The volcanic crater of Kawah Ijen. Photo: Bandita Mukherjee

Mount Ijen: A Tale Of Toxic Trail

By Bandita Mukherjee

I have come here in East Java to experience a midnight hike to the volcanic crater of Kawah Ijen and watch the blue fire created by the spontaneous combustion of subterranean gases and toxic yellow smoke.   Read more

Asia Nature & Outdoors
Photo of Kenyan woman by David Murphy NOTM

Kenya Embraces Sustainable Tourism As The New Normal

By Bianca Caruana

Since 2013, tourism has expanded and evolved in the region, welcoming a more sustainable narrative — one far more inclusive of a positive social and environmental impact than at any time in Kenya’s tourism history.   Read more

Africa Social Responsibility
Digital nomad office is a dream lifestyle

Lessons I’ve Learned Since Becoming a Digital Nomad

By Ali Jennings

Becoming a digital nomad is the dream lifestyle for many people nowadays. This shouldn’t come as a surprise.   Read more

The World Insights

Offbeat India: A Pilgrimage to the Source of the Ganges

By Trixie Pacis

India cradles an ancient and spiritual culture that draws visitors from around the globe. Spiritual experiences in the country range from temple visits and yoga retreats to 10-day silent Vipassana meditations. While India is best known by tourists for wonders like the Taj Mahal, our six-month sojourn brought us to … Read more   Read more

India Off the Beaten Path Religious Travel History
Overview of the South Korean port city of Busan.

How South Korea is Painting Its Way out of Poverty

By Rose Munday

On a warm June day, the ocean breeze cools balmy Busan, South Korean’s busiest port city. As I stand overlooking Gamcheon Culture Village nestled on the coast, I shiver as I imagine what it once was: a dangerous slum, ravaged by war. Nowadays the rainbow facade of Gamcheon Culture Village … Read more   Read more

Asia Architecture History The Arts
Savannah, Georgia garden

Is It Still Midnight in Savannah?

By Kathleen Walls

Since its founding in 1733, Savannah, Georgia has drawn visitors both temporal and spiritual, and the spooky occurrences noted throughout its history make for a thrilling experience.  Here is a glimpse into the haunted history of Savannah. The Story of Jim Williams Savannah came to the attention of tourists in … Read more   Read more

United States Family Travel Architecture History
Malaysia | Carmen Ang in Malaysian Langkawi Rice patties

Discovering my Roots in Malaysia

By Carmen Ang

My first trip was a six-week journey through Malaysia, the country where my dad was born. Not only did this trip ignite the wanderlust that fuels me to this day, it also helped me discover my roots and develop a better understanding of my ethnic heritage.   Read more

Asia Experiences History
The Musée des Confluences is a science centre and anthropology museum in Lyon, France.

The rise of ‘second city’ travel

By Katherine Bertrand

…a growing number of travelers are opting to visit ‘second cities’ over these more popular (i.e. touristy) destinations.   Read more

The World Off the Beaten Path Sustainability
Rottnest Island bay

Why every visitor to Western Australia needs to visit Rottnest Island

By Audrey Lim

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from living abroad over the past two and a half years, it’s that Western Australia is truly unrivaled when it comes to their beaches. While I may be quite biased, just picture fine white sand as far as the eye can see and clear … Read more   Read more

Oceania Off the Beaten Path
el-paso-Texas skyline

A Historic Excavation of El Paso

By Courtney Campbell

The city of El Paso, Texas has a rich historical and cultural role that is reflected in the countries of the United States and Mexico.   Read more

United States History
Walking Amongst Flags photo by Jen Tousey

Rediscovering and Reviving American Culture

By Jen Tousey

When we think of cultures on the brink of extinction the mind usually wanders to earth based cultures world wide being infringed upon by modern development. Another common image is that of oppressed peoples being forced to assimilate, flee, or possibly be put to death in a hostile regime takeover. … Read more   Read more

United States Family Travel History
Chiesa San Gavio from Spiaggia di Balai

Porto Torres: A case for slow travel

By Torrance McCartney

With little care as to where on the island I would go, I found a perfect apartment located in a place called Porto Torres.   Read more

Europe Experiences
penguins-antarctica

Keep Travel in Your Life Through Planning

By Terri Marshall

Travel teaches us acceptance. It opens up new worlds to us, making us richer in the process.   Read more

The World Insights
Township Tourism

Township tourism: The good, the bad, and the ugly

By Rachel Flynn

If you have traveled to a developing country, you have probably seen tours that visit favelas, slums, or in South Africa’s case, townships.   Read more

Africa Insights Social Responsibility
Elephant encounter in Thailand. Photo: Bianca Caruana

How Tourists Play a Role in Protecting Thailand’s Elephants

By Bianca Caruana

In the last century, Thailand has lost roughly 92 percent of its elephant population.   Read more

Asia Social Responsibility