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4 Reasons International Friendships Make the World a Better Place

Claire and Amanda met as they boarded a rickety boat in the Amazon Jungle. “Do you know where you’re staying in Iquitos?” Claire asked. “Nope!” “Me either! Let’s find a place together.” They traveled from Colombia to Peru as strangers down the Amazon River, then continued on to Bolivia and Ecuador as friends — eventually parting … Continued

5 Worthy Organizations to Donate to in Honor of Memorial Day

When you hear the words “Memorial Day,” what comes to mind? If you’re like many Americans, you probably think of a long weekend filled with sunshine and BBQs. But don’t forget that the holiday is about much more than that: it’s a day to remember the brave men and women who have served in our military.  … Continued

5 Unique Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Yahoo! Earth Day is upon us tomorrow: April 22! To celebrate, you might decide to turn off and unplug all your electronics for the day, or gather all the plastics in your home and load them into the local recycling bin. You might check out one of our favorite sustainable travel blogs. These are perfectly … Continued

How to Reclaim Your Happiness

We can’t get enough of celebrations — and this one is designed for smiling! The UN International Day of Happiness is coming up on Friday, March 20th, with a host of gatherings in public spaces and local communities worldwide. In 2011, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution that stated happiness should be a “fundamental … Continued

Think the Holidays Are Too Commercial? Read This

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the materialism of the holidays? If so, you’re not alone. Amidst the endless advertisements and shopping trips, it can sometimes seem like we’ve forgotten the true meaning of the season. There is, however, reason to believe that the spirit of giving is still alive and well in the United … Continued

10 Things We’re Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Traveling to a developing country can be many things: exhilarating, eye-opening, scary, joyful, and challenging, to name a few. But there’s one emotion that is almost certain to surface after a trip abroad, and it’s gratitude. This gratitude-inducing quality is one of the things that makes experiential travel so powerful; it makes you appreciate what … Continued

7 Reasons a Volunteer Vacation Would Make the Perfect Family Gift

The holiday season is here! Which means decorations, desserts, family get-togethers… and presents. If you’re stumped on what to get your family this year — or are simply sick of spending money on toys that go unused — we’ve got an awesome gift idea: a volunteer vacation. Take your husband and kids on a trip, … Continued