Bridge to Eau Claire

Eau Claire’s Artistic Wonders

By Robin Raven

The American heartland city of Eau Claire is enjoying an artistic renaissance. Sitting at the junction of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in Wisconsin, Eau Claire is French for “clear water,” and water is a defining physical feature of the city.   Read more

United States The Arts
Greece crossing by sea

Greece By Sea

By Eliza Amon

I’d traveled to Greece with four friends, some of whom I’d known for more than 25 years. We had been dreaming and plotting a “swimcation” for a decade and finally signed up with the British company SwimTrek, one of several organizations that offer swimming vacations around the world, including in … Read more   Read more

Europe Adventure Off the Beaten Path
New France festivalgoers dressed in period costumes

Quebec City: Where New France celebrates its heritage

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

In 1608 the first Europeans set foot on North American soil. Samuel de Champlain, considered to be the founding father of New France, built a settlement that would later be called Quebec City.   Read more

Canada Events & Festivals History

Sustainable Vancouver Island’s Marmot Sanctuary

By Sam Treacy

One way that residents of Vancouver Island really connect with the outdoors and wildlife is through the Marmot Refuge located close to Nanaimo.   Read more

Canada Sustainability
Arizona - Wupatki Ruins

Exploring Arizona’s Ancient Native Dwellings

By Breana Johnson

I squint my eyes, trying to blur out the gaps in the mud walls and the crumbling walkway below it. What was it like to live here? Did the landscape look the same a thousand years ago? I try to imagine animals and kids running around under the canopy of … Read more   Read more

United States History
Monument in Pripyat

Chernobyl: most strangely enjoyable travel experience

By Derek Cullen

Aside from Auschwitz in Poland and the incredibly morbid S-21 Prison in Cambodia, I have never felt so absorbed and captivated on my travels. Located to the north of Kiev, this infamous power plant in Ukraine set the scene for one of the most shocking incidents in the history of … Read more   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path
Mural of South Korean flag

South Korea’s Charming Historical Sites

By Jennifer Raskin

While jumping in with both feet might be too much of a stretch when it comes to a country where you don’t know the language, visiting Seoul is one of the best things you can do to broaden your horizons.   Read more

Asia History
Fishermen on St. Vincent. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

The Caribbean: This Season’s Top Destination for the Conscientious Traveler

By Breana Johnson

The Caribbean was recently hit hard by hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria. Organizations and individuals from the around the world have been pouring resources into rescue and rebuilding efforts. But it’s going to take more than disaster relief to get Caribbean communities back on their feet. It’s going to take … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Volunteer Travel
The Great Wall of China

Historic Places in China You Absolutely Need to See

By Jennifer Raskin

China was a place I wound up in much by accident. It’s a place that tends to give most people intense culture shock, but once it wears off, you’re left to marvel at this beautiful place surrounding you.   Read more

Asia History
Civil War cannon

An Abundance of History Surrounds the Fredericksburg Region in Virginia

By JenLyn Fitz

The Fredericksburg region in Virginia is part of Spotsylvania County and not only was it a prominent destination during the colonial times, it played a huge role during the Civil War.    Read more

United States History
Health and Wellness yoga retreats in Canada

6 Canadian Women’s Retreats Perfect for a Weekend Getaway

By Sam Treacy

After a long and exhausting work week, months filled with stressful schoolwork, or many hours spent with your children and family, many of us need a break from reality. A retreat can be the perfect way to do this, whether alone, or with close friends.   Read more

Canada Experiences
Candian flag

Celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday

By Sam Treacy

2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday, and so far has been filled with a plethora of festivities and celebrations. Although Canada’s actual anniversary took place on July 1st, both visitors and residents alike can still celebrate the country’s achievements and accomplishments in a variety of ways.   Read more

Canada Events & Festivals
Arch leading into Tehran, Iran

Discovering Iran by bicycle

By Kelly Sheldrick

When I told my Dad I had plans to cycle across Iran, he freaked out. Sadly, western media depicts Iran as a dangerous place. Even the government travel advice is to avoid all travel to the country. In reality, Iran is home to some of the friendliest people I have … Read more   Read more

Middle East Adventure Off the Beaten Path

Viewing Polar Bears in Northern Canada

By Sam Treacy

One of the North’s most recognized species, the polar bear (Ursus maritimus being its Latin Name) has a notorious reputation as a bold and brainy predator, not to mention its massive size.   Read more

Canada Preservation

The future of elephant conservation in Kenya

By Derek Cullen

Kenya is a no-nonsense nation when it comes to conservation in recent times and in particular, with elephant conservation. I   Read more

Africa Volunteer Travel Preservation