Alicia-Rae Olafsson takes in the view at Möllerfjorden, in the Norwegian Arctic on the archipelago of Svalbard.

The Magnetism of the Polar Regions: Voyaging through the Arctic and Antarctic

By Alicia-Rae Light

Maybe it’s the cold bite of the wind on your cheeks as you trek across the Arctic tundra in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, discovering pristine landscapes of craggy mountains and glaciers surrounded by the glistening Arctic Ocean, making you feel alive. Possibly it’s the sound (and unmistakable smell) … Read more   Read more

The World Off the Beaten Path Sustainability
Parker family at Grand Teton. Photo: Catherine Parker

The Joys of Traveling with Kids

By Catherine Parker

You never know how the journey is going to change you and your family. For my family of three ordinary kids and one mom on a mission, my desire to travel with my kids had a profound and positive effect on all of us.   Read more

The World Family Travel
Author Derek Cullen along the Pacific Coast Trail

How Spending Time Alone on the Pacific Crest Trail Changed My Life

By Derek Cullen

I recently spent five months hiking from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail. It was an incredible backpacking trip through stunning deserts, mountains, and forests but also a journey of self-discovery. At the same time, my trips were now motivated by self-growth rather than deficiency. That is to … Read more   Read more

North America Backpacking & Camping Off the Beaten Path
Man floating in the Dead Sea of Israel

Defying Gravity at the Dead Sea in Israel

By Thomas Später

It was a hot summer day when I left Jerusalem to travel south towards the Dead Sea, an indescribably beautiful salt lake, sitting peacefully landlocked between the countries of Israel and Jordan. Although visiting Israel had been on my bucket list since forever, the Dead Sea had always fascinated me … Read more   Read more

Middle East Experiences
Photo credited to Gisuru School of the Deaf.

An African School for the Deaf

By Breana Johnson

There are only two schools exclusively for the Deaf in Burundi (the other, also founded by my husband’s family, is five hours away). Without the chance to go to school and learn sign language, these kids would never have the chance to learn any language at all, a situation that … Read more   Read more

Africa Accessible Experiences
Voralberg, Austria

The Tastes of Vorarlberg

By Sam Treacy

Vorarlberg is probably the least touristy area in all of Austria, and yet is filled with surprises, wonderful experiences and stunning beauty.   Read more

Europe Study or Teach Abroad Food & Drink
Palatinate Forest in the foreground of a bench overlooking the forest - Germany

Palatinate Forest – A hidden gem in southwest Germany

By Thomas Später

Whenever I read about people planning a trip through Europe, Germany seems to be frequently skipped or, at least, at the end of the queue behind Spain, Italy, or France. And those who do decide to visit Germany, sadly often focus on Berlin and Munich only.   Read more

Europe Landscape Nature & Outdoors
Eco Tourism - Eco-lodge photo by Chelsea Wiersma

Traveling with small footprints: A guide to eco-tourism

By Chelsea Wiersma

Eco-tourism has been rapidly growing in popularity over recent years. There are now eco-friendly stores, eco-lodges, vegan restaurants, and sustainably made products in almost every major travel destination. It is the responsibility of travelers to be mindful of their impact on the environment and make informed decisions while exploring our … Read more   Read more

The World Eco-tourism Sustainability
Old Alabama Town | Interior of Ordman House. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Old Alabama Town Takes You Back In Time

By Kathleen Walls

Step back in time as you walk through Old Alabama Town—a living history museum that reflects late 19th and early 20th century life along six-blocks of downtown Montgomery.  Within the six-block radius of Old Alabama Town you can visit 50 recreated buildings that reflect the time and see the “residents … Read more   Read more

United States History
Ancient petroglyphs on Atlatl Rock, Valley of Fire State Park. Photo: Thomas Später

Valley of Fire Slot Canyon – A geological masterpiece

By Thomas Später

“What could it mean?” was crossing my mind as I carefully tried to interpret the engravings covering an entire wall of fiery red sandstone within the Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada, USA). It was 10 AM, and I found myself standing on a metal platform in front of a … Read more   Read more

United States Nature & Outdoors History
Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City.

Kansas City – More than just a Sleepy Mid-Western City

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Kansas City, founded in 1838 (the Missouri side), is a city that has a full and rich history for being in the mellow Mid-West region of the United States.   Read more

United States Family Travel History Literature & Music
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
Aerial view of Niagara Falls with a Maiden of the Mist boat.

Exploring Niagara Falls

By Kathleen Walls

Niagara Falls, one of America’s most scenic wonders, wasn’t always a pristine park open to the public. Comprised of three waterfalls that straddle the U.S.-Canadian border, the falls have a long history; not all of it pretty. Industrial factories once marred their astonishing grandeur and their spectacular views were restricted. … Read more   Read more

North America Family Travel Nature & Outdoors
Approaching Deadvlei Clay Pan Plateau(. Photo: Thomas Später

Underestimating the Climb of Namibia’s “Big Daddy Dune”

By Thomas Später

At the end of my second week of traveling through Namibia during the pandemic, I reached the most-anticipated stop of my journey within the Namib-Naukluft National Park: Deadvlei, a white clay pan that represents an inevitable stop for nature lovers and photographers. I will never forget the second I stepped … Read more   Read more

Africa Adventure Landscape
Urquhart Castle along Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands is a part of ancient history.

Searching for Monsters and Magic in the Scottish Highlands

By Daniel Baldwin

The Scottish Highlands are a place of ancient history, stunning natural beauty, and magic. Among the older generations, some claim that high in its earthy hills you’ll find the homes of creatures only heard about in legend.   Read more

United Kingdom Off the Beaten Path History