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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 10:53

The 13 All-Time Best Movies About Travel

The Oscars are coming up in a few weeks, and here are some of the best travel movies to celebrate! Do our Globe Aware volunteers recognize any of these movies, and do you have more to add!? These Are The 13 All-Time Best Movies About Travel By Gary LeffFebruary 18, 2024View From The Wing The best travel movies ever made is a mix of life up in the air (the art of traveling) and life on the ground (human drama unfolding in interesting places around the globe). The list of best movies about travel weighs heavily towards planes and airports but I’ve also given some thought to being in an unfamiliar place and growing as a person because of the places you’ve been. I think…

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 10:46

The 12 Best Places to Find Tigers in India

India has around 3,000 tigers which makes up about 80% of the world’s tiger population! Ranthambore National Park is one of the best places to find tigers in India and is conveniently positioned if your travel includes the volunteer vacation site of Jaipur. The 12 Best Places to Find Tigers in India February 18, 2024Breaking Travel News Although tigers in India are seriously endangered, numbers are on the rise thanks to the herculean efforts of conservationists. However, there is no guarantee of a tiger sighting when visiting, but the wonderful National Parks which India has to offer are still a rewarding experience, with the chance to spot a multitude of creatures and an array of flora. It’s been said that India is just as good…

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Scammers intent on stealing money from unhappy travelers are running wild on social media. Globe Aware volunteers should watch out for these imposter accounts. Travellers targeted as scammers run wild on social media Exclusive: When an easyJet passenger complained on X, no fewer than 10 imposter accounts contacted him Simon CalderTravel CorrespondentIndependent Scammers intent on stealing money from unhappy travellers are running wild on social media. One easyJet passenger who complained on X (formerly Twitter) about a baggage issue was contacted by 10 scam accounts. Even 24 hours after they were reported to X, five were still running. As The Independent first revealed in 2022, scammers based in East Africa are seeking to cash in on travellers’ complaints to airlines and holiday companies. The criminals…

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En Masse Marriages in the Philippines, snowdrop letters in Denmark, and more!? Globe Aware volunteers, find out how the rest of the world celebrates Valentine’s Day! 14 Valentine's Day traditions from around the world Find out how countries like France, Italy, Germany and others celebrate February 14 each year. Jan. 6, 2023By Barbara Bellesi Zito and Sarah LemireTODAY Each year on Valentine's Day, Americans shower friends, family and lovers with gifts, greeting cards and romantic gestures to let their special someones know just how much they're loved. But what about other countries around the world — what kinds of Valentine's Day traditions do they commemorate? And how are they the same and how do they differ from V-Day celebrations in the U.S.? To find out…

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Monday, 05 February 2024 11:37

What does "Year of the Dragon" mean?

Across the globe, around 2 billion people celebrate the Lunar New Year, an international holiday observed throughout many Asian countries. Each culture that celebrates has its own historically rich customs, traditions, and beliefs, which Globe Aware volunteers can learn about on a volunteer vacation. We're approaching the Year of the Dragon. What does that mean? Olivia MunsonUSA TODAYJan. 27, 2024 Some consider the start of the new year to be when the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31. While this is true for those who follow the Gregorian calendar, many others celebrate the new year on a different day. Across the globe, around 2 billion people celebrate the Lunar New Year, an international holiday observed throughout many Asian countries, but not all. The U.S. has…

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It’s the Year of the Dragon, and people can expect a lot of good fortune — but only if they’re harnessing the animal’s most important quality: compassion. Globe Aware volunteer vacations are an opportunity to spread that compassion and kindness worldwide. The Year of the Dragon could be lucky — but only if we’re kind to one another “Long-term, it could also be the year in which major conflict can be resolved, if people can focus on empathy,” one Chinese folklore scholar said.Jan. 30, 2024By Kimmy YamNBC It’s the Year of the Dragon, and people can expect a lot of good fortune — but only if they’re harnessing the animal’s most important quality: compassion. Lunar New Year — which includes Chinese New Year, Seollal in…

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For Globe Aware volunteers interested in trekking, Buddhist spirituality and more, here are the picks for the best places to visit. Many are included in your Bhutan volunteer vacation itinerary. 9 places in Bhutan that should be on your itinerary By Katie LockhartJan 3, 2024Lonely Planet Colorful monasteries, snow-capped peaks, peaceful villages lined with chili farms: the beauty of Bhutan is visible around every turn of its hairpin roads. Internationally famous for its commitment to “Gross National Happiness,” carbon-negative status and eye-popping daily Sustainable Development Fee for visitors, Bhutan has worked hard to protect its unique culture and natural beauty – for good reason. With nearly 70% of the country blanketed in forest, the country is rich in outdoor activities and charming villages that showcase…

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Monday, 29 January 2024 10:52

Best Dates to Save Money on Flights in 2024

If Globe Aware volunteers are looking for the best flight and travel deals, timing is everything. These are the best dates to book travel! Put These 9 Dates in Your Calendar to Save Money on Flights in 2024 If you're looking for the best flight and travel deals, timing is everything. By Joe Erbentraut1/25/2024Thrillist Listen, we like to look out for you here at Thrillist. We know travel—everything from the planning of it to the actual doing of it—can be incredibly stressful, time-consuming, and expensive, so we’re always looking for shortcuts for you to get the most out of your travel experience while also minimizing your stress and out-of-pocket expenses. And when it comes to saving money on travel in 2024, there is definitely both…

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Missed connecting flights are an unfortunate aspect of frequent air travel. Navigating the aftermath of a missed connecting flight can be intimidating and challenging, but with the right travel tips, Globe Aware volunteers can still make it to their volunteer vacation in an efficient manner. What happens if you miss a connecting flight? These travel tips will help you save your trip Follow these tips if you miss your connecting flight By Amanda TeagueJanuary 19, 2024The Manual Connecting flights is oftentimes a seamless experience, while other times, you may find yourself running full speed through the airport to make it to your plane. Missed connecting flights are an unfortunate aspect of frequent air travel. But what happens if you miss a connecting flight? Navigating the…

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Traveling is a delightful pursuit with no age limit, and senior citizens are increasingly venturing into the world to explore new destinations. Globe Aware welcomes all senior travelers, and covers all these essentials with our volunteer vacations! Responsible Travel: 5 Essential Tips for Elderly Travellers Elderly travellers, with their wealth of experience and appreciation for different cultures, can be exemplary advocates for responsible tourism Antara ChatterjeeJanuary 15, 2024Outlook Traveller Travelling is a delightful pursuit with no age limit, and senior citizens are increasingly venturing into the world to explore new destinations. As seasoned travellers, elderly globetrotters must adopt responsible travel practices that not only enhance their own experiences but also contribute positively to the destinations they visit. Here are 5 Essential Tips for Elderly Travellers…

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In India, harvest festivals in January mark the beginning of festivities every year. Makar Sankranti festival marks the beginning of the harvest season and the sun's transit to the Capricorn. Globe Aware volunteers can take part in Jaipur, and even fly kites or visit beautiful temples. From Lohri, Makar Sankranti to Pongal; here's how India celebrates these harvest festivals 13 Jan 2024Livemint In India, harvest festivals in the month of January mark the beginning of festivities every year. The onset of harvest season is observed across the country under various names based on the region where it is celebrated. The festival is widely celebrated in the Indian Subcontinent and by Hindus all over the world. North Indian Hindus and Sikhs refer to it as Maghi,…

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Monday, 15 January 2024 12:00

Top 8 travel trends for 2024

In 2024, several trends will shape the travel industry and offer unique opportunities and immersive experiences. These trends include sustainability, adventure, and wellness, all of which Globe Aware volunteers can experience on a volunteer vacation week. Top 8 travel trends for 2024 TIMESOFINDIA.COMJan 7, 2024 In 2024, several travel trends will shape the industry in unique ways, and will offer travellers unique opportunities and immersive experiences. As we step into a new era of exploration, the world of travel is evolving with exciting trends that promise to redefine the way we experience and engage with destinations. In 2024, several travel trends will shape the industry in unique ways, and will offer travellers unique opportunities and immersive experiences. Sustainable travel This trend will take the centre…

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Monday, 08 January 2024 10:23

