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.
Are you a current or prospective college student with a dream?
Sometimes practical life preparations and seizing the day can seem to clash — you aim to earn an education and launch a career, yet you want to travel the world and see new things. Is it possible to do both? Of course!
When it comes to seeing the world while studying, so many options are open to you. If you’re enrolled in college and prefer a physical program, planning to study abroad is an amazing academic travel experience. If you’re more of a free spirit and prefer to live by your own schedule, however, earning an online degree might be the perfect choice.
Mayan Mexico is a hub for culture, history, and flavour. The Mayan people settled along what is now known as Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, and parts of modern-day Guatemala. At one point in time, there were approximately 2 million Maya. Today, this part of Mexico and Central America hosts many visitors wanting a relaxing vacation. But with so many amazing places to go, how will you decide? This article will give you the inside scoop on where to go on an expedition through Mayan Mexico, including beaches, ruins, restaurants, and other must-stops along the way!
Spain is a beautiful country that lies in the southwestern part of Europe, along the Iberian Peninsula. With a lively culture, friendly locals, stunning architecture, and plenty of beaches to spend your days at– it’s easy to see why many put Spain on their bucket list. Also, not to be missed is the amazing traditional food you can eat here. On a trip to Spain, you’ll taste some of the world’s top cuisines, which your tastes buds will thank you for! Each region has its own flavours and signature dishes. Here are some of the foods you must try while on an expedition through Spain!
Traveling to Japan can be a full-on cuinsinal experience if you want it to be! Kyoto is home to delicious tea, hot soba, and many more dishes that you will definitely want to write home about! So you have the opportunity to try all the best foods and drinks the country has to offer, we’ve compiled a list of the top culinary delights to try when planning a trip to Japan.
We’ve discovered a hidden Italian gem! Often overlooked by tourists on the Rome-Florence-Venice route throughout Italy, Bologna is easily one of the most underrated and affordable cities. The relaxed atmosphere will put you at ease as you explore the beautiful historic center, rich food culture, high-quality museums, and intricate architecture. Without further ado, here are the eight of the top things to do in Bologna.
Home to an abundant number of plant, fish, bird, and mammal species, the Brazilian Amazon is a top destination for jungle tourism in South America. Luckily for you, we have narrowed down the large region to the top seven places to visit while exploring the Brazilian Amazon.
From trending hashtags on social media to headline news in publications like The New York Times and BBC, the terrifying headlines are everywhere: the Amazon Rainforest is on fire. So what is exactly happening? And, perhaps even more pressing, what can we as individuals and travelers do to help?
We are here to walk you through it! Continue reading for the breakdown of the Amazon Rainforest fire updates, as well as nine things you can do to help.
Right along the equator in the Pacific Ocean is a group of volcanic islands: the Galápagos Islands. The diversity of plant and animal life has made these islands a dream destination for wildlife viewers. For those who are able to reach this remote archipelago, you’ll see some of the most incredible birds, reptiles, flora, and fauna in the world. Here are just some of the types of wildlife you’d see on an expedition to the Galápagos!
If you’re planning a trip to Spain, it’s time to kick things into high gear. This is a beautiful European destination known for its rich culture, gorgeous beaches, and amazing food. With so many new, inexpensive options for traveling, you have the option to stick to a strict budget or go all-out with luxury during your trip to Spain.
Trying to plan a family getaway but not sure where to start? We know it can be difficult to travel with the whole family. After all, how do you find a destination that is appealing to both adults and kids of various ages? Luckily, we have done the work for you! Read below to discover five of the top family-friendly destinations in the world.
Take our word for it — Iceland should be on your bucket list! It’s a backpacker’s paradise, and best of all, it’s also family-friendly and safe for young adventurers. Reykjavik is the capital city with most of the country’s residents, and there are some amazing activities to do in the capital, but there are also great activities outside the city as well. Here are just a few of the top things to do in Iceland!
Costa Rica is a lush and vibrant country filled with colorful flora and fauna, friendly locals, and a lifetime of memories awaiting adventurous travelers. Known as the eco-tourism capital of the world, this destination offers tropical rainforests, stunning beaches, and an abundance of culture. But when is the best time to visit Costa Rica? We’ve got the answer here!
