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This 15-year-old got a Cuba trip for his birthday – from his grandma!

Posted by on September 28, 2017 · 1 Comment  

How would you like to go on a Cuba trip for your 15th birthday? Few teens have such luck, but thanks to Kathleen G., she and her grandson celebrated by traveling! Their pick: “A Celebration of Arts & Culture,” one of our most popular Cuba trip options.

So, welcome back to Cuba! Last month, we shared with you a Cuba trip through the eyes of Gina, an adult Discover Corps traveler. Now, it’s time you “met” Kathleen (and her 15 year old grandson).

After the jump, take a look at Cuba through Kathleen’s eyes – and learn why she chose Discover Corps (in her own words)!

World’s coolest grandma? We think so.

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Aug
17

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International Foods: Dishes to try in our favorite destinations, Part I

Posted by on August 17, 2017 · 2 Comments  

“What should I eat?” is one of the most common questions we get from our travelers. And who could blame them? Food is a large part of the heart of a culture or country. And international foods tend to be considerably different in their native lands, since American versions of the same foods are usually tempered to cater to American tastes and familiarity.

So, which international foods should you try? The short answer is, “It depends.”  It’s not a non-answer, we promise! It does depend. It depends on your tastes, where you’re traveling, how adventurous an eater you are, and whether or not you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.

While we obviously encourage you to interact with locals anywhere you go, we’ve taken some of the legwork out of discovering the most traditional foods on our trips. Enjoy Part One of our list of international foods to try. Fair warning: Use caution when reading this list on an empty stomach… You may end up on a plane before you know it, jonesing to try some international cuisine!

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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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Jun
15

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Travel To Cuba: 10 Things To Know Before You Go

Posted by on June 15, 2017 · 1 Comment  

Travel to Cuba became a possibility in 2014, when then-President Obama announced United States-Cuba Normalization. Since then, U.S. tourism to Cuba has more than tripled. This comes as no surprise, since Americans hadn’t been able to visit Cuba for 50 years prior.

Now that travel to Cuba is an option and people are flocking to the beautiful country “stuck in time,” you might be tempted to hop on a plane and head to the Caribbean’s largest island. And who could blame you? From antique cars to fascinating architecture, incredible food to the tight-knit communal culture, there is so much to experience.

The fact is, travel to Cuba is unlike travel to similar destinations in many ways. Planning will serve you well here, and help your trip go off without a hitch. Read on to discover ten things you should know before you go!

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Jun
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Baby Boomers Travel More Than Ever Before

Posted by on June 8, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Baby Boomer travel continues to rise! World Economic Forum said it best: “Forget millennial backpackers – globetrotting Baby Boomers are transforming travel.” This actually comes as no surprise, with industry research finding Baby Boomers spend a whopping $157 billion on trips every year.

Since the Baby Boomer generation is so large, their impact on the travel industry doesn’t go unnoticed. A slice of the population that sizable having the time and money to spend means great things for global tourism.

But why? What caused the uptick in Baby Boomer travel? Many contributing factors – including having more free time during retirement, ease of travel and planning as technology continues to improve, and having money to spend – have ushered in a new wave of older travelers.

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May
11

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5 Ways to Experience Cuba

Posted by on May 11, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Cuba vacation. Yeah, we said it. Vacation. Vacationing in Cuba is possible now! There are some restrictions, but they’re all met by Discover Corps tours.

Once you decide a Cuba vacation is in your future, the ways in which you can experience the country are endless. Our five suggestions: A weekend getaway in Havana, a Yoga & Culture Exploration (think: retreat), a celebration of arts and culture, volunteering in Havana alongside Cuban youth, or exploring Cuba’s natural side – including the lush countryside and biosphere reserves.

Pack your bags, grab your hats and sunglasses, brush up on your Spanish, look forward to your favorite cigar, and let’s go!

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Jun
30

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5 Reasons to Demonstrate Your Patriotism by Volunteering This July 4th

Posted by on June 30, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

The 4th of July is a summer highlight for many Americans: we launch fireworks, gobble hot (or tofu!) dogs, play backyard games, and revel in the outdoor festivities that are beloved traditions on this national holiday.

Indulging in these activities is great fun, but don’t forget this date is significant in our country’s history. And volunteering our services to neighborhood causes is an excellent way to celebrate the independence of our great nation.

The definition of “patriotism” is the willingness to sacrifice for one’s country. If everyone sacrificed a piece of their holiday to help neighbors in need, we’d see a positive impact in our communities.

[bctt tweet=”#Patriotism = sacrificing for your country. So this #IndependenceDay, #volunteer at home:  “]

So this Independence Day, consider lending a hand to a cause in your neighborhood. Here are five reasons volunteering is a powerful way to create meaningful change in the country we’re celebrating:

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May
19

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5 Worthy Organizations to Donate to in Honor of Memorial Day

Posted by on May 19, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

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. 

Memorial Day is coming up on May 25th. In honor of this special day, we’ve rounded up some charities that are worthy of your time, money, and attention.

[bctt tweet=”#MemorialDay is about more than BBQs. Here are 5 #veterans organizations to donate to:”]

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Apr
28

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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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Feb
24

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5 Peace Corps Alumni Who Have Changed the World

Posted by on February 24, 2015 · 3 Comments  

Next Sunday isn’t just any old day. That’s because it marks 54 years of the Peace Corps, an organization that’s particularly meaningful to us here at Discover Corps. Not only are we proudly affiliated with the National Peace Corps Association — our founder Andrew discovered his passion for travel and service as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Simply put: Without the Peace Corps, Discover Corps wouldn’t exist.

When President Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1st, 1961, nobody could have guessed the magnitude of his dream. His chief goal was to allow other countries to gain more understanding of the United States, while in turn, for Peace Corps volunteers to understand the cultures they were meant to help.

In the 54 years since, more than 200,000 people have served in the Peace Corps and contributed to a better world. Many of them have gone above and beyond their service — so on this special day, we’d like to highlight five former Peace Corps volunteers who have done extraordinary things. We’re sure their stories will inspire you.

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