10 events worth travelling for in 2024

For our extra adventurous Globe Aware volunteers who want to continue their time at a volunteer vacation destination, here are some of the most exciting events travelers can participate in for 2024. 10 unmissable events worth travelling for in 2024 Sitting back and spectating doesn’t always cut it. These 10 experiences — for 2024 and beyond — will get you flying, partying, painting, swimming, dancing and racing. BY NORA WALLAYADECEMBER 20, 2023NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC One of the most rewarding ways to plan a trip is by building it around a specific event connected to a deep interest or passion. Taking part in something meaningful on your travels creates a unique connection with a destination that can lead to memories that will last a lifetime. Whether it’s…

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Come April 2024, Thailand will have a perfect reason to celebrate Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year in a much bigger way than ever before. Very recently, UNESCO formally recognized the Songkran in Thailand as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, and Globe Aware volunteers can take part by booking a volunteer vacation during that time! UNESCO declares Thailand’s Songkran festival as an Intangible Cultural Heritage TIMESOFINDIA.COMDec 11, 2023 Synopsis UNESCO formally recognised the Songkran in Thailand, Traditional Thai New Year Festival as an Intangible Cultural Heritage. This designation solidifies the cultural significance and importance of the Songkran festival. For those curious, Songkran is a festival that is celebrated in Thailand every year in the month of April. Come April 2024, Thailand will have a very good…

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Monday, 01 January 2024 11:05

Tourists to Kenya can go visa-free in 2024

Visitors, including Globe Aware volunteers, to Kenya worldwide will no longer require a visa from January. The government has developed a digital platform to ensure all visitors receive an electronic travel authorization in advance, instead of needing to apply for a visa. Tourists to Kenya can go visa-free in 2024 ReutersDecember 25, 2023 Visitors to Kenya from across the world will no longer require a visa from January, President William Ruto said on December 12. Ruto said his government had developed a digital platform to ensure all visitors would receive an electronic travel authorization in advance, instead of needing to apply for a visa. “It shall no longer be necessary for any person from any corner of the globe to carry the burden of applying for a visa to come…

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The travel industry is gearing up for 2024 to be the busiest year for travel ever, according to Brian Kelly, founder and CEO of The Points Guy, a website that tracks travel trends. Here are some excellent tips for Globe Aware volunteers to follow before booking! "The Points Guy" predicts 2024 will be busiest travel year ever. He's got some tips. CBS MORNINGSBY ANALISA NOVAKDECEMBER 28, 2023 The travel industry is gearing up for 2024 to be the busiest year for travel ever, according to Brian Kelly, founder and CEO of The Points Guy, a website that tracks travel trends. "You know, just since Thanksgiving, 2.9 million people went through the TSA screening. And with the economy potentially not being as bad as we thought,…

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How fun! Astrologically, 2024 promises to be a stimulating year for travel, and for any of our Globe Aware volunteers who are Leos or Scorpios, we're looking at you especially! Where You Should Travel in 2024, According to Your Sign Our go-to astrologer, Steph Koyfman, on which destination will speak to you most in the year ahead. BY STEPH KOYFMANDecember 19, 2023Conde Naste TravelerAfter the year of revenge travel (and flight costs rising with a similar vengeance), tourism might be settling into relative homeostasis in 2024. Then again, everything has changed, including the terrain of where you’ll want to go next, and maybe even the order of your bucket list. Astrologically, 2024 promises to be a stimulating year for travel. We begin the year with…

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Fireworks and champagne might be common worldwide, but have our Globe Aware volunteers heard of these other New Year’s traditions? 14 Different New Year’s Traditions Around the World By Chris Ciolli, Jessie BeckDecember 15, 2023AFAR Although much of the world festively rings in the new year each December 31, we don’t all celebrate the same way. In the United States, we all know the traditions: the ball drop at Times Square, sharing a kiss with a loved one at the stroke of midnight, and countless amounts of fireworks. But elsewhere around the globe, traditions can include everything from giving your house a thorough cleaning to cracking open a fresh pomegranate. From Spain to Japan, read on to learn about 14 different New Year’s Eve celebrations…

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Cuba’s “off-limits” feel has long made it a perpetually popular destination for intrepid travelers. Globe Aware offers one-week volunteer vacations that allow our volunteers to explore and enjoy Cuba without the stress of planning once they land. I Travel to Cuba All The Time — For U.S. Travelers, It’s Much Easier Than You Think December 14, 2023By Associated PressBy Carley Rojas Avila The desire to travel to Cuba is a classic case of wanting what you think you can’t have. Cuba’s “off-limits” feel has long made it a perpetually popular destination for intrepid travelers. Cuba has been named TripAdvisor’s number-one trending destination worldwide and is one of the top 10 most desirable tropical destinations for American travelers. As an American citizen married to a Cuban, I’ve…

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Monday, 18 December 2023 10:44

Where to Go in 2024

These 25 places offer ample opportunities for conscientious, sustainable exploration—exactly what Globe Aware travelers who care are seeking right now. We even have three available programs in the locations mentioned on the list! Where to Go in 2024 The 25 most exciting places around the world to visit next From a British city reimagining its industrial past and a laid-back Kenyan island free of cars to the best place in North America to see the total solar eclipse, our 25 picks for where to go next year have several traits in common: Each is an awe-inspiring, joy-inducing destination where human connection and creativity define the travel experience. These 25 places (listed in no particular order) offer ample opportunities for conscientious, sustainable exploration—exactly what AFAR’s travelers…

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Globe Aware volunteers are well aware that traveling during the holiday season is chaotic! But going in prepared can make your journey as smooth and stress-free as possible. Take a deep breath in and read on for a few holiday travel tips for the busiest time of year. 11 Family Travel Tips Every Parent Should Know Advice from globe-trotting editors, flight attendants, and industry experts who have seen and survived it all.Oh, to have a time machine so we could tell our past selves about the challenges—and triumphs!—that came on the road as traveling parents. We would warn against bringing giant suitcases and Play-Doh on the plane; remember how many new friends were made in playgrounds around the world; and recall that there are worse…

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Not many Globe Aware volunteers may know it, but this program location has made a name for itself as a popular place for filming kitschy Christmas classics. Find out where! PICTURE THIS The fairytale European destination where Netflix loves to film Christmas movies The country has featured in several Netflix Christmas films already By Ryan GrayNov 5, 2023The SunCHRISTMAS is just around the corner, which means it's almost time to curl up in front of the TV and watch cheesy festive films. If you're planning on doing that this winter, there's a good chance you'll end up seeing lots of scenes shot in a surprising European destination. Not many people know it, but Romania has made a name for itself as a popular place for…

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With 2024 just around the corner, Globe Aware volunteers have probably noticed that travel publications are releasing list after list on where to travel next year. But what about the world’s most exciting places to visit in 2024? Find out what they are! These are the most exciting destinations for 2024, according to National Geographic From places with prehistoric stories to hot spring havens, this list is sure to provide you with some fresh ideas By Liv KellyNovember 1, 2023TimeOut With 2024 just around the corner, travel publications are releasing list after list on where to travel next year. We've covered the most budget-friendly, most underrated and top trending destinations – but what about the world’s most exciting places to visit in 2024? Well, the…

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Monday, 04 December 2023 11:36

Christmas Traditions From Around the World

Do our Globe Aware volunteers enjoy any of these Christmas traditions from around the world? If not, what traditions does your family celebrate during the holidays? 25 Christmas Traditions Around the World That Will Surprise and Delight You Brooms, books, and even roller skates are all part of some beloved holiday customs. BY MICAELA BAHNSep 11, 2023The Pioneer Woman Every family has their own special Christmas traditions that they carry out year after year: the game of Pictionary that always follows opening gift or the delicious punch your mom makes for holiday parties. In the case of the Drummond family, they always wear matching Christmas pajamas and savor dishes that Ree is famous for (like cinnamon rolls and biscuits and gravy). And then there are…

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Monday, 27 November 2023 11:18

