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Monday, 06 December 2021 11:12

New US Omicron travel rules

US officials are tightening travel regulations again after the discovery of the Omicron variant in late November. Globe Aware volunteers should know about the two new measures that have been put in place by the U.S. government before traveling.   New US travel rules: What you need to know about the changes prompted by Omicron Marnie Hunter and Forrest BrownCNNDecember 6, 2021 (CNN) — Just when we thought US travel rules were starting to stabilize, along comes Omicron. The dominoes fell quickly after South African health authorities informed the world of their discovery of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in late November. The Biden administration rolled out controversial travel bans on arrivals from eight nations in southern Africa. Travelers found themselves unexpectedly stranded. And…

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Globe Aware volunteers can consider booking India for travel in 2022. India will resume international flights to all countries from December 15, after a gap of 20 months, though there will be restrictions on the number of flights permitted from a country depending on its health risk status. Come December 15, India will resume scheduled international flights Jagriti ChandraNOVEMBER 26, 2021THE HINDU India will resume international flights to all countries from December 15, after a gap of 20 months, though there will be restrictions on the number of flights permitted from a country depending on its health risk status. Key destinations for Indians such as U.S., Canada, Australia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Sri Lanka are permitted to have 100% of pre-COVID capacity. Europe and…

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Monday, 29 November 2021 11:23

Global travel this week

Globe Aware shares the latest updates from around the world. News includes that this week countries around the world imposed travel restrictions after the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant, Omnicron, in South Africa and more.   What we learned about global travel this week Maureen O'HareCNN27th November 2021 (CNN) — Countries around the world imposed travel restrictions after the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant in South Africa, more than 2.3 million Americans traveled by air on a single day for Thanksgiving, and in Asia-Pacific, New Zealand and the Philippines revealed new reopening plans. Here are some of the biggest developments in travel this week: A new variant triggered flight bans An aggressive new Covid-19 variant was discovered, setting off a cascade of travel…

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This holiday travel season is shaping up to be the busiest and most chaotic in some time as people return to the roads and skies in nearly full pre-pandemic force. As Globe Aware volunteers prepare for travel during this busy holiday season, follow these guidelines to ensure a safe experience. Tips for Travelers Facing Chaos and Crowds This Season Patience and preparation are essential if you’re flying or driving over the holidays By Bill FinkAARPNovember 15, 2021 This holiday travel season is shaping up to be the busiest and most chaotic in some time as people return to the roads and skies in nearly full pre-pandemic force within a weakened travel infrastructure that has yet to revive enough to efficiently meet the demand. Travel volume…

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Monday, 22 November 2021 08:06

Thanksgiving travel tips

Ready to see family and friends? Globe Aware volunteers can follow these these tips for a smooth traveling experience during the Thanksgiving holidays. Thanksgiving travel tips Nov. 19, 2021By Katherine ShaverThe Washington Post Travel and public health experts say these tips can help travel go more smoothly during the busy Thanksgiving holiday: Research vaccination requirements and other pandemic-related rules, such as for face masks, at your destination. If driving, get your vehicle’s battery, fuel system, tires, brakes and fluid levels checked to prevent breakdowns, especially if you have put off routine maintenance while driving less during the pandemic. If flying internationally, check with your airline about coronavirus vaccination or testing requirements for your destination, as they will be enforced before you board.Remember that masks are…

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The Philippines is slowly opening to foreign travel, and is already allowing countries under the Green category or low risk to enter without quarantine. For volunteers interested in this program for 2022, please email us at office@globeaware.com for more details. Philippines Exempts Fully Vaccinated Foreign Travelers From Quarantine, Eases Restrictions Philippines is easing its COVID-19 restrictions in the country. Fully vaccinated foreign travelers coming to the country will not be required to undergo facility based quarantine anymore. International travelers coming to the country from places which are classified as green or low risk will just require a negative Covid-19 test report within 72 hours of their departure. In a press release by the Bureau of Immigration Commissioner Jamie Morente, some countries and regions that fall…

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Thursday, 18 November 2021 10:41

Many travel destinations reopening soon

Countries around the world are relaxing their Covid-19 restrictions as we prepare for travel in 2022. which includes two more Globe Aware locations. Volunteers will soon be able to volunteer and vacation in Cuba and Cambodia again! From Angkor Wat to Havana, the travel destinations reopening soon Maureen O'HareCNNNovember 1, 2021 (CNN) — There are only two months left in 2021 and as we enter November, countries around the world are relaxing their Covid-19 restrictions. Here are 10 destinations that have made headlines in pandemic travel news this week. 1. Anguilla: A Lonely Planet best pickAnguilla, a Leeward Island in the eastern Caribbean Sea, this week geared up for the winter tourism season by updating its travel requirements, effective November. Changes include reducing its testing…

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You’re just starting to travel again and you’re thinking about a volunteer vacation, which can be a great way to experience a destination in a more meaningful way than simply being a tourist. Here are nine questions to ask about volunteering, and which Globe Aware is happy is provide answers to by giving us a call or emailing us at office@globeaware.com! 9 vital questions to ask before embarking on a volunteer vacation Volunteer vacations are popular with gap-year students, retired seniors, and millions of people in between. Perhaps you’re just starting to travel again, for the first time in a long time, considering the pandemic, and you’re thinking about a volunteer vacation. These can be a great way to see the world and experience a…

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Monday, 08 November 2021 09:07

U.S. Travel Restrictions are Lifting Nov. 8

In just a few days, the United States will reopen to foreign vaccinated tourists for the first time in nearly two years. Globe Aware is excited to welcome back our coordinators from around the world, who visit our main office in Dallas to discuss new initiatives, programs and encourage team building!   U.S. Travel Restrictions are Lifting Nov. 8 — Here's What Travelers Can Expect Experts weigh in on how the upcoming border opening has affected not only hotel and flight bookings, but the travel industry as a whole. By Alison FoxNovember 05, 2021Travel + Leisure In just a few days, the United States will reopen its border to vaccinated foreign tourists, welcoming people back to the country for the first time in nearly two…

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Globe Aware volunteers who wish to visit Buddhist temples like the majestic Takhsang must obtain a "temple permit." If you are interested in exploring temples on your future volunteer vacation to Bhutan, feel free to contact our office and we'll help you plan accordingly! Visit Taktsang Monastery: Bhutan's Most Iconic Monastery That's Impossibly Perched On A Sheer Cliff This important pilgrimage site is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Bhutan and judging by its architecture, it's pretty easy to see why. BY AARON SPRAYOCT 31, 2021 The Paro Taktsang, or Taktsang Palphug Monastery - also known in English as the "Tiger's Nest" or "Tiger's Lair" is one of the most iconic and mind-bending Buddhist monasteries in the world. It is a sacred Vajrayana…

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Wishes are pouring in for India as the country reached a milestone in administering the Covid-19 vaccination. With it's planned re-opening this late Fall, we look forward to having Globe Aware volunteers back in the country, serving safely!   Wishes pour in from WHO, Bhutan, Sri Lanka as India achieves 100 crore Covid vaccine dose landmark GENEVA: Wishes poured in for India from the World Health Organisation and the leadership of Bhutan and Sri Lanka after it scripted history on Thursday with the cumulative Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country surpassing the 100-crore milestone. Taking to Twitter, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi, scientists, health workers and people of India on their "efforts to protect the vulnerable populations from Covid-19 and…

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Cambodia has lifted a ban on all flights from Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines after most of the kingdom's population have been vaccinated. Globe Aware looks forward to the re-opening of the beautiful country to our U.S. volunteers soon. Travel Update: Cambodia Announces Reopening in Phases to Fully Vaccinated Visitors Cambodia has lifted a ban on all flights from Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines after most of the kingdom's population have been vaccinated. October 27, 2021Edited by Sumaila Zaman Phnom Penh: The government of Cambodia on Tuesday released plans to resume the country in a phased manner to the fully vaccinated foreign travellers by the end of this month. According to the Tourism Ministry, the program will allow only the fully vaccinated visitors, tourists to…

