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Earthquake in Ecuador: What You Need to Know & How You Can Help
Travel News / Voluntourism

Earthquake in Ecuador: What You Need to Know & How You Can Help

On Saturday, April 16, Ecuador suffered a 7.8 earthquake. According to the United States Geological Survey, the epicenter was 16 miles south of Muisne, Ecuador. The earthquake in Ecuador was… Read More…

Unique Hostels You’ll Actually Want to Stay In
Budget Travel / Hotels & Accommodations / Pop Culture Travel

Unique Hostels You’ll Actually Want to Stay In

Hostels have been seen as a lodging option only meant for college kids traveling on the cheap. They may not be five-star hotels, but hostels offer an alternative, sociable experience… Read More…

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Caribbean / Hurricane Season / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Visiting the Caribbean During the Off Season

It’s now time to anticipate—and then celebrate—the off season as well as the storm season, especially in the Caribbean. Think June through October, and then book accordingly. Yes, the thermometer… Read More…

Thailand Hotels That Showcase Local Art & Design
Culture / Hotels & Accommodations / Southeast Asia

Thailand Hotels That Showcase Local Art & Design

Thailand’s beaches, flavorful cuisine, and lively partying draw thousands of visitors each year. Yet Thailand doesn’t get nearly enough attention for its artistic contributions and design aesthetics, which include local… Read More…

Travel Tip: How to Make Your Stay at a Hotel More Eco-Friendly
Eco Travel / Hotels & Accommodations / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How to Make Your Stay at a Hotel More Eco-Friendly

What do we look for in a supposedly green hotel? You know what they say, the ones that recycle or save energy or don’t wash their towels everyday. That’s all… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Clean Mount Royal Park in Montreal, Canada
Canada / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Clean Mount Royal Park in Montreal, Canada

Known as Canada’s cultural capital, Montreal is a vibrant city with boundless opportunities to explore the arts, enjoy some of the world’s best bagels, and experience centuries-old architecture. While the… Read More…

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Airlines & Airports / Culinary Travel / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Airplane Food Might Slowly Be Getting Better

If you’re like me, you find airplane food to be an oxymoron, and you try to avoid it at all costs. And that’s presuming you’re on a flight that actually… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Reading to Children at Solana Beach Library
California / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: Reading to Children at Solana Beach Library

Located along the Pacific Ocean, Del Mar is a coastal gem known for its beaches and world-renowned horse racing track. Home to the San Diego County Fair and only a… Read More…

Travel Tip: Alternative Destinations for Spring Break 2016
Spring / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: Alternative Destinations for Spring Break 2016

Spring break is right around the corner, and with a little advance planning, you can actually travel to some well known—and lesser known—spring break capitals without breaking the bank. But… Read More…

How You Can Donate Used Luggage For A Good Cause
Luggage & Packing / Voluntourism

How You Can Donate Used Luggage For A Good Cause

When you travel on a regular basis, it’s not unusual for luggage to wear down. When a suitcase is no longer useful, that’s when you’ll probably start looking for a… Read More…

Travel Tip: How History Can Be A Travel Guide
Travel Books / Travel Tips

Travel Tip: How History Can Be A Travel Guide

When planning a trip, many of us want to go where the smart travelers go. But what about going where the smart people already live? There’s an argument that cities… Read More…

Luxe Lavs: Hotel Bathtubs With Room for Two
Luxe Lavs / Valentine's Day

Luxe Lavs: Hotel Bathtubs With Room for Two

Looking for hotel bathtubs with room for two? This month, Luxe Lavs contributors Angela Fairhurst and Natalie Compagno found romantic hotels around the world—just in time for Valentine’s Day. February… Read More…

How You Can Move to Another Country With A Pet
Airlines & Airports / Travel with Pets

How You Can Move to Another Country With A Pet

Bringing a pet with you into another country can often be tricky, and in some cases next to impossible. Each country has varying rules and regulations, and some even require… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in San Jose
California / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: Guadalupe River Park Conservancy in San Jose

Just an hour outside of San Francisco, San Jose is nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley. While it’s one of the major hubs of the tech industry, this Californian city is also full… Read More…