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Relaxing by a lake

Global health crisis brings a much-needed break for nature

By Jessica Barrett

f there is a bright side to this pandemic, it’s that it’s forced us to slow down. To spend more time with loved ones, to learn how to adapt to challenging and changing circumstances, and to observe how powerful collective action really is. And that forced slow down has made … Read more   Read more

The World Sustainability
Aran island, Ireland

Aran Mor: Reliving a Traditional Way of life in Ireland

By Derek Cullen

Aran Mor is arguably the most significant example that comes to mind and an island on which you can learn about the past, while enjoying everything it has to offer in the present.   Read more

Ireland History Preservation
Derek Cullen overlooking the habor on the Great Blasket Island in Irleland

One Magical Night on the Great Blasket Island in Ireland

By Derek Cullen

I was frustrated when the Wi-Fi died. My trip to the Great Blasket Island was hinging on the availability of a small boat, and I was now unable to contact the owner. However, after a ten-minute jog to the harbour in Dunquin, I was welcomed on board – the result … Read more   Read more

Ireland Off the Beaten Path
Birds-eye view of the historic city center - the old town of Warsaw.

Why You Must Visit Warsaw: 30 Years After the Fall of Communism in Poland

By Patti Morrow

Careening through the backstreets of Warsaw in a minibus that bumped and jostled us through a former Communist neighborhood, I immediately regretted that extra pierogi I’d had for lunch that now threatened to expel itself. As if clairvoyant, Tomas, our guide, stopped and shepherded us into an area where partially destroyed, … Read more   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path Architecture History
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
The trekker and yak right before the attack. Photo: Shreeram Thapaliya

Around the World in 16 Photos

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

Photos and good storytelling inspire and engage our senses so we have curated this compelling photo essay from 16 fellow travelers who have memorable travel stories to share.   Read more

The World Insights
A temple in the Chiang Mai province in Thailand.

Discovering Traditional Arts in Thailand’s Golden Triangle

By Katie Dundas

The Golden Triangle region of Northern Thailand sits at the intersection of three Southeast Asian countries along the Mekong and Ruak Rivers: Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. A visit to this area is an incredible way to learn about the culture, history, and traditional arts of the region, which have been … Read more   Read more

Asia History The Arts Social Responsibility
Welcome sign to Greenpoint. Photo: Alexandra Fletcher

Greenpoint, Brooklyn: A Polish Neighborhood

By Alexandra Fletcher

One December night, I walked up the subway steps in Brooklyn after a rough commute and an exhausting restaurant shift. When I stepped onto Manhattan Avenue and looked up, all my gripes dissipated under a simple string of holiday lights that read, “Welcome To Greenpoint.”   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path History
An example of unethical animal tourism. Riding an elephant in Thailand.

Animal Cruelty for Tourists’ Entertainment: An Industry in Need of Reform

By Bianca Caruana

As selfies with tigers, primates and other wild species front Instagram and Facebook feeds, tourists are now forced to question the morals and ethics of their encounters with captive animals.   Read more

The World Insights Social Responsibility
Monastery of Gelati

How a Trip to Georgia Changed My Life

By Ali Jennings

Transformational travel has been one of the biggest travel trends in recent years. Put simply, transformational travel is taking trips with the specific intent to experience something life changing in order to learn and grow as a person.   Read more

Europe Transformative History
Author pictured in Havana, Cuba.

Adventure begins at the end of your comfort zone

By Kellie Paxian

I never expected to become the adventurous traveler I am today. My comfort zone has done a complete 180 over recent years, and I have the unbeaten path to thank for it.   Read more

The World Adventure Insights
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
Wheelchair traveler at the beach.

6 Top and Emerging Accessible Destinations

By Ali Jennings

As the world is becoming more aware of those that live with disabilities, it isn’t surprising that countries around the globe are working hard to make their cities more accessible for travelers and residents.   Read more

The World Accessible
Shaman

Ayahuasca Tourism: The Commercialization of Culture

By Jessica Barrett

Used by Indigenous tribes in the Amazon for medicinal purposes for centuries, it’s only in the last 50 years or so that Westerners have come to learn about ayahuasca   Read more

Central and South America Off the Beaten Path Events & Festivals Social Responsibility
The Little Mermaid is a popular attraction in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Five Copenhagen Districts You Should Visit

By Ali Jennings

Although Denmark has a not entirely unfounded reputation for being on the expensive side, this doesn’t stop many travelers from heading to Copenhagen..   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path