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.
Located on the southernmost tip of the African continent, South Africa is full of diversity. From the powdery beaches that touch two different oceans to the dramatic landscapes that play host to some of the most iconic African wildlife, this nation offers visitors a plethora of activities. South Africa, is a multiethnic society with a myriad of rich cultures, languages, and religions. Offering a variety of cultural immersion experiences and culinary traditions, as well as some of the world’s best safaris, South Africa is limitless in both adventure and beauty. Keep reading below for a list of 9 of the best things to do in South Africa!
Japan is often referred to as the “land of the rising sun” and is best known for its efficient transportation system, especially the famous bullet trains. Japan is an interesting country to visit because of the combination of the old and the new that you will find as you travel through this place. So is Japan a good destination for a solo traveler? If you’re traveling to Japan alone for the first time, here are 15 tips you need to know.
Throughout the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, Japan, the world’s largest and most populated metropolis has plenty of food options to offer. While Tokyo offers a ton to see and do, most can agree that the main attractions are the restaurants and the main activity is eating as much as you can. Here are some of the top restaurants in Tokyo.
Packing is one of the necessary evils of traveling, and it can be a stressful process to try to think through every single item that we may need in a foreign country, especially one that’s as far away as Japan. Where do we even start to pack for a Japanese getaway? Luckily, there are several resources that we can use to make packing easy and painless! Read below to find an important list of packing essentials for your Japan vacation!
Petra is Located several hundred kilometers south of Amman (the capital of Jordan), and is an ancient, ancient city carved into the desert cliffs. Its stunning architecture and unbelievable landscape attract visitors and foreigners from all parts of the globe.
You are planning to climb mount Kilimanjaro and you don't know which is the best route? Acanela Expedition will explain the differences between the routes and help you decide which is the best for you. As the popularity of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro continues to increase, potential climbers are often uncertain as to which route to take. There are seven major routes used to climb Kilimanjaro. Each route has its own advantages and disadvantages. When selecting the route, make sure it is the appropriate route for your desires, physical ability, altitude and comfort level.
Did you know Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean? Discovered by Christopher Colombus in 1492, Cuba is known for its amazing live music and dance scene. Cuba is also known for its world-renowned cigars, 1905s Cadillacs, and its powdery, white beaches. Your visit to Cuba will likely begin with the capital city, Havana. So let’s take a look at some of the best neighborhoods and hotels to stay in while visiting Havana.
With its seemingly endless number of activities and year round festivals, there truly is no bad time to visit Japan. From the snowy ski slopes of Hokkaido to the warm beaches of Okinawa and the bustling cultural centers of Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan has something unique to offer every type of traveler. However, due to expensive flights and long travel times, Japan is often a once-in-a-lifetime trip for many travelers. So, deciding the best time to visit is absolutely key to planning your dream Japanese getaway. Keep reading below to discover your ideal time to travel to Japan!
Cuba is often romanticised, with white sand beaches and the infamously vibrant and historical capital of Havana. Its resistance to modernisation makes travellers feel like they’ve entered a time portal… the magic of it is just undeniable. But what draws a lot of foreigners in is the spirit of the country and its people, both of which are heavily influenced by their love of music and dance.
Once the capital city of the powerful Japanese empire, Kyoto is now a popular tourist destination located in the southern-central region of the large island of Honshu. Known as one of Japan’s greatest ancient cities, Kyoto is a booming cultural center full of beautifully ornate shrines and temples, historic landmarks, sprawling bamboo forests, lively theater performances, and delicious cuisine. Kyoto’s cultural importance has drawn visitors to its city for years, and its rich historical, cultural, and culinary traditions make Kyoto an ideal spot to soak in all the best that Japan has to offer. Keep reading below to see the best things to do in Kyoto, Japan!
Located in East Africa, Tanzania is widely known for its amazing safaris, breathtaking hikes and delicious local cuisine. Take a look at the top 11 food picks when dining in Tanzania!
Being the largest island in the Caribbean Sea, Cuba is a country in Latin America packed with vibrant activities filled with history and color. Cuba is currently one of the hottest travel destinations and high on the bucket list for many travelers. Here are some of the top things in Cuba:
Schnitzels and sausages and roasts, oh my! We are salivating over Vienna’s dedication to a hearty meal over here. Now, it’s not just Vienna, but the capital city of Austria is known for being a cultural epicenter. However, we’ve been all over the country and can confirm that a Wiener Schnitzel can still be expertly made in Graz and Salzburg as well. Just what is it that makes Austrian meat so craveable?
As one of the largest cities in all of Europe, Prague continues to draw yearly crowds for its breathtaking architecture, historical sites and lively entertainment. With some of the best preserved sights in the Czech Republic, it can be hard to narrow down the list of all of Prague’s attractions, if only there for a limited amount of time.
You would think that Austria has only two major seasons worth visiting: summer with the open-air concerts in Salzburg, alps trekking, and strolling the sun-drenched streets of Vienna. And then winter for some delightful skiing and Christmas markets. Right?
Southeast Asia. The countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar are home to some of the most unique culture, deep history, and heartwarming people. All of these countries are also home to some of the World’s most stunning temples - in particular temples of Angkor (Angkor Wat) in Cambodia and the Ancient Temples in Bagan Myanmar.
An amalgamation of Czechs, Germans, Slovaks, Jews, Italians, and even the French, the Czech Republic has a long history of being an impressively blended society. This little landlocked country, though often best known for its capital city, Prague, has so much to offer tourists that are looking for a completely unique European experience. Here’s a taste of what you can experience off the beaten path in the Czech Republic.
Winter has almost passed, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed the opportunity to go skiing this year! There are still some stunning ski resorts with good snow conditions for those craving a last-minute snowy easter break. And what’s more, you’re much more likely to enjoy relaxed sunny days on the slopes, rather than getting stuck in nasty February white-outs. Here are some of the best late season ski destinations in Europe.
Throughout the centuries, Europe has remained a favored destination by travelers from all over the world. The medieval cities, lovely languages, delicious food, and historical landmarks all add to Europe’s undeniable charm. Yet, for most people, the iconic idea of “backpacking across Europe” sounds like an amazing, but elusive, pipedream. However, Europe is no longer considered just a destination for the wealthy; in fact, hidden away in this continent is a myriad of hacks for the average budget traveler. Keep reading below for tips to travel through Europe on a budget--your dream European vacation may be cheaper than you think!
Jetting off to the Italian peninsula is every traveler’s dream. Experiences such as relaxing in a Venetian gondola, sipping fine wine in Tuscany, and tossing a coin in the Trevi Fountain can all be categorized as “bucket list.” For art lovers, though, Italy holds a special place in their tourism fantasies. It seems as though every city is bursting with artistic history and talent. Each area of Italy tells a different story, so planning travel to Italy can be daunting.
What adjectives come to mind when you think of spices? Earthy. Bold. Hot. Peppery. What about expensive and delicate? Saffron, sometimes called Red Gold, is the most expensive spice in the world, and not many people know how to cook with it or even why it is so expensive.
Morocco is a North African country that borders the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It has long been on my bucket list and I am fascinated with the myriad of cultural influences that have shaped this country. I hope to explore Morocco this year, and in anticipation of this trip I have put together a list of things one should know before traveling to Morocco.
Early in the morning at 5:00am hundreds of monks wake up, leave the temples, and walk through the city streets collecting their morning alms (sticky rice and other simple foods) that is give to them from the local people as a part of a special alms giving ceremony. The monks walk in a single file line down the main streets that lead to the royal palace, where locals kneel by the curbside with their heads bowed and their feet tucked away - showing respect for the monks who are passing by.
For those who have visited Morocco, most can agree that the city of Marrakesh is a shopper’s paradise. Colors and patterns of local vendor’s creations fill the eyes with every turn throughout the winding maze of shops. It is extremely common for first-time visitors to become lost or overwhelmed if not prepared for what’s to come when they enter the glorified hustle and bustle chaos.
A country full of exotic flavor, warmth, and color, Morocco sparks intrigue and excitement in travelers all around the world. Whether you are looking to get lost in the local markets and medinas of Fes, ride a camel through the iconic desert, or follow the footsteps of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, Morocco has something special for every type of traveler.
Guinness World Book of Records lists Brazil’s Carnival as the world’s largest for good reason. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosts almost three million travelers during the five day Carnival celebration. If you haven’t been to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro yet, add it to your “to do” list right now!
Morocco is a stunning country, with energetic market places, beautiful architecture and sprawling desert landscape. Whether you want to stay in a traditional riad or luxury desert camp, we have handpicked some of our favourite hotels in Morocco.
While there are many things to do and see in the world, some of the most treasured experiences cannot be planned for. Like the time I was invited to a Llama Blessing in the Lares Valley of Peru. The Lares Valley is tucked away behind Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, a journey that will take you past tiny mountain villages that dot the mountainside.
Quebec City is often featured on lists of the top 10 travel destinations in Canada. It’s idolized for its quaint, picturesque old city, which carries a major vibe of colonial France influence. Offering activities for all seasons, there's no question that this provincial capital should be at the top of every traveler's bucket list! Below is a list of the top ten things to do in Quebec City, Canada during the wintertime!
Nestled in East Africa, in the Southwestern portion of Kenya that borders Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park, the Masai Mara National Reserve (also known as the Maasai Mara) is Kenya’s most famous wildlife destination. The reserve is one of Africa’s highest density regions for predators, and its wide open grasslands and rising wildlife populations make it one of the best (and easiest) places in the world to spot game.