A colorful cluster of coral photographed underwater.

Visiting the Island of Utila

Snorkeling with whale sharks is a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience—and the reason many choose Utila over any other Caribbean island. Plan a trip to this popular budget destination with this helpful guide.

Cayos Cochinos beach in the Honduras.

The Best Beaches in Honduras

Sun worshipers will have no problem finding palm-lined beaches large and small on which to lay their towel or sling their hammock. Here are a few tips to help you find the best beach in Honduras for you.

The endangered Hawksbill sea turtle is just one of the amazing creatures you can see while SCUBA diuving in Utila.

Dive Shops in Utila, Honduras

Competition between shops is fierce in Utila, where inexpensive Open Water certification is a big business. Here’s a round-up of recommended dive shops, all of which are PADI-certified and have similar prices for services.

An empty city street focused on the white towering facade of the town church.

The 10-Day Best of Honduras

Honduras is a place best taken at a leisurely pace, to really enjoy those soporific tropical vibes. With 10 days, it’s easily possible to have a vacation combining several different activities and parts of the country, at a relatively relaxed pace.

Political satire is a popular theme for the monigotes and años viejos. Photo © Amy E. Robertson.

New Year’s Eve in Ecuador: Embracing Local Culture

Instead of singing “Auld Lang Syne” when midnight strikes in Ecuador, residents set dummies on fire. Read on to learn more about the country’s biggest tradition on New Year’s Eve as Amy E. Robertson shares her experience of the holiday in Quito.

A woman stands with her young son on the porch of a simple house painted a lively teal.

Coming Full-Circle: How Volunteer Vacations Impacted My Life

Good volunteer vacations give travelers the opportunity to insert themselves into the local reality and meet locals on their own terms. Moon author Amy E. Robertson shares her own personal experiences with volunteer vacations, from building homes in Honduras to monitoring political elections in Ecuador to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in the United States.

A yellow macaw with brilliant blue wings perches under a thatched straw roof.

Types of Volunteer Opportunities

Embarking on a volunteer vacation gives you the opportunity to help those in need as well as explore new terrain. Author Amy E. Robertson outlines ideas for projects ranging from community development to wildlife protection. Learn more about the many options for your international volunteer experience.

An undeveloped golden sand beach with driftwood and palm trees on shore.

Why Volunteer During Your Vacation?

Travel becomes transformative when you share experiences and integrate with the people, culture, and environment of the place. Amy E. Robertson shares how volunteer vacations convert the tourist into the traveler, allowing you to experience a destination and connect with locals in a new way.