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.
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
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 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!
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.
Brazil is a vibrant country in South America! As the largest South American country, it is home to 60% of the Amazon Rainforest. It is a popular travel destination for several reasons. Do you have some worries about visiting the world’s largest exporter of coffee? Curious to when the best time to visit? Continue reading for some helpful tips!
If travel is on your to-do list this year (and it really should be!), then you are in luck, because the new year has brought new travel apps for iOs and Android that will make your travel even smoother and easier than ever before. From apps that help you translate words into a variety of languages, to ones that organize all of your reservations into one central spot, these new apps will help you during each and every step of your travels!
When participating in international tourism, you may be warned about common scams that tourists are exposed to. Before visiting Cuba, I had never been scammed, and while I was only there for only three days, I was conned twice. If you’re planning a trip to this gorgeous island, make sure you’re educated on what could happen, and prepared for any Cuban scams that may occur.
We’ve all been there: stuck at our office desks, daydreaming of our next family vacation or romantic getaway. Yet, for most of us, flight prices can determine not only where we travel, but also whether or not we can travel at all. With budget-friendly accommodations readily available around the world, traveling abroad on a budget is easier than ever, but high flight prices can prevent us from ever getting there. The good news? Airlines often have killer deals--from mistakenly published fares and special promotions to low off-season rates. Cheap flights are out there; you just have to know how and where to look for them! Follow the steps below to make sure you get the cheapest flights to your dream destinations!
When you think of “travel” foods, chances are you think of fast food drive-throughs or over-priced airport sandwiches and snacks. After all, when you’re “on-the-go,” it’s tempting to just grab something quick and easy that doesn’t require too much thought or preparation. But healthy choices aren’t always available in airports or on the road, which leaves you with few options besides fried foods, sugary drinks, and empty-calorie snacks. The good news is, whether you’re travelling on a plane or on the road, there are a few simple and effective strategies that can help you maintain your health while traveling. Continue reading to find out how!
The Silk Road is made up of the countries of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. This part of the world is full of unique culture, ancient history, and delicious cuisine. Here are a few of our top tips on the best time to visit, and everything you need to know before visiting Central Asia
No matter what type of travel you may prefer—whether your happy place is lying on a beach in the Caribbean or trekking up Mt. Kilimanjaro—we all have fantasies about faraway places and adventurous experiences. But have you ever stopped to consider the impact that you’re having on the places that you visit?