These are the biggest travel trends for 2024

From TV travel inspiration to dry tripping, Globe Aware volunteers can learn more about the emerging trends that may possibly have people packing their suitcases in 2024. These are the biggest travel trends for 2024 It’s been a busy year for travel as people flocked to see Taylor Swift in concert and visited destinations made famous by hit TV shows like HBO’s The White Lotus. Expedia Group just released Unpack ’24, a report based on a survey of 20,000 travellers, revealing key trends in 2023 that we can expect to see in the new year. The report includes data from travellers across Expedia, Hotels.com, and Vrbo. “These insights shape our travel forecasts, revealed in Unpack ’24, enabling our travellers to be the first to discover…

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Long overlooked, Filipino food is finally recognized for its diversity and ingenuity. Here are some essential Filipino foods you must try at least once on your Globe Aware volunteer vacation in the Philippines! BY ANDREW COLETTI AND CRAWFORD SMITHOCT. 17, 2023TastingTable The first food in the Philippines was shaped by the environment. Early human inhabitants of these mountainous islands had a diet rich in tropical produce and seafood, adopting rice as a staple once it was introduced around 3400 B.C.E. Subsequent centuries of interaction with foreign cultures, including long periods of colonization by Spain and the U.S., introduced new dishes and ingredients. Further innovations were born out of scarcity and hardship, as resourceful chefs found ways to make use of limited resources. These many factors have created a modern cuisine…

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Monday, 20 November 2023 11:16

The Best Travel Accessories 2023

Black Friday is coming up soon, and Globe Aware volunteers looking to give the perfect gift to a fellow adventurer can check out this list of travel items! The Best Travel Accessories to Make Your Trips a Breeze, According to an Expert Add these to your cart before you jet By Casey Clark and Erika RealsJuly 8, 2023People Whether you’ve had a dream vacation planned for months or recently decided to pack up your bags and hop on the next flight out, you won’t want to leave without those travel essentials. You may already have your luggage and neck pillow packed and ready to go, but what about everything else? (You know, the stain sticks, earbuds, power banks, blankets — we could go on.) With…

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Monday, 20 November 2023 11:07

Thanksgiving Travel: Tips to Stay Healthy

The holiday season is getting underway, and for many Americans, traveling home to gather with family and friends at the Thanksgiving table is an annual rite of passage this time of year. Amid all the joyous hustle and bustle, it’s important for folks, including Globe Aware volunteers to take steps to remain healthy when you’re hitting the road. Here are some expert tips to ensure you don’t spread sickness to vulnerable family members and you feel at your best for this year’s festivities. Thanksgiving Travel: Tips to Stay Healthy TRAVEL AWAITSDIANE FENNELLOCT.23.2023 The holiday season is getting under way, and for many Americans, traveling home to gather with family and friends at the Thanksgiving table is an annual rite of passage this time of year.…

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Sunday, 12 November 2023 08:09

What Families Want When Traveling in 2024

The focus on family travel is huge: 81 percent of parents said it’s likely they’ll travel with their children in the next year. Many Globe Aware volunteer vacations are family-friendly, open all year round, and ready for booking. What Families Want When Traveling in 2024 By Lacey PfalzOctober 26, 2023Travel Pulse The Family Travel Association (FTA) has released the findings of its 2023 U.S. Family Travel Survey, identifying an increased desire for families to travel more while being more budget-conscious as costs continue to be higher than average for travel. The survey polled over 3,300 parents and grandparents and was conducted in partnership with the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality and Edinburgh Napier University. The focus on family travel…

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Would Globe Aware volunteers pay extra to have a free row of seats? Here's what you need to know about this new service! A major airline is letting customers pay $30 for elbow room Would you pay extra to have a free row of seats? By Veronika BondarenkoOct 23, 2023The Street While many travelers will remember scoring that elusive free row of economy seats on an empty plane, even a single free seat next to you has become increasingly rare in 2023. More and more, airlines are planning routes to minimize the number of planes flying half-empty and spreading out staff based on routes with the most travelers amid the surge of demand (and dearth of staff to meet it) post-pandemic. While TikTok is currently…

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Our Globe Aware volunteers probably won't be surprised by the results of a recent survey. “Experiences over gifts” continues as a trend for U.S. travelers and their choices for the upcoming end-of-year holidays that largely involve classic winter adventures. Millennials and Gen Z Prioritizing Mental Health and Travel: Survey Selene BrophySkiftOctober 27, 2023 It’s the season for holiday surveys, with sentiment for exploration and unique experiences abounding. “Experiences over gifts” continues as a trend in the latest Amex travel spending survey of U.S. travelers and their choices for the upcoming end-of-year holidays that largely involves classic winter adventures and quality time with loved ones. 72% of Millennial and Gen-Z respondents surveyed said they would rather spend money on a trip to go away with friends…

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The Hindu festival of Diwali is coming up this weekend, Globe Aware volunteers can join in the celebrations by learning more about the sweet treats that go along with it! A Spoonful of Culture: Why Sweets Hold a Special Place in Indian Festivals By Slurrp DeskApr 15, 2023 In India, several states have their own distinctive sweets, made with ingredients and preparation techniques that are widely accessible. Using new mixtures while retaining the original base ingredients, modern Indian sweets are transformed. These desserts are now consumed by millions of people all over the world. Since the beginning of time, Indian confections have had a long and rich history. Earlier accounts mention Indians making sweet foods with honey, fruits, or dry fruits. Delicious confections for the…

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The Hindu festival of Diwali is coming up this weekend, Globe Aware volunteers can join in the celebrations by learning more about the sweet treats that go along with it! A Spoonful of Culture: Why Sweets Hold a Special Place in Indian Festivals By Slurrp DeskApr 15, 2023 In India, several states have their own distinctive sweets, made with ingredients and preparation techniques that are widely accessible. Using new mixtures while retaining the original base ingredients, modern Indian sweets are transformed. These desserts are now consumed by millions of people all over the world. Since the beginning of time, Indian confections have had a long and rich history. Earlier accounts mention Indians making sweet foods with honey, fruits, or dry fruits. Delicious confections for the…

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The end-of-year holidays are practically just around the corner. And, with many Americans preparing to visit their loved ones or celebrate in new destinations, now’s the time to lock in your flights for the festive season. Globe Aware volunteers can use a new service to make the task of finding the best times to fly a much merrier one. New Online Tool Tells You the Best Times To Travel This Holiday Season By Laurie BarattiOctober 27, 2023TravelPulse With only two months to go until Christmas, the end-of-year holidays are practically just around the corner. And, with many Americans preparing to visit their loved ones or celebrate in new destinations, now’s the time to lock in your flights for the festive season. You may be wondering…

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Halloween isn’t one of the top holidays for travel, but the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is offering advice for airline passengers preparing to pass through security checkpoints during spooky season. Globe Aware volunteers might be surprised to know what can and can't get through security! TSA Offers Tips and Tricks for Halloween Travelers By Donald WoodOctober 27, 2023TravelPulse Halloween isn’t one of the top holidays for travel, but the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is offering advice for airline passengers preparing to pass through security checkpoints during spooky season. TSA officials said that while travelers are not permitted to prank security officers, agents will be advised to screen costumed travelers as usual, with all previously prohibited items still applicable at checkpoints. While costumes are acceptable, masks…

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Cambodian cuisine has a long history and a diverse range of influences, yet it’s only now becoming known beyond the country’s borders. In fact, the only place you can experience all it has to offer is in the country itself. Here are 30 of the best dishes for Globe Aware volunteers to try! 30 Cambodian foods every visitor needs to try By Lina GoldbergCNNDecember 22, 2019 Cambodian cuisine has a long history and a diverse range of influences, yet it’s only now becoming known beyond the country’s borders. In fact, the only place you can experience all it has to offer is in the country itself. Here are 30 of the best dishes to try. Samlor korkor While amok is sometimes called the country’s national…

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Globe Aware volunteers have the chance to try many of these delicious dishes on an international volunteer vacation! Which ones have you tried or want to dig into!? Best rice dishes: 20 delicious specialties from around the world Terry WardCNNMay 4, 2023 With thousands of varieties of rice in the world – jasmine, basmati, arborio and Carolina Gold, to name just a few – is it any surprise the grain defines iconic meals everywhere from Singapore to South Carolina? Plus, half the world’s population relies on rice as a staple, so there have been plenty of culinary innovators over its long history. And while famous rice dishes such as sushi, fried rice and paella are among the most prominent in the global spotlight, there are…

