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Visiting Austin: The Live Music Capital of the World

By Courtney Campbell

Officially deemed the “Live Music Capital of the World” in 1991, Austin, Texas is a city ripe with musicians, politicians, authors, activists, artists, and other creative types   Read more

United States Literature & Music The Arts
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South Dakota: An Underrated U.S. Road Trip

By Tara Tadlock

While most tourists may flock to the Californian coast for a road trip (and fairly so), travelers searching for something different should set their gaze on the Midwest towards South Dakota.   Read more

United States Rail & Road Travel
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Japanese Yokai: Mythology Preserved in Art

By Hannah Cook

Yokai can be summarized as Japanese spirits or spectres, deeply rooted in historical Japanese mythology yet still depicted in art and culture today.   Read more

Asia History The Arts
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Developing a Consciousness for Marine Conservation

By Tonya Fitzpatrick

If you were to hear that by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans (by weight) than there will be fish, would you be alarmed? I definitely was alarmed when I read white paper about the plastic economy projected by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.   Read more

The World Conservation Social Responsibility
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Best LGBTQ+ Family-Friendly Destinations to Visit This Summer

By Bea Krasner

As travel opens up again, summer vacation mode is in full force, so we’re looking towards places that are inclusive and welcoming of each and every traveller. We have created a list of top LGBTQ+ destinations to visit this summer that are fun for the whole family.   Read more

The World Family Travel LGBTQ
The College Street Coffee House in Kolkata, opened in 1942, is housed inside an old building with bookshops all around. Photo: Sugato Mukherjee

College Street Coffee House: Where Kolkata Meets the World

By Sugato Mukherjee

I have come to College Street Coffee House, an iconic café in Kolkata, India, after many years. The small but cavernous entrance of this 19th-century building and its dank staircase has remained just the same.   Read more

India Food & Drink
Photo of Carters Lake in Ellijay by Kathleen Walls

Ellijay, Georgia: Extraordinarily out of the Ordinary

By Kathleen Walls

Set in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Ellijay, a city in Gilmer County Georgia, is very different from the urbanized America that most visitors picture.   Read more

United States Backpacking & Camping History
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My Time in the Kingdom

By Thomasina Tafur

I’m encouraged that real change for women is happening in Saudi Arabia. Women can now drive, attend sporting events, and go to the cinema, and the government has recently approved women to travel outside of the country without a male guardian’s approval.   Read more

Middle East Study or Teach Abroad
Ship in the Galveston Harbor.

Unearthing the Rich History of the Gulf Coast Barrier Island of Galveston

By Courtney Campbell

The city of Galveston, Texas is a Gulf Coast barrier island that holds a rich and historic connection to the end of slavery and the celebration of Juneteenth.   Read more

United States History
Original gears visible under the Arizona Falls. Photo: Breana Johnson

The water that brings life to the Arizona desert

By Breana Johnson

Although I’ve lived in Phoenix, Arizona for twenty years of my life, there are still times I wonder why on earth someone thought it would be a good idea to build a city in the middle of a desert with no water source.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
The outside of the Florence Alabama Music Enterprises or FAME. Photo by Kathleen Walls

Music Made for All in The Shoals

By Kathleen Walls

Perhaps no place in America has merged music from artists of all races more than The Shoals area, which consists of Florence, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, and Muscle Shoals, Alabama.   Read more

United States History Literature & Music
Family on a wooden longboat in Panama. Photo: Chez

Visiting Panama’s Embera People

By Chez Chesak

Our wooden longboat plied the Chagres River deeper and deeper into the Panamanian rain forest. Soon the boatmen, one wearing a loincloth and the other a beaded skirt, were poling us through channels so narrow that it looked like the river had disappeared.   Read more

Central and South America History Indigenous
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Chattanooga: A Story of History and Evolution

By Terri Marshall

Situated in the valley below three surrounding mountains, Lookout, Raccoon and Signal, Chattanooga’s natural beauty speaks for itself.   Read more

United States History
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Zero-waste travel: Can it be done?

By Jessica Barrett

And then there’s the zero-waste lifestyle, which advocates for reducing your personal and household waste as much as possible. Those who practice this way of life say it’s changed them, and many are keen to share their tips and tricks with others.   Read more

The World Eco-tourism Sustainability
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Why we all need (and deserve) a break

By Kellie Paxian

The past year (and then some) has left most people responsibly stuck at home, abiding by travel restrictions and doing their part not to spread the virus. This has come with many challenges in the mental health realm that have made us realize just how important travel is for our … Read more   Read more

Africa Health & Wellness Transformative