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Beaufort North Carolina beach

Beaufort, North Carolina: A coastal hidden gem

By Natalie Hoy

Beaufort is a gorgeous coastal town filled with beaches, local shops, and even diving experiences. With so much to explore in Beaufort, this coastal gem is packed with an interesting history and some amazing activities.   Read more

United States Nature & Outdoors
Digital nomad office is a dream lifestyle

Becoming a Digital Nomad

By Ali Jennings

Digital nomadism is here and on the rise. I’m proud to count myself among that tribe.   Read more

The World Insights
Camino de Santiago - The Way of St. James

Why Walking the Camino de Santiago is Not Just a Religious Journey

By Derek Cullen

Though it’s best known as a religious pilgrimage, walking the Camino de Santiago does not need to be a spiritual journey and people from all walks of life can and do take this adventure for different reasons.   Read more

Europe Experiences Religious Travel
Taken from a riverfront park on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Quincy, Illinois. U.S. Highway 24 is routed along the bridge in the background.

Quincy, Illinois: The Midwest’s Hidden Gem

By Hanna Muth

Located in western Illinois, on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, you’ll find my charming and welcoming hometown of Quincy. With a rich history, Midwestern hospitality, and a thriving arts scene, Quincy is Illinois’s best-kept secret.    Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History The Arts
Block Island Coast Guard Station

America’s Hidden Gems Worth Visiting In 2022

By Stacy Miller

America has many hidden gems waiting to be discovered by those who love traveling but want more than local tourist traps or busy attractions. Below are just a few hidden gems that I suggest for the new year.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
New Year's celebration

New Year’s Traditions From Around the World

By Hanna Muth

Today, while most countries continue to honor New Year’s Day on January 1st, each country’s traditions couldn’t be more different.   Read more

The World Events & Festivals
Muslim prayer-in Islamic country

Top 10 Things Westerners Should Do Before Travelling to an Islamic Country

By Mohammad Aamir Arafat

Islam is the second-most followed religion after Christianity. Out of the 195 countries on Earth, 56 have a Muslim majority and are governed by Muslims.   Read more

The World Insights Religious Travel History Humanity
duck-for Christmas dinner

Traditional holiday dishes from around the world

By Natalie Hoy

With the holidays approaching, I’m sure all of us already have our holiday dinner menu planned. Today, let’s go on a virtual journey to learn about traditional holiday dishes from around the world.   Read more

The World Events & Festivals Food & Drink
christmas-bulb on cherry tree in Japan

How Different Cultures Celebrate the Christmas Holiday

By Benedine Kaptuya

It turns out that Santa Claus doesn’t visit the entire world. Officially, the Christmas holiday is on the 24th and 25th of December each year. However, in reality, each region and country celebrates Christmas at earlier or later dates based on their own traditions and beliefs.   Read more

The World Events & Festivals
Santa Claus at Christmas on the beach

I’m Dreaming of a White (Sand) Christmas

By Kerri Driver

It was Christmas Eve and it was snowing! This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. Growing up in Houston, Texas, we rarely saw snow, and for it to happen on Christmas Eve had me jumping for joy.   Read more

The World Experiences Events & Festivals
Isle of Wight beach

An Expat’s Christmas Journey to the Isle of Wight

By Bianka Cramblit

Jude Law stopping by your snow-covered cottage in the English countryside…. Yes, please! The many other festive British holiday movies had left me feeling like I had already celebrated there.   Read more

United Kingdom Events & Festivals
Kwanzaa - Christmas lights in Texas

‘Tis the Season: Texan Celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa

By Courtney Campbell

During this season, Texans celebrate these holidays with unique customs and traditions. With a population fast approaching 30 million, the diversity of the Lone Star State is particularly demonstrated in the last month of the year.   Read more

United States Events & Festivals
Christmas in Spain

Far From Home: Experiencing the Holidays in Spain

By Bianka Cramblit

When I moved to Spain, I knew I’d have to say goodbye to the very North-American traditions of Halloween and Thanksgiving.   Read more

Spain Events & Festivals
Cherry Blossoms in bloom at Green-Wood Cemetery. Photo: David Berkowitz (CreativeCommons)

New York City’s Dead: A Guide To Cemeteries In The Five Boroughs

By Hannah Frishberg

In a city as teeming with life as New York, it should come as no surprise that there is a similarly populous world six feet under the five boroughs. With so many tourist attractions, New York City’s cemeteries are rarely on most visitors’ top ten lists, but the sheer size … Read more   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
Ireland's iconic Cliffs of Moher

Why is Ireland Known as the “Emerald Isle?”

By Derek Cullen

Ireland is often referred to as the “Emerald Isle,” due to the vast greenery throughout the island. Most of the Irish countryside is dotted with farms and national parks, while the landscape in almost every county is dominated by some of the greenest hills anywhere in the world. But is … Read more   Read more

Ireland Landscape History