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Traveling Slow Benefits You, Local Communities and the Environment

We have a tendency to go about traveling as we go about our busy daily lives: frantically ticking off our to-do list to make sure we make the most of our time – and have a lot of Instagrammable pictures to show for it. But more and more people are realizing that making the best of our time might mean something completely different: it requires us to slow down, so we can really appreciate the places we visit. The best part: while traveling slow gives us a more meaningful experience, it also maximizes benefits for local communities and the environment. With traveling slow, everybody wins.

A Newbie at a Thai Monastery

A long line of people dressed in all white formed a silent procession through the forest. Putting one foot in front of the other slowly and carefully, no one made a sound. It was an impressive sight–one that continues to fill me with awe. If you would have told me a few years ago that I would be part of this line, I might have laughed. I was as down to earth as it gets. Yet here I was: in a Buddhist monastery amidst the hills of northern Thailand participating in a walking meditation.

Why Myanmar Needs You: A Story of Three Meetings

The entrance to the Shan Palace was hidden behind a neglected garden. While I walked past overgrown bushes, some stray dogs barked at me. The palace turned out to be an old mansion, that I imagined once looked grand but was poorly maintained and partly in decay. When I reached the front door, I was invited into the house by a modest but charismatic old woman. As I sat down in the living room, she started to tell the story of the last prince and princess of Hsipaw.

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Rotterdam: A Booming City, But Not For Everybody

Driving up to the city center across the boulevard lining the river Maas, the impressive skyline of Rotterdam, characterized by modern high-rise and the iconic Erasmus Bridge, emerges in front of me. The grand view puts a little smile on my face — although I’ve seen it countless times, it never fails to fulfill me with a sense of pride. I was born and raised in Rotterdam and like most locals, I’m proud of it. But the skyline is rapidly changing.

The Throw-Away Mentality Has to Go!

Recently I visited Bunaken Island and I was amazed by the marine life around the shores of this island. After some days of marvelling at the beauty of nature I returned to Manado, and to my shock and terror witnessed the boat literally dodging piles of trash floating in the ocean. This trash comes from Manado and partly ends up in Bunaken, where it pollutes the corals and disturbs the marine life. What a disillusion - yet another paradise is threatened with extinction…

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How to Conquer a Fear of Flying

Most people know that flying is one of the safest forms of transportation, and you’re far more likely to end up in a car accident than a plane crash. Yet fears aren’t rational, and don’t follow statistics. Fears are characterized by an anxious response in the absence of real danger. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to alter your response and control your fear. This article will help you understand and manage your anxiety, so you can start conquering your fear of flying.

Road Trips in Iceland: Get Ready for an Epic Adventure

Iceland is known as the land of ice and fire: the country’s dramatic landscapes are shaped by a constant duel between massive glaciers and active volcanoes, producing gushing geysers and geothermal lagoons. Road tripping is the ultimate way to take in the ever-changing landscapes and experience the power of Iceland’s nature in all its glory. Self-driving your way through the country gives you complete freedom to explore all of its hidden corners, stopping along the way and taking detours at your leisure.

A Fall Trip to Armenia: One of the World’s Last Travel Frontiers

Armenia is one of Europe’s best-kept secrets and an ideal destination for adventurous travelers looking for an authentic experience, in a country virtually untouched by tourism. While off the radar for most travelers, Armenia has all the ingredients for a memorable trip: an incredibly rich cultural heritage dating back to ancient times, mesmerizing landscapes, and unparalleled hospitality. Fall in Armenia is the best time of year to visit: after the summer heat cools down and before the cold winter kicks in, weather conditions are optimal for exploring this underrated, captivating country.
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