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How to Donate to a Travel Fundraiser: Local Organizations Abroad That Need Help

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent collapse of international tourism may have undermined the financial and functional stability of our “dream destinations,” but the reality is many of these communities already faced tremendous challenges on...
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In No Place: Living a Double Life in the Two Worlds of Rio de...

I was 21 years old and a recent college graduate when I decided to move to Brazil to start my career. I was also gay, broke and living in a small town in the...
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A Whip-Cracking Carnival in Brazil’s Cowboy Country: The Caretas of Triunfo

Triunfo is a quaint city located in the heart of Brazil’s ‘cowboy land,’ the sertão. Amid the Savanna landscapes of this semi-arid region, it is an oasis with its cooler temperatures and lush greenery....
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How To Solo Hike the W Trek in Torres Del Paine, Chile

For nearly 10 years, it had been a goal of mine to complete a long distance trek in South America. The more research I did, the more discouraged I became. The 15,000-foot altitudes of...
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Walking Across Borders in the Patagonia Mountains

Crossing a border always produces excitement and curiosity. It can be like opening a door to a new world, even though it can sometimes feel like just one more step in the travel process,...
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5 Best Whale Watching Destinations Around the World

As a full-time traveler, I’ve been fortunate enough to plan many of my adventures around the migration patterns of some of my favorite creatures—including whales! Over the last few years, I’ve spotted these gentle...
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The Ultimate Weekend in Uruguay’s José Ignacio

If you’re craving a break from the city, do as the elite Argentines, Brazilians, and Uruguayans do and head to the rustic beach village of José Ignacio. What was once a tiny sleepy fishing...
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An Afternoon Alone in Villa de Leyva, Colombia

Many moons ago I traveled for a year alone, with a backpack, and on the cheap through Asia and Latin America, staying at hostels for less than $15 a night. None of my friends...
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Protected: Rio Carnaval: A Transformation Through Culture

Back in February, we partnered with American Airlines to give away a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Rio Carnaval to travelers who all had one thing in common: a space marked on their bucket lists to...

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