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Could our Globe Aware volunteers imagine doing this!? Sometimes travel can go terribly wrong, but this passenger did something astounding to save everyone on a flight.   Passenger with no flying experience lands plane at a Florida airport after the pilot became incapacitated By Jamiel Lynch, Dakin Andone and Pete MunteanCNN11th May 2022 "I have no idea how to fly the airplane." The pilot on his single-engine Cessna 208 had "gone incoherent," the passenger was telling air traffic controllers Tuesday afternoon, according to audio from LiveATC.net. It was, he stressed, a "serious situation." Air Traffic Controller Robert Morgan, a certified flight instructor, was on a break when the call came in from the plane, headed out from the Bahamas. "I rush over there and I walk…

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When it comes to wish list travel spots, Peru's Machu Picchu is a favorite, and is now open again to travelers. A guided tour can be arranged with Globe Aware when booking your Peru volunteer vacation, as a separate excursion. Why Machu Picchu, Peru, should be on every traveller's wishlist 14 May, 2022NZ HeraldBy Sara Bunny After a string of closures due to Covid precautions, Peru's ancient Inca trails are again open to visitors. When it comes to wishlist travel spots, Peru's Machu Picchu is a perennial favourite. The jewel in the crown of the Inca Empire, it's a crumbling citadel of more than 100 buildings and a network of walkways and terraces, dating back to about 1450. Perched on a dramatic mountain range where the…

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Thursday, 12 May 2022 11:38

Mask-wearing mandate lifted in Cambodia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen lifted the government-instituted mask-wearing mandate, leaving it to people across the country to decide for themselves. Globe Aware volunteers should know that mask-wearing requirements, however, still apply to enclosed settings such as air-conditioned offices, meeting rooms or movie theatres. Mask-wearing mandate lifted in Cambodia Borneo BulletinMay 8, 2022 PHNOM PENH POST/ANN – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen lifted the government-instituted mask-wearing mandate, leaving it to people across the country to decide for themselves. Mask-wearing requirements, however, still apply to enclosed settings such as air-conditioned offices, meeting rooms or movie theatres. The premier made the announcement, effectively immediately, in a special audio address to the nation. “From the time you receive this audio message, you can decide for yourself whether to…

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Cambodia reported no new Covid-19 cases on Saturday night (May 7), the first time since the third wave of community transmission broke out in February last year, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said. This is great news for volunteers wishing to vacation in Cambodia. Feel free to contact a Globe Aware team member in regards to entry regulations and safety. Cambodia reports zero new Covid-19 cases for first time in over a year, says PM Hun Sen 08 May 2022The Star PHNOM PENH, May 8 (Xinhua): Cambodia reported no new Covid-19 cases on Saturday night (May 7), the first time since the third wave of community transmission broke out in February last year, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said. "Today, it is the…

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Wednesday, 04 May 2022 10:13

Four new Google trip-planning tools

Today, Google is launching a new set of travel search tools that can help you plan for your dream Globe Aware summer vacation. The set of four new functions will enable you to better customize searches and works on your desktop or mobile device.   Check out these four great new Google trip-planning tools By Bill FinkThe Points GuyMay 2 2022 Today, Google is launching a new set of travel search tools to help you plan for that upcoming weekend escape, summer vacation or long-delayed dream getaway. The set of four new functions will enable you to better customize searches and quickly sort through targeted destination, pricing and lodging choices before saving all the results in a personalized tab that works on your desktop or…

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Thailand has removed all testing requirements for vaccinated tourists, which includes Globe Aware volunteers. Entry procedures have been simplified and the country is planning to launch a new vaccine passport soon.   Thailand Plans To Launch New Vaccine Passport For Entry Here we go again. After Thailand removed all testing requirements for vaccinated tourists, many believed it was finally prepared to abandon its infamously strict Covid policies. Although entry procedures have been simplified, those who had been expecting a full reopening to follow will be surprised to learn the country is, in fact, planning to launch a new vaccine passport soon. During Covid, very few foreigners traveled to Thailand as a result of the country’s complex entry rules, which included multiple testing and quarantine post-arrival.…