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For many travelers, the chance to sample cuisines from different destinations is one of the most appealing parts of the travel experience. However, some Globe Aware volunteers may have food allergies or other dietary restrictions, so here are some ways to avoid problems with those restrictions! 7 Tips For Travelling Abroad When You Have Dietary Restrictions Food allergies and other challenges don't have to get in the way of eating out. These apps and handy tricks can help. By Taylor TobinOctober 15, 2023Huffington Post If you're not comfortable speaking the language of the place you're traveling to, always bring photos of the foods to which you're allergic.If you're not comfortable speaking the language of the place you're traveling to, always bring photos of the foods…

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Monday, 16 October 2023 10:55

Most tourist-friendly cities of India

While India can be overwhelming if you have just landed in the country, it is also home to some of the warmest, helpful people on the planet. If you're planning your first trip to India, Globe Aware volunteers will be delighted to learn our Jaipur location is included in this list! Most tourist-friendly cities of India By SHIKHA GAUTAMTIMESOFINDIA.COMOct 15, 2023   While India can be overwhelming if you have just landed in the country, it is also home to some of the warmest, helpful people on the planet. If you're planning your first trip to India, we will tell you where to go; these places are known for being tourist-friendly, welcoming and easy for foreign travellers to explore. Goa Goa is one of those…

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Between the "ring of fire" annular eclipse coming up on October 14, 2023, and the 2024 total solar eclipse happening on April 8, 2024, viewers on land in the United States and neighboring countries are in for two major celestial moments as the moon passes between Earth and the sun. Globe Aware volunteers can find out more about how to see these two spectacular events! Eclipse fever starts now. Here’s where to see the upcoming ‘ring of fire’ eclipse By Terry WardCNNOctober 7, 2023 Over large swaths of the Americas this month and next April, too, all eyes will be on the skies during two spectacular events. Between the “ring of fire” annular eclipse coming up on October 14, 2023, and the 2024 total solar…

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Hundreds of people have died and thousands more are injured in Israel after Hamas fired rockets from Gaza into Israel. Globe Aware volunteers planning travel over the region should be aware of these travel advisories. Hamas attacks in Israel: Airlines that have suspended flights amid travel advisory The FAA has urged U.S. airlines and pilots to "use caution." By Melissa Gaffney and Amanda MaileOctober 9, 2023ABCNEWS Hundreds of people have died and thousands more are injured after Hamas militants fired rockets from Gaza into Israel Saturday, Israeli authorities said. The Israeli Defense Forces have declared "a state of alert for war," according to a statement issued by the IDF early Saturday morning. Is there a travel advisory to Israel? The U.S. State Department is advising…

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Monday, 02 October 2023 12:07

Four travel trends to look out for in 2024

The year is almost drawing to an end and we look forward to the 2024 travel period. With a new season, there are also trends for our Globe Aware volunteers to look out for. Four travel trends to look out for in 2024 The year is almost drawing to an end and we look forward to the 2024 travel period. With a new season, there are also trends to look out for, whether you’re booking a blissful vacation in far-reaching destinations or holidaying in Mzansi’s very own spectrum of staycation locations. Here are 4 travel trends that might just inspire you to book that getaway, according to Kruger Gate Hotel’s CEO, Anton Gillis. One big happy family holiday According to the CEO, multi-generational family trips…

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Finland became the first country to launch digital passports, aiming to streamline and enhance international travel. What do our Globe Aware volunteers think digital passports could mean for the future of travel? Digital Passports Emerge As New Tourist Favourite. These Countries Are Early Movers Several countries are developing digital passport projects, including Poland, South Korea, the US, and the UK. World NewsEdited by Rahul KumarUOctober 01, 2023 Finland became the first country to launch digital passports, aiming to streamline and enhance international travel.Finnish travellers departing from Helsinki to the UK now have the option to present a digital ID on their mobile device instead of their physical passport, according to Euronews. The Finnish Border Control has noted that this marks the first instance worldwide where…

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Do our Globe Aware volunteers celebrate Harvest Festivals with their families? Here are some of the most exciting and curious harvest festival celebrations from other parts of the world. 4 FASCINATING HARVEST FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD BY SAMUEL DUTTONHISTORYSEPTEMBER 2023 With yellow fields turning brown and the haze of grain dust rising into the sky, the harvest season is in full swing. But while you might know the more common British traditions, there are many harvest festival celebrations from around the world that will surprise and fascinate you. Let’s go over some of the most interesting and curious harvest festival celebrations from other parts of the world. 1. Guldize - Cornwall Starting a bit closer to home, the Cornish traditions of Guldize (or…

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Monday, 25 September 2023 13:38

Don’t Miss Next Week’s Beautiful Full Moon

September’s full moon, known as the harvest moon this year, will occur on September 29th and will appear full for several evenings. Globe Aware volunteers can learn more about this spectacular sight! Don’t Miss Next Week’s Beautiful Full Moon — Why It’s So Special JIM FULCHERSEPTEMBER 23, 2023TRAVEL AWAITS A full moon always looks spectacular when it rises above the horizon. There’s even more reason to look forward to next week’s full moon, however. Although September’s full moon, known as the harvest moon this year, will occur on September 29, it will appear full for several evenings. Plus, the moon will also rise at nearly the same time just after sunset each of those nights. Here’s what you need to know about 2023’s harvest moon.…

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It's not the first time a plane has departed without its passengers' bags. Globe Aware volunteers can learn about how this may impact them on future flights when planning to travel. Plane takes off with passengers but not a single checked bag on board Maureen O'HareCNNSeptember 16, 2023 A Swiss International Air Lines plane took off from Zurich without any luggage on board. AWOL at the airport A Swiss International Air Lines plane took off from Zurich this past weekend filled with passengers but without a single checked suitcase on board because of a lack of ground staff. After an initial delay, Flight WK226, operated by SWISS on behalf of Edelweiss Air, set off for Bilbao on Saturday without checked baggage so the plane would…

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Monday, 18 September 2023 10:45

Explore Jaipur, The Pink City of India

Globe Aware volunteers can discover the vibrant culture and stunning attractions of Jaipur. Explore historic palaces and colorful markets, and immerse yourself in the royal heritage of the Pink City. HOW TO EXPLORE JAIPUR, THE PINK CITY OF INDIA Discover the vibrant culture and stunning attractions of Jaipur. Explore historic palaces and colourful markets, and immerse yourself in the royal heritage of the Pink City. Meghana DalalSeptember 15, 2023 Jaipur, which is often called the Pink City due to the dominant presence of the hue in its buildings, is a captivating blend of history, culture and modernity. Nestled in the heart of Rajasthan, this city is a treasure trove of amazing architecture, bustling markets, and delicious food. If you’re planning to explore Jaipur, here’s a…

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Monday, 11 September 2023 15:32

How to help the Morocco earthquake victims

What’s the best way to support the communities most affected by the Morocco earthquake right now? Globe Aware volunteers can check out these local and global relief charities providing emergency services and essentials. How to help the Morocco earthquake victims What’s the best way to support the communities most affected by the Morocco earthquake right now? Fund these local and global relief charities providing emergency services and essentials – and, if you have a holiday booked to visit soon, think before you cancel. BY JULIET KINSMAN11 September 2023CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER On 8 September 2023, a devastating earthquake took place in Morocco, killing thousands of people and injuring thousands more. Many in the country’s mountainous communities are still unable to access communication, medical help or supplies…

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If you’re a Globe Aware volunteer who is a natural-born adventurer with a more flexible annual leave, you’ve probably been saving up and looking forward to the end of summer. You’ll be thrilled to learn that one of Latin America’s top tourist destinations is in fact best experienced in the upcoming off-season. Why Fall Is The Best Time To Visit This Tropical Latin American Country August 30, 2023 Travel off Path If you’re wary of crowds and you’re a solo traveler with a more flexible annual leave, you’ve probably been saving up and looking forward to the end of summer, when the school holidays will end, and ticket prices will have dropped significantly. If this applies to you, and on top of that, you’re a…

