veligandu-island-in Maldives ofrers vaccine vacations

Vaxcations: Needle-driven Getaways and the Questions Around Them

By Sugato Mukherjee

The COVID pandemic has given rise to a new global travel trend called vaccine vacations or vaxcations, for short.   Read more

The World Health & Wellness Insights
Choeung Ek - a Killing Field in Cambodia

Dark Tourism in Cambodia: Exploitation and Cultural Insensitivity

By Tara Tadlock

Over four years in the early 1970s, Cambodia, a Southeast Asian country now frequented by backpacking tourists, faced one of the worst human atrocities imaginable– a state-sponsored genocide wiping out one-third of the nation’s population.   Read more

Asia Insights Social Responsibility
hangzou-China-garden

Exploring Comfort Zones and Culture in China

By Alexander Galant

Leaving Canada for a three-week cultural adventure in China, I become infected with the travel bug that now fuels my future.   Read more

Asia Experiences Transformative Events & Festivals
Ancient red house in Lucknow

Lucknow: A Melting Pot of Architecture, Culture and Cuisine

By Bandita Mukherjee

Located by the Gomti river, a major tributary of River Ganga, Lucknow is a paradise for explorers with its time-honored architecture, lip-smacking dishes, lyrical zubaan (style of conversation), and world-famous garments.   Read more

India Food & Drink History
Excell Market BBQ in Tennessee. Photo: Melissa Corbin

An American Love Story: Excell Market and BBQ in Clarksville, Tennessee

By Melissa Corbin

Every summer as a child, my father and the other farmers in our small Clarksville, Tennessee community would take their turn as pitmaster.   Read more

United States Food & Drink
Lavapies neighborhood street art in Madrid

5 Off-the-Beaten Path Places to Visit in Madrid

By Bianka Cramblit

Madrid is a lively capital city constantly buzzing with excitement. Before COVID inflicted its long pause on international travel, this well-connected international h   Read more

Spain Off the Beaten Path The Arts
Maimoon Palace in Sumantra was once owned by Deli Sultanate. Photo: Nayla Azmi

Where to Go in Sumatra to Learn More About Conservation

By Nayla Azmi

Sumatra is known as one of the only places in the world that you can see the orangutan in the wild. But the island can teach you plenty about conservation, too.    Read more

Asia Conservation
9/11 Memorial Reflection Pool. Photo courtesy of Pixabay

Remembering 9/11 Twenty Years Later

By Terri Marshall

I’ll never forget the bright blue skies as I watched an airplane fly into the World Trade Center’s North Tower at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001.   Read more

United States Insights History
houston skyline

Historical Highlights and Attractions of Houston

By Courtney Campbell

The city of Houston, Texas is currently the fourth largest city in the United States. It serves as a twenty-first century melting pot, welcoming a myriad of cultures, communities, and ethnicities.   Read more

United States Nature & Outdoors History
Author and son at Buffalo Park

Experience the Beauty of Buffalo Park, Arizona

By Breana Johnson

It’s a sunny summer morning at Buffalo Park in Flagstaff, Arizona. The San Francisco Peaks, Arizona’s top ski destination, rises into the sky to the north, the tip of Mount Humphreys sharp against the clear blue expanse.   Read more

United States Family Travel
Durgachourone-Roquitte-pavilion-the-iconic-landmark-of-Chandannagar-Strand

When River Ganga Flows by Europe

By Sugato Mukherjee

Upstream along the quiet banks of the Ganga, not far from the bustle of Calcutta, lies a string of towns, where a slice of Europe came to roost long before the British did.   Read more

India History
Photo courtesy of McLeod Plantation Historical Site

A South Carolina Plantation Shows Us the Way Forward

By Erica Chatman

It is no secret to anyone that tourism is a major industry and draw for Charleston, South Carolina. However, on my most recent visit, I became a fan of their county parks because of one particular experience. I visited MacLeod Plantation Historic Site.     Read more

United States History Social Responsibility
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