Travel Explorer Blog 2019

The Magic of Christmas Markets in Norway

The Magic of Christmas Markets in Norway

06 Dec 2019

Christmas is a magical time that brings people together from all over the world. One of the things that’s most interesting about what is arguably the best time of year, is that although Christmas is ubiquitous around the world, every culture has their own traditions and ways of celebrating it. Norway, a stunningly beautiful Scandinavian country, is rife with unique Christmas traditions and fun holiday celebrations. This winter wonderland is one of the best places to celebrate everything the holiday season has to offer. Read more »

Top 5 Travel Destinations for Black Friday

Top 5 Travel Destinations for Black Friday

29 Nov 2019

The holiday season is upon us once again. This time of year brings so many wonderful and exciting things like reconnecting with long distance family and friends, delicious food, and surprises. The holidays are a magical time, but with it comes a lot of stress, especially when it comes to gift giving. Some people are easy to shop for, but many on our lists are not. Sometimes it feels like many of our loved ones already have everything, like we’ve been buying them the same gifts for years. The best way to break out of the holiday gift giving slump is to gift experiences rather than things. Read more »

The Alien Wonder of Bolivia

The Alien Wonder of Bolivia

25 Nov 2019

Imagine walking along a perfectly flat, crystal clear ground that mirrors the big fluffy clouds in the sky above and your excited traveling self perfectly. This isn’t a fun house or a trick of the eye, this magnificent place is real, and it can be found in the wondrous South American country of Bolivia. Known by the locals as Salar de Uyuni, the salt flats of Bolivia are the largest in the world spanning 10,582 square kilometers at 3,656 meters above sea level. In prehistoric times, the area was a lake that has subsequently gone dry, leaving behind a bright white, desert-like landscape of salt, cactus-laden islands and rock formations. This alien landscape is entirely unique, and has people flocking from all over the world to experience its incomparable beauty. Read more »

Toilets: Creating Better Health and Wellbeing Worldwide

Toilets: Creating Better Health and Wellbeing Worldwide

19 Nov 2019

This 19th November is World Toilet Day, an annual global event organized by UN Water to raise awareness of the crucial role that sanitation plays in reducing disease and creating healthier communities. Our awareness of these different types of toilets around the world can mean the difference between education and unawareness, wellbeing and illness but also wealth and poverty. From preventing illness to fostering education, building more awareness can keep people healthier for longer, especially when 1 in 3 people worldwide don’t have access to hygienic toilet facilities. For some, a toilet isn’t just a toilet - it’s a lifesaver, dignity-protector and opportunity-maker. Read more »

Wild Madagascar

Wild Madagascar

08 Nov 2019

Madagascar is a country unlike any other. It is similar to the Galapagos in its isolation and subsequent development of entirely unique plant and animal species. This incredibly diverse country has so much to explore, and so many creatures in need of protection. One of the best ways to experience this incredible island is on a tour with a local guide. Whether you’re looking for a once in a lifetime wildlife experience, or some interesting, unknown history, Madagascar is a wild destination sure to impress even the most picky traveler. Read more »

Celebrating Life in Mexico

Celebrating Life in Mexico

31 Oct 2019

The air is crisp, the leaves are changing colors, and there’s something spooky in the air. On Halloween it’s impossible to not be excited by all things scary and mythical. While Halloween is a predominantly American holiday, cultures all over the world have their own holidays dedicated to otherworldly beings. Halloween as Americans know it stems from an ancient pagan Celtic festival called Samhain, but perhaps the best known sister of Halloween is Mexico’s Day of the Dead. Read more »

Getting Back to Nature in the Philippines

Getting Back to Nature in the Philippines

27 Oct 2019

White sand beaches, awe inspiring temples, fresh fruit, delicious stews. The Philippines has been a popular destination for Southeast Asia travelers since the beginning of air travel, and it’s not hard to understand why. Made up of 7,500 islands, the Philippines is an environmental marvel and the second largest archipelagos in the world, the perfect place to get back to nature without breaking the bank. Of its 7,500 islands, only 2,000 of them are inhabited and nearly 5,000 of them are still unnamed on global maps. There are countless opportunities to explore new places in the Philippines. Read more »

Ethiopia: A Truly Unique, Undiscovered Adventure

Ethiopia: A Truly Unique, Undiscovered Adventure

21 Oct 2019

In the age of affordable flights and accessible travel, it can feel like there are few unexplored frontiers left on earth for adventurous travellers looking to see something new. Luckily for travelers looking to get far from the beaten path, Ethiopia is a country that is rich in culture and natural beauty and hasn’t yet been overrun by tourists. It is one of only two African countries that have never been colonized, which means Ethiopia is a rare place where the culture was able to grow and change on its own without influence from the western world. The word is spreading quickly on this once in a lifetime travel destination, and this hidden gem won’t stay hidden for long. Read more »

An Exploration of Egyptian Vegetarian Food

An Exploration of Egyptian Vegetarian Food

16 Oct 2019

One of the most common questions I get about traveling is “isn’t it hard to travel as a vegetarian?” People are often surprised when I tell them about all of the options out there for us veggies. No matter where in the world I am, I can always find delicious, local, vegetarian options. It’s easier and more varied in some countries than in others, but so far the absolute best place I’ve visited for vegetarians is Egypt. Read more »

How travel can improve your mental health

How travel can improve your mental health

10 Oct 2019

When we think about the benefits of travel, we often look past the effect it has on our mental health. While travel can mean different things to each of us; you might be interested in learning about a new culture, seeing an extraordinary landscape or simply wanting to relax, no matter your motivation there is a collective benefit when we take a break from our day to day lives. This October 10 is World Mental Health Day, where we can come together to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against a social stigma. While there’s no shortage of scientific research that suggests that travel is good for our physical, emotional and mental well-being. What’s difficult to know is, when and how travel can benefit us. Read more »

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