The holidays have many of us hunting through department stores for the perfect gift. And yet a 20-year study by Cornell University psychology professor Thomas Gilovich, found that individuals gain greater satisfaction and happiness from experiences rather than things.
Gilovich explains, “Our experiences are a bigger part of ourselves than our material goods. You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.”
There’s a great big world out there with boundless opportunity for life-changing experiences, and Acanela wants to help you experience it. Together, we can make 2019 your best travel year yet. No matter what kind of traveler you are, adventure awaits you and we'll help you explore the world, making memories that last a lifetime.
Best friends Anna and Jillian have always loved traveling with each other. When they found out that Acanela was offering a two-for-one discount on its classic Peru expedition, they jumped at the chance to visit South America together. After their trip ended, Anna told us a little more about traveling to Peru with her best friend.
Shari B. had high expectations when she planned her trip to Morocco — but when she and her friends arrived, they didn’t have any idea how much they would love the vibrant cities of Chefchaouen and Fez.
When you think of Greece, you likely picture breathtaking coastal scenes, like those straight out of “Mamma Mia.” But Greece offers so much more than sunny beach days and lovely panoramas. A country rich in cultural and historical heritage, Greece connects us to the past in a tangible and powerful way. And what better way to discover a country’s culture and history than through its cuisine? After all, what we eat tells us a lot about a place. Feasting on Greek food makes that all too obvious.
Cinque Terre was all that Donna Baird-Horne and her husband dreamed of — and maybe even a little more. Between the cooking classes, train journeys, hikes, and wine tastings, their couples trip was an unforgettable adventure. Donna recently sent us an email saying how much she loved the trip, and we thought we’d share it with you, too.
Known for its exotic islands and mainlands, bright blue water and white stone, modern and ancient architecture, and bustling cities and laid-back countryside, Greece is an easy country to venture to — and a difficult one to leave. That said, it can also be difficult to know what to pack for Greece! Luckily, this guide is here to help.
Not long ago, Hugh Deery ventured to Cuba with Acanela Expeditions, spending time in cities like Havana, Trinidad, and Viñales. For him, visiting Cuba was an adventure unlike anything he’d ever experienced, so we asked him a few questions about his trip. Here’s what he told us.
Florence is one of the most popular travel destinations in all of Italy. But it can be challenging to decide what to do in Florence — after all, there are so many buildings, restaurants, artworks, and gardens that are worth your attention! This guide will help you make the most of your time in this gorgeous Tuscan city.
At Acanela Expeditions, we work with artisans in dozens of countries around the world, making our travel experiences both immersive and transformative. Our talented artisans have taught us about culture, creativity, entrepreneurship, and community — but before our guests arrive to their destination, they’re not always certain what an artisan does.
Haley Bond has spent most of her life dreaming of Morocco, and with Acanela’s help, she recently explored the country for herself. Here’s what she had to say about her Morocco vacation.
A vibrant cosmopolitan city in the heart of central Europe, Budapest holds something spectacular for every type of traveler. From its famous thermal baths to its world-class museums and UNESCO World Heritage sites, the historical Hungarian capital has many layers; in fact, travelers could spend months in this lovely city without exhausting their list of things to see. But to help you plan your visit, here are several ideas on what to do in Budapest!
Shrouded in mystery, Bhutan is one location to which not many tourists have had the pleasure to travel. So what do you need to know to get ready for your first trip to Bhutan? Read below to find out!
Torres del Paine National Park is a treat to the senses and a gift to your inner explorer. Home to dramatic mountain scenery, glaciers, lakes, and wildlife, it’s a place that you have to see to believe. These tips will help you plan the perfect trip.
Henry Thompson and his family had no idea how much they would love Peru. But between the hikes, market visit, cooking class, and llama blessing ceremony that they experienced, this family vacation was a dream come true. Here’s what Henry had to say about the trip.