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September is National Passport Awareness Month and a large number of Americans, including Globe Aware volunteers, will soon be taking to airplanes, trains, boats and cars for dream fall and winter international getaways. In order to help provide peace of mind, here are some financial tips for travellers on how to prepare for international travel. 4 travel tips for National Passport Awareness Month By Brian FormisanoSeptember 5, 2023VEGAS INC. September is National Passport Awareness Month and a large number of Americans will soon be taking to airplanes, trains, boats and cars for dream fall and winter international getaways. Getting ready for a global adventure can be both exciting and stressful at the same time. In order to help provide peace of mind, here are some…

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Chiang Mai has been described as Thailand’s cultural capital, and its most traditional large city. Globe Aware volunteers will find numerous reasons to volunteer in this historical location! 5 Reasons Why This City Is One Of The Top Destinations In Thailand Right Now September 5, 2023Travel Off Path With its paradisaical islands, centuries-old Buddhist temples, and verdant nature, Thailand is one of the world’s most popular vacation hotspots, having attracted over 15 million tourists in the first seven months of 2023 alone. Though the majority of travelers either land in Bangkok, Thailand’s bustling financial center and national capital, or Phuket, the entertainment capital and trendiest resort island, the power duo are not the Southeast Asian giant’s only tourism magnets. Chiang Mai is a major contributor…

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China Lifts Mandatory COVID Testing for Incoming International Travelers By Donald WoodAugust 28, 2023Travel Pulse International travelers heading to mainland China will no longer need to present a negative COVID-19 test before being permitted to enter, starting on Wednesday, August 30. According to The Associated Press, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said during a Monday press briefing that lifting the mandatory coronavirus testing protocols was a major milestone in China’s reopening to the rest of the world. In January, the Asian nation ended quarantine requirements for Chinese citizens returning home after traveling abroad. The country has also recently expanded the list of countries travelers can visit and increased the number of international flights. Last week, Delta Air Lines expanded its flight schedule to China by…

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Globe Aware volunteers have until labor day to help choose a name for the rarest giraffe born in the world. Born this past July, this calf is believed to be the only living solid-colored reticulated giraffe in the world! World’s Rarest Giraffe Born At A Zoo In Tennessee — Help Give Her A Name JIM FULCHERAUG.28.2023TRAVELAWAITS Something truly amazing has happened at a zoo in Tennessee. Reticulated giraffes are known for their distinctive spotted coat with brown shapes that help camouflage them in the dry savannah. However, a giraffe calf born at Brights Zoo in Limestone, Tennessee, on July 31 lacks spots. Instead, she is a beautiful solid brown color. The calf is believed to be the only living solid-colored reticulated giraffe in the world.…

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Flying makes many folks nervous enough to do specific rituals to feel safer. Find out the reasons why and do any of our Globe Aware volunteers follow any of the same superstitions mentioned? Superstitious flyer? A psychologist reveals the meaning behind the rituals By Tarah ChieffiAug. 10, 2023The Points Guy Common sense tells us that many of the activities we engage in every day are more dangerous than flying. Even so, you are much more likely to meet someone who's nervous about flying than someone who's afraid of other modes of transportation, such as cars or bicycles. In fact, according to the International Air Transport Association, aviation is the safest form of long-distance transportation, with the equivalent of one fatal accident for every 4.2 million…

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While summer vacations may still be underway, Globe Aware volunteers planning for a Labor Day Weekend end of the season may want to take new data into account. The Busiest Travel Days for Labor Day Weekend — and Where Travelers Are Headed Time to start planning... By Michael CappettaAugust 9, 2023Travel + Leisure While summer vacations may still be underway, travelers planning for a Labor Day Weekend end of the season may want to take new data into account. The holiday weekend, which traditionally marks the end of the summer travel season, will see travelers explore popular travel hotspots both in the United States and around the world. Friday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 4 will be the busiest days for airport traffic as flyers…

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Latin America and South America are growing in popularity as vacation destinations. This is particularly true among travelers looking for independent and adventurous travel. Globe Aware volunteers will be delighted to learn we have multiple programs in Costa Rica, a destination mentioned on the list! These Are The 5 Safest Countries To Visit In Latin America Right Now August 4, 2023 Travel off Path Latin America and South America are growing in popularity as vacation destinations. This is particularly true among travelers looking for independent and adventurous travel. The term Latin America is a loose one, but it is generally agreed that it is a term used to describe South America, Central America, Mexico, and many of the islands of the Caribbean. This is a…

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Mongolia is a fascinating and culturally-rich region, and perhaps the most difficult destination for Globe Aware volunteers to reach in the wider Asian continent, due to a lack of nonstop routes. There's good news though, soon you’ll be able to fly there without long layovers in the Asia Pacific or the Middle East. Email us at office@globeaware.com to learn more about this program! Americans Will Soon Be Able To Fly Nonstop To This Fascinating Asian Destination August 7, 2023 Travel off Path Central-East Asia is one of the world’s most fascinating and culturally-rich regions, as well as perhaps the most difficult destination for American citizens to reach in the wider Asian continent, both due to a lack of nonstop routes and tourism promotion. If you’ve…

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Monday, 14 August 2023 11:13

How to help Maui fire victims

Deadly wildfires on Maui have forced thousands of local residents and visitors to evacuate the area in search of shelter, food, water, and other basic resources. Here's how Globe Aware volunteers can help! How to help Maui fire victims from afar: Organizations and efforts underway August 14, 2023By Kelly McCarthy Deadly wildfires on Maui have forced thousands of local residents and visitors to evacuate the area in search of shelter, food, water and other basic resources. As of time of publication, at least 96 people have died from the wildfires that erupted Tuesday on Maui, and much of the historic town of Lahaina has been "destroyed," officials said. A state of emergency has been declared for the whole island and all nonessential travel is being…

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Tuesday, 08 August 2023 11:54

Flights from US to Cuba

At the beginning of each month, Cuban airport officials confirm the flight schedules of all companies flying. Globe Aware volunteers looking to still visit Cuba before summer ends can check out these flight options! Flights from US to Cuba? Here you have all the options for August August 6, 2023Nation World News Desk At the beginning of each month, Cuban airport officials confirm the flight schedules of all companies flying, as of this month of August 2023. As for the connections from the United States, specifically from Miami to Cuba, for defendants, we leave here the flight schedules. Havana Airport is the airport on the island with the most connectivity to the United States. American Airlines will continue to operate with eight daily flights from…

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For many of us, including Globe Aware volunteers, the holidays are still a distant memory tucked in the back of our heads. But if you have to fly for Thanksgiving or Christmas, now is the time to start booking. Find out why! Now is the time to book a flight for Thanksgiving and Christmas: Holiday travel tips from an expert Holiday travel tips: How to book a flight, when to fly, and more By Dannielle BeardsleyAugust 6, 2023The Manual We know you’re still working on that beach bod and trying to hit all of the summer hot spots while you can, and the holidays are still a distant memory tucked in the back of your head. But if you have to fly for Thanksgiving or…

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For five long years, Japan has been sitting pretty in the No.1 position, which means they have the most global travel freedom in terms of how much visa-free and visa-on-demand access to the world. Globe Aware volunteers may be surprised to find out who has taken up that spot! The world’s most powerful passport for 2023 revealed By Maureen O'HareCNNJuly 18, 2023 The jiggling and jostling atop the global passport rankings for 2023 just got a little more interesting. For five long years, Japan has been sitting pretty in the No.1 position in the Henley Passport Index, which measures global travel freedom in terms of how much visa-free and visa-on-demand access to the world different citizens enjoy. But for summer 2023, Japan’s been knocked down…

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Travel photography comes in many forms, from visiting bustling tourist hotspots to spending time photographing iconic landscapes. Here are some tips to help Globe Aware volunteers capture precious moments during their volunteer vacation! 5 tips for taking terrific travel photos anywhere By Alistair CampbellJuly 29, 2023Yahoo! News Travel photography comes in many forms, from visiting bustling tourist hotspots to spending time photographing iconic landscapes. The genre is closely linked to street photography, with many similarities in its candid style of capturing images – witnessing a brief moment in time as two friends chat outside a coffee shop, for example, or shooting an intriguing local vehicle passing by in the street. The trick with travel photography is to always be ready; what may seem like a…

