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San Antonio River walk

Scouting San Antonio: A Tourist’s Guide to South-Central Texas

By Courtney Campbell

San Antonio invites tourists from around the globe, offering them an immersive experience of Mexican and Texan culture.   Read more

United States History
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Gangsters, Monkeys and Mines: Exploring the Diverse History of a Florida County

By Kathleen Walls

What once was old is now new in Florida’s Marion County. One of the “newest” attractions in the city of Ocala, has roots going back nearly 100 years, commemorating an epic FBI shootout with a notorious gang that ended the era of gangsters in the United States.   Read more

United States Adventure Off the Beaten Path History
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Visiting Austin: The Live Music Capital of the World

By Courtney Campbell

Officially deemed the “Live Music Capital of the World” in 1991, Austin, Texas is a city ripe with musicians, politicians, authors, activists, artists, and other creative types   Read more

United States Literature & Music The Arts
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Japanese Yokai: Mythology Preserved in Art

By Hannah Cook

Yokai can be summarized as Japanese spirits or spectres, deeply rooted in historical Japanese mythology yet still depicted in art and culture today.   Read more

Asia History The Arts
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Developing a Consciousness for Marine Conservation

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

If you were to hear that by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans (by weight) than there will be fish, would you be alarmed? I definitely was alarmed when I read white paper about the plastic economy projected by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.   Read more

The World Conservation Social Responsibility
Ship in the Galveston Harbor.

Unearthing the Rich History of the Gulf Coast Barrier Island of Galveston

By Courtney Campbell

The city of Galveston, Texas is a Gulf Coast barrier island that holds a rich and historic connection to the end of slavery and the celebration of Juneteenth.   Read more

United States History
Family on a wooden longboat in Panama. Photo: Chez

Visiting Panama’s Embera People

By Chez Chesak

Our wooden longboat plied the Chagres River deeper and deeper into the Panamanian rain forest. Soon the boatmen, one wearing a loincloth and the other a beaded skirt, were poling us through channels so narrow that it looked like the river had disappeared.   Read more

Central and South America History Indigenous
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Stone Circles in the UK: Beyond Stonehenge

By Ali Jennings

An ancient wonder of the world, Stonehenge is a classic example of Neolithic engineering and one of the best-preserved monuments of its kind in Europe.   Read more

United Kingdom Off the Beaten Path Religious Travel History
Toronto, Canada skyline

Experiencing Toronto Like A Local

By Shahraz Ali

Whether you stay in Toronto for a week or a year, not a day will go by without you finding something new and exciting to do.   Read more

Canada Experiences
Chicago Bean sculpture

How Chicago became a melting pot of cultures, races, and nationalities

By Krystina Quintana

Although it is widely known that Chicago is a melting pot of people, it’s not as widely known why or how it became so diverse throughout the years.   Read more

United States History
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Roman Influence and Top Structures in Spain

By Bianka Cramblit

With the 600 years they spent occupying the region, called Hispania at the time, from 218 BC to AD 409, the Romans irreversibly changed Spain.   Read more

Spain Architecture History
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Onsen Culture in Japan

By Hannah Cook

Bathing and onsen culture in Japan is a unique aspect to Japan’s heritage that can be easily enjoyed by both visitors and residents.   Read more

Asia Experiences
Cross at Trojmezi.  Photo:  Donald Judge

Three Crosses at Czech-German Borders Become Tourist Attraction

By Courtney Campbell

Three crosses have garnered attention from tourists around the world. Due to their mysterious nature, many have come to speculate just what it is that these crosses at the borders between the Czech Republic and Germany symbolize.   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path History
Outdoor art. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Kinston, North Carolina: A Farming and Industrial City Turned Arts Hub

By Kathleen Walls

They say art is in the eye of the beholder. When you visit Kinston, North Carolina, art will be in your eyes, ears, and taste buds too.   Read more

United States The Arts
View from above of Saba. The rise on left is the road to Hell's Gate.Photo David B. Gleason.jpg

The Island of Saba: Looking to the Future, Embracing the Past

By Breana Johnson

It’s easy to imagine what Saba must have looked like two hundred years ago. Aside from the medical school and the single narrow ribbon of road, the island hasn’t changed much.   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Adventure Off the Beaten Path