Culture

Books for the Road: Colombia

Books for the Road: Colombia

Known for its diverse fauna and flora, jaw dropping scenery, and warm people Colombia is also recognized its literature and arts. From famous authors and poets to sculptors and singers, Colombia has made its mark in history. Here are 10 books to read on Colombia.

Meet Our Partner: Vía Orgánica Mexico

Meet Our Partner: Vía Orgánica Mexico

Mexico has an incredibly diverse range of terrains, cuisines and traditions. The region of Guanajuato is a leader in sustainable agriculture, and when we visit we take a recorrido around the grounds of Vía Orgánica to learn about the native and adaptive species growing all around the farm that in turn feed and educate the local community. Co-founder Rosana Álvarez shows us the roots and vision of this incredible organization.

Books for The Road: New Zealand

Books for The Road: New Zealand

In addition to its abundance of natural beauty New Zealand also boasts a unique culture with a fascinating history. Before embarking on your bucket-list journey to these remote Pacific Islands, be sure to make the most of your time there by getting in to the kiwi mindset ahead of time! Here are 5 books to read on New Zealand.

Five Ways to Embrace Culture Shock

Five Ways to Embrace Culture Shock

Whether you’re a well-versed globetrotter or have just caught the travel bug, culture shock is a real experience that most people encounter at some point on their ventures. We invited blogger Jennifer Fitzpatrick to share about her experience with culture shock on a recent trip to Nepal. Here are her five tips.

Top 5 Ways Language Will Transform Your Travels

 Top 5 Ways Language Will Transform Your Travels

Learning a foreign language before traveling to a country that speaks that language will enhance your travel experiences immensely. At the same time, traveling to a country that speaks the language you’re learning will catapult your language skills to the next level.

Books for the Road: Ireland

Books for the Road: Ireland

Ireland is a place famous for its beautiful green landscapes, never ending coasts, plentiful hiking opportunities, folkloric pubs, and heartwarming locals. Yet with all of it’s beauty and charm, there are also troubled and tragic chapters in it’s past. To understand all the facets of Irish culture & history, we have listed some of the best reads from known Irish authors or based in Ireland.

Florence Photo Blog

Florence Photo Blog

An entire city that could be dubbed a ‘museum without walls’, Florence offers an unending feast for the eyes. In this photo blog by Freethedust and Maggie Johnson, you can take a virtual tour among it’s cobbled stoned streets, iconic sites, masterful artworks, delicious foods, and jaw-dropping vistas. No doubt you’ll be pining to visit Florence by the end!

Meet Our Partner: ANAPOO Association

Meet Our Partner: ANAPOO Association

Beyond a condiment, true virgin and extra virgin olive oil is an essential staple of the Italian diet, with an impressive host of health benefits, flavor compositions, and a variety of uses. To preserve and nurture the continued cultivation of quality olive oil in Italy, the work of our community partner is inspiring.

On the Camino de Santiago

On the Camino de Santiago

We sat down with Gina Cornejo - yoga instructor extraordinaire for our Retreat to Spain trip which is focused in the Camino region - to delve into her knowledge and experiences of the Camino de Santiago. Her multiple trips and hikes along different routes of the Camino have given her a wonderful insight in to the region, the history, and most importantly the feeling of what it’s like to explore this pilgrim’s path.

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.

Cinque Terre in 10 Photos

Cinque Terre in 10 Photos

Known for its breathtaking vistas, rugged coastal terrain, and charming buildings overlooking the sea, the picturesque villages that make up Cinque Terre are a destination worth traveling to. Italian travel photographer Andrea Flisi takes us on a photo journey of this UNESCO World Heritage site along the Italian Riviera.

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!