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Here Be Dragons: The History and Evolution of Maps, Part 1

Here Be Dragons: The History and Evolution of Maps, Part 1

Unless you’re a cartographer or geographer, there probably is not a whole lot you know about maps. If you’re a millennial, with apps like Google Maps and Waze at your fingertips, you may have never even used a physical map. Maps may not occupy the same form they did...
The Growing Appeal of Ecotourism

The Growing Appeal of Ecotourism

When you visit a new place, do you set out to make a difference or, like most people, do you go on vacation to have a fun and relaxing time? If you answered the latter, you would not be alone. The travel industry as a whole is undergoing an enormous growth spurt; it...
Itinerary for a Deeper Understanding of the Holocaust

Itinerary for a Deeper Understanding of the Holocaust

I firmly believe that any travel experience that leads to deeper knowledge and a greater sense of self is more than just a vacation- it’s a journey of exploration. While it is sometimes nice to take a thought-free vacation where I can kick back and relax, these...
5 National Parks You Might Not Think To Visit

5 National Parks You Might Not Think To Visit

Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Shenandoah … there are many National Parks that spring to mind when thinking of vacationing in natural beauty. Many get millions of visitors each year, filling with tourists, campers, and vacationers from all over the world. While...
Voluntourism: Does It Work?

Voluntourism: Does It Work?

Spending a week or two building a new school or helping local artisans with their crafts in an impoverished country and then relaxing for a week in typical tourist fashion seems like a fantastic, yet also admirable way to vacation. This is voluntourism, and it has...
Your Guide to Wellness Travel

Your Guide to Wellness Travel

There is no doubt that travel is one of the top goals of many people. One glance at any type social media shows an endless stream of friends and acquaintances relating something about taking glamorous trips to exotic locales. One of the best reasons to travel,...
Where to Travel in the US Each Month of the Year

Where to Travel in the US Each Month of the Year

January: With all of the kids back in school, and cold/wet weather in most of the country, this is the perfect time to enjoy some sunshine and beaches, and head to Orlando or San Diego. Since lines at theme parks tend to be at their shortest, the weather is much...
The 8 Best Easy-Hiking Vacation Destinations

The 8 Best Easy-Hiking Vacation Destinations

For many people, hiking is something they enjoy, but the stunning, yet strenuous, hikes that last for multiple days and cover extreme elevation changes are not accessible to everyone. Spending time in nature is a great goal, but it’s difficult to know exactly what the...
Top Travel Destinations for Divers

Top Travel Destinations for Divers

As we move from autumn to winter, the days grow shorter, and the temperature falls, you may find yourself looking for a getaway destination full of sunny skies and warm waters. For people who love to scuba dive like myself, here is a just one very short list of great...
Traveling Ethically

Traveling Ethically

Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries. Travel has an immense ability to humble people, to connect people, and to open your eyes to different viewpoints and cultures. But it isn’t just about trying new food, seeing new vistas, and meeting new friends in...