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Toting everything from sewing machines to human skulls, these flyers took left TSA agents scratching their heads. What strange items have our Globe Aware volunteers packed in their luggage!?   From bats to skeletons, travelers have actually flown with these 13 strange items fit for Halloween Ashley KosciolekOct 26 2021Last month, I was preparing to pack for a Disney cruise — one of Disney Cruise Line‘s Halloween on the High Seas sailings — and I needed to find out if I would be allowed to fly with a lightsaber to complete my costume. Cue TSA’s hilarious answer to that question: “Sadly, the technology doesn’t currently exist to create a real lightsaber. However, you can pack a toy lightsaber in your carry-on or checked bag. May…

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Globe Aware volunteers can learn these helpful tips for their first volunteer vacation in Cuba, as the country prepares to resume international tourism.   Top 6 Helpful Travel Tips for Your First Visit To Cuba The island nation of Cuba is a place that many tourists would like to experience. Although the country is open for tourists, it has many specific requirements for travel. There are many things you need to know before you visit this unique country. Read on to get these helpful travel tips for your first visit to Cuba. The Best Time to Visit CubaThe best time to visit Cuba would be the shoulder season between December through April. The prices for accommodations and tours would be considerably less than the peak…

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Each year, travelers weigh in on their favorite international cities, and the results of our survey reflect the kinds of places you longed to visit when you couldn’t travel. Globe Aware is delighted to see Merida, Mexico included on the list and recommend our volunteer vacation there to everyone!   The Best Cities in the World: 2021 Readers' Choice Awards The places inspiring your return to travel. BY VALERIE MARINOCondé Nast TravelerOctober 5, 2021 Each year, readers weigh in on their favorite international cities, big and small, and it’s always exciting to witness which trending locales can rise to the top and compete with the old stalwarts. As the world has begun to reopen, the results of our 34th annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey reflect…

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The Southeast Asian country is keen to welcome back international travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers, after nearly 18 months of strict entry policies. Reducing the quarantine and adding tests would also be required and those without vaccination proof would be isolated for 10 days if arriving by air. Covid Travel Update: Thailand Keen to Reduce Quarantine Period For International Travellers Thailand is keen to welcome back foreign visitors, after nearly 18 months of strict entry policies, due to Covid-19, that caused a collapse in tourism. September 24, 2021 Nivedita REmailInternational Travel News: Here is a piece of great news for international travellers! As countries have started to open their borders for foreign visitors, Thailand’s disease control committee has recently proposed halving of a two-week hotel isolation…

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Globe Aware volunteers can soon start planning their volunteer vacations in India and Vietnam. India will begin granting tourist visas for the first time in 18 months and Vietnam plans to reopen tourist destinations from December to vaccinated visitors from countries deemed "low risk."   Travel news: India, Bali and Vietnam announce opening plans Maureen O'HareCNNOctober 9, 2021 (CNN) — This was a pretty good week for the world's wannabe jetsetters. The UK and Israel both cleared out their travel "red lists," while India, Bali and Vietnam all announced reopening plans. Here are 10 things we learned in pandemic travel this week. 1. The UK cut its 'red list' to just seven countries... The UK introduced a new system for international travel, relaxing testing requirements…

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Globe Aware volunteers flying within the United States may soon need to prove they're likely COVID-free if a proposed bill becomes law. This is in hopes of reducing a potential surge this coming winter.   Domestic flyers may need to show proof of vaccination if Senate bill passes BAILEY SCHULZ AND DAWN GILBERTSONUSA TODAYSeptember 30, 2021 Domestic flyers within the United States may soon need to prove they're likely COVID-free if a proposed bill Wednesday becomes law. The U.S. Air Travel Public Safety Act, introduced by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, would require all U.S. passengers to be fully vaccinated, fully recovered or test negative for the coronavirus before boarding a domestic flight. "We know that air travel during the 2020 holiday season contributed to last…

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Globe Aware volunteers can be excited to learn that Machu Picchu has become the first international destination to obtain the carbon neutral certificate. This means the historical site is an environmentally friendly tourism spot.   Machu Picchu is now the world's first carbon neutral tourist destination! TIMESOFINDIA.COM|TRAVEL NEWS, PERUSep 30, 2021 Machu Picchu has become the first international destination to obtain the carbon neutral certificate. The certification was awarded to the Historic and Natural Sanctuary of Machu Picchu by the Green Initiative, which is an institution that seeks to promote green and environmentally friendly tourism. The Green Initiative positioned Machu Picchu as a global reference in terms of sustainability. As per the certification, it seeks to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions of the Inca citadel,…

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After being battered by the pandemic, South Africa is slowly loosening its restrictions, the country is also considering a vaccine passport. Those interested in our South Africa volunteer vacation, can begin planning for 2022. Chile, Fiji and South Africa are ready for travelers to come back Maureen O'HareCNNSeptember 18, 2021 (CNN) — There have been mixed fortunes for the world's island communities this week, as some have restricted entry due to Covid surges while others are making plans for reopening. Here's our latest roundup of the biggest news in pandemic travel. 1. More island getaways have been added to the US 'do not travel' list The popular island destinations of Grenada and Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean and Mauritius in the Indian Ocean…

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Globe Aware volunteers who want a digital option of always whipping out their vaccine card, can choose from plenty of apps. Here's a breakdown of which one is right for you.   Which Vaccine Passport App Should I Use? For those who want a digital option instead of always whipping out their vaccine card, there are plenty to choose from. BY SHANNON MCMAHONSeptember 2, 2021Planning travel abroad might have you wondering what kind of vaccine passport app you’ll need to download on your phone to confirm your vaccination or proof of a negative test upon entry. But with the highly contagious Delta variant causing a rise in cases in the U.S., you don’t need to leave the country anymore to run into coronavirus vaccination requirements.…

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Tuesday, 14 September 2021 10:56

What it's like to sail on a 'cruise to nowhere'

While traveling abroad is returning for Globe Aware volunteers, movement in and out of Hong Kong -- once Asia's biggest international hub -- remains at a near-total halt. Dream Cruises has come up with a fitting alternative vacation option -- a voyage with no destination, taking passengers from and to Hong Kong by sailing in a big loop. Would you try this if you couldn't travel? What it's like to sail on a 'cruise to nowhere' Tara MulhollandSeptember 12, 2021CNN A "cruise to nowhere" feels like a fitting metaphor for Covid-era Hong Kong. As with the city's previous failed attempts to re-establish international travel, it offers a facsimile of forward movement that ends up taking you right back to where you started. While the possibility…

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In a big COVID travel update, Bangkok has announced it will reopen completely for fully vaccinated travelers from October 1. Thailand has been meaning to restart tourism for a long time and now, with Globe Aware volunteers getting vaccinations, there is hope in visiting the beautiful country soon!   Fully vaccinated travellers can visit Bangkok from October 1 TIMES OF INDIASep 12, 2021 In a big COVID travel update, Bangkok has announced it will reopen completely for fully vaccinated travellers from October 1. Thailand has been meaning to restart tourism for a long time now but given the rise in infection cases, the plan couldn’t take shape. But now, with people getting vaccinations, it has given hope to the world of tourism once again. Before…

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US officials have expressed optimism that Covid-19 booster shot delivery can start for all adults on 20 September. Globe Aware vaccinated volunteers are recommended to get the booster when available for future travel safety.   US officials optimistic Covid booster rollout will start on 20 September But they insist shots won’t be rolled out without health agencies’ authorization, leaving open possibility of delays Victoria BekiempisSun 5 Sep 2021 17.11 BST US officials have expressed optimism that Covid-19 booster shot delivery can start for all adults on 20 September, the goal set by President Joe Biden, as cases continue to rage across the country fueled by the highly transmissible Delta variant. The officials insist, however, that boosters will not be rolled out without US health agencies’…

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There's something extra special about traveling during the fall for our Globe Aware volunteers. South Africa and Mexico are two of those travel destinations, whether you're making plans for this fall or fall 2022!   The Best Places to Travel in October Where to go for harvest festivals and Halloween fun. BY CAITLIN MORTONAugust 17, 2021 Alamy As much as we love beach lounging in summer and exploring snowy wonderlands in winter, there's something extra special about traveling during the fall. Aside from fewer tourists and lower prices, October brings harvest festivals, Halloween parties, and the best foliage of the year. (And those warm beaches are still open, if you're willing to fly for them.) Whether you're looking to view some spectacular fall foliage or…

