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Reigniting a Passion for International Service

Carrie Hessler-Radelet | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Carrie Hessler-Radelet

The Peace Corps has always been about igniting a passion for service. When it was created by President John F. Kennedy, it presented a model for international service that was so unique, so unprecedented, that many said it will never work.

Travelling Green: The World's Top Eco-Friendly Hotels

HotelsCombined.com | Posted 07.22.2014 | Travel
HotelsCombined.com

A boutique hotel offering a private beach and rooftop pool, the Hi Hotel Eco Spa and Beach has received Green Globe certification for using recycled paper, organic paint, eco-friendly cleaning products and organic food.

Climate Change This Week: Super Typhoon, Solar Keeps Spreading, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 07.14.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded.

Stray Dogs Impact on Tourism in the Caribbean

Cathy Kangas | Posted 07.10.2014 | Green
Cathy Kangas

It is impossible to measure the economic impact stray dogs have on the tourism industry, but I maintain that Caribbean islands have probably lost millions in first-time or even more important return visitors because of the prevalence of stray dogs.

White Gold, Black Slaves, Red Blood: Countless Years a Slave on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 07.07.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

White gold, they called it, the salt that made white men rich and black slaves wretched with a horrendous plight beyond all suffering in the salt pans...

Saving These Fish Could Save The Caribbean Coral Reefs

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 07.03.2014 | Green

Caribbean coral reefs are in critical danger, but a group of fish might be able to save them. In a new report published this week, the Internation...

Why Tiny Barbados Is Beating Us on the Road to Green Energy

Richard Schiffman | Posted 07.09.2014 | Green
Richard Schiffman

Are we to believe that a country which sent a man to the moon and created the Internet can't figure out how to integrate alternative power sources into the power grid?

5 Dream Trips You Can Actually Afford

Budget Travel | Posted 06.30.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Yes, you CAN afford to visit Machu Picchu! Try going with an affordable group tour by G Adventures. (Photo courtesy of Luq1/Dreamstime. Article by Ka...

Heading to the Caribbean? Advice to Stay Safe

Robert L. Quigley, MD, D.Phil. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Travel
Robert L. Quigley, MD, D.Phil.

Travelers heading to the Caribbean may face the "The Deadliest Animal in the World," a pesky and deadly little critter -- the mosquito that's infecting individuals with a less commonly known disease, chikungunya.

City Life vs. Island Life: The Best of Both Worlds

Amanda Walkins | Posted 06.25.2014 | Travel
Amanda Walkins

Both city life and island life have their perks. I can personally recommend both, but of course, one or both may not be perfect for you. Here are my favorite aspects of each so you can decide for yourself.

For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Was Not Enough

Diriye Osman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

When I was a kid growing up in Kenya, I imagined that one day I would step out of the closet and find a sense of brotherhood and belonging in the beautiful, rainbow flag-waving LGBT community. But the reality differed a great deal from my dreams.

A Beginner's Guide to Babymoons

Travelzoo | Posted 06.25.2014 | Travel
Travelzoo

For some, the babymoon might be a "last-chance at the bucket-list" adventure, but among my friends, most trips were beach-oriented -- a last chance at lounging around, doing absolutely nothing on a sandy beach while gazing out into the crystal clear blue sea.

UTILA, Isla de Bahia: The Authentic Island Experience Still Exists

Chandra Hoffman | Posted 06.02.2014 | Travel
Chandra Hoffman

This tiny island is not the Caribbean of the $16 piña colada or the orchestrated see-only-what-the-cruise-operators-want-you-to-see routes. There are...

Kara Walker's Sphinx Is A Missed Opportunity

Jessica Ann Mitchell | Posted 06.13.2014 | Black Voices
Jessica Ann Mitchell

Many recognize Kara Walker's The Subtlety as a fascinating sphinx built in the image of a "Mammy" like caricature. The sphinx, which is made of sugar, is successful in that it's jarring.

What Makes Puerto Rico the Most Special Place in the U.S.A.

Manuel R. De Juan | Posted 06.09.2014 | Travel
Manuel R. De Juan

I'd like to share my viewpoint on why Puerto Rico truly deserves to have been chosen by USA Today readers as "The Best U.S. Island"; explained with the top ten reasons of what I think makes Puerto Rico the most special place in the U.S.A. Puerto Rico should be on any bucket list, and any must-repeat list as well.

Can Fish Be Too Fresh?

Tristan Welch | Posted 06.05.2014 | Taste
Tristan Welch

There is a window of two to three hours when a fresh catch is an exemplary piece of fish.

Women on the Map: Who Was Virginia? Charlotte? Louise? Beverly?

Bob Schulman | Posted 06.05.2014 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Flying to Mexico for some fun in the sun at Playa del Carmen? Or maybe to Charlotte Amalie down on St. Thomas? Or to Lake Louise up in Canada? Or to Victoria Falls over in Africa? Or to Beverly Hills to spend a week with your rich uncle?

Silks for Silver: Saga of the Manila Galleons

Bob Schulman | Posted 06.03.2014 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Imagine it's the 16th century, and you're on a 2,500-ton Spanish super-galleon sailing off the Pacific coast of Mexico. You're on your way back from a long, dangerous voyage to Manila, where traders from Spain's conquered lands in the Americas.

Romantic Kissing Spots On The Island Of St. Thomas

JustLuxe | Posted 06.02.2014 | Travel
JustLuxe

It offers something special year-round with warm seas, cool breezes, perfect weather and enough mystery and glamour to be the perfect jet-set vacation spot only a stone's throw away from home. St. Thomas is also a hidden gem for romantic moments.

Grand Cayman: Perfect Summer Vacation

Andrea Poe | Posted 05.30.2014 | Travel
Andrea Poe

When travelers think of summer vacation, they don't often conjure images of the Caribbean, but in the case of Grand Cayman, they should.

Skateboarders Take to the Streets of Cuba (VIDEO)

HUMANITY.TV | Posted 05.30.2014 | Travel
HUMANITY.TV

Cuba isn't known for its non-conformists, so skateboarding, with its counter-cultural roots, is not a sport that has been encouraged on the Caribbean island. But a group of young individuals are still ollie-ing and grinding through the streets of Havana.

Twelve Years a Slave and African Heritage Tourism

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.29.2014 | Travel
Stefan Simanowitz

"Watching Kunte Kinte's story unfold had a profound impact on my developing sense of identity," says Ade Akinboyewa of the television series based on ...

Puerto Rico: The Real Fountain of Youth?

Richard Bangs | Posted 05.27.2014 | Travel
Richard Bangs

Puerto Rico is a kind of crossroads of the Caribbean. Its forts, castles, walls and batteries were originally designed to protect the island from invaders, but when the residents felt secure, it became a way station for seafarers bringing new ideas, art, lifestyles and food.

Your A-Z Guide to Vieques, Puerto Rico

Fathom | Posted 07.14.2014 | Travel
Fathom

We dug around, harangued the concierge, talked to locals, drove in circles, went off paved roads, paddled, peddled, stayed up late, woke up early, and ate everything in sight. Here's what we discovered.

Study Abroad: The Path From the Sleepy Suburbs to the Global Stage

Roberta S. Jacobson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Education
Roberta S. Jacobson

There are still far too many obstacles -- financial, social, and political -- that keep more young people from gaining the perspective and knowledge that a study-abroad experience can provide.