A Quiet Day with the Batak Community

While most people head to the Island of Palawan for the sand and surf, there’s quite a bit of culture beyond the beach as well. On our first full day in Puerto Princesa, we swapped the seashore for a jaunt in nature. Our half-day excursion consisted of a hike to the Batak village where we stopped for

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5 Things I’m Grateful for This Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, it only seemed fitting that I do a little reflecting on the past year. This time last year I was planning my wedding and when I wasn’t stressing over flower arrangements and securing last-minute details, I was pondering my career and in all honesty, feeling unsure about my

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How to Win at Volunteering Abroad

This is a guest post by Andrew Tipp. A lot of travellers are put off volunteering because they don’t know how to do it ‘right’. Which is fair enough, because volunteering can look pretty intimidating. It’s not a holiday, after all. But it’s a shame, because there’s no great mystery about volunteering, and there’s so

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3 Leisurely Ways to Explore Mexico

Mexico is always a popular vacation spot for avant-garde travelers and water sport fanatics alike. While I do try to be as active as possible, I generally prefer a more laid-back approach to travel. Here are my three favorite ways to explore the real Mexico. Kayak During my time in Los Cabos, I went kayaking

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Local Life Along the Elbe

I mentioned in my earlier post about Dresden how much I enjoyed sailing by the small towns and open fields leading up to the majestic Pillnitz Castle grounds. Here are a few photos that best capture the local vibe seen along the Elbe River. Cruising along the Elbe Horses at Play Family Day by the

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5 Finland Fun Facts

I may have only spent a few days in Finland but it didn’t take long for me to notice some pretty interesting local habits. Here are 5 of my favorite Finnish Fun Facts. Design is in their Blood During my kickbike design tour through Helsinki I was surprised to learn that 1 out of 4

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Faces of Colombia

During the three weeks I spent living the travel writing life, I discovered first-hand how positively locals go about their day to day activities. I’ve compiled a series of photographs taken in Bogota and in neighboring towns and indigenous villages. These images best represent the local way of life that I experienced in Colombia. Owner of a

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The Bohemian Side of Bogota

While Bogota is a huge city with endless things to see and do, it’s the neighboring towns that make the list for bohemian traveler worthy destinations. La Candelaria Most travelers passing through Bogota stay in the historic downtown district of La Candelaria. Partly due to a surplus of affordable hostels located here, it’s also the

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How to Narrow your Travel-To-Do List

This post is by Kay Boatner, one of our contributors. Where in the World? For a variety of reasons including work, family, depressing bank account statements and lack of frequent flyer miles, most of us don’t have the luxury of unlimited time and money for travel. Meaning we’ve got to get picky when it comes

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How To Avoid Getting Homesick

As much as we may try to deny it, most travelers do get pangs of homesickness from time to time. Although I’ve never gone on an around the world trip, I’ve still had moments where I miss my friends and family back home. Here are 5 Tips to Avoid Homesickness 1) Prepare in Advance I’ve

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