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Not sure what you're dealing with since all three have commons symptoms? Globe Aware volunteers can read on to learn more about the symptoms of food poisoning, stomach flu, and COVID-19 and how to determine which condition you have.   Is This Food Poisoning, Stomach Flu, or COVID-19? by Emily CronkletonMarch 17, 2022healthline If you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, you may wonder if the cause is food poisoning, stomach flu, or COVID-19. These conditions share similar symptoms, though there are some key differences between them. Read on to learn more about the symptoms of food poisoning, stomach flu, and COVID-19 and how to determine which condition you have. You’ll also learn how to treat each condition, when to seek…

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All travel restrictions for entering Romania related to the coronavirus were lifted on March 9th, 2022. Globe Aware volunteers can book their volunteer vacation to this beautiful European country with ease.   These countries have lifted all coronavirus travel restrictions These are all the destinations in Europe that currently have no Covid-related entry requirements. This list is being regularly updated BY SARAH JAMES 20 April 2022CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER Since 2020, we’ve all needed to stay on top of the Covid-related rules for different countries – from where you can travel without a vaccine to which destinations require a Covid booster jab for travel. By spring 2022, however, a handful of European countries (including the UK since Friday 18 March 2022) have lifted all restrictions relating…

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday updated its warning level policy for international travel, now reserving its Level 4 warning only for instances of extreme Covid-19 threats. Globe Aware volunteers will now have a more actionable alert for when they should not travel to a certain destination. U.S. CDC Restructures Covid-19 Travel Warning System By Michael B. BakerApril 18, 2022Business Travel News The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday updated its warning level policy for international travel, now reserving its Level 4 warning only for instances of extreme Covid-19 threats. A Level 4 warning, at which the CDC advises travelers not to visit regardless of vaccination status, now indicates "special circumstances, such as rapidly escalating case trajectory or…

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Mexico makes for a perfect first international vacation destination for a number of reasons. Here are some of the best our Globe Aware volunteers can check out! 8 Reasons To Make Mexico Your First International Vacation BY CYNTHIA LEVYApril 18, 2022 Mexico makes for a perfect first international vacation destination for a number of reasons, but there are some of the best. Many people are unaware of how amazing Mexico can be to visit. It is a country with many destinations, but a good number of people don't know where to go. One may have heard stories about beaches in Mexico, heritage sites, museums, villages, valleys, and hiking trails and have an interest in visiting. Due to the great climate of Mexico, one can visit…

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Officials from major airlines said they expect to offset their higher fuel bills with raised airlines tickets. Thanks to travel demand from vacationers, and Thanksgiving-like crowds returning this Easter, that's concerning news for Globe Aware volunteers who have not booked their summer trips yet.   Haven't booked those airline tickets yet? Don't dawdle. Bookings are bonkers, pushing prices up Dawn GilbertsonUSA TODAY Thanksgiving-like crowds are returning to security checkpoints and airport parking lots are filling up in popular destinations. But few things say air travel is roaring back more than airline executives taking a spike in oil prices in stride. Fuel is airlines' second-biggest expense after labor. In presentations at an investor conference in New York Tuesday, officials from Delta, American, United, Southwest and JetBlue…

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Tuesday, 12 April 2022 09:08

Test positive for COVID-19 abroad?

While traveling into countries may have become easier, it's still important Globe Aware volunteers be prepared for re-entry back into the United States. Our volunteer vacations provide testing on site or at your accommodations, provide travel insurance and assist with understanding government regulations and procedures.   5 things I learned after testing positive for COVID-19 abroad Taylor JenkinsApril 9, 2022The Points Guy After a great adventure in Argentina, it was time to come home. Then, seven hours before my return flight from Buenos Aires to Atlanta, I received the results of my COVID-19 test required for re-entry to the United States. The news sealed my fate for the next few days. With a positive test, I was not going to be able to board my…

