Immerse Yourself in a Culture While Learning

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Take home more than photographs when you travel—Shelley Seale shows how learning something new around the world enhances your life and cultural experiences.

How to Add Volunteering to Your RTW Trip

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Voluntourism is increasingly figuring high on the agendas of RTW travelers, but knowing where to start is another story. Should you sign up through an organization or go the independent route? Check out our top tips for incorporating voluntourism into your world travels and resources for figuring out how.

Three Routes Through El Salvador

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El Salvador remains one of Central America’s least visited places. Shelley Seale invites you to explore three routes through the country.

Why You Should Stick Around Bangkok

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Bangkok is a major hub of Southeast Asia, but often travelers treat it as just that: a pit stop. Writer Shelley Seale gives three itineraries that may just make you want to stay a while.

Kenya for the Indie Traveler

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From wildlife to beachcombing to one of the world’s epic train rides, Shelley Seale shares some of the best times to be had in Kenya.

The Happiest Places on the Planet

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A happiness study which takes into account a country’s life satisfaction along with its environmental impact, rates the happiest places on the planet. Perhaps it will help you plan that next big trip?

Trading Places – Laos

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How to get the best “local” experiences when visiting Laos

Trading Places in Nicaragua

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In Nicaragua, the living is easy and inexpensive and adventures await. Try some of these suggestions from Shelley Seale to help you experience the local way of life in full.

One Day in Bangkok: Three Itineraries for Under $10

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If you’re traveling on a budget, Southeast Asia is a great place to do it in. Once you get here, it’s easy to keep costs very low, and have an amazing time on just a few bucks. Take your pick from these three itineraries for a great day in Bangkok, for less than $10 – and easily around $5.

Great Getaways from Shanghai: China’s Hidden Charms

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Too many people stick to the well-trodden paths in China and miss out on the country’s hidden charms. Shelley Seale hopes to change that with these three excellent suggestions for weekend trips from the mega-city of Shanghai.