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Volunteering in Cambodia

Following decades of conflict, Cambodia is still an extremely poor country. With a plethora of aid projects in the country, it’s difficult to know where to go and what to do. The organizations listed here are your best bet at making a positive and meaningful impact with your volunteer experience.

Jazz cafe in Havana. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Havana’s Jazz Scene

Havana’s jazz scene is hopping with plenty of prime nightlife and supper club acts as well as matinee and afternoon performances. Here’s where to go for the local greats and young up-and-comers.

Vietnam offers beautiful landscapes, such as this view of Muong Hoa Valley. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Five Reasons You Should Visit Vietnam

Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic regions in the world. Thanks to its plethora of different people, cultures and landscapes, the region tops the to-visit lists of many travelers these days. Here are five reasons why Vietnam should be your first stop.

Notch-leaved phacelia (Phacelia Crenulata), along 190 north of Furnace Creek.

Plan a Visit to Furnace Creek and the Amargosa Range

Furnace Creek is the hub of Death Valley National Park, an outpost of comfort and civilization with a visitors center, accommodations, campgrounds, restaurants, and even gas. Here’s helpful advice on planning a trip to the area, including when to go and where to spend your time.

The colorful town of Jardín in southern Antioquia. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Things to See and Do in Jardín, Colombia

While the main selling points of Jardín are its good looks, nearby tropical forests and cloud forests–home to natural attractions such as the Caverna El Esplendor and the ProAves bird-watching reserve–provide good excuses for lacing up those hiking boots.

Downtown Hanoi at rush hour. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Planning Your Time in Hanoi, Vietnam

There’s no denying that the soul of Vietnam lies in Hanoi. Along its busy streets every era of the city’s history shines, in its gracefully aging cathedral, sturdy Communist architecture, and the vibrant Old Quarter. A place to savor rather than sightsee, here’s how to plan your time in Hanoi.

Glasswing butterfly, Monteverde Butterfly Garden. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Family Fun in Costa Rica

Combining educational options with fun keeps children (and parents) enthralled. From snakes and sloths and crocodiles to river safaris and air tram rides through the forest and above volcanoes, these ideas focus on outdoor adventure & learning while experiencing nature.

The San Juan, Puerto Rico, skyline at night.

Discover San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan, Puerto Rico, is arguably the most cosmopolitan city in the Caribbean, yet so full of history as well. Discover all that San Juan has to offer, learn about the city’s heritage, and brush up on how to plan your time in the city.