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Picasso’s Spain

By Bianka Cramblit

Raised and educated in Spain, Pablo Picasso moved to the French capital in the early 1900s. Here he experienced decades of inspiration as part of the city’s buzzing Modernist art movement and bohemian atmosphere.   Read more

Spain The Arts
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
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
Iced coffee in Laos. Photo: Tara Tadlock

Coffee in Laos: an Unlikely Pathway out of Poverty

By Tara Tadlock

When people think of Southeast Asia, Thailand and Vietnam often come to mind first. But squeezed between them is Laos, a country covered in dense jungles and lush mountains perfectly suited for growing coffee, a relatively new crop that has grown recently in importance to the nation’s economy.   Read more

Asia Food & Drink Humanity
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Mombasa: A different side of ancient Kenya

By Derek Cullen

Mombasa is a sublime mix of cultures and one of the most popular destinations in East Africa for white powdered sands and five-star luxury resorts. At the same time, there is as much to experience for backpackers as there is for wealthy tourists and this is best seen in the … Read more   Read more

Africa Family Travel
Burundi village

A Burundian Lesson in Hospitality

By Breana Johnson

It’s evening in the small African nation of Burundi, and the waning sun throws shadows over the city of Bujumbura. In the old Land Rover, we bump and jostle our way through the crowded dirt roads of the capital. Before we left the mission station where my husband’s family lives, … Read more   Read more

Africa Off the Beaten Path Social Responsibility
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