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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
29

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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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May
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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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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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Apr
20

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Tips for Families Traveling to the Galapagos

Posted by on April 20, 2017 · Leave a Comment  

Family travel means good times, great company, and memories to last a lifetime. However, family Galapagos travel can be even more memorable! There are advantages for families island hopping around the Galapagos, rather than being trapped on a cruise or on the beach for an entire week.

Read on to learn how our Galapagos Family Vacation is uniquely designed for families, with itineraries that keep the kids thrilled and the parents happy/less stressed/enjoying the trip and the family time.

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Jun
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Is Voluntourism Bad? This Kind Is…

Posted by on June 2, 2015 · 1 Comment  

Are you pondering that overseas volunteer vacation with excitement? Who can blame you? We sure can’t!

Once you start checking out voluntourism companies, it can be tempting to choose one with a packed itinerary that has you hopping from one point to another. Though traditional travel is about seeing as much as you can, you should be wary of this trend in volunteering.

We call this type of voluntourism “drive-by volunteering” — and what often happens is you only touch upon the surface of development and service, when you could be digging deeper.

This is the kind of voluntourism that makes people question our industry; it is the kind of altruism people only partake in to polish a resume or share on social media.

If you’re in search of a truly meaningful volunteer experience, here are four reasons why you should avoid drive-by volunteering:

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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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Apr
16

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Project Profile: Building a Bottle Clinic in the Dominican Republic

Posted by on April 16, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

In this series of Thursday profiles, we’ve introduced you to everyone from our founder to our Costa Rica program coordinator. We’ve also introduced you the smiling cooks of our Dominican Republic home base. Today, we’re taking you back to the DR to profile a really cool project we’re involved in: the construction of a plastic bottle clinic.

If you’ve ever wondered what you’d actually be *doing* on a volunteer vacation, this is one fantastic example. Keep reading to learn all about how and why we’re building bottle clinics on our volunteer vacations in the Dominican RepublicRead More

Mar
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How Volunteering Abroad Can Empower Women

Posted by on March 3, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Woohoo! International Women’s Day is next Sunday, March 8th. The majority of our volunteer travelers are women, and we also make every effort to hire women abroad. Case in point: our lovely cooks in the Dominican Republic, whom you got to meet a few months ago. In other words, we support women all the way!

And we truly believe that volunteer vacations lead to women’s empowerment — both for our travelers and the women in the communities we visit.

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Feb
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How to Volunteer at an Orphanage Responsibly

Posted by on February 17, 2015 · Leave a Comment  

Volunteering at orphanages abroad has generated polarizing opinions — from a positive first person account of life as an orphan poignantly written by Wycliffe Sande — to warnings on the damage that orphanage tourism can inflict on children residing at these facilities.

Sande’s essay about growing up on the streets of Uganda breaks your heart — yet his moments of hope stemmed from volunteers at a nearby orphanage. He connected deeply with a British woman who never forgot him, eventually sponsoring his education until he was admitted to study law at London University.

Sande’s story is a resounding success, yet this perspective is not told frequently. Usually, it’s the darker side of orphanages that the mainstream media focuses on. That because orphanage tourism certainly is a problem when a facility doesn’t act responsibly or falsely represents itself.

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