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5 Reasons to Explore Outdoors in Serbia

5 Reasons to Explore Outdoors in Serbia

Lakes and streams teem with brown trout, pike, catfish, and carp. Rare herbs and mushrooms grow in this region and make plant identification a great way to spend the afternoon. Aside from the natural wonders, the friendly hosts who welcome visitors from around the world make this an especially memorable place. Here, folklore and customs are very much alive and offer an extra special perspective into the culture of Serbia. Plus, the food is delicious.

How to Travel Without Waste

How to Travel Without Waste

Well, let’s make this: “How to Travel With *Minimal* Waste,” because the truth is that it’s really hard to travel with zero waste. Most forms of transportation emit some kind of waste, and we’re not asking anyone to be perfect—just better. 

5 Reasons to Visit Dubrovnik, Croatia

5 Reasons to Visit Dubrovnik, Croatia

Situated on the coast of southern Croatia, the vibrant city of Dubrovnik looks over the deep blue Adriatic Sea, across from the eastern coast of Italy. If you’ve never been, Dubrovnik is known for its narrow cobblestone streets, ancient city walls built during the 13th century, terra cotta roofs, and exquisite food. Sounds like the best vacation..ever?! Yea, we agree. If you’re still not convinced, here are 5 reasons to visit Dubrovnik, Croatia!

Take the Road Untraveled in Azerbaijan

Take the Road Untraveled in Azerbaijan

From ski resorts to mountains that look like candy canes, from architecture to nightlife, Azerbaijan is a relatively undiscovered travel gem.

Diverse heritage and wild places intersect here. In addition to trekking through small villages that may have their own languages and their own unique traditions thousands of years old, you’ll find views that take your breath away.

The Other Side of Oahu: Kualoa Park & Ranch

The Other Side of Oahu: Kualoa Park & Ranch

Hawai’i is a dream for many, but for a state ripe with natural beauty, tourists often seek the same comforts our homes can deliver: hotels, spas, malls, and restaurants. However, Old Hawai’i, the other side of Oahu, offers a unique opportunity to step outside of these tourist spots and back in time.

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands: Heart of Culture

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands: Heart of Culture

“Sunrise. The best time of day. Beautiful natural light peeking over the ocean’s unobstructed horizon, at first casting silhouettes of everything in its path before revealing the true beauty of the landscape we venture to. This time it’s a cultural gold mine: St. Croix, an island ripe with culture and ready for exploration.”

Meet the owners of a small import business

Meet the owners of a small import business

We often hear the phrase, “traveling for work”. How about the concept of working for travel? Over the past 35 years, Dan and Rudi Taylor have done just that. They turned their passion for travel into careers. Between their online import business, Happy Mango Beads, and their Colorado storefront, Wishful Living, this duo travels the world in search of unique items to bring back to their customers. Maintaining a close relationship with dozens of craftspeople around the world, they directly support communities in a way that the typical tourist does not.

Village Trekking in Myanmar

Village Trekking in Myanmar

“Which country is your favorite?” What a loaded question, eh? Everywhere I’ve traveled, I feel I’ve left a bit of my heart. Myanmar though—that country really stole my heart. Big smiles come to mind when I think of Myanmar—big, toothy, sometimes crimson, betel-stained grins. Genuine warmth radiates from the people there. From the charming mountain town of Hsipaw, we walked through farming communities up into the clouds where we were welcomed into small Palaung villages, and homes of the kindest and most curious folks I’ve met. Trekking in Myanmar was simply unforgettable.

Belize Snorkeling and More: A Photo Essay

Belize Snorkeling and More: A Photo Essay

If you’re looking for outstanding snorkeling and affordable travel rates, a Belize snorkeling trip should be next on your list of vacations. Just off the coast of the country is the Belize Barrier Reef. The reef is the second largest in the world and is well-known for the Great Blue Hole, which is a giant marine sinkhole. The lively marine life, warm temperatures, and light blue color of the water makes for incredible snorkeling.

Sri Lanka Vacation: More Than a Selfie Spot

Sri Lanka Vacation: More Than a Selfie Spot

Even on our honeymoon, we couldn’t just pick a relaxing vacation. Travel for us has always been about seeking adventure, meeting locals, taking in all the smells and sights, and feeling like we’re getting off the beaten path. Sri Lanka was becoming a hip destination by the time my husband and I married in 2017. I remember seeing Instagram smothered in images of young travelers hanging out of train windows, vistas over Sigiriya Rock, palm trees that seemed to spill straight into the ocean, and elephant safaris. It was attractive, but I knew our Sri Lanka vacation would offer us even more than what meets the eye.

Beaches in Costa Rica…By Bicycle!

Beaches in Costa Rica…By Bicycle!

My shins are literally sweating.” I was earning my stripes on this inaugural bikepacking trip in Costa Rica. Literally, sweat was drawing lines through the dirt caked on my legs. It had already been a long, exhausting day of riding, and we were only halfway to our destination. Riding through the touristed town near Playa Flamingo, we popped out on the beach. The air wreaked of suntan lotion as we strode past the crowds on the hard-packed sand. That mile of beach riding was exhilarating! Finding our own nook on the beach, we stripped off our sweat-soaked clothes. I removed my shoes and laughed at my ghostly-white feet, contrasting against the morning’s accumulation of grime. Aaron and I ran toward the clear, turquoise water and tripped into a refreshing haze of bliss.