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How Long Should You Volunteer?

How long you volunteer for is entirely personal, but your time commitment has a large effect on which type of volunteering is right for you. There is a debate to be made about if you should even volunteer for most types of international travel. There are only specific scenarios where volunteering is a good choice, […]

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Where to Volunteer Locally in New York & New Jersey

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy in 2012, people across the northeast were united by in the aftermath of the storm’s wrath—many were not lucky in being spared the full effects of this storm. Displaced New York and New Jersey residents were huddled in gas lines or bus lines with just about every aspect of […]

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How to Clean Up Ocean Trash While Traveling (And Why You Should!)

Thailand: Pristine white beaches and crystal clear waters on secluded tropical islands. It is perfect image for a holiday relaxing in the sun. Right? The reality is a far cry different in many places around the country, and in touristy beaches around the world. Thai beaches are not always as pristine as you may imagine. […]

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Myanmar Responsible Travel & Social Enterprise Guide

Myanmar is one of the loveliest countries in Southeast Asia thanks in no small part to decades of isolation that left the culture and old customs in place while also preserving many important historical sites. Like most of Southeast Asia, colonialism, location, and history profoundly shaped the country. You see these lingering legacies in everything […]

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Thailand Responsible Travel & Social Enterprise Guide

Thailand is a huge hub for tourists of every nationality and from every corner of the world. It’s one of the best marketed destinations in Southeast Asia, and for good reason — the transportation infrastructure is solid, the food is incredible, and the culture is accessible. It’s no wonder that backpackers, travelers, and digital nomads […]

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Cambodia Responsible Travel & Social Enterprise Guide

Southeast Asia is one of the most popular places in the world for travelers interested in food, culture, and adventure activities. Each country in the region offers its own unique history, which has shaped the modern culture and influenced its food. Cambodia is nearly always on the “must-visit list” for travelers no matter the budget. […]

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The Responsible Traveler’s Guide to Southeast Asia

Let’s talk about socially responsible travel in Southeast Asia. Although there are general ethical principles guiding responsible travelers anywhere in the world, there are specific considerations for travelers in Southeast Asia. From the dark side of animal tourism to choosing ethical activities to spending money wisely — it’s a complex situation. Let’s jump into activities […]

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6 Reasons to Travel This Summer

Despite the half-meter of snow on my doorstep and the five layers of clothes I need to wear to leave the house, spring is here and summer is on its way (I hope). And summer means sunshine, flip-flops, and travel! Ready to shake off those winter blues? Start planning some summertime escapes — sustainably of course […]

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An Open Letter: How to Find Compassion and Kindness Through Travel

One reason that I love traveling is because of the new perspectives that I gain on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing—being in a different culture and out of my comfort zone gives me a deeper understanding of unfamiliar things and it keeps me rooted in compassion. And let’s […]

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5 New Ways to See the World While Making it a Better Place in 2017

New year, new travel plans. The first thing that typically pops into my head come January is, “Where will I go this year?” I always find myself daydreaming about my next destination and getting side-tracked by photos from far-off lands that pop up in my Instagram feed. And once I finally decide on where to go, my […]