Culture

Living in Portugal: Insight from an Expat

Living in Portugal: Insight from an Expat

We love to look at a city from the eyes of one who absorbs it every day, so we reached out to Véro J.L. Van Grieken. A transplant from Lummen, Belgium, Véro has lived in Lisbon for more than 6 years and founded the community group Yes You Can Spray, which promotes social activism and inclusion through street art. Here’s what she had to say.

Meet Our Partner: Yes You Can Spray

Meet Our Partner: Yes You Can Spray

Upon a first visit to Lisbon – a city of castles, fado, and seaport vistas - you might be met by an unexpected surprise: The prevalence of graffiti. Rather than writing this off as an act of novice, we looked to embrace this art form and recognize its historic role as a political voice and its current impact for social inclusion.

Books for the Road: Croatia

Books for the Road: Croatia

With its exponential growth in tourism over the past few years, Croatia is a destination that travelers flock to for its white sand beaches, stunning national parks, and relative affordability. However, what many visitors don’t realize is that it is steeped in ancient history, from its early kingdom status, to rule by the Venetians, Ottomans and Hapsburgs, to its recent transition from Yugoslavia to the independent republic that it is today. Before you go, check out these 5 books on Croatia and be sure to save a couple for the road!

10 Travel Tips for Ireland

10 Travel Tips for Ireland

To make the absolute most out of your time exploring the Emerald Isle, read on for our very best tips which we’ve gathered from years of experience exploring Ireland! Don’t find yourself caught without essential items, surprised by car rental details, waiting in lines or bus stops for hours, expecting bland meals, exploring areas at the wrong time of year, or hopelessly lost without any juice in your phone or offline GPS. We’ve got all your burning questions answered, with plenty of helpful information to avoid all those issues and more.

Machu Picchu in Poetry: A Haiku

Machu Picchu in Poetry: A Haiku

Adventurous traveler and deep thinker Betty Deitch joined our 2018 Machu Picchu trip and wrote a beautiful Haiku (俳句) about the experience. Characterized by 17 symbols and 3 versus, this historic form of poetry is both beautiful and through-provoking. This touched us so much that we just had to share!

Meet Our Partner: Friends International Cambodia

Meet Our Partner: Friends International Cambodia

We absolutely loved spending time with our community partner Friends International in Cambodia. From creative cuisine at their social enterprise restaurants to hand-crafted goods at their Phnom Penh shop, Friends showcases a sustainable model for social change in Cambodia. We talked to Friends a bit more about their history and vision, and here’s what they had to say.

When Children Sell: Ethical Tips for Travelers

When Children Sell: Ethical Tips for Travelers

You’re seated at a cozy outdoor restaurant, enjoying the balmy night air, the sizzle of a mouthwatering meal coming your way, and listening to the bustle and chatter of a foreign place. Just as your food is served, an adorable little girl who can’t be more than six comes up to you with a tangle of hand-made bracelets. “Good price!” she pleads, pushing the goods on your lap. You hesitate. What to do?