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Oct
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14 International Foods to Try With Locals Around the World, Part II

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You’ve taken the flights. You’ve checked into your hotel. You’re settled in. Then, sure enough, the rumbling starts. You’re hungry. It’s time to eat. Where do you go first? Which international foods should you try?

If you’ve already made your way through Part One of our international foods list, we’ve got another leg of the foodie journey waiting just for you.

You’ll find in many places that food is served family style. Take this opportunity to try local cuisine and learn more about the region and culture from the heart of their roots – the people. Fair warning, once again: Use caution when reading this list on an empty stomach… You may find yourself planning your next trip around your international foods bucket list!Read More

Jul
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Know Before You Go: Key Phrases in Your Destination’s Local Language

Posted by on July 13, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

When you travel outside of your home country, is it essential to speak the local language? In short, no. However, learning a few key phrases native to your destination could be the best trip planning you’ll ever do!

Here’s why: Trying to communicate on some level with locals (anywhere you travel) can be endearing. You’re visiting their country – their home – and you’re showing that you’re interested enough in their culture to at least try to learn.

It’s also all about the basics! While many trips are to predominantly English-speaking countries, or have guided tours with English-speaking guides, you can’t go wrong with memorizing some standard words and phrases. What if you venture off to mingle with the locals? Being able to ask and answer questions would be helpful.

While we can’t cover every country and language, we’ve put together a list of commonly visited countries on our radar, long with key words and phrases in the local language you should get familiar with.

¡Vamonos! (That’s Spanish for “Let’s go!”)

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Apr
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7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites for Every Travel Bucket List

Posted by on April 6, 2017 · 2 Comments  

Have UNESCO World Heritage Sites made it on to your travel bucket list?

There are few guarantees in the world of travel. But a “World Heritage Site” designation from UNESCO– the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization– ensures that a destination is important enough to deserve protection for future generations.

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May
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Profile: Making Dolls with the Q’ewar Project in Peru

Posted by on May 28, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

One of the ways we make sure our volunteer vacations are sustainable is by only supporting projects that are already integrated into the community. A perfect example of this is the Q’ewar Project, which we visit on our volunteer vacations to Peru.

Located in the rural highlands of the Andes Mountains, this project has been operating for 15 years — long before Discover Corps existed — and offers local people a stable income through the creation of beautiful dolls. Every part of the dolls is handcrafted from Peruvian cotton and alpaca and sheep wool.

We caught up with the project’s founder, Don Julio, to ask him about the project and its impact on the local community. {Note that this interview has been translated from Spanish.} Read More