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The TSA extended a federal requirement that travelers wear masks on commercial flights, buses and trains through Jan. 18. The measure is the latest in decreasing the spread of Covid-19 and the delta variant. TSA extends mask mandate for transportation through Jan. 18 AUG 17 2021Leslie Josephs KEY POINTS The TSA said it is extending the mandate to curb the spread of Covid-19 through Jan. 18. The mandate was set to expire on Sept. 14 and officials had extended it in the spring. The Transportation Security Administration on Tuesday extended a federal requirement that travelers wear masks on commercial flights, buses and trains through Jan. 18. The measure is the latest sign of persistent concerns within the federal government about the spread of Covid-19. Airlines…

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The RTF-EXPAR test is reportedly as sensitive at detecting coronavirus as PCR tests. There are hopes the tests could be used at international airports and revolutionize testing for travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers.   10 minute Covid test hoped breakthrough for travel sector Emily HawkinsResearchers from the University of Birmingham say they have developed a quick Covid test that is just as sensitive as a PCR test. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)University of Birmingham researchers have developed a new Covid test that provides results in less than 10 minutes. The RTF-EXPAR test is reportedly as sensitive at detecting coronavirus as PCR tests, according to the scientists behind the breakthrough. The tests also detect low levels of the virus, which lateral flow do not despite also…

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Thursday, 19 August 2021 11:24

Travelers frustrated by passport backlog

Americans who are set to travel in the coming months but don't have a renewed passport yet may be out of luck. Globe Aware volunteers should check their passport expiration date before booking their travel dates.   "I am freaking out": Passport backlog frustrates travelers BY MEG OLIVERCBS NEWS Scammers forced the State Department to temporarily shut down its online bookings for urgent appointments for passports, adding to the frustration of many travelers who are already experiencing long wait times amid a huge backlog in passport applications. Third-party actors used bots to book all available online appointments, the State Department said. Scammers then sold the appointments for as high as $3,000 to applicants with urgent travel needs. Americans who are set to travel in the…

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As the world reopens, not all countries are recognizing a mix of vaccines from different makers as fully vaccinated. Globe Aware volunteers can check to see which countries they need to watch out for when it comes to regulations. Thinking of travelling? Here’s where mixed COVID-19 vaccines aren’t accepted By Eric Stober Global News Canada’s health authority has given the green light to mix-and-match COVID-19 vaccines, but as the world reopens, not all are recognizing a mix of vaccines from different makers as fully vaccinated, despite millions of Canadians doing so. Here’s who has announced so far they do not accept mixed vaccines. Cruises The Centre for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S.’s main health body, does not currently recognize a mix of a vector vaccine,…

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Thursday, 12 August 2021 11:04

Be Prepared: Covid travel checklist

Globe Aware has been rapidly adapting to cope with the demands of the new Covid era. We're sharing this Covid Travel Checklist with our volunteers, so they can be prepared for travel too.   The Covid travel checklist: What to know before you go Maureen O'Hare, CNN  (CNN) — While our suitcases have been gathering dust over the past 16 months, the travel industry has been rapidly adapting to cope with the demands of the new Covid era. This means that if you're making your first flight for a while, things may be very different from what you've previously been used to. It's no longer just about packing your power adapter and making sure your shampoo is in little bottles. We've put together this Covid…

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Globe Aware offers flexibility when it comes to protecting yourself and others. In case your volunteer vacation destination is impacted by the Delta variant, Globe Aware will work with you and your family to reschedule your dates and even location. Is It Safe to Plan International Fall Travel Right Now? We speak to experts about how the Delta variant could impact upcoming travel plans. BY SHANNON MCMAHON July 26, 2021 This year, as much of the United States became vaccinated against the coronavirus and other nations mounted their own vaccine rollouts, experts estimated that international travel would rebound by autumn—if enough of the world became inoculated. But with lagging vaccinations and cases rising again globally thanks to the highly contagious Delta variant, what does that…

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Thursday, 05 August 2021 09:33

Vietnam Airlines Prepare For Reopening

Vietnam Airlines is resuming more international routes as the airline starts preparing for the reopening of the country. Globe Aware is optimistic our volunteers will be ably to visit the country safely in 2022.   Vietnam Airlines Brings Back More International Routes In Preparation For Reopening July 13, 2021Jay Singh Vietnam Airlines is resuming more international routes as the airline starts preparing for the reopening of the country. While the airline has been operating some international flying over the last year, the carrier is now bringing back more regular flights to points in Australia, Europe, and Asia starting this month. Vietnam Airlines starts to bring back international routes To serve the needs of essential workers, international students, and any other official travelers who need to…

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The country has decided to resume international flights while allowing domestic services to operate at full throttle, following a drop in Covid-19 cases in the country. Globe Aware volunteers interested in Nepal, can visit our site to learn more about our brand new volunteer vacation in Chitwan.   Nepal cautiously reopens international flights The Cabinet has also permitted regular domestic flights by following health safety protocols.Sangam PrasainJuly 8, 2021Kathmandu Post Nepal cautiously reopens international flights while allowing domestic services to operate at full throttle, following a drop in Covid-19 cases in the country. Tourism Joint Secretary Buddhi Sagar Lamichhane told the Post that a Cabinet meeting on Monday had authorised the ministry to resume passenger flights on international sectors based on the country’s needs and…

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Recently Globe Aware took an online survey, and the most requested travel destination was Kenya! Here are just 10 of the many reasons why we agree, and visit our website to learn more about the impact we make in this beautiful country!    Longing for a once in a lifetime getaway? 10 reasons why Kenya should be at the top of your post-pandemic travel bucket list! It's the fantasy that's been keeping us all going through a year of lockdowns and travel restrictions; the dream holiday! So what's your ideal escape? For some it's a white powder beach and crystal clear waters, for others it's awe-inspiring landscapes. Or how about the chance to see nature's most incredible creatures up close and personal or the adrenaline-filled…

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This is the summer of the vaccinated travel has in the US, and it's wreaking havoc on some of the nation's airlines and airports. Here are some ways for our Globe Aware volunteers to avoid stress that comes with   I volunteer at a major airport and deal with hundreds of unprepared travelers. Here are 12 ways to avoid lines and have a stress-free summer travel experience Thomas PalliniJul 1, 2021 Americans have been taking to the skies this summer more than any season since the start of the pandemic. Airlines and airports are still adjusting to increased passenger levels, causing long lines and delays. These travel tips will help flyers avoid lines and move through the airport easier. The summer of vaccinated travel has…

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If a Globe Aware volunteer tests positive for COVID-19 or learn that they were exposed to the virus while traveling, it’s important to be responsible, doing everything possible to avoid spreading it. Follow these tips to help spare other people the same fate and limit your added expenses!   What to Do If You Get COVID-19 While Traveling: 8 Tips to Get Back on Track Getting sick while traveling doesn’t have to be a disaster. Alicia A. WallaceHealthline It’s been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic forced major changes to most of our lives. Countries all over the world continue to have a hard time responding to the spread of the virus and the resulting crises. Since the vaccine became available, more countries have…

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Thursday, 15 July 2021 10:19

Volunteer While Traveling With Your Kids

Volunteer alum Jodi Lipson speaks of her Globe Aware experiences with her family, and find out how you can book your meaningful volunteer vacation.   How to Volunteer While Traveling With Your Kids Looking for meaningful travel? Volunteering lets you give back and grow as a family. BY KEN BUDD JULY 15, 2021   When Jodi Lipson's daughter was seven, the duo embarked on a mommy-daughter adventure — and no, they didn't travel to Disneyland. For one week, the pair did maintenance work at a hostel in Peru and helped local schoolchildren learn English. They soon worked on three more projects with volunteer organization Globe Aware in Guatemala, Cambodia, and Costa Rica. The experiences, said Lipson, who works in book publishing in D.C., have expanded the worldview of her now 13-year-old…

