Cais Da Ribeira in Porto. Photo: Trixie Pacis

Unlocking the Flavours of Porto

By Trixie Pacis

Though rough around the edges and often overlooked, many travellers have a soft spot for Lisbon’s sister city Porto.   Read more

Europe Food & Drink History
Burundi

Peace in Burundi

By Breana Johnson

“Look, there’s a bullet hole here.” My husband points out a circular indentation in the wall of his childhood home at the Kigobe Mission Station in Bujumbura, Burundi.   Read more

Africa History
Rwanda Tribal Dancer

Why Rwanda is a great destination for solo female travelers

By Lydia Klemensowicz

When I visited Rwanda as a solo female traveler, I was pleasantly assured by how secure I felt, and empowered by how confidently I was able to move around this beautiful country.   Read more

Africa Adventure Off the Beaten Path
Street dog in Mexico

Mexico’s street dog problem — and how travelers are part of the solution

By Jessica Barrett

“Watch us come back with a dog,” I joked to my partner as we packed our things for four months on Mexico’s Pacific coast. As it turned out, it was less of a joke than I thought.   Read more

Mexico Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
stray-cat-may carry rabies

The Risk of Rabies is Real: Here’s What Travellers Need to Know

By Melissa Hobson

While rabies occurs in more than 150 countries and territories and causes around 59,000 deaths worldwide each year, many travellers don’t fully understand the risks.   Read more

Asia Health & Wellness Insights
A starfish sits on a beach in the Bahamas

Why You Should Go to the Bahamas Right Now

By Breana Johnson

I sat at the edge of the little fishing boat, peering down into the clear Bahamian sea to spot my husband. Under the water, I could make out his shape as he took careful aim with his Hawaiian sling.   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Social Responsibility
Alicia-Rae Olafsson takes in the view at Möllerfjorden, in the Norwegian Arctic on the archipelago of Svalbard.

The Magnetism of the Polar Regions: Voyaging through the Arctic and Antarctic

By Alicia-Rae Light

Maybe it’s the cold bite of the wind on your cheeks as you trek across the Arctic tundra in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, discovering pristine landscapes of craggy mountains and glaciers surrounded by the glistening Arctic Ocean, making you feel alive. Possibly it’s the sound (and unmistakable smell) … Read more   Read more

The World Off the Beaten Path Sustainability
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
Philippines Limb Kind cover Photo: Matilde Simas

Bringing Mobility and Hope to the Philippines

By Jessica Barrett

Creating 19 prosthetic limbs for 13 children in under a week might seem like a daunting task, but Robert Schulman has never shied away from a challenge. The certified prosthetist and founder of US-based nonprofit Limb Kind Foundation arrived in Davao City, Philippines in September with a team of 11 … Read more   Read more

Asia Accessible Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
Mostar Bridge, is a rebuilt 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the historic city center of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects the two parts of the city.

Bringing a dark history to light in Bosnia

By Tara Tadlock

Twenty-seven years ago, Bosnia and Herzegovina was considered one of the most dangerous places in the world.   Read more

Europe Off the Beaten Path History
A voluntourism project with Caribbean kids from the program in the story. Photo: Breana Johnson

Voluntourism: When Helping can Hurt

By Breana Johnson

Voluntourism can be a benefit to communities, but if done improperly, it can actually be more harmful than helpful.   Read more

Caribbean and Atlantic Volunteer Travel Social Responsibility
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
Photo by Enes Aktas on Unsplash

Far-east in Turkey: Sanliurfa city

By Tania Banerjee

A flood of flat-roofed buildings stands in sharp contrast to the blurry outlines of the distant hills. A chaos of dish TV antennas rules the rooftops. Several minarets of mosques stab the horizon. In southeastern Turkey, just 56 kilometres away from the Syrian border, from the window of my accommodation, … Read more   Read more

Middle East Architecture History
Handcuffed with sky background reflects a night in a Mexico jail

One Night in Jail: A Travel Horror Story

By Katherine Bertrand

Suddenly, below several work emails and app notifications, a Whatsapp message from your mother catches your eye: “Well… I just had the longest shower…ate breakfast and drinking 3 cups of coffee… I just spent my first night ‘ever’ in jail.”   Read more

Mexico Insights