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With the no-passport-required ease of traveling, and direct flights available from dozens of cities, it’s no wonder that the vacation-deprived are rushing to this island. Globe Aware volunteers headed to Puerto Rico can figure out what they need to pack with these helpful tips!   8 items to pack when traveling to Puerto Rico, according to residents BY REGAN STEPHENSJune 13, 2021 In late May, traveling to Puerto Rico just got a little easier. The U.S. territory loosened its requirements for domestic travelers, with vaccinated visitors now able to skip COVID-19 entry testing, and instead upload their vaccination card via a portal. With the no-passport-required ease of traveling to the Caribbean island, and direct flights available from dozens of cities, it’s no wonder that the…

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Cambodia is aiming to attract more tourists into the country by relaxing covid tests. You can contact our office to learn more about entry regulations because an impactful Globe Aware volunteer vacation awaits you in Cambodia!   No more covid tests for fully vaccinated travellers going to Cambodia TIMESOFINDIA.COM/TRAVEL NEWS, CAMBODIAMar 19, 2022, 12:36 IST Cambodia has now announced that travellers are not required to take COVID 19 tests to enter the country, thus hoping to boost tourism in the coming months. The country has gone ahead of its neighbours to relax restrictions, so that tourism can get the much needed boost. The country’s Prime Minister said in a speech, "Now it's the stage to open the economy by learning how to live with COVID.”…

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Have you ever considered volunteering? Whether it’s for a church, school, or another place, many organizations benefit from (and in some cases, completely depend on) volunteers to help. Volunteers also benefit from donating their time and effort to a cause they support: they gain a better understanding of the situation and culture surrounding the cause –– especially if it’s a volunteer program abroad. If you volunteer in a country where another language is spoken, you’ll also probably start to pick it up and actually learn it! Beyond these core benefits of volunteerism however, there are also some specific upsides to doing your volunteer work through an NGO, as opposed to independently. Below, we'll get into some of those benefits and explain why, more often than…

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Friday, 01 April 2022 02:17

10 most romantic places in the world

Globe Aware destination Hoi An makes it on the list as one of the most romantic places in the world! The location is famous for its lantern-lined streets and well-preserved historic architecture. The 10 most romantic places in the world From Montreal and the Maldives to Las Vegas and Lake Malawi, these are the most romantic places in the world according to us Written by John BillsTuesday 8 February 2022 You can never have enough love in your life, especially when the world around us seems more chaotic than ever. Luckily for lovers worldwide, the planet is packed with romantic places that will simultaneously take your breath away and steal your heart, filling the lungs with love and excitement in equal measure. We live in…

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Interested in a Globe Aware volunteer vacation in Kenya? Here’s how to make the most of a trip to this East African nation, from safety and visas to clothing and etiquette.   Here are the things you need to know before traveling to Kenya MEERA DATTANILonely Planet Writer8 MARCH 2022Think of Kenya and safari jeeps and beach scenes come to mind, but Nairobi has exciting city life and rich cultural encounters, too. Here’s how to make the most of a trip to this East African nation, from safety and visas to clothing and etiquette. Check the visa requirements for Kenya Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many nationalities could obtain a visa on arrival, but now, a visa in advance might be necessary. Check Kenya’s official visa…

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South Africa will no longer require fully vaccinated travelers to provide a negative PCR test to enter the country. The country’s president announced the relaxation of travel restrictions as part of a wider easing of Covid-19 measures, which came into effect on Wednesday (23 March). Unvaccinated travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers, will still have to provide a negative PCR test result on arrival.   South Africa ends PCR test rule for vaccinated travellers By Rob Gill23 March 2022Contact Reporter South Africa will no longer require fully vaccinated travellers to provide a negative PCR test to enter the country. The country’s president Cyril Ramaphosa announced the relaxation of travel restrictions as part of a wider easing of Covid-19 measures, which came into effect on Wednesday (23…

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Travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers, vaccinated for COVID-19 will no longer need a test before traveling to Thailand starting April 1, health officials said Friday. Thailand is keen to restore its lucrative tourism sector, which took a nosedive when most arrivals from overseas dried up since April 2020.   Thailand drops pre-arrival COVID test for foreign visitors Visitors vaccinated for COVID-19 will no longer need a test before traveling to Thailand starting April 1 March 18, 2022The Associated Press BANGKOK -- Visitors vaccinated for COVID-19 will no longer need a test before traveling to Thailand starting April 1, health officials said Friday. Visitors will still need to take a RT-PCR test upon arrival and a self-administered rapid antigen test on the fifth day in the…

