You’ve planned your dream trip. Or your honeymoon. Or a much-needed vacation. You are at the airport, ready to relax. But then, as you are boarding your flight to paradise, the gate agent stops you. Your passport, which shows signs of damage, is too damaged for the airline to allow you on the plane. You are stuck. Grounded because of passport damage.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Travel is typically thought of as a retreat. A vacation. Something to get away and recharge. Most times we just want to relax, but some have their travels take on a different meaning. Some take time to give back while jetsetting around the globe.
This is an area that I want to dive into in the next year. Going to a less fortunate area and taking some time to expose residents to a different culture while trying to enrich their lives in some way. And, inevitably, when you give back, you get so much more than you give.
Here are some women who share their experiences in volunteering while traveling abroad:
Given the recent events throughout the world, it would behoove travelers to think about enrolling in STEP on their next international trip.
STEP stands for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, and is available for U.S. citizens and nationals who are traveling abroad. It allows travelers to register their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to their destination.
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When trying to capture life’s moments, being at home or abroad, what’s in your camera bag is important. Your gear can mean you capturing ‘the shot’ or having your camera rendered useless.
I shoot with a Nikon DSLR. I have a couple of lenses, even though the body of my camera is an older model. It is durable and has lasted me for a number of years. (Noting that the newer bodies are pretty dope too.) But without the additional gear I carry, I wouldn’t be able to catch those important. Below is a perfect list of 5 camera bag essentials for everyone from the amateur family photographer to the avid traveler to the pro shot (and just in time for the holidays).
There are a number of high-end hotels in Vancouver in various areas of the city. Since I wasn’t familiar with the city, I asked a buddy who had just visited a couple of months earlier. She recommended the Westin Grand Vancouver for its location and reputation for excellence. And it was the perfect choice.
Name: Grant Barnes
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
Number of Countries Visited: 87
Last Country Visited: Ukraine
In this month’s edition of Teen Travel Chat, our teen correspondent Brooke discusses some of her travel goals over the next couple of years. Check out her shortlist of places to visit ASAP.
Although I may be too young for a bucket list, I have a few places in and outside of the United States that I am longing to visit before I graduate high school. I am hopeful that I can make it to some of these places over the next few years. However, if that doesn’t happen, I will keep these destinations on my travel to-do list for during or after college. Among many qualities and goals I imagine myself achieving as I grow older and wiser, some of them include playing back up music for a famous artist, breaking a record for sprinting in the National Senior Games, and traveling to different places around the world. Here is a list of destinations that I can’t wait to visit.
When you think AAA, you think roadside assistance. You think about getting help when have a flat tire or a dead battery or when you get locked out of your car.
AAA is all of those things. But it is so much more for the traveler. AAA is a travel agent and focuses on all travel for your next trip. Check out how you should be leveraging your AAA membership.
Belize is easily one of my favorite countries, hands down. I loved everything about my visit to Ambergris Caye, a small island off the coast (that is, except the 15-minute, prop plane ride that felt like 3 hours). So here are 5 reasons you should pack up your stuff and visit Belize…right now.