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The king of Bhutan has taken it upon himself to hike across the country to help curb the Covid-19 pandemic because "his Majesty's presence is far more powerful than just issuing public guidelines." Globe Aware applauds the king's continuing dedication and efforts to help his people.   Bhutan's king has been hiking and camping across his mountainous kingdom to oversee pandemic measures Matthew LohJune 28, 2021 Bhutan's king has been making personal trips across the country to visit remote regions and meet Covid-19 taskforces. His Facebook page shows him donning a baseball cap, hiking attire, and a backpack on his treks. Bhutan is one of the world's most mountainous countries, with an average elevation of 8,000 feet. The king of Bhutan has taken it upon…

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Stress, jet lag, cramped airplane seats, new foods and exhaustion all conspire to test your physical limits. Globe Aware volunteers can avoid these travel symptoms by following these helpful tips!   How to deal with vacation constipation, swelling and other travel symptoms A. PawlowskiJuly 2, 2021TODAY Travel can do wonders for the soul. It can also do a number on your body. The very word originates from “travail,” or “painful or laborious effort,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. Painful, indeed, as stress, jet lag, cramped airplane seats, new foods and exhaustion all conspire to test your physical limits. Almost 48 million Americans are expected to travel during the 2021 Fourth of July holiday period — from Thursday through Monday — the second most traveled…

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The new CDC travel guidelines now include specific recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Globe Aware volunteers should continue to check their destination's page to stay updated on travel restrictions. CDC Travel Guidelines Relax for More than 100 Countries France, Japan, and Mexico are among the destinations with revised guidelines. BY SHANNON MCMAHONJune 9, 2021On Monday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its coronavirus travel guidelines for over 100 countries “to better differentiate countries with severe outbreak situations from countries with sustained, but controlled, COVID-19 spread,” the agency said on its website. The new CDC travel guidelines now include specific recommendations for both vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. The 110 changes includes 61 places that have been downgraded from the highest…

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Over the years, this couple has visited everywhere from Rome and Iceland, recreating scenes from famous films! Have our Globe Aware volunteers ever done this before on a volunteer vacation!? The couple who travel the world recreating movie scenes Tamara Hardingham-GillCNNJune 25, 2021 (CNN) — After going on several big trips together as a couple, Robin Lachhein and Judith Schneider, both from Frankfurt, Germany, wanted to do something extra special for their next vacation. They talked through various potential ideas before coming up with something that excited both of them -- traveling to a movie location and recreating a famous scene. In 2014, they visited Prague and re-enacted a clip from the 1996 film "Mission: Impossible," making sure to document the moment on camera. Over…

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Positive news to share with our Globe Aware volunteers and coordinators! The U.S. announced it will send 55 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa, in order to "defeat COVID-19 and to achieve global health security.” U.S. to split 55 million Covid vaccine doses between Latin America, Asia and Africa JUN 21 2021 Berkeley Lovelace Jr. The Biden administration announced Monday it will send 55 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa as the coronavirus continues to rapidly spread in low- and middle-income nations. The 55 million vaccine doses are the remaining portion of 80 million shots President Joe Biden has committed to donating abroad. Earlier this month, the administration said it would send the…

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Hoi An is much loved for its peaceful atmosphere, centuries-old houses, and unique cuisine. Consider a Globe Aware volunteer vacation in Vietnam for summer 2022! Hoi An among 10 cheapest global tourist destinations By Nguyen Quy June 21, 2021 Hoi An Town in central Vietnam is eighth on this year’s annual list of 10 cheapest tourist destinations in the world. The ancient town in Quang Nam Province and Bali in Indonesia are the only two Southeast Asian destinations to break into the top 10, with the latter standing in fourth position, according to the annual Holiday Money report released by the Post Office, the U.K.’s leading currency exchange agency. The ranking is based on the minimum required budget for eight staple items that holidaymakers are…

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Thursday, 17 June 2021 16:48

Here's A Guide if You are Flying Overseas

Face shields required in airports at Peru, 21-day quarantines in some countries...with international air travel surging in the summer our Globe Aware volunteers will run into quite a range of travel restrictions and entry requirements. Flying Overseas? There's A LOT You Need To Know. Here's A Guide June 11, 2021FRAN KRITZ and DAVID SCHAPER Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at goatsandsoda@npr.org with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here. I live in the U.S. and am considering a trip to another country. What do I need to know about international air travel at this stage of…

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Wednesday, 16 June 2021 10:38

Puerto Rico Eases Covid Entry Protocols

Traveling to Puerto Rico is now even easier with updated entry requirements. Fully vaccinated Globe Aware volunteers arriving from the U.S. can visit without a negative COVID-19 test and don't need to wear masks at beaches and parks.   Puerto Rico Eases Entry Protocols JUNE 07, 2021 Puerto Rico further eased COVID-19 protocols, allowing for more access to public facilities and increased capacities at commercial businesses effective June 7. The updated measures were announced in a June 3 executive order. Under the changes, Puerto Rico bars and game rooms may now reopen at 50 percent capacity. Outdoor bars and "chinchorros" are not subject to capacity limits, but patrons not from the same family unit must maintain a physical distance of six feet from one another.…

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Globe Aware volunteers could see some major changes in the not-so-distant future when it comes to air travel. This could include multi-level cabins and stand-up seats.  Double-Decker Airplane Cabins Might Be the Future of Air Travel Air travel could see some major changes in the not-so-distant future, including multi-level cabins. By Caitlyn Hitt6/3/2021 Air travel has evolved a lot since the days of Lewis and Clark, but one thing remains constant: Uncomfortably cramped quarters. However, plane designers have been hard at work trying to change this without having to cut the number of passengers a plane can fit (aka profit for airlines). Plane designers have toyed with several different seating concepts, including stand-up seats, but it’s multi-level airplane cabins that are really catching on lately:…

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Wednesday, 09 June 2021 16:24

How to Plan a Trip Again

Air travel is officially up and travelers are scrambling to make up for a year of missed adventures. A Globe Aware adventure is the perfect way to ease yourself back into travel with a planned volunteer vacation. How to Plan a Trip Again, According to Experts The lowdown on safety protocols, under-the-radar car rental alternatives, and tricks for getting the best flight deals. By Vanita Salisbury You’re vaxxed, you’re snaxxed, you’ve got your essential apps, and now you’re itchin’ to break out of town. And you’re not the only one: Air travel is officially up, with the TSA screening 1.85 million travelers on Sunday, May 16 at US airports, the highest number since March 2020. Travelers are scrambling to make up for a year of…

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If you are fully vaccinated, the chance of being infected with Covid-19 is low however you could test positive during travel. In order to prepare for a Globe Aware volunteer vacation, make sure to check with your country's entry guidelines and airline policies. What happens if you test positive during a COVID-tested flight? Katie GenterMay 20, 2021 Sitting in the COVID-19 testing area at several airports recently, I wondered, “What happens if my test comes back positive?” After all, one of the most significant risks of taking COVID-19 tests while traveling is that you could test positive. Whether you contract COVID-19 or have the misfortune of a rare false positive, getting a positive result certainly complicates your trip. Multiple TPG staffers have gotten positive test…

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As travel evolves from virtual to actual, many tourists can get caught up in the excitement of actually planning a trip again -- which may make them more vulnerable to unscrupulous schemes. Globe Aware has been providing reputable volunteer vacations for years, and is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.   Travel is back -- and so are travel scams Blane Bachelor CNN May 26, 2021 (CNN) — With more widespread vaccinations and relaxed travel restrictions, many people are making long-awaited vacation plans. But scammers are making plans of their own to separate eager travelers from their money via too-good-to-be-true vacation packages, fake airfare deals and other shady schemes. Consumer advocacy organizations such as Better Business Bureau are issuing warnings about…

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Many people believe that traveling has great educational benefits for students. Globe Aware offers internships year-round for young learners, ready to improve themselves and their skills. Educational Benefits of Travel for Students The process of learning is long and pretty complex. Students face a lot of difficulties related to poor learning skills, a lack of knowledge and time, some personal hardships, and something of the kind. Clever folks try to improve themselves and their skills in a variety of ways, and traveling is one of such methods. Many people believe that this activity has great educational benefits for learners. They can travel to educate themselves. Lauren Bradshaw is a highly qualified blogger and essay writer at an academic writing service - Custom Writings. She knows…