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Americans are ready to return to travel in a big way, and as more destinations reopen and drop COVID-19 test requirements, flights are expected to be much busier, which is likely to lead to rising prices. Globe Aware volunteers are recommended to start booking their summer volunteer vacations this spring, in order to take advantage of cheaper flight prices. Why you should be making your summer travel plans right now Melissa KlurmanMar 9, 2022 The official start of spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your summer vacation — seriously. We know it might seem a little early to start locking in plans for travel in June, July and August. But pent-up demand for travel coupled with ongoing staffing…

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Scheduled international flights which were suspended following the outbreak of covid-19 in 2020, will be allowed to operate from 27 March. Globe Aware volunteers can resume any potential summer plans for a volunteer vacation in India.   India set to restart scheduled int’l flights from 27 Mar The resumption of scheduled international flights comes amidst a rise in search queries for popular international tourist destinations. Mar 9 2022Rhik Kundu India suspended scheduled flights in March 2020. However, flights with some countries continued under air bubble pacts NEW DELHI : The Centre on Tuesday said scheduled international flights which were suspended following the outbreak of covid-19 in 2020, will be allowed to operate from 27 March. “After having recognized the increased vaccination coverage across the globe…

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International demand for travel to Asia Pacific is rapidly increasing due to a relaxation of border restrictions across the region. Globe Aware offers volunteer programs in Thailand, India, Vietnam, Nepal, Cambodia and the Philippines for interested volunteers. International demand for travel to South East Asia soars By Linda Fox14 February 2022 International demand for travel to Asia Pacific is rapidly increasing according to data from Skyscanner Travel Insight. The company said the momentum followed the relaxation of border restrictions across the region. Skyscanner said international bookings in January to destinations including Thailand and Singapore showed signs of pent-up demand. It added that demand to Australia is also high following the recent border announcement with a 199 per cent increase between 6 February and 7 February.…

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On March 15th, Vietnam will reopen for those international travelers who test negative for COVID 19 before their departure to the country. There are a few additional requirements Globe Aware volunteers should be aware of, email us at office@globeaware.com to learn more. Vietnam to reopen for foreign travellers from March 15 TIMESOFINDIA.COMTRAVEL NEWS, VIETNAMFeb 19, 2022, 12:08 IST Vietnam is planning to reopen for foreign visitors as early as March 15. The country’s tourism ministry has proposed this, and also decided to lift almost all of the travel restrictions Vietnam is planning to reopen for foreign visitors as early as March 15. The country’s tourism ministry has proposed this, and also decided to lift almost all of the travel restrictions from mid March. This is…

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Experts reveal the top places for seniors to visit for some fun. You can find Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and South Africa on the list, all of them locations with Globe Aware volunteer vacation programs.   The Best Warm Weather Travel Destinations for Seniors EXPERTS REVEAL THE TOP PLACES FOR SENIORS TO VISIT FOR SOME SUN. By ILANA KAPLANFEBRUARY 27, 2022If you're in your golden years, your tastes have likely changed since your youth. That applies to travel, too. Perhaps palm trees now sound way more appealing than a ski trip (which is totally understandable). If you're looking for a reprieve from freezing temperatures or want to lean into the relaxation of retirement, there's nothing quite like booking a vacation where you can soak up…

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is ripping through the air travel industry, prompting no-fly zones and other restrictions. Globe Aware volunteers traveling to their program destinations should be on the lookout for potential flight changes and cancellations. No-fly zones, canceled flights: How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is disrupting air travel FEB 26 2022By Leslie JosephsRussia’s invasion of Ukraine this week is ripping through the air travel industry, prompting no-fly zones and other restrictions. Ukraine closed its airspace to civilian flights moments before Russia invaded early Thursday, choking off an exit point. Lufthansa said Saturday that it will suspend flights to Russia for the next seven days and not use Russian airspace “due to the current and emerging regulatory situation.” “Flights that are in Russian airspace will…