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When you’re picking vacation photos to post on social media, there are some you should leave out: any shots of your boarding pass. Here's what Globe Aware travelers should know about the risks of sharing those documents and how they can protect themselves. Don't do it for the likes: Why travelers shouldn't post their boarding pass online By Nathan DillerJULY 24, 2023USA TODAY When you’re picking vacation photos to post on social media, there are some you should leave out: any shots of your boarding pass. Outside their primary function at the airport, the documents might seem like nothing more than travel scrapbook fodder, but they can reveal a lot more than flyers may think. “People often think, like, ‘Just this information isn't enough to…

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Etiquette experts recommend that you always bring cash to tip for the services that help your travel plans go off without a hitch. They say there are six times you should always plan to tip while traveling—and you're probably forgetting at least one. Here's how Globe Awaer volunteers can mind their manners by tipping when they're supposed to. 6 Times You Should Leave a Tip While Traveling, Experts Say THESE ARE THE RULES OF THE ROAD WHEN IT COMES TO TRAVEL TIPPING, ACCORDING TO ETIQUETTE PROS. By LAUREN GRAYJULY 23, 2023BESTLIFE Whether your travel plans revolve around sun and sand, hitting the ski slopes, or visiting a family member, you're going to need to budget for things like flights, accommodations, activities, meals, and more. Yet…

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Bulgaria and Romania look set to join the Schengen Zone by late 2023, affecting tourist visas and long-term travel. Find out what this means for Globe Aware volunteers looking to travel in Europe before or after their volunteer vacation in Romania. These 2 Countries Will Join The Schengen Zone Impacting All Travelers And Digital Nomads July 17, 2023 Travel off Path The Schengen Zone is Europe’s greatest achievement. A borderless customs union comprising 27 countries in its current form, it allows for seamless international travel across much of the bloc, freeing travelers from undergoing strict identity checks and facing long delays when country-hopping. Earlier this year, Schengen welcomed yet another member – the Balkan country of Croatia – and it looks set to enlarge further…

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What exactly is “skip-lagging”, and why is it landing travelers in such hot water? Globe Aware volunteers can find out why they should avoid this hack. This Travel Hack Continues To Get Travelers In Trouble With Airlines July 14, 2023 Travel off Path Earlier this week, an American teenager was allegedly detained by American Airlines gate agents at Gainesville Regional Airport in Florida. It was Logan Parson’s first time flying alone. He hadn’t broken any laws and didn’t realize he had done anything wrong. So why did this U.S. minor end up in a back room of an airport for questioning, as his father told Queen City News? Hunter Parsons had purchased his son’s flight on Skiplagged.com, a popular low-fare website making headlines for its…

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People are making up for lost time after the pandemic, experts said. They’re flooding popular destinations but leaving their manners at home. Globe Aware volunteers can learn on what to avoid in order to be a better tourist.  By Christopher ElliottUSA TODAYJuly 7 2023 My son sat next to the world’s worst tourist on a flight from Sydney to Denpasar, Indonesia. His seatmate nursed a bottle of sizzurp – a potent mix of codeine and Sprite – and the man twitched uncontrollably for the seven-hour flight to Bali, Indonesia. When the intoxicated tourist disembarked on the conservative Hindu island, he collapsed on the terminal floor. The last time we saw him, customs officials were trying in vain to revive him from an opiate-induced stupor. Interestingly, Bali…

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Well, this is no surprise! Once again Mexico continues to soar in popularity, easily claiming the spot of the most-visited country among Americans. Globe Aware volunteers won’t be surprised to see this volunteer vacation destination named as the safest again in 2023! July 9, 2023Travel off PathAmid the surge in demand for international travel, Mexico continues to soar in popularity, easily claiming the spot of the most-visited country among Americans. Despite their love for Mexico, with its laid-back atmosphere, and incredible culture, one of the things that persists at the back of U.S. vacationers’ minds is safety. After all, Mexico is repeatedly portrayed in the media as a place where crime occurs regularly and gang activity is rampant. Most of these claims are unfounded, as anyone who has…

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Tuesday, 04 July 2023 11:07

Here's how to get a second US passport

Although it’s not widely publicized, it is possible to have two U.S. passports. However, not everyone qualifies, and the perk of a second passport is limited to pretty specific situations. Globe Aware volunteers can read to find out how they can quality for one. You might be able to get a 2nd US passport — here's how June 27, 2023Ashley KosciolekThe Points Guy Although it’s not widely publicized, it is possible to have two U.S. passports. However, not everyone qualifies, and the perk of a second passport is limited to pretty specific situations. You can only get a second U.S. passport if: You have stamps in your passport that could result in denied entry to another country (e.g., an Israeli stamp in some countries). You…

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Costa Rica received a score of 100 out of 100 in this regard, while taking into account the opinions of accommodations, restaurants, activities, and attractions offered to travelers. A Globe Aware volunteer vacation week in Costa Rica is also perfect for families with small children. Costa Rica aspires as the best destination for small children June 6, 2023Travel and Tour To go on vacation with young children in Costa Rica is one of the best decisions made. This was announced by British Airways after analyzing 200,000 reviews published. Costa Rica received a score of 100 out of 100 in this regard, while taking into account the opinions of accommodations, restaurants, activities, and attractions offered to tourists. The area where you can spend the best night,…

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Jaipur, the “Pink City”, is characterized as the first planned city of India, which is in thanks to the city’s founder Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, a scholarly prince who was passionate about astronomy, mathematics and science. Globe Aware volunteers will be surprised to learn how every detail was considered before laying the foundation stone, from the orientation of gates to the manuscript scrawled above each shop. Building Jaipur: An astronomer prince’s vision of perfection By Kate SpringerCNNMarch 12, 2019 The city of Jaipur, about an hour’s flight southwest of Delhi, is best known as the “Pink City” – so called for its salmon-hued buildings. But a walk through the Old City will surprise travelers who might be expecting to find a labyrinth of roads…

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With less than one week to go until the Fourth of July holiday weekend, here's what you need to know before hitting the highway or heading to the airport. Here are some tips for our Globe Aware volunteers before they head to the airport! Fourth of July travel forecast: What to know before hitting the road or heading to the airport About 43.2 million people are expected to hit the road for the July 4th holiday. By Emily Shapiro and Amanda MaileJune 26, 2023, 6:33 AMABC With less than one week to go until the Fourth of July holiday weekend, here's what you need to know before hitting the highway or heading to the airport. The roads About 43.2 million people are expected to hit…

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Globe Aware volunteer vacations are a fantastic opportunity that allows you to make an impact in one week abroad! An avid traveler and volunteer explains her five reasons why she believes volunteering abroad is the best way to travel. Marquita Payne Offers 5 Reasons Why Volunteering Abroad Is the Best Way to Travel By Marquita PayneACCESSWIREMay 1, 2020 Avid traveler and volunteer Marquita Payne Explains 5 Reasons Why She Believes Volunteering Abroad is the Best Way to Travel. CHICAGO, IL / ACCESSWIRE / APRIL 21, 2020 / Traveling is an activity that can enrich the mind, body, and soul. Avid traveler and volunteer Marquita Payne are constantly expressing how traveling can encourage a broader worldview, and ultimately, improve gratitude for what we all have here at…

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We are excited to announce that our latest program in Tanzania has been included in the list, which also features Globe Aware volunteer vacations in Ghana and Malawi. Take a look at the list for more details and discover the opportunities available! 10 Safest Countries in AFRICA to Visit in 2023 By VIKTOR VINCEJAPRIL 20, 2023TRAVELING LIFESTYLEThe very thought of traveling to Africa has a connotation of adventure & culture attached to it. The plethora of National Parks, the ecological abundance, the local culture, and of course, the wildlife. The world’s second-largest continent has much to offer to adventure-seeking tourists worldwide. Choosing a country to visit within Africa can also be quite confusing, especially considering every place has something unique to offer. However, for most,…

