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A Few Methods to Stay in Touch While Traveling

An old adage has it that traveling is good for the soul. But while you’re out exploring the world, remember to check in with your loved ones from time to time, if only to share the latest photos from your exploits. Here we present a few methods (some new, some tried and true) for staying in contact with people back home.


Tour Director Profile: Isabel Ramos, Ecuador

Ecuador is a small country blessed with dramatically contrasting scenery and climates, a fact which our featured tour director, Ecuadorian Isabel Ramos, appreciates. A guide and tour director for almost 24 years, Isabel says she lives in paradise. Read our blog to find out why.

Into the Land of Happiness

We have all kinds of guests on our tours, including published authors! We were delighted to see this New York Times piece from Jennifer Moses, in which she recounts her and her husband’s 30th-anniversary trip on our Himalayan Kingdoms: Nepal and Bhutan small group tour.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Colombia Right Now

With beautiful natural scenery, traditional colonial villages, incredible wildlife, and welcoming residents, Colombia should rank at the very top of your travel wish list. If you can tear yourself away from the photographs, you’ll find five great reasons to make this South American gem your next destination.

Sunrise in the Jungle: Guatemala’s Tikal at Dawn

Deep in the rainforest of Guatemala lies Tikal, an ancient Maya site that was only discovered in 1848, but traces its history back to the Late Preclassic era of 400-300 BCE. This mystical archaeological site was once the most important site in the Maya universe, with jungle-clad ruins of palaces, temples, ball courts, and ceremonial platforms.

Discover Laos, Southeast Asia’s Hidden Treasure

When planning a trip to Southeast Asia, the options are almost overwhelming. It’s a region steeped in history, with religious traditions dating back millennia and dozens of fascinating subcultures to learn about. Read on to learn more about Laos, Southeast Asia’s hidden treasure.

Poignant History, Spectacular Game Viewing, and a Coastal Retreat: the Splendors of Southern Africa

Southern Africa remains one of the most underappreciated vacation spots on earth. The region offers an amazing diversity of sights, sounds, and experiences, and our Splendors of Southern Africa tour highlights this wonderful variety.

Enjoy a Portrait of Italy Through a Guest’s Eyes

Orlando-based writer Karen Kuszel took our Portrait of Italy tour recently along with her husband Russ, and she penned a lovely six-part series chronicling her adventure. From the stunning Amalfi Coast, to history-soaked Rome, to the verdant fields of Tuscany and charming canals of Venice, these write-ups capture the essence of one of our most popular tours. 

Traveler Tips: How to Get, Exchange, and Use Foreign Currency Abroad

Even in an increasingly cashless world, you’ll need to deal in foreign currency when traveling abroad. Here we offer a few quick tips that will help you save time and money the next time you work with foreign currency.

The Best Way to Visit the Galapagos? A Small Group Tour

The Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s most fascinating and diverse travel destinations, and a small group tour is the ideal way to visit them. Find out why.


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