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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 […]

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5 Ways to Include Sustainable Travel in Your New Year’s Resolutions

This is one of my favorite times of the year. It sounds cliché, but it’s usually the only time when I am at home for more than a few days, so I really look forward to the holidays and spending time with my family. In my house, this means making cookies, quoting Elf at least fifteen times […]

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5 Reasons You Should Visit Iceland Now

For such a small country, Iceland bursts with adventures. Known as the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland is full of just that — from volcanoes to glaciers, hot springs to snowy waterfalls, it’s a land of extremes. Visit during the summer and experience 24 hours of daylight. Or walk along Latrabjarg Cliffs and feel like you’re […]

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6 Easy Ways to Spend Locally & Create Meaningful Travels

Planning a trip is exciting. I love thinking about all the adventures — or the relaxation! — and scoping out the possibilities. Traveling creates a blank slate. You’re unburdened by the familiar and comfortable, you are free to do whatever you please. You haven’t yet found your favorite café nor your favorite used book store — it […]

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7 Apps Using Technology to Promote Sustainability & Change

Some of the best harmonies between technology and sustainability occur when everyday people are given the tools to make small changes in their daily lives. When combined, the impact of those two things has enormous potential. It’s all about the people power. These new apps do just that; they allow anyone with a smartphone to […]

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Barcelona — Urban Responsible Tourism Done Right

I can’t quite put my finger on what makes Barcelona my favorite city. The cobblestone streets winding between architecturally stunning buildings along the Mediterranean. The looming Pyrénées forever in the background, looking over every movement. Or perhaps the extraordinary, intricate Gaudí-inspired murals covering any once-blank surface. The locals are friendly and the weather is splendid. And the wine and the […]

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How Responsible Travel Impacts Fairtrade Tea in Kenya

Few activities are older and more deeply rooted in tradition than tea. Thousands of years ago, tea was an auspicious and expensive treat — royalty sipped tea over important discussions. Over time, as it became more accessible, new variations arose. Tea is now an essential part of almost every culture across the globe. Tea has become an international symbol of […]

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5 Reasons You Should Visit Nicaragua Now

Nicaragua was the first country where I really lived abroad, and it holds a special place in my heart. I gush about it to anyone who will listen, even today, years later. As I write this post, I continually turn my laptop around to show my roommate various photos of my adventures. Photos are always followed by […]

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Volunteer Story: Navigating India’s Complicated NGO Landscape

When I decided to move to India and live there, I went simply because the country had always intrigued me. Plus, the idea of moving there excited me. My friends are accustomed to me packing up and shipping out without a fully formed plan. Newer acquaintances, however, are a little confused, to say the least. “But when will […]