Guest Blogs

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.

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!

A Culinary Journey through Tuscany:

A Culinary Journey through Tuscany:

A visit to Tuscany can be nothing short of a foodie or wine lover’s dream. The rolling hills and lush landscape of the whole region is indescribably beautiful, and a traveler can fall in love with it even before taking a bite of food or a sip of wine! Each region in Italy is home to different delicacies and traditional dishes, and Tuscany is no exception. From beans to boar, here are the items you must try while you’re spending time under the Tuscan sun...

5 ways to sound like a native Spanish speaker on your travels

5 ways to sound like a native Spanish speaker on your travels

Did you know that Spanish is the official language in 21 countries? ¡Qué sorprendente! An estimated 450 million people speak Spanish around the globe, making it the second most spoken language en el mundo (second only to Mandarin)!  Imagine how many different cultures and the wide variety of people you could connect with on a deeper level by speaking their language!               

10 Must-See Spots For Nature Lovers in New Zealand

10 Must-See Spots For Nature Lovers in New Zealand

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!

Small Group Travel: Expectations Vs Reality

Small Group Travel: Expectations Vs Reality

As an introverted and typically solo or couple traveler, I was a bit nervous to sign up for a small group trip for the first time. When I joined up to travel with Traverse Journeys on their trip to New Zealand all my worries were squashed and I am now a firm believer that small group travel is ideal for anyone and a great way to travel, and travel responsibly.

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.

How to Travel Responsibly

How to Travel Responsibly

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.

6 Tips for Solo Female Travel

6 Tips for Solo Female Travel

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.

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!