooled by those who claim you can save hundreds of dollars on a specific trip if you book through that company. There are always hidden costs, so if a company does not say right on their website what is included and what is not included, run the other way!

Below is a quick infographic we created to point out just how many hundreds of dollars are often left on the table and out of the marketing material:

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Apr
17

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Beyond Your Borders: Quick Tips to Planning Your Furthest Trip Yet

Posted by on April 17, 2018 · 2 Comments  

Traveling internationally is an experience that every person should have if they can. It’s an opportunity to broaden your horizons, to delve into other cultures, and to meet new people. Of course, what many forget is that planning a vacation abroad does require some legwork ahead of time. If you’re thinking about setting out on your first journey across international borders, here are a few tips to help make your planning and travel experience a little bit less stressful and more enjoyable.

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Apr
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Interview from the Ground in Kenya: Discover Corps Guide Zarek

Posted by on April 5, 2018 · 1 Comment  

For Zarek, growing up in Kenya meant growing up with a keen understanding of conservation, both for the nature and wildlife in his country. Today, Zarek shares his passion with travelers from around the world, and digs deep into education and creating impact with Discover Corps travelers who want something more on their vacation.

On our Kenya: Safari & Conservation trip, you go behind-the-scenes at wildlife reserves, track lions, collect data on cheetahs in the savannah, and marvel at the last northern white rhinos in the world. In addition to safari drives and hands-on interaction with conservation projects, meet with the indigenous Masai communities that inhabit the reservers and experience their traditional ways of life.

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Mar
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Family of 5 Vacations: Why Group Travel is the Way to Go

Posted by on March 18, 2018 · 1 Comment  

If your family is 5 or more people, you already know the hiccups that arise when trying to plan a fun and meaningful vacation for the family. From organizing every detail and double checking room capacities to making sure your youngest is entertained and your oldest is engaged, planning a vacation for a family of 5 can be quite the ordeal. Fortunately there’s a simple solution you may not have considered yet: group travel. Group travel is an organized, fun, and efficient way to travel, taking all of the headaches away that come with a family of 5 vacation.

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Mar
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Ask An Alumni: A Thailand Trip through the Eyes of a Discover Corps Traveler

Posted by on March 2, 2018 · 1 Comment  

“This trip and this experience ignited a passion in me to save them. I’d like to do more. The volunteering is helping out, but I want to be an elephant activist. It definitely sparked something in me to help them and save them.” – Linda S.

For Linda, the 9-day Thailand: Elephants & Islands trip ignited a passion for elephants that she plans to act on for the rest of her life. Linda has always been a believer in traveling with purpose and volunteering, specifically called to work with wildlife, and after a life-changing experience working with elephants the effects of the trip will be long lasting. Specifically, the relationship she formed with one of the elephants at the sanctuary, Nicole.

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Feb
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Interview from the Ground in South Africa: Discover Corps Guide William [Video]

Posted by on February 26, 2018 · 1 Comment  

There is no better way to connect with country than through its people, and in South Africa, the locals will tell you that conservation is a part of their culture.

On our South Africa: Wildlife Volunteer Adventure trip, you volunteer at two reserves in the area that are spearheading conservation work for the rest of the world. First, Somkhanda Game Reserve was created by the local Gumbi Tribe who was dedicated the land to conservation. Due to challenging terrain and a small team, monitoring the reserve’s array of wildlife is a massive undertaking. While volunteering, travelers join these dedicated conservationists to protect critical populations of black and white rhino through radio tracking and set camera traps to record information on leopards. Second is Nambiti Game Reserve, the only reserve in the area with the Big 5 – lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino – and boasts 22,000 acres of African bush hosting over 40 species of wildlife. Travelers venture out each day to record key data on elephants, buffalo and wild dogs that helps the reserve keep track of their vulnerable wildlife population.

So what is the trip really like? Watch the video below and get to know native South African William, one of Discover Corps’ guides on the Wildlife Volunteer Adventure vacation.

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Feb
21

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The Little 5: The Fascinating Animals Not to Forget in Africa

Posted by on February 21, 2018 · 1 Comment  

If you’re interested in experiencing a safari in Africa, chances are you’ve heard the term Big 5. Despite the term originating as a game hunting term, these animals – lions, elephants, Cape buffalo, rhinoceroses, and leopards – are considered some of the most incredible to see while experiencing a safari in Africa, as well as a favorite of conservationists who look to protect each species. However, the Big 5 and other “big” animals such as giraffes or wild dogs are not the only animals to keep and eye out for as you experience Africa.

According to Trip Savvy, Africa’s Little 5 was a term introduced by conservationists who wanted to draw attention to the smaller creatures of the bush who can be just as fascinating as the rest. Interestingly enough, the Little 5 actually correspond to the Big 5 (pay attention to the names!). Take a look at what makes these animals unique below:

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Feb
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Interview from the Ground in Costa Rica: Discover Corps Guide Karla [Video]

Posted by on February 9, 2018 · 1 Comment  

There is no better way to connect with country than through its people, and in Costa Rica, the locals will tell you that wildlife is a part of their culture. As one of the most biodiverse countries in Central America, Costa Rica is home to  jaguars, toucans, sloths, gibbons and howler monkeys, and so much more. Our newest Costa Rica: Wildlife Safari nature & wildlife adventure aims to offer travelers experiences with wildlife that will leave them inspired as they experience the symphony of the forest. It is our guide that brings the experience to live.

Watch the video below and get to know Karla, Discover Corps’ guide on the Wildlife Safari vacation. As a local Costa Rican, Karla is one of the most knowledgable naturalists around, and Discover Corps is incredibly lucky to have her. Learn more about the trip from the ground in Costa Rica from Karla below!

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