Considering visiting Tanzania? You are in for a real treat! But with so much excitement for the explorations to come, many travelers experience stress when figuring out what to pack for Tanzania. Luckily for you, we have broken it down and provided all of the Tanzania packing essentials.
Dreaming of swimming with humpback whales? Here’s why you should head to Vavaʻu, an island group in the Kingdom of Tonga, to spend time in the water with these gentle giants!
Between its diverse culture, breath-taking natural beauty, yummy cuisine, and rare wildlife, Ethiopia is the perfect destination for travelers looking for a range of different experiences in one trip. Without further ado, here are nine of the top things to do in Ethiopia.
When dreaming of white sand beaches, delicious food, and exciting adventures, the island of Zanzibar usually doesn’t come to mind. But, situated off the coast of Tanzania, this African archipelago stuns its visitors with its blue waters and kind local population. If you want to discover the best things to do while on island time, keep reading!
Not long ago, Bryan and his sister Celeste returned home from an Acanela Expedition to Cinque Terre. Together, they took cooking classes, swam in the Mediterranean, went cliff-jumping, and got to know a beautiful part of the world. The two siblings loved exploring Cinque Terre with Acanela, and Bryan told us that he would go back to Italy in a heartbeat. Here’s the full account of the trip — as told by Bryan.
Have you always dreamed of seeing some of the world’s rarest animals in the wild? If you love discovering uncharted land, hiking through dense foliage, and coming face to face with wildlife, then gorilla trekking through Uganda should be at the top of your bucket list. But what should you pack for such a life-changing trip?
Traveling to Italy is a culturally immersive experience. Everywhere you turn, your eyes feast on magnificent architecture, you can hear the beautiful language, and your mouth waters with every bite of pappardelle. While you could spend your days soaking up the Italian sun and licking gelato, you may crave a more local experience. After you’ve toured the Colosseum and visited a vineyard, you can (and should!) connect with artisans and learn from their expertise.
Often overlooked by neighboring Peru, Chile, and Argentina, Bolivia has remained somewhat of a hidden gem in South America. However, with its incredibly diverse landscapes, rugged natural beauty, and rich cultural traditions, Bolivia is a beautiful country full of adventure (and not very many tourists!).
But we do not have to work too hard to convince you; Bolivia’s beauty speaks for itself! Continue reading below to see for yourself all of the incredible things that Bolivia has to offer!
Full of multiple climate zones at all times of the year, Chile has an infinite amount of activities to offer its visitors. From icy glaciers to luscious green rain forests, dry deserts, and stunning sandy beaches, Chile truly has it all. With great weather year-round, there’s no excuse not to visit! With so much to offer, we’ve done the research for you and narrowed it all down to the top 9 things to do in Chile:
For many people, traveling the world is the ultimate dream. But for those in school, that dream can seem very far away. Luckily, there’s a solution: study abroad.
Often overlooked by visitors to its neighboring counties, Laos is easily Southeast Asia’s best-kept secret. Don’t believe us? We’ve come up with the top seven things to do in Laos.
Welcome to Japan — the Land of the Rising Sun! There’s so much to do here, but if you’re taking the time to visit, you absolutely cannot miss these 11 spots in (and around) Tokyo.
If you’re eager to learn as much about Japan as you possibly can, here are a few unforgettable artisan experiences that you can enjoy in the Land of the Rising Sun.
If your travel dreams have always felt bigger than your bank account, we have good news for you. We’re excited to announce that we’re rolling out Acanela Local Expeditions — affordable tours to some of the world’s most extraordinary destinations.
A city of many contrasts, Singapore offers many surprises, luxuries, bargains, and an infinite amount of adventures for tourists of all kinds. The choice is yours! We have scouted all of the hottest attractions and narrowed our list down the top things to do in Singapore.
Switzerland is one of the few places whose beauty reveals itself every season of the year. Although there might be a best time to visit Switzerland, based on your own preferences, there is no simply bad time to go! In that light, we’ve broken down what to do in Switzerland by season, so you can find the perfect time to explore.
Is Croatia high on your bucket list? A small yet stunning nation in the Balkans, it can be difficult to plan a trip here, simply because there’s so much to see and do. If you’re overwhelmed at the prospect of coming up with the perfect itinerary, look no further! Here are the nine best places to visit in Croatia.