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Colorful Culture, Mountain Landscapes, and Trekking in Nepal

Colorful Culture, Mountain Landscapes, and Trekking in Nepal

“N.E.P.A.L: Never Ending Peace And Love” — the unofficial slogan for Nepal sits baking in the sun, carefully hand-painted onto the side of a small yellow taxi, its passengers unloading hiking packs from the roof. Some of the highest mountains in the world form a rock and snow panorama to the North. To the South, rolling forested hills dotted with small villages, terraced rice fields, and fast-flowing rivers fed from Himalayan glaciers.

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.