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Voluntourism Spotlight: Work with Refugees in Brussels
Europe / France & Belgium / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: Work with Refugees in Brussels

As the headquarters for the European Union, Brussels is often the center of political and historic policies and events. Fittingly, Belgium ranks third in the world as most welcoming nation… Read More…

How to Be Irish All Year: St. Patrick’s Day Parades & Beyond
British Isles / Cultural Immersion / Festivals / Travel News

How to Be Irish All Year: St. Patrick’s Day Parades & Beyond

St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday that originally paid tribute to the bishop who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century, has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish…. Read More…

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In Honor of Pope Francis: Four Travel Shortcuts in Rome

White smoke is coming from the Sistine Chapel today, indicating that the Cardinals have chosen Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina the 266th pope. In addition to making headlines around… Read More…

Exploring Ireland’s ‘Wild West’: Galway, Connemara and Inis Mór
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Exploring Ireland’s ‘Wild West’: Galway, Connemara and Inis Mór

Many a visitor heads home from Ireland after sampling the sights—and the Guinness—in Dublin, Kerry and Cork.  Ask the  Irish though and they will tell you not to miss West… Read More…

Travel Tip: The Gathering
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Travel Tip: The Gathering

It’s not often that an entire country gets together to honor its heritage. I’m talking about Ireland, which is celebrating something called The Gathering this year. The idea behind The… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin
British Isles / Festivals / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: St. Patrick’s Festival in Dublin

Nothing says “Ireland” like St. Patrick’s Day. But instead of just watching the parade, get involved!  Head to Dublin March 14-18 where you can actually volunteer to help out at… Read More…

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5 Immersive Travel Experiences for Fans of Downton Abbey

Are you tuning into Downton Abbey? If you’re dreaming of walking the grounds of Downton like Mary and Matthew, the UK has real-life ways for fans to let loose your… Read More…

How You Can Travel Back to Downton Abbey: Castles, High Tea & More
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How You Can Travel Back to Downton Abbey: Castles, High Tea & More

Season Three of Downton Abbey has started and it’s shaping up to the be the best one yet. If you can’t wait until this Sunday’s episode, check out Alyssa Caverley’s… Read More…

Hot Destinations 2013: Finding the Locals’ Istanbul
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Hot Destinations 2013: Finding the Locals’ Istanbul

We can do better than the old cliche of Istanbul as “East meets West.” Instead, Courtney Crockett seeks out the vibrant local experience–the real hamam culture, Türk kahvehane and the… Read More…

2013 Eco-Travel Travel: 11 Suspension Bridge Experiences
Adventure Travel & Sports / Eco Travel / Europe / Switzerland & Austria / Travel News / Winter Sports

2013 Eco-Travel Travel: 11 Suspension Bridge Experiences

This month brought the opening of European’s highest suspension bridge–thought to be one of the most dazzling and terrifying experiences in the home of the Alps. We sent Courtney Crockett… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: La Giraudiere, Brossac, France
France & Belgium / Travel News / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: La Giraudiere, Brossac, France

Some of the best voluntourism projects come from working with your passions and interest. For those who dream of France and the rustic charm of country living, there is a… Read More…