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Beautiful pyramid of Chichen Itza. Photo: Thomas Später

A day trip to Mexico’s Chichen Itza

By Thomas Später

Because Chichen Itza is one of the new 7 world wonders according to UNESCO, this place represents the most-visited archaeological site in Mexico.   Read more

Mexico Nature & Outdoors
Kaikoura, New Zealand

Rebuilding Wildlife Tourism in Kaikoura, New Zealand

By Ann-Marie Cahill

Kaikoura is a town of 4,000 people located about 110 miles north of Christchurch, on New Zealand’s South Island. It is tucked away on a beautiful peninsula, backed by the snow-capped peaks of the Seaward Kaikoura Range.   Read more

Oceania Preservation
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
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
Gaudi's creations are the quintessential highlights any Barcelona city tour. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

On Antoni Gaudi’s Trail in Barcelona

By Sugato Mukherjee

The Spanish city of Barcelona had been Antoni Gaudi’s canvas and muse, at once. The 19th-century architect-wizard used the entire Catalonian city to express his creative genius and seamlessly blended the Gothic and the French Art-Nouveau with Expressionism to create his architectural masterpieces.   Read more

Spain History The Arts
sydney opera house - australia

Australian Holiday Traditions–Christmas and Beyond

By Madi Kh

But you know what makes Australia even more amazing? Unique traditions you won’t find anywhere else in the world. The media rarely portrays these cultural and unique Australian holiday traditions, so why not read about them?   Read more

Australia Insights Food & Drink
Thanksgiving in Beijing with friends and party favors. Photo: Kirsten Harrington

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Beijing, China

By Kirsten Harrington

It was Fall of 2019 and Beijing was beautiful, with ripe persimmons hanging from trees like lanterns and golden gingko trees glowing in the park. But as the days grew shorter and the arctic chill set in, my spirits sank. Thanksgiving was just around the corner, and I longed for … Read more   Read more

Asia United States Family Travel Events & Festivals
Pura Vida sign costa-rica

Moving to Costa Rica: A Guide for Expats

By Ryan Hichens

Ahh, Costa Rica! If you’re moving to the lovely Central American country, let me be the first to say congratulations. You have a lot to look forward to. It’s not a coincidence that so many foreigners are packing their bags and relocating to Costa Rica. But before you commit, there … Read more   Read more

Central and South America Insights Lifestyle
Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan

Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes | A Natural Treasure

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Do you know that feeling of how a smell, sound, or taste takes you back to some of your fondest memories? That’s what happens to me when something reminds me of my summer family vacations in Michigans Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. So, after all these years, whenever I travel … Read more   Read more

United States Landscape Nature & Outdoors
Delphi, Greece

Delphi: The Earth’s Center and Gift to Humanity

By Georgella Razi

Delphi, Greece is well-known for one thing in particular: it is the location of the famous Delphic Oracle. This oracle had a great deal of notoriety in ancient Greece due to the fact that travelers from all over the Mediterranean would make their way there to listen to the utterances … Read more   Read more

Europe History
Aerial pictures of a huge waterfall dropping down into Osum Canyon.

Osum Canyon – A Day trip to Albania’s beautiful Gorge

By Thomas Später

During my road trip through the beautiful Balkan country of Albania, one specific destination was “number one” on my itinerary: Osum Canyon. In fact, my entire trip was inspired and initiated only by the desire to take photographs of this breath-taking natural attraction.   Read more

Europe Nature & Outdoors
iceland-glaciers

Why the Westman Islands Should Top your Iceland Must-See List

By Kirsten Harrington

We had checked off a handful of well-known sights already on our three days in Iceland: soaking in the Blue Lagoon, zipping up close to icebergs in a zodiac and hiking up to Svartifoss, an impressive waterfall tumbling over Jenga-like basalt columns.   Read more

Europe Adventure Family Travel Nature & Outdoors Food & Drink
voluntourism | key-west during hurricane

Meaningful Travel: When Your Trip Isn’t Just a Vacation

By Cara Siera

Our trip could be labeled volunteering since the primary purpose of the trip was to serve. “Voluntourism” – tourist travel with a volunteering component – has become increasingly popular in recent years as a way to make travel more meaningful and give back to the places visited.    Read more

The World Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
Philip of Macedon fountain in Skopje's main square.

Macedonia: Five Places to Visit

By Ali Jennings

One destination, which is still considered fairly off the beaten track, is Macedonia, a small country with a rich history and beautiful nature. If you’re looking for an interesting Balkan destination with fewer tourists, Macedonia makes a great choice. Here are the top five places to visit in Macedonia.   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path The Arts
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Ghost Towns and Goblins: Halloween Traditions in the Lone Star State

By Courtney Campbell

The Lone Star State contains some unique Halloween traditions. Filled with ghost towns, haunted hotels, and spooky lore, Texas has summoned attention for its intense connection to the paranormal.   Read more

United States Experiences History