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The novelty that a trip provides is one reason that travel can have an enduring impact on our happiness. During the lockdown, many Globe Aware volunteers showed memories of past volunteer vacations on social media, sharing the happiness that it brought them. After A Year Of Staying Close To Home, Travel Has Become An Emotional Journey OLIVIA HARRISONMAY 17, 2021 When Jennie Larson finally became eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, she jumped into action and added three big events to her calendar: Her two vaccine appointments and a trip to Atlanta, Georgia from her home in Washington, D.C. Exactly two weeks and one day after receiving her second Moderna shot, and thus fully immunized, she'll be boarding a plane for the first time in…

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Families are combining traveling and being together, two practices sorely missed during the pandemic lockdowns. Globe Aware has a long tradition of mobilizing volunteer programs around the world for families of all ages and sizes, and have a variety of dates open this year!   US post Covid: As restrictions loosen, families travel far and spend big Far-flung families are combining traveling and being together — two of the most longed-for practices during more than a year of pandemic lockdowns — into elaborate new twists on the old-fashioned family reunion. Written by Debra KaminMay 20, 2021 Jeff Belcher, 41, wouldn’t necessarily have chosen Williamsburg, Virginia, as the destination for his family’s first vacation since travel restrictions began to ease. But when his extended family decided…

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Optimism returns for the summer travel in the United States, more than three-quarters of Americans plan to take a trip this summer. For those looking to travel abroad for the first time in a year, Globe Aware offers Central and South America programs, all closer to home.   America is Back to A Ready to Travel State of Mind Özgür Töre 17 May 2021 Optimism returns for the summer travel in the United States. According to survey findings from The Harris Poll, Americans are ready to travel this Summer. More than three-quarters of Americans (77%) plan to take a trip this summer. When thinking about traveling out of town now, 55% of Americans responded they are either ready to go (26%) or optimistic (29%). Males,…

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Americans are planning to splurge in order to keep family safe when traveling, by booking private trips or renting an entire villa. Globe Aware volunteer vacations allow families to book and experience a private week in an international destination, following proper safety guidelines and providing outdoor projects. ‘Ready to make up for lost time:’ Americans plan to splurge on travel this summer By Stephanie Asymkos26 April 2021 After a year of living under pandemic restrictions, Americans are ready to hit the open road and spend big this summer. “Some Americans may not have had a summer vacation since 2019, and so there's clearly a lot of pent-up demand,” Melanie Lieberman, senior travel editor at The Points Guy, told Yahoo Finance Live. “Nearly half of prospective…

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Traveling alone isn't always easy especially as a solo female traveler in a post-pandemic world. Globe Aware is the perfect option, providing a personal itinerary and English speaking coordinator at all of our program locations, including Laos, one of the destination's mentioned. 8 Destinations for Female Solo Travelers, According to the Pros From Amsterdam to Cartagena. BY SHANNON MCMAHONMay 5, 2021 Empowering, exciting, challenging: Few things are more rewarding than solo travel—and pre-pandemic, research showed it was on the rise, especially with women. Sure, you might have to ask a complete stranger to take that photo of you walking across Tokyo's Shibuya Crossing or standing outside of Barcelona's Sagrada Família, but it's a small price to pay for the freedom to plan a trip exactly…

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If you suffer from pandemic-related anxiety, traveling in many ways is a highly enjoyable treatment for anxiety. Globe Aware volunteer vacations are structured one week programs, so you can make an impact and enjoy your time abroad, and leave your anxieties behind. Do You Feel Like You Have Pandemic Anxiety? Travel Could Actually Be Good By Judith FeinApril 28, 2021 When traveling, you immerse yourself where you are. You are in the present, the now. That is where healing from anxiety takes place. If you or anyone you know—or, perhaps everyone you know–suffers from pandemic-related or generalized anxiety, you probably check often to see what the local and federal experts recommend for travel. Sometimes their statements relieve anxiety and inform you that, post-vaccination, you can…

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As vaccine distribution continues at pace, the number of nations opening up to vaccinated travelers from the States is also increasing. There is growing interest by American volunteers to travel abroad this year, especially to Globe Aware locations such as  Central and South America.   Where Can Vaccinated US Travelers Fly This Summer? By Joanna Bailey April 30, 2021 As vaccine distribution continues at pace, the number of nations opening up to vaccinated travelers from the States is also increasing. While the rules for travel remain complex in many cases, there is a growing potential for US citizens to travel abroad this year. Let’s take a look at where they could fly. 43% of the US is now ‘vaccinated’ According to information from Our World…

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Thursday, 29 April 2021 11:18

“Revenge Travel” Is Trending

“Revenge travel” is when vacationers are ready to hit the roads, rails, seas, and skies in an attempt to make up for lost time from last year. Globe Aware volunteer vacations have dates open all year round, and the staff is ready to assist you with your "revenge travel" booking!   “Revenge Travel” Is Booming APR 29, 2021 It’s been nicknamed “revenge travel”, and Kansans are getting into it in a big way. “Revenge travel” is when vacationers are ready to hit the roads, rails, seas, and skies in an attempt to make up for lost time from last year, and travel agencies are seeing it in large numbers. Shawn Steward, AAA Kansas spokesman, says that “travel advisors are seeing a trend towards extended, more lavish…

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The arrival of summer is an opportunity to go on holiday, and if you’re looking for something special, then a volunteer vacation to Romania is the solution. Globe Aware's Brasov location has you visiting the infamous Transylvania castle, mentioned in this list.    3 Top Summer Destinations for a Holiday in Romania The arrival of summer is definitely an opportunity to go on holiday. And if you’re looking for something absolutely special, then a trip to Romania is the solution. Buckle your seatbelts; we have compiled a list of 3 summer destinations that will make you want to visit Romania at the drop of a hat. 1. Bucharest There is no point in beating around the bush, Bucharest is beautiful without a doubt. It is…

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Nepal has introduced new travel rules for COVID vaccinated travelers, and one among them is removing the quarantine policy for fully vaccinated foreign travelers. Volunteers can now book Globe Aware's Nepal program starting this summer! Nepal scraps quarantine policy for vaccinated tourists TRAVEL NEWS, NEPALMarch 27, 2021 Nepal has introduced new travel rules for COVID vaccinated travellers, and one among them is removing quarantine policy for fully-vaccinated foreign travellers. People who have received both doses of COVID-19 vaccine are not required to quarantine any more. The decision was taken to boost travel and tourism in the pandemic-hit country. As per new travel protocols, Nepal's Tourism Ministry said that vaccinated foreign tourists entering Nepal need to submit a negative PCR test report form within 72 hours…

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Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim volunteers, friends, and family! Globe Aware celebrates cultural diversity and welcomes volunteers from all faiths to our international volunteer vacations.   Ramadan 2021: These countries will fast for 23 hours every day this year Web report/DubaiApril 12, 2021 Countries near the North Pole observe longer hours. For the second year in a row, the holy month of Ramadan will be observed under exceptional circumstances imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Fasting hours vary from country to country, according to geographical location. Countries near the North Pole observe longer hours, while those numbers decrease as one heads toward the South Pole. The number of fasting hours in Finland this year will hit 23 hours and five minutes, making it the longest…

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Wednesday, 14 April 2021 10:53

The Most Searched Travel Questions Right Now

From travel insurance to safety issues, these are the questions travelers are researching online right now. Globe Aware is also ready to answer your questions and concerns about our volunteer vacations.   These Are the Most Searched Travel Questions Right Now — and We Have the Answers From travel insurance to safety issues, these are the questions travelers are researching online right now. BY JESSICA POITEVIENMARCH 04, 2021 The world of travel has always changed at a rapid pace, but never has that been more true than now. Between figuring out where Americans can travel to keeping track of new COVID safety protocols, at times, it can seem like there are more questions than answers. But what are the most searched travel questions these days?…

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Vietnam is eyeing the resumption of regular international passenger flights, targeting daily flights in September. Globe Aware offers an impactful program in the city of Hoi An, and hopes to resume this fall, following the country's guidelines. Vietnam targets daily international flights from September Vietnam is eyeing the resumption of regular international passenger flights, targeting daily flights to partnering jurisdictions in September. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Transport to ramp up international flights in three phases, it says in a 31 March statement. This comes as Vietnam’s prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc issued a call on 17 March for preparations to reopen international air travel, including the possibility of introducing “vaccine passports”. In phase one, flights…