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Romania remains open to our Globe Aware volunteers, as long as there is proof of vaccinations and a provided negative Covid-19 test result. Visit our website to learn more about the Romania program, perfect for a summer abroad. COVID in Europe: An updated list of travel restrictions for every European country By Euronews TravelUpdated: 11/02/2022 Most countries have travel restrictions in place in a bid to control the spread of COVID-19. The latest big changes include: The EU has recommended that from 1 February anyone travelling from within the bloc will need only a basic ‘green pass’ health certificate, which can be obtained via vaccination, recovery, or a recent negative Covid test, and remove the need for self-isolation. However, not all countries have stated that…

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India has done away with Covid-19 testing and quarantine for fully vaccinated passengers from 82 countries, which include the US. Globe Aware volunteers can now consider booking a spring break in the beautiful city of Jaipur!   India relaxes entry norms for travelers from 82 countries, no testing or quarantine from next week TNNFeb 10, 2022 MUMBAI: India has done away with Covid-19 testing and quarantine for fully vaccinated passengers from 82 countries, which include the US and the UK. Under the new guidelines issued by the union ministry of health and family welfare on Thursday, India has also done away with its classification of `at risk' countries as well. The new norms will come into effect from 00.01 hours on February 14. The new…

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Not only do we provide insurance with your Globe Aware volunteer vacation abroad, we ensure a safe week in your program destination. If you're concerned as a solo female traveler, email us at office@globeaware.com and we are happy to help address your questions!   10 Best Solo Travel Tips And 10 Top Destinations For Women, According To Experts Take it from women who've been there, done that, had the best time ever. BY MOLLIE DAVIESFEB 7, 2022 Whether dipping your toes in the Sulu Sea or riding horseback through the Tuscan hills, there is so much of the world to explore—and doing it alone means exactly at your own pace. Solo travel is becoming increasingly more attractive for many reasons: You get to meet new…

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For the first time in 60 years, the Trans Bhutan Trail is reopening in April 2022 to travelers across the world. Globe Aware volunteers interested in exploring this breathtaking trail can email office@globeaware.org to learn more about our Bhutan program.   Trans Bhutan Trail is reopening for travellers after 60 years TIMES OF INDIAJan 29, 2022 For the first time in 60 years, the Trans Bhutan Trail is reopening to travellers. The 402 km trail connects 9 districts, 28 local governments, 2 municipalities, one national park, and 400 historic and cultural sites. The trail is opening from April 2022, and will allow travellers from across the world to walk this breathtaking trail. The restoration work of the Trans Bhutan Trail has been funded by the…

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The government of the Philippines has announced to open the country to fully vaccinated travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers, starting February 10th, 2022. The government also said that the quarantine requirements for returning foreign tourists will be removed from February 10th, but they all must be vaccinated and also test negative for COVID-19.   Philippines to reopen to fully vaccinated tourists from February 10 TIMESOFINDIA.COMTRAVEL NEWSJan 30, 2022 In an effort to boost tourism, the government of the Philippines has announced to open the country to fully vaccinated travellers starting February 10, 2022. The gorgeous island country in Asia had planned to reopen in December however, the plans were scrapped due to the Omicron variant. The nation has now said that travellers from some 150…

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The World Health Organization (WHO) says it’s time for countries to lift or at least loosen their existing travel restrictions related to COVID-19, and that recent travel bans are “are not effective in suppressing international spread." Globe Aware is keeping of track of which countries will soon allow our volunteers to enter without quarantine.   WHO says it’s time to lift COVID-19 restrictions calling travel bans “ineffective” Mike AvilaJAN 22 2022THE POINTS GUY The World Health Organization (WHO) says it’s time for countries to lift or at least loosen their existing travel restrictions related to COVID-19. As reported by VOANews, WHO’s International Health Regulations Emergency Committee said during their most recent meeting that coronavirus-related travel bans are “are not effective in suppressing international spread,” and…

