An indigenous Oma woman in Laos.

Max Mara: A Fashion House Under Fire for Stealing Indigenous Designs

By Tara Tadlock

Max Mara, a multi-billion dollar Italian fashion label, has been blasted on social media for stealing the traditional clothing designs of the Oma, a tiny ethnic minority in Southeast Asia.   Read more

Asia Fashion & Style Indigenous Social Responsibility
Gay Pride balloons

Where to Celebrate National Pride Month This June

By Lola Méndez

Cities across the States get a little more colorful as groups of people come together to celebrate Pride each year in June, with rainbow flags and clothes to symbolize gay pride.   Read more

United States LGBTQ Events & Festivals
Licin woman

Locals of Licin, East Java

By Ziba Redif

The sleepy village of Licin is situated in the Banyuwangi regency of East Java, Indonesia. It’s a 30-minute drive from the town of Banyuwangi – Java’s easternmost tip – and an hour from the slopes of Kawah Ijen, the legendary volcano famous for its electric blue flames.   Read more

Asia Agritourism Indigenous Sustainability
Bath, England on the river.

Amazing UK World Heritage Sites

By Ali Jennings

The United Kingdom is a country with a long and varied history, so it’s no surprise that it has a significant number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.   Read more

United Kingdom History Preservation
Coconut on a lazy beach

The Bittersweet Experience of Repatriation

By Breana Johnson

Becoming an expat in Sint Maarten was hard, with culture shock taking the wind out of my sails for days at a time at the beginning. It   Read more

United States Insights
Fermacide photo by Eliza Amon.

Rats and Astronauts: Street Art in Oaxaca

By Eliza Amon

Famed for its artistic traditions in weaving, pottery and painted wooden animal carvings known as alebrijes, the Mexican city of Oaxaca is also brimming with contemporary art.   Read more

Mexico Off the Beaten Path The Arts
George Washington statute located in Boston, Mass.

East Coast History Road Trip

By Breana Johnson

Benjamin Franklin gestured dramatically toward the moldering gravestone of the Revolutionary War soldier. “And then,” he proclaimed, pausing for effect, “He killed ‘im dead!”.   Read more

United States History
Sunrise over Mahabaleshwar, India

Mahabaleshwar: A Tranquil Getaway in the Western Ghats of India

By Tania Banerjee

Sunlight streamed in as I parted the window curtains of the double-decker luxury bus my husband and I were taking from Mumbai to the popular summer destination of Mahabaleshwar, 264 kilometers East of India’s biggest city. Outside, low-hanging tufts of clouds touched the opulent carpet of green that rolled down … Read more   Read more

India Agritourism Off the Beaten Path History
Inside the Stairway to Heaven in the Phillippines. Photo: Len Cristobal

Climbing A Stairway to Heaven in The Philippines

By Len Cristobal

Growing up in the Philippines, an intensely Catholic country, I have seen the extremes that people sometimes go to in the name of religion. “Stairway to Heaven,” a giant, outdoor stairway leading to a breathtaking replica of heaven, or how heaven looks according to traditional beliefs.   Read more

Asia Experiences Religious Travel
Tourists in Cambodia

5 Ways to have a more cultural experience in Cambodia

By Derek Cullen

When you think of Cambodia, first impressions can come with some very negative connotations.   Read more

Asia Experiences
Exterior of the Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond. Photo: Kathleen Walls

The Virginia Holocaust Museum in Richmond

By Kathleen Walls

The Holocaust Museum in Richmond, Virginia is a dramatic retelling of the events that occurred, focusing heavily on the experiences of the city’s Holocaust survivors.   Read more

United States History
Umbria

Perugia from the Outside In: Following the Locals to the Suburbs

By Anthony Paonita

Perugia’s lively historic center, filled with ancient stately buildings, can take your breath away. The Piazza IV Novembre is larger than most Italian hill towns’ main squares, with a large central fountain surrounded by Perugia’s foremost cathedral and medieval city hall.   Read more

Europe Experiences
Mapuche house in Chile #Indigenous #heritage

Chilean Tourism and the Indigenous Mapuche

By Leijia Hanrahan

The regions of Biobío and Araucanía, which lie somewhere in the middle of the 2,653 miles that stretch from Chile’s top to bottom, are nevertheless known as “the south.”   Read more

Central and South America Indigenous Social Responsibility
Volungearing photo by Bianca Caruana

Volungearing: A New Way to Do Good

By Bianca Caruana

A new kind of volunteer tourism has entered the travel industry with an innovative approach; Volungearing, conceived by TribesForGOOD, taps an individual’s skills to pair him or her successfully in the social impact sector.   Read more

Asia Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
A view of Mount Kinabalu.

There’s More to Kundasang, Borneo than Mount Kinabalu

By Ziba Redif

Farfetched as it may seem, the tiny Malaysian mountain town of Kundasang is sometimes compared to the pastoral villages in the Alps. S   Read more

Asia Off the Beaten Path