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released a highly anticipated update to travel guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, declaring that they can travel at low risk to themselves, as long as coronavirus precautions are taken. Globe Aware takes these precautions seriously, and assures our volunteers that we will continue to follow them. Fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves, new CDC guidance says By Lauren Mascarenhas and Jacqueline HowardApril 2, 2021 (CNN)The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released a highly anticipated update to travel guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, eliminating some testing and quarantine recommendations. Fully vaccinated people can travel at low risk to themselves, CDC…

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Enhanced sanitation protocols and relaxed policies are here to stay, as well as an increase in contactless check-in, mobile check-ins. Globe Aware is here to assist you when planning your volunteer vacation, with our updated policies and flexible booking.  Here’s what post-pandemic travel might look like MAR 30 2021Kenneth Kiesnoski After a year of pandemic-induced lockdowns, Americans are looking to travel again as vaccinations against Covid become more widely available. Much has changed since last spring, and travel suppliers say many changes — for better or worse — are here to stay. Many Americans are thinking of travel again. And who can blame them? After all, it’s been more than a year of seesawing coronavirus infection rates, on-again, off-again lockdown restrictions, and simple quarantine fatigue.…

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TSA officials announced over 1.5 million passengers passed through airport security this last Sunday, marking the first time the milestone was reached since March 2020. Globe Aware has also seen an increase in bookings and travel amongst it's volunteers, signaling a demand for travel.   Air Travel Continues Rebound as TSA Surpasses 1.5 Million Screened Passengers AIRLINES & AIRPORTSDONALD WOOD MARCH 23, 2021 Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials announced over 1.5 million passengers passed through airport security on Sunday, marking the first time the milestone was reached since March 2020. According to Reuters.com, TSA officials revealed they screened 1.54 million people Sunday, the highest single total since March 13, 2020, and the 11th consecutive day screening volume exceeded one million passengers per day. Despite the…

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Thailand cautiously reopened its borders in October 2020 and is further relaxing restrictions starting in April 2021. Further details of Thailand’s Covid protection measures will be announced and shared by Globe Aware to it's volunteers.   Thailand Easing Covid Travel Restrictions In April Johanna Read ContributorTravelThailand, one of the few countries known for successfully managing the Covid pandemic, cautiously reopened its borders in October 2020 and is further relaxing restrictions starting in April 2021. By the time the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives the green light for international travel to resume, further details of Thailand’s Covid protection measures should be available. Travelers can once again enjoy the Land of Smiles, even if smiles still need to be covered by masks for…

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Friday, 19 March 2021 15:12

Tips for traveling during the pandemic

You may be considering a trip abroad this spring break or other future travel plans. Globe Aware recommends you check out this short list for safe and smart traveling tips before you travel! Safe and smart traveling tips during the pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of life and that includes travel. As vaccinations are administered and positive cases begin to drop, you may be considering that spring break trip or other travel plans. The question remains: how do you travel safely? Edyta Satchell answers that very questions with advice on how to pack, getting through the airport, and more. Smart packing– the travel wellness starts before your leave the house. New items to pack are multiple face-covering masks, sanitizing wipes, body…

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Sunday, 07 March 2021 10:56

Spring Break travel numbers increase

Spring break is one of the busiest times of the year for travel and after a year of stay-at-home orders, travel experts are optimistic for travel to pick back up. Globe Aware offers one-week volunteer vacations, with the perfect itinerary to make the most of your spring break!  Local travel agents and airport leaders see an uptick in Spring Break travel By Nina McFarlaneMar 7, 2021 PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) – Spring break is one of the busiest times of the year for travel and after a year of stay-at-home orders, travel experts are optimistic for travel to pick back up. For some, spring break is a week spent on vacation, but in March of 2020, many people canceled flights and refunded trips as the world…

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Digital health passports gain momentum in being likely crucial as the travel industry rebounds. Globe Aware will assist all volunteers in understanding what will be expected in preparation for your volunteer vacation. 5 things to know about IATA’s Travel Pass app right now Victoria M. WalkerFeb 26, 2021 If you’ve been plugged into travel news during the pandemic, you’ve probably heard the term “vaccine passport” or “immunity passport” more than once. After all, these digital health passports will likely be a crucial part of the travel industry as it rebounds. Right now, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides a physical vaccination card that tells you key facts about your inoculation, including the date you received the vaccine and the type you…

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Some countries have said they’ll allow international travellers to enter without negative coronavirus tests or having to quarantine – once they’ve had the Covid vaccination. Here’s what you need to know WHICH COUNTRIES ARE OPEN TO VACCINATED TRAVELLERS? By ABIGAIL MALBONFebruary 26 2021 The UK is currently in lockdown, meaning international travel isn’t currently allowed. However, following the announcement of the planned road map by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday 22 February, it seems UK staycations are looking more likely by Monday 12 April, while overseas breaks may be permitted from Monday 17 May at the earliest. Read 'When will we travel?' for all the latest information. And in more good news, some countries have said they’ll allow travellers to enter once they’ve been…

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More than 80% of folks surveyed by Trivago somewhat or strongly agreed that travel is a part of a well-rounded life, and most felt that being prevented from travelling freely is one of the worst aspects of the pandemic. Globe Aware staff and volunteers also know that meaningful travel brings about a positive impact to the locations traveled.   Trivago poll shows how freedom to travel is vital for people’s sense of wellbeing By Lee HayhurstFeb 19, 2021 Latest polling of British travellers by hotel price comparison site Trivago has found that being unable to travel is one of the worst aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In January, Trivago asked 1,000 adults for their opinions as part of a wider survey that also looked at…

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The pace of Covid-19 vaccinations, consumer confidence and 2022 travel bookings are ramping up. Globe Aware volunteers can feel optimistic about being able to vacation abroad this year.   Travel agencies, cruise lines and airlines gear up for rebound in bookings "Many people are already actively planning their next big trip," said one travel expert. "And it is not too early to book for 2022, especially with trip protection." Feb. 12, 2021By Harriet Baskas As the pace of Covid-19 vaccinations is ramping up, so is consumer confidence — and with it, a surge in travel bookings for later this year and for 2022. "Many travelers are feeling optimistic that they will be able to vacation abroad this year. Many people are already actively planning their next…

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Fully vaccinated Globe Aware volunteers do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19, according to new guidance from the CDC. Currently, that means two doses of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or the Moderna vaccine as well as a two-week wait for their immunity to kick-in. Fully Vaccinated Americans Won't Need to Quarantine After COVID-19 Exposure, CDC Says Travel quarantine rules still apply regardless of whether a traveler has been vaccinated or not. BY ALISON FOX FEBRUARY 11, 2021 Fully vaccinated Americans do not need to quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19, according to new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new recommendation, released on Wednesday, exempts those who have received the full dose of…

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A recent BOTT survey shows that 52 per cent millennials are eager to take an international holiday this summer as COVID-19 vaccine ushered in hope that the end to the pandemic is on the horizon. Locations such as Thailand are high on the list of preferred destinations as well, where Globe Aware runs two of our volunteer vacations.   52% millennials keen on international holiday this summer: Survey Feb 06, 2021 Financial Express Things are looking up for 2021, as 52 per cent millennials are eager to take an international holiday this summer as COVID-19 vaccine ushered in hope that the end to the pandemic is on the horizon, according to a survey by BOTT (Business of Travel Trade) Travel Sentiment Tracker. With vaccination drive…

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COVID-19 hasn’t made dating easy but virtual opportunities have arisen to help couples spend time together. Why not treat you and a loved one to a Globe Aware virtual experience, you can enjoy a romantic date by making cocktails live from South Africa, or even cooking Pad Thai together, live from Thailand! Virtual date ideas for a COVID-19-safe Valentine’s Day Virtual Date Night BY SWETHAA SURESHFEB 8, 2021 COVID-19 hasn’t made dating any easier. As people adjusted to a new lifestyle, relationships and in-person dates around the world have been put on pause. Though Valentine’s day will be different this year, many virtual opportunities have arisen to help couples spend time together. A perk of virtual dating is that it is designed to fit a…