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With the reintroduction of the Test & Go program, fully vaccinated Globe Aware volunteers would be allowed to enter Thailand with a Day 1 and Day 5 PCR test. We are hopeful for a return to our programs in Surin and Chiang Mai from February and beyond.   Thailand tourism industry hopeful with the return of Test & Go Neill FrondeJanuary 23, 2022Thaiger With the reintroduction of the Test & Go program, that allows fully vaccinated people to enter Thailand with a Day1 and Day 5 PCR test, businesses in the tourism industry are hopeful for a more sustained growth in international travellers from February and beyond. The program was reinstated, albeit with some revisions that were not met with a particularly welcoming reception, and…

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Southwest Airlines seems to have found an easier way for passengers to get a Covid-19 test for travel: Mailing a kit to your home. The test is approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for travel purposes and a convenient new option for any Globe Aware volunteers traveling with Southwest. Southwest Airlines flyers can now get a COVID-19 test in the mail before travel Victoria M. Walker Jan 12, 2022The Points Guy If you’ve traveled abroad in the last year, you’re likely familiar with the testing mandate that all travelers need to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken one day before flying back to the U.S. Unfortunately, it’s been tough to get a COVID-19 test abroad in some countries right…

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Globe Aware volunteers who recently recovered from Covid-19 can fly back to the U.S. with proof that they’ve recovered instead of a negative test. This proof can include a positive COVID-19 viral test result and a signed letter from a licensed healthcare professional stating that you’re cleared to travel back to the U.S. How soon can you travel after testing positive for COVID-19? By Victoria M. WalkerJanuary 13, 2022 A positive COVID-19 test during a trip can throw all your travel plans into limbo. But even a positive test in the weeks before you travel can be cause for concern. If you’re wondering when you’ll be cleared to travel again after testing positive for COVID-19,…

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Wednesday, 12 January 2022 10:54

Omicron Wave Abates, South Africa Lifts Curfew

South Africa, where the Omicron variant was detected last month, says its latest coronavirus wave has peaked without a surge in deaths or hospitalizations, enabling the country to lift a nightly curfew for the first time in 21 months. Globe Aware is maintaining contact with our South Africa coordinators to assess when volunteers can return. South Africa Lifts Night-Time Covid Curfew As Omicron Wave Abates Calls for the midnight to 4 am curfew to be lifted had been mounting among operators in the hospitality sector ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations with owners launching an online petition addressed to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Agence France-PresseDecember 31, 2021 Johannesburg: South Africa, where the Omicron variant was detected last month, says its latest coronavirus wave has peaked without…

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Tuesday, 11 January 2022 11:07

Air travel will change in 2022

It would be impossible to discuss any developments in 2022 without referring to Covid-19 variants. Here we break down some of the most notable changes coming up for our Globe Aware volunteers in regards to airlines, airports, and the rest of aviation in the next 12 months. How flying will change in 2022 By John WaltonCNNJanuary 6, 2022 (CNN) — During almost any other year, a look ahead to what the future holds for aviation would almost certainly be centered on exciting things like new airplanes, airlines and airports. But it would be impossible to discuss any developments in the industry for 2022 without making reference to Covid-19 variants, restrictions and challenges to airlines. Here we break down some of the most notable changes coming…

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Wednesday, 05 January 2022 10:56

Travel trends in 2022

Globe Aware is looking forward to brighter days in the spring and summer of 2022. Here's a glance at some of the travel trends to expect this year to help you plan your volunteer vacation accordingly. The travel trends to watch in 2022 BY RACHEL KING December 27, 2021FORTUNE Winter travel, at the moment, is taking a bit of a hit amid the latest surge in positive COVID-19 cases due to the arrival of the new Omicron variant in the United States and Europe. That has a lot of people rethinking their upcoming travel plans, both for business and pleasure, which is especially disheartening for many after last year's dismal holiday season. But many travelers and travel industry professionals are looking forward to brighter days…

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Monday, 03 January 2022 12:23

Travel 2022: The best destinations to visit

Peru and South Africa are mentioned, and Globe Aware agrees both places deserve to be near the top of anyone's travel list. We hope to see volunteers make a strong comeback to both locations in 2022! Where to travel 2022: The best destinations to go By Lilit Marcus, Forrest Brown, Julia Buckley, Karla Cripps, Tamara Hardingham-Gill, Marnie Hunter, Barry Neild, Maureen O'Hare and Francesca StreetCNNDecember 31, 2021 (CNN) — Travel is more challenging now than it has been in a long time. Borders tentatively reopen only to slam shut again. A once-simple visa on entry is replaced with piles of paperwork. And the whole world is brushing up on the Greek alphabet whenever a new variant makes headlines. Still, though, amid all the darkness that…