The 19,340-foot climb up Mount Kilimanjaro is a once-in-a-lifetime trip. As one of the Seven Summits, Kilimanjaro offers amazing views of its many landscapes — but with an estimated five to 12 hours of hiking ahead of you each day, you may worry that you are unfit or underprepared for the upcoming challenge. Fear not! This ultimate training guide will help you prepare for your trek up Kilimanjaro.
Nepal is a trekker’s wonderland, but the Himalayas aren’t the only reasons to visit this country. Its temples, culture, and wildlife — and yes, its mountains, too — make Nepal a dream destination for all. There are many amazing things to see in this country, but finding your best time to visit Nepal may depend on the season and the activities you’d like to participate in.
Being a college student usually entails being stressed, broke, and overwhelmed. If you’re a travel bug, though, you can use your college years to see more of the world! Some may be surprised by how easy it is to travel as a college student, but there are so many different options to choose from. So, if you’re itching to break free of your dorm room walls, we’ve got you covered!
A lack of funds is one of the top reasons that people state for not traveling as often as they’d like. It often feels like wherever you’d want to travel to is crazy expensive, requiring months of saving before you could possibly book anything. If you’re trying to see more of the world without having to spend a pretty penny, read on for our top five tips on traveling on a budget!
Summertime often evokes images of frosty glasses full of ice-cold lemonade, scrumptious ice cream cones, and lazy days on a sandy beach with a great novel in hand. For most people, the lengthening days bring with them a much-anticipated break from school or a slower work schedule. It is no wonder that this season has become readily associated with vacation time! The lingering twilight, warm sunshine, and slower pace of life make the summer one of the best times of the year to adventure with those you love. Perhaps you hope to jet off on a romantic getaway to a faraway island, or maybe you want to simply seek respite from the heat in the coolness of the mountains; either way, summer is the perfect time to explore the world. So, whether you are planning to visit the other side of the globe or just the other side of the country, here are some of my top vacation destinations to get you started thinking about your next summertime trip!
Dawn E. Robinson recently returned home from a Galápagos trip she booked with Acanela Expeditions. We caught up with her to ask about the trip highlights and find out if she’d recommend the trip to anyone else. (Spoiler alert: she would.)
Can you keep a secret? We want to tell you something that we probably shouldn’t be sharing — something that we just can’t keep to ourselves any longer. Here it is: everyone should have Uzbekistan on their bucket list.
Sometimes the most exciting part about planning a trip is finding the perfect accommodation. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of these accommodation options — and tell you everything you need to know to make the perfect choice for your next trip.
Europe’s answer to budget travel? It’s Interrailing. In essence, it’s backpacking, but with a pass to use trains linking up to 31 countries in Europe, including Italy, France, and Switzerland.
Contrary to what most people believe, no, you don’t have to go broke spotting the ‘Big Five’ in Africa. Luxury safaris can cost upwards of $12,000, but luckily, we have the backpackers’ inside look on budget alternatives to the African safari of your dreams.
London is one of the most visited cities in the world, offering history, culture, art, sports, and culinary delights. So how do you decide on the best time to visit London?
Southeast Asia is one of the cheapest places in the world for travelers — so, when people talk about visiting Southeast Asia on a budget, they aren’t joking! Southeast Asia is often referred to as a backpacker’s paradise (also offering plenty of alternative accommodations if you want something a little less “backpackerish”). Here’s how to make the most of your travels (and your dollars) as you explore this region.
Kazakhstan is an incredible country with beautiful nature and unique cultural offerings. Without further ado, here are five things about Kazakhstan that will inspire your next adventure.
The most popular way to travel to Antarctica is on a polar expedition ship, also known as an ice breaker, which is specially designed to navigate through icy waters. A lot of your trip will be spent at sea — in fact, probably about half the voyage — so you’ll have to be prepared to embrace activities on the ship itself to benefit fully from your trip. These ideas that will help.
If you venture to the right locations, the spots to discover the wildlife in Antarctica, you’ll encounter penguins, seals, whales, marine birds, and a slew of zooplankton and microscopic prey. Here’s what you should know about Antarctic animals before you board an expedition ship.