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In an effort to limit the spread of new coronavirus variants, many countries are requiring incoming travelers to show a recent negative test. For our U.S. volunteers, Globe Aware recommends two types of tests. The first is a test that detects the genetic material of the virus or a rapid test that looks for viral proteins called antigens.   Which COVID-19 tests are required for international travel? It depends on where you’re going. In an effort to limit the spread of new coronavirus variants, many countries are requiring incoming travelers to show a recent negative test. The U.S., for example, will accept results from either a test that detects the genetic material of the virus — considered the most sensitive type of test — or…

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Tuesday, 02 February 2021 16:14

Sustainable Travel 2021

National Geographic Traveler (UK) has included Costa Rica as part of its Best of the World 2021 list, which Globe certainly agrees. One of our most popular volunteer vocation locations, we offer three sustainable programs in this tropical paradise.   Best of the World: eight sustainable destinations for 2021 and beyond From carbon-neutral cities in the making to destinations offering a blueprint for sustainable nature and wildlife tourism, these are the pick of the places that aim to safeguard our precious planet’s natural wonders. BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S GLOBAL TRAVEL EDITORSPUBLISHED 17 NOV 2020, 12:42 GMT 1. Copenhagen, Denmark Europe’s sustainable city pioneer The widespread inequalities revealed by the pandemic have ignited global interest in making cities more resilient, equitable and healthy. One example, Copenhagen, is…

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Trying to keep out COVID, tiny Bhutan relies on its Gross National Happiness index, and hopes tourists will return By Natalie JesionkaSat., Jan. 23, 2021 Travelling through the beautiful mountainous Kingdom of Bhutan with its cloud-covered forests sounds idyllic in a pandemic lockdown — a dream being marketed by the tiny landlocked nation whose vital tourism business has been crushed by COVID. With a population of 750,000, the eastern Himalayan kingdom has reported just 850 COVID-19 cases and one death from the virus in early January, and is negotiating the purchase of a million vaccines from India. But there are challenges ahead as the nation begins to consider easing its lockdown restrictions in a bid to reopen. The country is banking on its remote location,…

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Saturday, 16 January 2021 14:23

US Covid-19 test requirement for travelers

Last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that all air passengers ages two and older must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test to enter the United States. Globe Aware is ensuring you can be tested safely at your volunteer vacation location before traveling back home. The new US Covid-19 test requirement for travelers: What you need to know Shivani VoraCNNJanuary 16, 2021 (CNN) — Earlier this week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that, as of Tuesday, January 26, all air passengers ages two and older must show proof of a negative Covid-19 test to enter the United States. The new rule includes US citizens and legal permanent residents. Following the travel news, panic and confusion ensued,…

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Coronavirus vaccines are starting to roll out in the US and abroad, and many people may be dreaming of travel, but they may eventually need a vaccine passport application. Globe Aware is keeping an eye on this passport app being a requirement for future volunteer vacations. New apps make COVID-19 vaccine passports possible for travel By Rishi IyengarCNN BusinessMonday, December 28, 2020 Now that coronavirus vaccines are being administered across the U.S. and around the world, several companies are developing a so-called 'vaccine passport.' Now that coronavirus vaccines are starting to roll out in the US and abroad, many people may be dreaming of the day when they can travel, shop and go to the movies again. But in order to do those activities, you…

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Tuesday, 08 December 2020 15:11

Travel Tips for the 2020 Holiday Season

The TSA released a list of winter travel tips, helping Americans navigate traveling during this holiday season. Globe Aware wants to make sure our volunteers are up to date and safe when it comes to any winter travel.   5 Tips From the TSA to Make Traveling During the 2020 Holiday Season a Little Easier Leave your wrapping paper behind. BY ALISON FOXDECEMBER 08, 2020 The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) released a list of winter travel tips on Monday, helping Americans navigate flying during the COVID-19 pandemic, just in time for a potential holiday rush. With advice from mask-wearing and reducing contact, to more familiar tips surrounding how to wrap gifts for loved ones, the agency focused on how to expedite the security process. The…

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Friday, 11 December 2020 14:33

Optimistic about travel in 2021

According to research, the pandemic has driven a large shift in traveler preferences, and understanding these changes is critical to tourism recovery efforts. Globe Aware is ready to meet the pent-up demand of volunteers, especially since one in two travelers are optimistic about taking a trip next year.   An Optimistic Sign for Travel in 2021 FEATURES & ADVICEJANEEN CHRISTOFF DECEMBER 11, 2020 Americans have hope for travel in 2021. One in two travelers is optimistic about taking a trip in the next 12 months, according to research from Expedia. More than half (53 percent) of Americans who usually take a vacation have not done so since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, nearly 31 percent are dreaming of travel and actively…

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Monday, 07 December 2020 13:03

Sustainable Tourism after COVID-19

Two experts recently analyzed the effects of the pandemic on travel behavior and found out that people are likely to skip major cities and vacation for longer going forward. Post-quarantine and -lockdown, travelers seem more concerned about sustainability and the need to support local businesses, something Globe Aware programs specialize in!  Future Travel and Sustainable Tourism after COVID-19: STUDY by Tea Ceremony Kyoto Maikoya December 7, 2020 KYOTO, Japan, Dec. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya and Samurai & Ninja Museum, two key experience providers from Japan, recently studied and analyzed the effects of the pandemic on travel behavior in depth and found out that people are likely to skip major cities and vacation for longer going forward. Post-quarantine and -lockdown, travelers generally…

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Sunday, 06 December 2020 11:06

Holiday Travel Products Gift Guide 2020

As small business owners have been hit hard by the pandemic-related economic brunt, consider their products and services as holiday gift options. Globe Aware encourages the support of small businesses.   Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Travel Products Made By Women By Michele HerrmannContributorTravelAs small business owners have been hit hard by the pandemic-related economic brunt, consider their products and services as holiday gift options. In buying what they make to give to others, it’s a way of giving back by financially supporting them in return. Here are our gift suggestions for travel-related or inspired products by women business owners and entrepreneurs. “The Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico,” $39.95 Food and travel writer Jessica van Dop DeJesus — also known by her brand’s name, “The…

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Thursday, 03 December 2020 11:43

New Dallas spa has a unique draw

‘Tickle Bar’ now open in Texas. No, it’s not a fetish thing, it’s about relaxation BY TJ MACIASDECEMBER 02, 2020 The Tickle Bar in Dallas, TX is open for business. A new Dallas spa has a unique draw that appears to walk a fine line. It’s called “The Tickle Bar” and the owner, Kimberly Haley-Coleman, says it’s about relaxation, not fetishes. The concept came to her when thinking up a new idea to generate income and continue to employ people in Globe Aware, her nonprofit organization that “offers global volunteer vacations that combine personal travel with work assisting foreign communities,” the Dallas Observer said. And yes, the concept is exactly what the name suggests. “I thought, ‘I wish I could get somebody to tickle my…

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Wednesday, 02 December 2020 13:50

There's a Tickle Bar Opening in Dallas

There's a Tickle Bar Opening in Dallas. Yeah, You Heard Us BRITTANY NUNNDECEMBER 2, 2020 Remember the back tickles you loved as a kid, the black magic your mom used to put you straight to sleep? How about the times you almost dozed off while someone played with your hair? Are you relaxed just thinking about it? Kimberly Haley-Coleman wants to sell you that experience with the launch of her new business, The Tickle Bar, and she doesn’t know if her idea is crazy, brilliant or maybe a little of both. “When I tell people I get a really polarized reaction,” Haley-Coleman says. “It’s either, ‘Oh my God, that’s genius, why hasn’t anyone done that before?’ or it’s ‘No one is going to do that.…

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Two of the biggest travel holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas, are just around the corner, and travelers are debating whether they should meet up with friends and family. An infectious disease specialist encourages everyone to assess what they consider is an acceptable amount of risk in their lives, and follow precautions accordingly.   Holiday Travel Tips From an Infectious Disease Specialist From Getting a Flu Shot to Quarantining Before Gathering, Catherine Le, MD, Says the 2020 Holidays Are All About Reducing Risk Newswise — LOS ANGELES (Nov. 19, 2020) -- With the two biggest travel holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas – around the corner, many are debating whether they should gather with family and friends as usual. "There is no easy solution," says Cedars-Sinai infectious disease…

