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How to Travel as a College Student

How to Travel as a College Student

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!

Five Tips for Traveling on a Budget

Five Tips for Traveling on a Budget

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!

Top 10 Summer Vacation Destinations

Top 10 Summer Vacation Destinations

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!

Top 10 Tips for Arctic Travel

Top 10 Tips for Arctic Travel

The Arctic, known for its climate, polar bears, and Northern Lights, is an absolutely beautiful place to visit. But it’s also home to unpredictable conditions and wildlife — so when it comes to Arctic travel, it’s important to take precautions. This guide will help you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

Eight Marketing Tips for Hosting Trips and Workshops

Eight Marketing Tips for Hosting Trips and Workshops

Believe it or not, hosting a trip or workshop — and getting people to join you — is more than possible, and at Acanela, we want to make that process as easy for you as we can. Here are eight marketing tips for successfully selling your trip or workshop.

Morocco Travel Tips for First-Time Visitors

Morocco Travel Tips for First-Time Visitors

Morocco is full of new surprises, smells, and colors at every turn. It’s a mix of African, Middle Eastern, and European influences all blended together — which pull you in every direction possible. While some first-time visitors may experience culture shock, these Morocco travel tips will prepare you for the trip of a lifetime.

5 Sights Around The World Banned To Tourists (And Where To Go Instead)

5 Sights Around The World Banned To Tourists (And Where To Go Instead)

Our world is a magnificent, mysterious place, which makes exploring it all the more exciting. But there are some sights that will remain a mystery to us as they are forbidden to tourists. More and more places are being shut down, as our impact can have devastating consequences on the environment. For instance Ko Phi Phi Leh, Thailand, became a prime destination following its exposure in Danny Boyle film, The Beach, and is now closed to the public to protect its marine environment. However, we are blessed with a world of endless possibilities, and thankfully there is an abundance of alternatives and compromises for those longing for a particular experience.

5 Ways to Travel Responsibly in the Galapagos

5 Ways to Travel Responsibly in the Galapagos

Six-hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador lies a special, volcanic archipelago made up of 19 large islands. Formed around five million years ago through intense volcanic activity, the Galapagos Islands remained virtually untouched for millions of years. This extreme isolation allowed for the development of beautifully diverse and unusual animal and plant life--from giant tortoises and marine iguanas to huge cacti and flightless cormorants, the Galapagos contain a plethora of magnificent species that cannot be found anywhere else on earth. And though every traveler should have the opportunity to experience the glorious history and abundant biodiversity of these islands, the increase in foreign visitors has slowly begun to threaten the very source of the clamor: the native species and their natural environments. The Galapagos’ fragile ecosystem is immensely vulnerable to human contamination, overpopulation, development, and invasive species, all of which have increased along with the tourism influx. As travelers, we have the responsibility to follow responsible tourism practices, so that we, and future generations, can continue to enjoy the most beautiful places on earth without causing irreparable harm.

So, how do we travel responsibly in the Galapagos? Read below to discover important tips to treading lightly on these incredible islands!

The Top 10 Things to do in Vietnam

The Top 10 Things to do in Vietnam

Vietnam is a country filled with natural beauty. From its rice terrace fields to amazing limestone formations in the north, the country boasts incredible diversity. Vietnam is home to Buddhist pagodas, floating markets, world wonders, and bustling cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. In short, Vietnam has everything for the discerning traveler, including some of the best cuisine I have experienced. Here are top ten things to do when in Vietnam.

Tips on Culture and Etiquette for Your Spain Vacation

Tips on Culture and Etiquette for Your Spain Vacation

Spain, a welcoming country full of vibrant history, is home to over 44 million people. As with every culture, the Spanish have their own cultural values and norms that dictate their behavior and ways of life. So, a little pre-trip research always goes a long way Here are some things to know about Spain's culture and etiquette before your next trip!

The Must-See Mayan Ruins of the Yucatan

The Must-See Mayan Ruins of the Yucatan

The great civilization of the Ancient Maya serves as one of the most well-known indigenous cultures of the Americas. Dating all the way back to 2600 B.C., the Maya inhabited prominent areas throughout Central America, including Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize, and constructed thousands of impressive cities and ceremonial sites throughout the region. Yet, though this ancient civiliation populated a vast region, the Mexican state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula held special significance to the Maya. Between the 4th and 10th centuries, this region was considered the ‘gateway to the Mayan world,’ and, today, the Yucatan Peninsula remains peppered with the ruins of Maya’s spectacular metropolises. If you are planning to travel to the Yucatan, these awe-inspiring sites are absolute must-sees. Prepare yourself to take a step back in time and enter in to the ancient world by exploring these top five Mayan ruins of the Yucatan! 

Traveling With a Guide vs Self Guided

Traveling With a Guide vs Self Guided

An age-old question when it comes to traveling is “Should I go on a guided tour” vs. “Should I travel self-guided.” I have traveled both on guided tours and self-guided and I can honestly say there are pros and cons to each style. Personal preference, budget, and destination all can play a role in the decision process, so let’s take a look at when you would choose one type of travel over the other.

9 Top Things to Do in South Africa

9 Top Things to Do in South Africa

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!

Solo Travel To Japan - 15 Tips You Need To Know

Solo Travel To Japan - 15 Tips You Need To Know

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.