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Thailand is implementing a tourist tax, becoming part of a new trend taking hold in destinations around the world.What other countries required Globe Aware volunteers to pay tourism taxes this year? Thailand becomes latest country to impose a 'tourist tax' as trend spreads globally Melissa KlurmanFeb. 16, 2023THE POINTS GUY Thailand is implementing a tourist tax, becoming part of a new trend taking hold in destinations around the world. The awe-inspiring country truly feels magical. Bustling Bangkok offers gold-covered temples and fascinating cultural sites, while the country’s gorgeous islands and beautiful beaches have some of the most luxe resorts in the world. The jungle-filled northern province beckons travelers to spend time walking with elephants and exploring pristine nature. To protect these natural resources, the Tourism…

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Monday, 12 June 2023 15:07

Best Dad Travel Suggestions

With Father’s Day on the horizon, let’s celebrate our adventure-loving dads with their best travel suggestions! Globe Aware volunteers, do you or any of your dad's follow these tips? Father’s Day: Take Note Of These Best Dad Travel Suggestions! BY AKRITI SHARMA06 Jun 2023Travel and Leisure Asia | India Travel Tips Father’s Day: Take Note Of These Best Dad Travel Suggestions! Remember the time when your dad told you about his first bike trip or how a long-cut became a shortcut when he forged his own path? On this Father’s Day, let’s revisit some of the best dad travel suggestions. With Father’s Day on the horizon, let’s celebrate our adventure-loving dads with their best travel suggestions! Suggestions that all fathers give before the beginning of…

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Vietnam is coming into prominence as one of the top destinations in Southeast Asia. Its natural wonders and incredible culture are making it into the mainstream inspiring American tourists to get out of their comfort zone and travel across the world to explore the country. Vietnam Is Becoming More Popular Among American Tourists – Here’s Why January 2023Travel Off Path Vietnam is coming into prominence as one of the top destinations in Southeast Asia (SEA). Its natural wonders and incredible culture are making it into the mainstream, inspiring American tourists to get out of their comfort zone and travel across the world to explore the country – despite the limited flight options and the complex logistics of getting there. Since it fully reopened for tourism…

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Tuesday, 06 June 2023 10:25

What Is Allowed in a Carry-on Bag?

For those of us Globe Aware volunteers who haven't flown in a while, here's a quick run through to help you pack easier! What Is Allowed in a Carry-on Bag? Follow this guide to pack like a pro and ensure airport security is a breeze. By Erin VastaJune 1, 2023US News & World Report As all air travelers know, it can be incredibly frustrating to discover you've packed something that isn't allowed through airport security. Whether traveling for pleasure or business, you can make your flight smoother by understanding the restrictions affecting your carry-on luggage. Use this guide to take the hassle out of your next trip. The 3-1-1 Rule or Liquids RuleCarry-on allowances and restrictions are determined by the Transportation Security Administration. These rules…

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According to the airlines its for safety, but what do our Globe Aware volunteers think of this new and voluntary process? This airline is weighing passengers before they board international flights May 30, 2023By Bill ChappellNPR It's normal to weigh passengers' bags when checking in for an international flight — but in Auckland, it's the passengers who are now getting onto scales before flying abroad on Air New Zealand. The goal isn't to single out passengers who might contribute to a plane being overloaded or out of balance — instead, the airline says, the process is part of a survey to gather real-world information. "For safety reasons we need to know the weight of all items onboard the aircraft," the airline says. The survey is…

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Globe Aware volunteers may be surprised to learn we are adding a third volunteer vacation program to the two African countries that pop up on this list, can you guess which one? These Are 10 Most Travel-Friendly Countries In Africa To Explore BY AARON SPRAYMAY 28, 2023THE TRAVEL Africa is an extraordinary destination, and these countries are some of the most travel-friendly for people wanting to explore the African continent. Africa is a vast continent home to over a billion people and some 56 countries. It is diverse, and it is ancient. It is a place that everyone should visit if they have the chance. Plus, North Africa is extremely different from Sub-Saharan Africa and is often treated separately. This article will only mention travel-friendly…

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Globe Aware volunteers can check out these off-the-beaten-path summer destinations that remain hidden gems, including one volunteer vacation destination in South America! 10 Summer Travel Destinations That Are Still Hidden Gems BY ROBYNNE TRUEMANMay 29 2023THE TRAVEL Escape the crowds this summer by booking a trip to a destination that remains relatively unknown or isn't as popular during this peak travel season. Finding a unique destination to visit during the summer months when everyone is taking advantage of school holidays is challenging. Popular cities like Paris, with its iconic shopping streets, and Venice, with its famous canals, are overwhelmed with travelers during July and August, making them less attractive to those who prefer to get off the tourist trail. Fortunately, there are still some hidden…

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From How To Communicate Better To Food Recommendations, these easy tips will help our Globe Aware volunteers travel like a pro! Five things you should know before visiting Vietnam From how to communicate better to food recommendations — these easy tips will help you prepare for your trip like a pro AATREYEE MOHANTAApril 8, 2023MY KOLKATA One of the most attractive holiday destinations in Southeast Asia, travelling to Vietnam can be fun if you know what you’re getting yourself into beforehand. Learning all about the local customs, culture and transportation in advance will not only help avoid problems during your trip, but also make it a memorable one. 1. When to visit Being a Southeast Asian country, the first thing about Vietnam you should take…

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Here's what our Globe Aware volunteer vacations should know ahead of what's expected to be one of the busiest weekends for Memorial Day travel yet! Over 40 million Americans will be traveling for Memorial Day: Here’s how you can prepare Here’s what you should know ahead of what’s expected to be one of the busiest weekends for Memorial Day travel yet By Ashley NashMay 19, 2023DESERT NEWS Memorial Day 2023 is expected to bring a record-breaking busy travel weekend. Here’s how travelers can prepare. According to the AAA’s Memorial Day 2023 travel report, the post-pandemic summer travel boom is showing no signs of slowing down. Over Memorial Day weekend of 2023, AAA predicts that 42.3 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles from…

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These off-the-beaten-path destinations are for seekers of cloudy days and cool breezes. You might be surprised to find this particular Globe Aware volunteer vacation on the list! 20 Cool Destinations for When You Just Can't Take the Summer Heat Escape the dog days with a breezy vacation. By Andrea RomanoApril 29, 2023TRAVEL+LEAISURE Summer is a time for lounging on the sand, soaking up rays, swimming in the surf, and strolling boardwalks with ice cream in hand — unless you're averse to the sweat, sunburn, and general discomfort that comes along with the heat. These off-the-beaten-path summer vacations, from New Zealand to Greenland, are for seekers of cloudy days and cool breezes. Book your travels in one of these destinations to escape the dreaded dog days…

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The island of Cuba is full of surprises and bucket-list-worthy secret places, ranging from picturesque colonial towns to breathtaking natural attractions. Here's a list of the best-hidden gems, many of which are included on our Globe Aware volunteers' itinearay! Incredible Hidden Travel Gems To Not Miss In Cuba In 2023 BY QUINTER AUMAMay 13, 2023The Travel There are many things to do in Cuba, but many spots can see crowds. Instead, explore these secret places in Cuba during your next visit. Cuba is one of the most unique destinations in the Caribbean and will charm every traveler with its incredible blend of African, Spanish, and Caribbean cultures. Cuba was a popular vacation destination for Americans in the 1930s, and visiting the island takes tourists back…

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Peru is a beautiful country with a rich heritage and is a popular destination for Globe Aware volunteers hoping to explore the culture, meet the wildlife, and trek to Machu Picchu. If you are hoping to visit this summer, then there is good news! Find out what level the U.S. State Dept has advised for future visitors to this destination.   U.S State Department Issues New Travel Advisory Update For Peru BY: TOR BRIERLEYMAY 3, 2023Travel of Path Peru is a beautiful country with a rich heritage and is a popular destination for travelers hoping to explore the culture, meet the wildlife, and trek to Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site,…

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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the COVID-19 global health emergency on May 5th, 2023. Globe Aware volunteers can now travel to our volunteer vacation locations, with one less thing to worry about. Read to find out what regulations have been lifted.   WHO Declares End To COVID Emergency, Urges Lifting of Related Travel Restrictions By Patrick ClarkeMay 5, 2023TravelPulseThe World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the COVID-19 global health emergency on Friday. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated that the pandemic "has been on a downward trend" for more than a year. Among the temporary recommendations issued by the WHO Director-General is that member states continue to lift COVID-19 international travel-related health measures, based on risk assessments, and not…