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Sunday, 22 November 2020 12:33

Travel trends for 2021

This year is coming quickly coming to an end, and there are some hopeful signs for travel and Globe Aware volunteers. This includes more widely available testing, safe destination openings without needing travelers to quarantine for long, and new vaccines on the horizon. 11 Trending Destinations for 2021, According to Internet Searches Expedia's 2021 Travel Trends report breaks down the most-searched destinations. November 11, 2020 BY JESSICA PUCKETT As 2020 winds to a close, there are hopeful signs for travel amid the pandemic: Tests for COVID-19 are more widely available, destinations are finding ways to safely reopen without needing travelers to quarantine for two weeks, and a vaccine might finally be on the horizon. Next year, many travelers are hoping to get back out there—and…

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Monday, 16 November 2020 12:03

A Covid-19 vaccine will change travel

On November 9 it was announced that one of the candidates for a Covid-19 vaccine, made by Pfizer and BioNTech, was over 90% in preventing volunteers from contracting the virus. This is great news for Globe Aware, our communities & volunteers, and look forward to safe travels in 2021 for everyone.   How a Covid-19 vaccine could change travel for good Julia BuckleyCNN16th November 2020 It was the good news that gave the world hope. On November 9 it was announced that one of the candidates for a Covid-19 vaccine, made by Pfizer and BioNTech, was over 90% effective in preventing volunteers from contracting the virus. The beleaguered travel industry immediately got a boost, with airline and cruise company share prices rallying, and tour operators…

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Airlines in the U.S. are trying to be as varied as possible. They are offering potential travelers different options to fly during the upcoming all-important holiday season that starts Nov. 23 with Thanksgiving week. US Carriers Offering Varied Options for Thanksgiving Holiday Travel RICH THOMASELLINOVEMBER 10, 2020 U.S. airlines are trying to be as varied as possible, offering potential travelers different options to fly during the upcoming all-important holiday season that starts Nov. 23 with Thanksgiving week. The period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s has always been lucrative for the airlines, and many – United included – are hoping it continues to be just that in the face of a new surge of coronavirus cases across the country. Many carriers are projecting that the week…

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Friday, 30 October 2020 13:51

Best Travel Destinations in December

December is the holiday season, and there are plenty of places you can visit to slough off the stress of the year and immerse yourself in feel-good festivities. This includes the Globe Aware location of Puerto Rico. Best Places to Travel in December Destinations to consider for this winter, or to be bookmarked for next year. BY MARK ELLWOODOctober 30, 2020 December is the holiday season, and there are plenty of places you can visit to slough off the stress of the year and immerse yourself in feel-good festivities. If frosted trees and mulled wine leave you cold, there are several warm-weather getaways we’d suggest, including Caribbean nations reopening after closing their borders for much of 2020. If you’re staying domestic, check entry requirements at…

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Machu Picchu, located in Cusco, will officially reopen its doors to international travelers, under a series of health rules and protocols. Our Globe Aware Peru program offers a separate tour to the famous Inca grounds, but requires booking ahead of time. Peru: Machu Picchu reopens its doors to national and foreign tourists The emblematic Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, located in the Andean region of Cusco, will officially reopen its doors to national and foreign tourists today, under a series of health rules and protocols —after being closed for almost eight months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The expectations caused by the reopening of this tourist jewel was so colossal that it caused entrance tickets —valid for local and national tourists thru November 15— to…

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Thursday, 29 October 2020 11:42

Safe Trick-or-Treating During the COVID-19

Globe Aware wishes our volunteers a safe and happy Halloween, whether you choose to stay home or travel. Make sure to follow these safety tips in order to enjoy the holiday weekend. Is It Safe to Trick-or-Treat During the COVID-19 Pandemic? Experts Share Halloween Health Safety Tips CDC health officials have ranked different holiday traditions by risk — and we asked a virologist and a researcher weigh in. BY ZEE KRSTICOct 28, 2020 While the novel coronavirus pandemic has interrupted many of our favorite holiday traditions, it seems many families are dead-set on celebrating Halloween during quarantine. A recent Harris Poll survey suggests that more than 70% of millennial moms are planning to make "the most" of Halloween with their families, with 80% of all…

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Globe Aware volunteers can visit some of these haunted sites on their volunteer vacation! Locations include South Africa, Rajasthan, Romania, Puerto Rico and Mexico!   43 Most Haunted Places in the World That Are Beautifully Scary Even the faint of heart will find something to love. BY CAITLIN MORTONOctober 18, 2019 Nothing beats a good ghost story on Halloween, and our planet is chock full of 'em: UFO sightings in Transylvania, murders on luxury cruise ships, and spirits wandering the halls of British castles. No matter where you're traveling, you're sure to find some sort of haunted site, as well as a ghost tour to go along with it. But even if you're not a fan of paranormal activities, some of the spookiest locations are…

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Traveling is fine if you're willing to be cautious, follow the rules and adapt easily to changes of plan. If you do choose to travel, Globe Aware is taking these precautions, such as wearing a mask and practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene.   Is it safe to travel for the holidays this year? Marnie HunterCNNOctober 20 2020 (CNN) — The end of the year is sneaking up, and people are weighing travel plans to join friends and family for the holidays -- all against the backdrop of a surge of the deadly pandemic. Gathering with others -- probably the most universal holiday tradition -- has never required so much meticulous forethought. Should you travel for the holidays in 2020? What precautions will make…

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Wednesday, 21 October 2020 05:00

Meet Kimberly Haley-Coleman

Meet Kimberly Haley-Coleman | Founder & CEO Globe Aware October 21, 2020Shoutout DFW We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimberly Haley-Coleman and we’ve shared our conversation below. Hi Kimberly, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?When stuck abroad on business over weekends, I sought meaningful, organized short-term volunteer experiences, and just couldn’t’ find any. When I started pulling together my own, I found so many others wanted to do these alongside me, that there was clearly a demand for these programs. Doing good is quite naturally one of the best ways to feel good. Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what…

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Sunday, 18 October 2020 10:24

Travel Trends Look Positive for 2021

Finally. Travelers are preparing to pack their bags and take to the air, road and sea again, according to travel advisors who said bookings are gaining momentum for 2021 and beyond. Interest in 2021 Travel Is on the Rise CLAUDETTE COVEYTRAVEL AGENT OCTOBER 18, 2020 Finally. Travelers are preparing to pack their bags and take to the air, road and sea again, according to anecdotal reports from travel advisors, who said bookings are gaining momentum for 2021 and beyond. “Interest for 2021 travel began to rise in the past few weeks for myself and for my colleagues,” said Becky Lukovic of Bella Travel Planning, a Travel Experts affiliate. “The requests are still pretty all over the place: Hawaii, Caribbean, Colorado, Italy and Greece. A number [of…

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Wednesday, 07 October 2020 10:56

Costa Rica Has Re-opened to All U.S. Travelers

Starting on November 1, all U.S. travelers will be welcome to Costa Rica. Globe Aware volunteers from all 50 states will be able to participate in any of three programs in Costa Rica, with proper safety guidelines and precautions taken. Costa Rica Opens to All U.S. Travelers Starting November 1, any American who presents a negative COVID-19 test can travel to Costa Rica. By Michelle BaranOct 7, 2020 On September 1, Costa Rica began allowing international travelers from the United States to fly into the country as long as they were residents of one of the following eight states: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Virginia, plus the District of Columbia. Starting September 15, travelers from Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan,…

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand has a giveaway that will send five deserving essential workers and one guest on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Thailand. We encourage Globe Aware volunteers and alumni who are amazing essential workers to participate in this giveaway!   Thailand to Award Vacations to Essential Workers Amid COVID-19 DESTINATION & TOURISM LAURIE BARATTI OCTOBER 11, 2020 The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has partnered with U.S. digital media company Matador Network on a giveaway contest that will send five deserving essential workers and one guest on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Thailand. It’s part of TAT’s ongoing ‘Thailand Gives Back to Heroes’ project, an initiative aimed at returning the kindness of those who have risked their own well-being to work on the COVID-19…

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