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It wasn't too long ago that travel to Cuba was near impossible but, slowly, opportunities are opening up for Americans.
Group IST has been granted a license by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets allowing the travel agency to offer an exclusive eight day People to People exchange program of Cuba throughout 2015.
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Summer might be winding down, but there are still tickets available for L.A. River Expeditions Summer 2014 Kayaking Trips in the Sepulveda Basin Recreation Area.
The guided tour takes kayakers through one of the most scenic stretches of the L.A. in San Fernando Valley for great views of wildlife and leisurely paddling.
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Earlier this week, our bro HotelChatter took a look at what it means for hotels to be eco-friendly and sustainable in Costa Rica. Instead of stars, a property is awarded anywhere from 0 to 5 leafs that represent its cooperation with the requirements set forth by the country’s Board of Tourism in its Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST).
The certificate was designed with the purpose of differentiating businesses and their level of responsibility as it relates to sustainable tourism. Hotels are definitely the most talked about entity when it comes to sustainability rankings, partly because they are the most consumptuous and partly because it is a trend that has caught on with the rest of the world. LEED Certifications, for example.
Great Projects has put together a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India where volunteers will not only help protect endangered tigers, but they will also stay in the reserve they call home.
The project takes place in the prestigious Kanha National Park, the same location that gave Rudyard Kipling with inspiration to write The Jungle Book.
Aston is giving their guests an opportunity to give back on their next trip to Hawaii.
Aston Kona by the Sea, Aston Shores at Waikoloa, and Aston Waikoloa Colony Villas are all participating in the “Leave a Legacy with Aston” program.
It might not feel like it but tomorrow does mark the first day of spring which has farmers across the country getting ready to welcome farm-stayers.
Farm Stays give travelers the chance to help farmers with their daily chores while learning more about the culture of growing food in a rural setting.
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This year you can tour Nicaragua, help those in need, and learn how to install solar panels. It's a weird combination that completely works if you're up for a little "voluntourism."
Power to the People brings solar electricity to community buildings in developing countries and creates opportunities for local residents through renewable energy. The non-profit agency depends on volunteers to help install the systems. Professional solar companies assist volunteers in every step of the installation process, from attaching the racking system to teaching the community the basics about solar energy.
If you're stuck in the snow, ice, or rain blanketing the east coast this week, you're probably looking for an excuse to escape to warmer climates and we have one: sea turtles.
The nonprofit Hawaii Wildlife Fund has organized an effort to help protect the sea turtles who "bask" every night in the same spot on some of Maui's busy beaches.
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There are some places that we encourage you to visit before they become overrun and overpopulated with tourists, before they change and lose pieces of their authenticity.
Then there's the Marshall Islands, which we're insisting you visit before they cease to exist. You know, those islands where we tested all the nuclear weapons back during the second world war? Well, looks like they're getting the short end of the stick again, and this time it might be fatal.
Last week, this string of islands in the South Pacific, about 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii, told the United Nations that unless climate change action was taken immediately, rising sea levels will drown the country by the end of the century. That means the islands have about 87 years to live, and the situation would get pretty bad well before then.
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September is one of the best times of year to visit Mount St. Helens thanks to cooler temperatures and clear visibility. It's also the perfect time to help the staff complete a much needed one-mile trail to the nearby Ape Cave, the famous lava tube just south of the active volcano.
Volunteers from the Washington Trails Association and the Mount St. Helens Institute have finished all but the last few hundred feet, which they hope to finish this month with the help of some intrepid travelers.
When the term North Pole is thrown around, images of polar bears, icebergs, snow, and sometimes even Santa come to mind. Now you may add a lake to all that imagery of northernmost point of planet Earth.
The folks up at North Pole Environmental Observatory are tasked with ensuring that the frozen-tundra ecosystem is monitored appropriately. This scientific body is chock full of environmental experts who closely watch the happenings of the top of Earth and, this season, they've witnessed a lot of action for an area that has few visitors; this action might have a ripple effect on those of us that live a bit closer to the Equator.
On Saturday, June 1, the American Hiking Society will host more than 2,000 volunteer events nationwide as part of National Trails Day. The day is meant to be a celebration of the country's network of hiking trails from coast to coast.
Among the volunteer events kicking off on Saturday is a week-long volunteer vacation in Washington's Mount Rainier National Park where a group will work on the repairing the Wonderland Trail at Ipsut Creek.