Old, rusted car in junkyard on Maui, Hawaii.

Dealing with Waste on the Hawaiian Islands

It’s not so easy to move heavy or big items across the ocean. While this makes Hawaii a thrift-store and vintage paradise, dealing with waste on an island is a continuous challenge. Some locals tackle the problem creatively, such as reusing old or broken bicycles to build new custom models.

A Colombian fruit market.

All About Colombian Fruits

Colombia is a land bursting with exotic fruit. Sold from the back of pickup trucks by farmers on the roadside, overflowing at stalls in colorful markets in every town and village, you’ll find higos, uchuvas, mangostinos, and a lot more. Learn about them here.

A spectacled or Andean bear looks down the hillside.

Colombian Cloud Forest

Rainforests that grow at higher altitudes on the flanks of the Andes are known as montane rainforests or cloud forests because they are often enveloped in mist that results from the condensation of warm air against chillier mountain currents. Learn more about the plants, animals, and environment in the Colombian Cloud Forest.

Beautiful turquoise water on the beach at Colombia's Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

Colombia’s National Parks

From undisturbed coral reefs to the Amazonian jungle to snow-covered mountain ranges, Colombia’s National Parks are well worth the effort to visit. Learn about the country’s efforts to preserve its natural habitats and the challenges they face.

A Polynesian fire dancer performs at a luau.

Luau Traditions and Kalua Pig

The luau is an island institution. Learn about luau traditions in families and how visitors can take part in the experience and a succulent meal of kalua pig.

A green anole perches on a red Ti leaf.

The Effect of Introduced Species in Hawaii

Before settlement, Hawaii had no fruits, vegetables, coconut palms, edible land animals, conifers, mangroves, or banyans. Learn how introduced species have thrived, at times for better and other times for worse.

A woman hikes along a path lined with orange wildflowers in Glacier National Park.

Explore Glacier’s Backwoods: North Fork Valley

The North Fork Valley defines rustic: Not rustic as in cute and comfortable, but really backwoods. If you’re up for the challenge, step back in time and visit this incredible area to experience its culture and explore its landscapes.