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An Open Letter to Malia Obama - Gap Year Advice from a Travel CEO

Russ Hedge | Posted 05.05.2016 | Home
Russ Hedge

Malia Obama The White House Washington DC 20050 Dear Malia, I wanted to extend a congratulations and my sheer enthusiasm for your decision to take ...

The World's Most Breathtaking Caves Look Like Pure Magic | Posted 02.16.2017 | Home

By Michelle Schuman for the Orbitz Travel Blog The proverbial underworld isn't always a dark, dank place--these 11 caves hidden in jungles, lakes a...

'Go Local!' and You Just Might Return a Better Person

Nicholas Kontis | Posted 08.25.2014 | Home
Nicholas Kontis

On your next journey, ditch the idea of staying in an all-inclusive or high rise hotel. Make a positive mark on our planet. Become a better traveler. Go and find an authentic, original experience and "go local."

Symbiotic Travel: A Yogic Eco-Immersion

Crawford Hill | Posted 06.11.2014 | Home
Crawford Hill

As an educator, I have long aspired to teach by turning students on to extreme, compelling storylines and whenever possible, fusing those with actual ...

A New Kind of Family Vacation!

Crawford Hill | Posted 03.18.2014 | Home
Crawford Hill

What we are talking about is maximizing the diminishing opportunities we all have to be together as a multigenerational family in a unique and stimulating setting.

Isabella -- Given Pause by Eco-immersion at Age 13

Crawford Hill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Crawford Hill

In a world where those most privileged often tend more towards sybaritism than desiring to foster mutual benefit, we can all learn a lot from Isabella's attempts to repair one broken home, inspired by a far from ordinary trip abroad.

Expedition Mentality - Rehumanizing Your Approach

Crawford Hill | Posted 11.12.2013 | Home
Crawford Hill

Our kinds of expeditions are about creating a comfortable environment even in challenging conditions - whether those conditions be physical, social or emotional. They are about probing far beyond the superficial level of virtually all ecotourism and creating opportunities for eco-immersion.

Finding Pace: Soaking Up The Three R's Of Experiential Travel

Crawford Hill | Posted 10.14.2013 | Home
Crawford Hill

Our charming village is nestled on a perfect two miles across semi-circle of a bay at the base of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, which by the time you reach Granada and the Alhambra soar to over 12,000 feet.

A 360-degree Approach to Teen Summer Service Travel

Crawford Hill | Posted 06.05.2013 | Home
Crawford Hill

A true educator recognizes that the destination and the central experience are strong platforms, which can either be woefully under leveraged or embedded in a powerful experience for your child that is leveraged to the max. This is rare.

A Purposeful Spring Break

Crawford Hill | Posted 05.01.2013 | Home
Crawford Hill

Spring break provides an incredible opportunity to do some volunteer work and have a vacation too.

Cultural Immersion Through Those You Meet

Crawford Hill | Posted 02.10.2013 | Home
Crawford Hill

Through eco-immersion, travelers see a place through local eyes and really own the experience in a powerfully personal way -- not your typical tourist experience, anywhere.

PHOTOS: Viennese Dancing As Adventure

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 11.03.2012 | Home
Jean Newman Glock

Climb Everest to Base Camp or learn a quadrille for a Viennese Ball, both offer a discriminating traveler new bragging rights to travel beyond the ordinary.

Seven Trips To Expand Your Comfort Zone

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 09.23.2012 | Home
Jean Newman Glock

he Hermitage is great, their storage rooms even better and the glorious mansions of the Romanov period are opening for a glimpse of the past we have all read about.

Hiding From The Cold In A Quebecois Timber Lodge

AFAR | Posted 03.30.2012 | Home

I had come to ski some of the 65,000 acres of wooded backcountry that neighbor the resort, but the château was so welcoming that I found it hard to leave.

A Chocolate Retreat In The Caribbean

AFAR | Posted 03.13.2012 | Home

Using the blade at the end of the pole, he cut a squashlike pod from the tree, then scored it with a pocket knife to reveal a hive of white, pulp-covered beans the size of grapes.

WATCH: Becoming A Canadian Mountie For A Day

Lonely Planet | Posted 01.17.2012 | Home
Lonely Planet

Recently I got to spend a couple days "being" a Canadian Mountie at Regina, Saskatchewan's Royal Canadian Mounted Police Depot Division, where Mounties have been made since 1885.

WATCH: No More Waffling As Iceland's President Invites Tourists To Breakfast

wejetset | Posted 12.18.2011 | Home

Last week, Iceland's President, Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, kicked off a new tourism promotion campaign by inviting tourists into his home for pancakes, whipped cream and rhubarb jam.

So You Thought the Vikings Were Gone?

Judie Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judie Fein

In the bosom of a fjord, under a sky of cotton ball clouds, 500 authentically Viking-clad reenactors from 20 nations bring the Vikings back to life.

Eat, Pray, Love, or Meet, Learn, Transform?

Judie Fein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Judie Fein

Meaningful, connected. That's how I like my trips to be. And it doesn't hurt to have luxury service, a large cabin, and one of the major waterways of Europe within arm's reach.