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Ever been to Costa Rica during the rainy season!? Globe Aware volunteers who are not sure what the rainy season in Costa Rica looks like during their volunteer vacation, we've got some great tips to help keep you dry.   Costa Rica Travel: 10 Tips For Traveling During The Rainy Season By Astha GargApril 29, 2023The Tico Times The rainy season is just around the corner! And if you are someone who likes to travel very often, you know that means you have to plan more efficiently. But if you are someone who is visiting Costa Rica for the first time, and are not sure what the rainy season in Costa Rica looks like, I am here to help you! The rainy season in Costa…

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We know that if Globe Aware volunteers had their way ( we don't blame them), their dogs would accompany them to everywhere. But the reality is that sometimes, leaving your dog at home while you travel is a necessary evil. Here are some tips to help smoothen that process!   Tips for Leaving Your Dog at Home When You Travel Yahoo! SportsApr 28, 2023 If you had your way, your dog would accompany you everywhere: to work, on vacation, even to the dentist’s office. But the reality is that sometimes, leaving your dog at home while you travel is a necessary evil. Parting ways, even temporarily, is especially tough when you travel. Of course, you’d prefer to bring your pooch along on your adventures. However,…

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Summer vacation in Nepal can be a summer to remember for Globe Aware volunteers. Check out the list of what you can do there, which includes our volunteer vacation destination of Chitwan National Park, a World Heritage site! Things to do in Nepal this summer—adventures and beauty abound Times of IndiaTRAVEL TRENDS, NEPALApr 25, 2019 Synopsis Summer vacation is on the cards, and we are definitely looking for places to visit during the season. Summer in Nepal can be a summer to remember of course; the high Himalayan nation has an almost surreal landscape. Summer vacation is on the cards, and we are definitely looking for places to visit during the season. Summer in Nepal can be a summer to remember of course; the high…

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Traveling and experiencing the world is an amazing experience for our Globe Aware volunteers, but we understand the need to be conscious of our environmental impact as well. Here are a few ways you can help lessen the environmental impact at your volunteer vacation destination. Swapnajit Kundu22 Apr 2023News9 Climate change has put the very existence of this planet under threat, and it is time for us to step up and reduce the damage that human civilisation has done to it over the years. New Delhi: Sometimes, we tend to forget that the Earth is the only planet we have and that we have no other place to live. Let us think about another thing while keeping this point in mind: Is it good to…

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Faithful Parentfamily travelApr 23, 2023 “In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” ACTS 20: 35   In previous posts, we’ve encouraged families to consider taking a Family International Volunteer trip if they have the means to do so but have not discussed in detail the work of a family international volunteer trip. We’ve had the pleasure and privilege of doing six different “vacations” like this and have traveled to Peru, Costa Rica, South Africa, Guatemala, Kenya, and Indonesia.  You may be wondering – is it possible to make a significant contribution to a community when you’re only…

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Laos is a beautiful, tropical, and mostly untouched country that is becoming an up-and-coming destination for travelers looking for an authentic taste of South-east Asia, due to this, the rewards here are plentiful. It may not be as developed as neighboring Thailand, or Vietnam, though this is exactly Laos' uniqueness and charm. Experience Laos with Globe Aware. 11 reasons why you should travel to Laos right now ABHISHEK DWIVEDI22 March 2021PICKVISA Laosis a beautiful and small country located in Southeast Asia. Myanmar and China surround the country to the northwest, Cambodia to the east, Vietnam to the south, and Thailand. Since ancient times, this country is also called the land of thousand of elephants. That is, the elephant here is famous in the world. People…

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Why 2023 is the year to visit Mongolia

Why 2023 is the year to visit Mongolia Breanna WilsonCNN March 31, 2023 Editor’s Note: This CNN Travel series is, or was, sponsored by the country it highlights. CNN retains full editorial control over subject matter, reporting and frequency of the articles and videos within the sponsorship, in compliance with our policy. Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia CNN — Due to its remoteness and short summer season, Mongolia has long been a destination overlooked by travelers. But as the country moves to further open up to tourism by easing its entry conditions for international visitors and upgrading its infrastructure, 2023 might just be the best time yet to get there. Here are 10 reasons travelers should start planning their long-dreamed-of Mongolia visit now. A growing visa-free list With…

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We're not surprised that Thailand's trending again! Globe Aware volunteers will love our volunteer vacation in Chiang Mai, open to volunteers of all ages and a perfect summer program! These Are The Top 8 Trending Destinations This Year Now that travel has returned, where are people going? While many countries have seen their tourist arrival numbers steadily increasing last year and so far this year as well, there have been some countries that have performed much better than anticipated. Using data gathered from official tourism agencies around the world, there are certain destinations that are coming out on top so far this year. With tourism numbers climbing to pre-pandemic levels again, these countries are some that are showing the biggest jumps in arrivals. These Are…

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These two senior friends prove that getting older doesn't have to stop you from traveling! Globe Aware volunteer vacations welcome all our senior volunteers! These 81-year-old best friends traveled the world in 80 days April 8, 2023CTV A pair of best friends from Texas are proving that adventure doesn't have an age limit -- even when you're 81. Ellie Hamby, a documentary photographer, and Sandy Hazelip, a physician and lecturer, toured the world in 80 days, adventuring from the beaches of Bali to the deserts of Egypt. The octogenarian grandmothers started their ambitious adventure on January 11, according to the blog the two have used to document their travels. Their first stop was a location that eludes even many seasoned travellers: Antarctica. Getting to the…

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It’s more likely that in the future, your heartbeat might replace your passport. Do our Globe Aware volunteers believe that's likely to happen? Future travel: Soon, your heart and not passport will play a crucial role in taking you places TIMESOFINDIA.COMTRAVEL NEWS, WORLDMar 31, 2023 It’s more likely that in the future, your heartbeat might replace your passport. Well, the future of travel will not be close to anything, which you can relate to today. If we go by what experts have to say, instead of scanning passports, future airports will instead scan travellers’ heartbeats and other biometric information. This report is based as per a London-headquartered airline group easyJet's 'future travel' forecast, and travel will be nothing like what one knows at present. A…

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Finding the ideal gift for women who are interested in traveling is tough. Here are some of the best gifts for our Globe Aware volunteers to give to the women travelers in their life, that are useful and enjoyable:   Travel gift ideas for women who love to explore Looking for gift ideas for women who enjoy travelling? Check out these perfect on-the-go presents! April 01, 2023India TVNew Delhi Travelling is a passion for several women. However, finding the ideal gift for women who take interest in travelling is tough. Whether it's a practical item for a long journey or a thoughtful keepsake to remember a special trip, the options are endless. Here are some of the best gifts to give to women travellers that…

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As one of the top Latin American destinations for 2023, Costa Rica is in no way a secret to our Globe Aware volunteers. Find out why this destination is perfect for every type of traveler! Why This Central American Country Is Perfect For Every Type Of Traveler MARCH 26, 2023MARCI RIVERATravel off Path As one of the top Latin American destinations for 2023, Costa Rica is in no way a secret. In fact, this lush country was also recently crowned the 2022 leading destination for Central America. Costa Rica is an ideal destination for all types of travelers, and it is definitely a country that should not be missed. While traveling in Costa Rica, you will likely meet many travelers from North America, as the…

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Cambodian cuisine may not be as popular as that of its neighbors, Thailand and Vietnam, but it’s no less tasty than theirs. Cambodia's cuisine is a part of your Globe Aware volunteer vacation experience when visiting the country. The Most Popular And Tastiest Dishes From Cambodian Food Slurrp EditorialJanuary 28, 2023 A Cambodian meal usually consists of soup, a main fish dish, vegetables, rice, salad, and soup. Cambodian cuisine may not be as popular as that of its neighbors, Thailand and Vietnam, but it’s no less tasty than theirs. Cambodia's cuisine should be part of your overall experience when visiting the country. A Cambodian meal usually consists of soup, a main fish dish, vegetables, rice, salad, and soup. Fresh fruit and sticky rice are frequently…

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