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Mangrove forest in Thailand.

Looking Behind the Funhouse Mirror in Thailand

By Josh Fredman

The dock at Ao Nang in Krabi, Thailand is as nondescript as any western restaurant patio. Wooden slats make up a narrow walkway with benches on either side.   Read more

Asia Sustainability
Sri Lanka beach

Volunteering in Sri Lanka After a Tsunami

By Julie Hatfield

The photograph that appeared on the front page of newspapers throughout the world following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami was heartbreaking: it sent me to Sri Lanka.   Read more

Asia Volunteer Travel
Havana, Cuba's famous Malecon.

By the Malecon: Havana Nights in Search of the Real Cuba

By Jennifer Richardson

A block from Havana’s famous Malecon, I found myself standing on a curb, sharing a bottle of rum with my good friend and traveling companion Sandra, and three strangers. We’d all met earlier at a nearby salsa club tucked in an alleyway between the Centro and Old Havana neighborhoods, a … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Off the Beaten Path Architecture
The Bronx Skyline

Along The Bronx’s Grand Concourse: A Guide

By Hannah Frishberg

Back in 1890, when much of New York’s northernmost borough, the Bronx, remained undeveloped, a French immigrant was charged with laying out the then rural area’s street grid.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History
Costa Rica beach signs

Finding the Perfect Costa Rican Beach

By Eliza Amon

Costa Rica has 300 beaches along nearly 800 miles of coastline so choosing the right one is challenging. Playa Espadrilla, a serene mile-long beach on the Pacific side of Costa Rica met my family’s antithetical needs, providing a perfect base for a weeklong vacation.   Read more

Central and South America Family Travel
Bridge to Eau Claire

Eau Claire’s Artistic Wonders

By Robin Raven

The American heartland city of Eau Claire is enjoying an artistic renaissance. Sitting at the junction of the Eau Claire and Chippewa Rivers in Wisconsin, Eau Claire is French for “clear water,” and water is a defining physical feature of the city.   Read more

United States The Arts
Greece crossing by sea

Greece By Sea

By Eliza Amon

I’d traveled to Greece with four friends, some of whom I’d known for more than 25 years. We had been dreaming and plotting a “swimcation” for a decade and finally signed up with the British company SwimTrek, one of several organizations that offer swimming vacations around the world, including in … Read more   Read more

Europe Adventure Off the Beaten Path
New France festivalgoers dressed in period costumes

Quebec City: Where New France celebrates its heritage

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

In 1608 the first Europeans set foot on North American soil. Samuel de Champlain, considered to be the founding father of New France, built a settlement that would later be called Quebec City.   Read more

Canada Events & Festivals History
vancouver-island

Sustainable Vancouver Island’s Marmot Sanctuary

By Sam Treacy

One way that residents of Vancouver Island really connect with the outdoors and wildlife is through the Marmot Refuge located close to Nanaimo.   Read more

Canada Sustainability
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
Monument in Pripyat

Chernobyl: most strangely enjoyable travel experience

By Derek Cullen

Aside from Auschwitz in Poland and the incredibly morbid S-21 Prison in Cambodia, I have never felt so absorbed and captivated on my travels. Located to the north of Kiev, this infamous power plant in Ukraine set the scene for one of the most shocking incidents in the history of … Read more   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path
Mural of South Korean flag

South Korea’s Charming Historical Sites

By Jennifer Raskin

While jumping in with both feet might be too much of a stretch when it comes to a country where you don’t know the language, visiting Seoul is one of the best things you can do to broaden your horizons.   Read more

Asia History
Fishermen on St. Vincent. Photo: Tonya Fitzpatrick

The Caribbean: This Season’s Top Destination for the Conscientious Traveler

By Breana Johnson

The Caribbean was recently hit hard by hurricanes Irma, Jose, and Maria. Organizations and individuals from the around the world have been pouring resources into rescue and rebuilding efforts. But it’s going to take more than disaster relief to get Caribbean communities back on their feet. It’s going to take … Read more   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Volunteer Travel
Civil War cannon

An Abundance of History Surrounds the Fredericksburg Region in Virginia

By JenLyn Fitz

The Fredericksburg region in Virginia is part of Spotsylvania County and not only was it a prominent destination during the colonial times, it played a huge role during the Civil War.    Read more

United States History
Health and Wellness yoga retreats in Canada

6 Canadian Women’s Retreats Perfect for a Weekend Getaway

By Sam Treacy

After a long and exhausting work week, months filled with stressful schoolwork, or many hours spent with your children and family, many of us need a break from reality. A retreat can be the perfect way to do this, whether alone, or with close friends.   Read more

Canada Experiences