Whether it’s a volunteer vacation, adventure trip, cruise, or visit to see family, before you jet off there are several things you need to cross out on your checklist to ensure that your arrive back home feels almost as good as when you left:
Category: Travel Tips
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:
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!
If you’re intrigued by Cuba travel but aren’t sure how to obtain your visa, what the process will be like when you arrive, how to remain legal, or even what the Cuban people might think of American travelers, we’ve got you covered. Check out our one-hour webinar below, featuring the Founder of Discover Corps, Andrew, as well as our Cuban partner, Dayron – both experts on Cuba travel!
It happens pretty often – people who do not speak foreign languages avoid traveling to non-English speaking countries, or they think the language barriers aren’t worth overcoming for a one or two week vacation. Whatever the reasoning for this trend, the truth is that if you want to immerse yourself in new cultures, nothing should stop you. If you organize your trip in the right way, you will face no difficulties caused by the language barrier.
Let’s consider seven travel tips on how to overcome language barriers and get the most of your trip.
Congratulations! You’ve just won a trip to the world’s greatest travel destination. The catch (because there’s always a catch)? You leave now annnd…you’re parachuting in. That’s right, in a parachute. Sign these 12 release forms at the bottom – no need to read them, time is short – ok, you are ready!
Discover Corps’ Travel Operations Assistant, Adrienne, has the important role of preparing travelers for both the pre-departure process AND in-country adventures upon their arrival. So needless to say, she really knows our trips inside and out. To stay on top of her game though, Adrienne puts in the work! This includes going on-location to walk in the footsteps of Discover Corps’ travelers. Most recently, she visited our Peru: Children of the Andes vacation, and sat down to discuss the unique experience in the video below:
Sometimes in travel, as in life, it is better to know what you don’t want from your experience than what you do desire. This was certainly the case for Kai, on her recent Peru: Children of the Andes trip. A seasoned traveler, Kai had chosen to travel by herself in the past but learned it was not for her.
“Previously, I have had the experience of being a solo traveler… planning the trip alone, traveling by myself the entire trip. I learned that I don’t like that! I need someone else to arrange details, introduce me to the culture and local people and customs and places, and other travelers to share experiences with.”
This awareness made her Peru volunteer vacation with Discover Crops a perfect match, as Kai details below:
The name of our Peru trip, Children of the Andes, gives a great indication of what you can expect on your vacation with purpose to this special part of South America. You will spend quality time teaching, learning from, and connecting with children that each have a unique story to share. This time is precious and much needed for all involved, but it’s hardly the only aspect of this dynamic experience. Discover Corps’ guide for Peru, Miguel, agrees: