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A Little Slice of Vietnam: Recipe Friday Special

A Little Slice of Vietnam: Recipe Friday Special

If you had to pick one ingredient as the foundation of your diet, could you? What sets your meals apart from the rest? Perhaps your mind wanders to a spice or vegetable -- something with flavor that packs a punch? In Vietnam, the foundational ingredient in their meals is something much more simple and matter of fact. It’s rice.

Best Countries for Solo Travel

Best Countries for Solo Travel

There’s something incredibly special about traveling solo. For many, the idea of visiting a new country all alone is terrifying, but solo travel can be a priceless period of self-reflection, education, and growth. Facing your fears and putting yourself out there is so worth it, and it’s the best way to truly immerse yourself in a new culture. There’s nothing quite as rewarding as traveling solo—it’s an unforgettable adventure that everyone should experience at least once. Keep reading to learn the best countries for solo travel!

Top 9 Things to Do in Nepal

Top 9 Things to Do in Nepal

With landscapes filled with greenery, rolling rivers, colourful birds, awe-inspiring wildlife, and mountains taller than what many could even possibly imagine, it is no wonder why travelers find themselves flocking to Nepal, and why locals are proud to call it home. With so much to offer, it’s hard to know what you should see when you visit! Discover nine of the must-see locations in one of the most beautiful countries in the world!

Top Culinary Destinations Around the World

Top Culinary Destinations Around the World

Nothing brings people together quite like food. It’s at the heart of so many cultures, and learning about the local cuisine is the perfect way to immerse yourself in a new environment. There are countless destinations across the globe that offer mouthwatering dishes and rich culinary diversity, but some countries reign supreme. Keep reading for the top culinary destinations around the world!

Karma, a Peaceful Spirit in Bhutan

Karma, a Peaceful Spirit in Bhutan

Imagine living in a country that did not have any traffic lights, where all tobacco products were illegal, and where it was forbidden to hunt, fish, or even climb extra-tall peaks (where spirits dwelled). Imagine a nation that kept itself closed off from the rest of the world for centuries just to protect its unique culture from outside influences. Now imagine a country that measured the well-being of its citizens not in dollars, cents, or in any other economic terms, but rather in happiness.

Food, The Universal Language

Food, The Universal Language

Food creates a world to share our love, sorrows, dreams, and experiences. Eating together is a time of laughter, tears, and reflection, and it affords us the opportunity “to open the door” and share our lives with one another. Traveling to far and not so far away destinations entices us to taste new flavors, and it lures us to engage with those with whom we dine.

Five Reasons to Go Orangutan Trekking

Five Reasons to Go Orangutan Trekking

Deep within Sumatra’s Gunung Leuser National Park is one of the last places on earth to see the critically endangered orangutans in the wild. Deforestation has reached alarming levels due to increased levels of logging and growth of palm oil plantations. Eighty percent of Earth’s animals live in forests and many are unable to survive the deforestation which is destroying their homes.  Here are five reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on this journey to see the Orangutans now.

Loc, Your Ultimate Guide Through Vietnam

Loc, Your Ultimate Guide Through Vietnam

Mornings are a simple routine for Loc: wake up early; make breakfast with his lovely wife; take his two sons to school; head to his office in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. When he arrives at the office, he takes his first moments to sip on hot, strong coffee and remind himself of these words by which he strives to live and work. Joy, growth, and giving are the central values of both his life and of his business.

Lillix, Protector of the Sumatran Orangutan

Lillix, Protector of the Sumatran Orangutan

With over fourteen years of experience as a guide in Sumatra, Lillix leads thousands of travelers from all over the world on excursions through the lush jungle and brings them up close to extraordinary wild animals, like the friendly orangutan and the rare Sumatran elephant. “The jungle is like my second house,” Lillix reveals, “the orangutan lives here, and I want the orangutan to stay here; that’s why I promote the use of responsible tourism.” 

The Best Places to Go for Animal Encounters

The Best Places to Go for Animal Encounters

A trip to a far-off place is always special, but there’s something mesmerizing about getting up close and personal with the region’s wildlife. For animal lovers, this can be the drive behind choosing the destination of their next getaway. From embarking on an African safari to swimming with sea lions in the Galapagos, there are countless opportunities for exciting adventures. Keep reading to find out the best places to go for animal encounters!

The 10 Best Beaches in the World

The 10 Best Beaches in the World

The fresh ocean breeze, golden rays of sunshine, and soft sand beneath your feet—nothing’s better than a tropical getaway! With so many destinations to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Lounge on the best beaches in Bali, catch some waves in Hawaii, or explore the seaside ruins of Tulum. Colder temperatures are on the horizon, making it the perfect time for a trip to a tropical paradise. Keep reading to learn about the ten best beaches in the world!

The Seven Wonders of the World

The Seven Wonders of the World

Back in 2000, a campaign began to determine seven new world wonders. An online poll was open to anyone who wished to participate in voting for their top seven destinations out of a list of 200. It wasn’t until 2007 that the Seven Wonders of the Modern World were revealed. Each monument earned a deserved spot on the list—all seven are UNESCO World Heritage sites and some of the most visited places in the world. Keep reading to learn about the new world wonders and why you should consider them for your next getaway!  

Complete Japan Travel Guide

Complete Japan Travel Guide

Japan is one of the most interesting places in the world. This fascinating country has a unique blend of old and new—Tokyo is a bustling hub of modern technology, while Kyoto has centuries-old temples and ancient traditions. Rich history and culture, an endless variety of experiences, breathtaking views, and mouthwatering cuisine make Japan a top travel destination. Before you book your next vacation, be sure to read our Japan travel guide for everything you should know about traveling to Japan!

10 Places You Must See in India

10 Places You Must See in India

When most people think of India, large, crowded cities come to mind. But there is so much more to this fascinating country. India has a rich blend of natural beauty, stunning architecture, complex history, and captivating culture. From majestic temples to gorgeous beaches, there’s something for everyone. Keep reading to find out the top ten places you must see in India!

India Packing List | What to Pack for India

India Packing List | What to Pack for India

India's rich and vibrant culture is one of the oldest in the world, making it a popular destination for a variety of tourists. However, with a diverse climate and terrain, and countless things to do in India, packing for a trip to India can cause many to hesitate. For both men and women, dressing conservatively is a good rule of thumb. While traditional and acceptable dress has evolved and changed, having options such as scarves, wraps, and long pants is a good idea, especially for when visiting India's holy sites. Here are some additional helpful tips on what to pack for India to ensure your trip is a success.

The Best Time to Visit Vietnam

The Best Time to Visit Vietnam

Whether you’re an experienced traveler or planning your first trip abroad, Vietnam is a can’t-miss destination. Not only does the country offer rich culture, affordable prices, and incomparable cuisine, but it’s incredibly regionally diverse. Vietnam measures in at 1,025 miles long and has everything you could possibly want, from sprawling mountains and bustling cities to pristine beaches and charming coastal towns. Vietnam is the perfect year-round getaway, but the distinct geographic regions each have different times of year that are ideal to visit. Keep reading to learn the best time to visit Vietnam!