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Wednesday, 29 December 2021 11:29

Fees for US passports are about to go up

Globe Aware volunteers planning to get their passports should know that the US passport book will shoot up by $20. The US State Department announced that "the increased fee is necessary to ensure we continue to produce one of the most secure travel and identity documents in the world." Fees for US passports are about to pop way up Forrest BrownCNNDecember 22, 2021 (CNN) — It seems few things are escaping the scourge of inflation these days -- and that will soon include US passports. On December 27, the fee for a US passport book will shoot up by $20 for all customers, the US State Department has announced. Why the price hike? In a tweet, the State Department said, "The increased fee is necessary…

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The Biden administration is planning on lifting restrictions on eight southern African countries on December 31 at 12:01 a.m. ET. Globe Aware volunteers should know that these eight countries (which include South Africa, Malawi & Zimbabwe) will be subject to the same coronavirus travel protocols the US has imposed on other countries.   Biden to lift travel restrictions on southern African countries that were put in place due to Omicron By Jeremy Diamond CNNDecember 24, 2021 Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is lifting restrictions on eight southern African countries that were put in place last month after the Omicron variant was first identified in South Africa, two administration officials told CNN. The restrictions will lift on December 31 at 12:01 a.m. ET, the officials said. News…

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Cambodia's Siem Reap International Airport has finally welcomed its first international passenger flight for the first time in 20 months. Siem Reap should get more visitors after the reopening of international flights, and come out as Cambodia's top leisure and cultural destination for Globe Aware volunteers. Cambodia welcomes its first international flight for the first time in 20 months TIMESOFINDIA.COM Cambodia's Siem Reap International Airport has finally welcomed its first international passenger flight for the first time in 20 months. The inaugural flight flew in from Singapore, and landed in Siem Reap airport at 9:45 am on Friday. Siem Reap is one of the three international airports operating in Cambodia. Singapore International Airport said in a statement, "This is the first international flight to Siem…

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Different countries and territories have taken different approaches toward preventing the spread of the new Omicron variant. Here are the most up-to-date information for Globe Aware volunteers, but please be aware that governments can change their regulations on a moment's notice. Travel restrictions by country following the Omicron variant outbreak Lilit Marcus and Barry Neild CNN December 4, 2021 (CNN) — Just as many countries around the world were beginning to loosen their border restrictions, reports of a newly detected coronavirus variant in South Africa sent many of those doors slamming shut again. The new B.1.1.529 variant was named Omicron by the World Health Organization on November 26. Different countries and territories have taken different approaches toward preventing the spread of this new variant. The…

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India has extended the suspension of scheduled international flights through 31 January 2022 over concerns of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Globe Aware volunteers will be updated when our India dates will be available for booking. India extends international flight ban to January 2022 By Alfred ChuaDecember 2021FLIGHTGLOBAL India has extended the suspension of scheduled international flights through 31 January 2022 — days before it was due to reopen its borders — over concerns of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. A notice from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) of India adds that the flight ban will not apply to cargo flights and passenger flights “specifically approved” by the authorities. It also states that it would allow selected scheduled flights “on a…

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Prime Minister Hun Sen made an unexpected announcement that all fully vaccinated international travelers could visit the whole of Cambodia freely without quarantine from now on. All travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers, would have to show two negative Covid tests -- one taken no less than 72 hours before travel and one on arrival in Cambodia. Cambodia re-opens to fully vaccinated travellers 15 NOV 2021BANGKOK POST PHNOM PENH: Cambodia has announced that fully vaccinated foreign travellers can visit the kingdom without quarantine from Monday, giving a boost to the Covid-hobbled tourism industry. Travel restrictions imposed to tackle the pandemic put the brakes on Cambodia's burgeoning tourism industry -- revenue plummeted to $1 billion last year, down from nearly $5 billion in 2019, when the country…

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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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