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Travel like a pro: Packing tips for your next vacation

Posted by on September 14, 2017 · 1 Comment  

Packing tips aren’t just for those of you who are venturing out for the first time. Ask any traveler – from absolute road warriors to those boarding their first flight – and you’ll find one commonality: Packing for vacations can be a nightmare.

First, there’s the baggage fees. Then, luggage dimensions. Oh wait – don’t forget weight restrictions. Add to that the security checkpoints and the ease of use that may or may not come with your luggage. You’ve got a potential disaster royale on your hands.

Eliminate the hassle and alleviate your worries by trying some of our packing tips on your next outing. Who knows – you might end up enjoying the planning/packing process!Read More




A Belize Vacation in Photos

Posted by on July 20, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Have you considered a Belize vacation? Why? What comes to mind when you envision the country, culture, wildlife, and food of the Central American country? Does your imagination run away with you to a tropical paradise full of fascinating animals, sparkling azure beaches, and luxury accommodations?

Follow your imagination – it’s a step ahead of you! We’re very excited to announce that we’ve added a second Belize vacation to our list of trips! And since a picture is worth 1,000 words, we thought it’d be fun to share a few thousand with you.

Sit back, relax, listen for the breeze and the birds, breathe in the saltwater air, and soak up some sun – we’re going to Belize!

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5 Ecotourism Blogs You Should Be Following

Posted by on June 29, 2017 · 5 Comments  

Ecotourism. Green travel. Eco-travel. Sustainable travel. Whatever you call it – we call it “awesome,” for more reasons than one.

Maybe you want to leave Earth in better shape than you found it. Perhaps you dream of shaping the place future generations will call “home.” Heck, maybe you just want to reduce your own carbon footprint.

All reasons considered, environmental awareness has caused a rise in ecotourism. Whether you’re new to the idea of sustainable travel, love the idea ecotourism, or you lead the green travel brigade, we seriously suggest checking taking a look at our list of ecotourism-based blogs.

These travel bloggers do more than globe-trot. They explore, learn, give back, clean up, teach, and – most importantly – care.  Ready to learn how you can help change the world and shape the future on your next vacation? Let’s go!

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30 Best Travel Quotes for Travel Inspiration

Posted by on May 18, 2017 · 7 Comments  

Travel quotes are far more than memes. They’re more than fleeting thoughts. They paint a picture, tell a story, touch your heart, and remind you of your inner nomad.

What type of traveler of you? Luxury traveler? Volunteer vacationer? Family planner? No matter your style, goals, or plans, surely your trip is meaningful to you in many ways.

Keep scrolling to see some of the best travel quotes for travel inspiration. Once you’re finished here, take a look at our collection of 50 Inspirational Quotes About Volunteering & Giving Back!

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10 International Friendships That Inspire Us

Posted by on July 30, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

It’s almost International Friendship Day! We love this holiday at Discover Corps because we believe the best way to discover a country is through its people.

We lead volunteer vacations to connect people and create friendships across borders. To celebrate these unique relationships, we’ve rounded up 10 international friendships that inspire us. We hope they’ll inspire you, too!

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4 Reasons International Friendships Make the World a Better Place

Posted by on July 28, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

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.


“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 with tearful farewells to continue traveling in different directions.Read More




Meet Barbara: An Inspiring Blogger Who Traveled to Cuba With Us

Posted by on June 11, 2015 · 6 Comments  

In our bi-monthly profile series, we’ve introduced you to our founder, members of our international staff, and cool grassroots projects. This week, we’re excited to introduce you to someone who is not technically part of the Discover Corps family, but who we’re now proud to call one of our own.

Her name is Barbara Weibel, and she’s the mind behind the popular travel blog Hole in the Donut.Read More




How a Volunteer Vacation Will Turn You Into a Global Citizen

Posted by on April 28, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

There’s no doubt about it: volunteering abroad changes you.

If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you’ve probably read why we think volunteer vacations are worth doing and paying for. But truthfully, it’s the intangible benefits that levy the heaviest impact.

Volunteering ignites an empathy and sensitivity to others that you may not have experienced before. You become a global citizen with a unique — and valuable — perspective on the world.

Which still matters when you return home. The United States is a melting pot of many cultures — so your perspective as a global citizen can lead to a deeper understanding of your home country.

Here are a few ways volunteering abroad can affect your overall view:

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How to Reclaim Your Happiness

Posted by on March 17, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

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 human goal,” effectively associating happiness with a culture’s health and growth.

Then in 2012, the first ever UN conference on happiness established a special day to “promote the well-being of all peoples.” Since that declaration, International Happiness Day has become a yearly movement of sharing what makes you happy.

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We all want better lives, but unlocking the key to happiness is difficult if you’re saddled down by a busy life that affords little room for change. True happiness is like playing the piano or riding a bicycle — it just takes practice!

In the spirit of embracing what really matters, below are some resources to help you find more fulfillment.

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Meet Humanity Unified: A Clothing Line That Supports Rwandan Women

Posted by on March 12, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Did you know that two-thirds of the illiterate people in the world are female? That’s a shocking figure — one that needs to change.

In honor of International Women’s Day, we recently discussed how volunteering empowers women both at home and abroad. Continuing on that theme, we’re excited to introduce you to a new company launched by the founders of The Culture-ist (one of our favorite websites!).

Meet Humanity Unified, a socially conscious clothing line striving to empower Rwandan women through a variety of educational programs.

We talked with Maria Russo, Humanity Unified’s co-founder, to learn about her vision and future plans for the company. We hope her words will inspire you to support their mission — and create change!

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