After calling Aotearoa (the Māori name for New Zealand) home for almost two years, I've experienced my fair share of nature's great wonders. Here, I list my 10 must-see spots for nature lovers in New Zealand from a locals’ perspective. No doubt after reading through the following you’ll understand New Zealand’s status as the most naturally beautiful country in the world!
We’re excited to feature this post from guest blogger Susanna Kelly of Wandering Chocobo, an avid and knowledgeable proponent for responsible travel.
Being a socially responsible traveler used to be difficult. When I changed the way I traveled about five years ago, I felt like a fish swimming upstream. I’m thankful that every year it gets easier to be a responsible traveler as more destinations support this type of travel and ethical tour operators realize the benefit in preserving their environment.
As a travel company, we often observe the inner though process of guests who consider traveling with us. In particular, we get a lot of questions from women. “Is it safe for a female to travel alone?” “Will there be other solo travelers?” “Can I travel alone?” And our answer is - of course! We invited guest blogger Jennifer Prince to give her reasons why.
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!
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.
With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to think gifts for those people special to us in life. Many of the traveler us world, however, are less keen on expensive “things” and would rather receive functional items, or better yet the gift of an experience! Here are 12 of the best gifts for travelers to consider this season:
Whether you’re traveling to Peru in the near future or just dreaming of a some-day visit, reading up on this location is a must before travel. Home to the ancient empire of the Incas, Peru also boasts swaths of Amazon rainforest, the highest sand dune in the world, and nearly 100 microclimates. The intertwining history of the Old World and the New over the past 500 years have shaped both cultures into what they are today, and these books give a glimpse into both the past and present of the epicenter of South America.
It’s the time of year where the weather shifts, the days shorten, and there’s a natural inclination to turn inward toward friends & family and life comforts. Whether you’re on the road this season or taking a break before next year’s travels, now is the perfect time to practice the gratitude the travel teaches us.
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!
Guest blogger Alyssa Bourmeche joins us to share her favorite places in Cuba, an island that is both close to her heart and her heritage. Here are the four gems that she recommends in the land of mojitos & classic cars.
Adventure enthusiast and world traveler Liz Galloway shares 8 reasons behind her passion travel as well as fantastic tips that we can all learn from. Her personal travel formula? Dream. Plan. Go. Learn. Share. Change. Yes, please!
When traveling, reading is always a sacred part of the journey. Away from the distractions of home and fast pace of modern life, it feels easier to justify the solace of a comfy hammock or laid back coffee shop to enter the world of books while at the same time amplifying the sense of place that you’re in. Here are 4 books that will shape your journey from the inside out.