Preah Pithu T Monks in Siem Reap. By JJ Harrison ( (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Photography Tips for Travelers in Cambodia

Cambodia is a very photogenic country: spectacular temples that change personality with the shifting light of day, colonial architecture, river and lake vistas, forests and white sand beaches, and, most importantly, the country’s enigmatic and friendly people. Here are a few basic tips on how to get the best shots on your travels.

Costa Ricans have been rated the happiest people in the world. Photo © Christopher P. Baker.

Costa Rican Society and Identity

Expert author Christopher P. Baker introduces travelers to the rhythms of Costa Rican society, from its demographics and collective values to the Costa Rican identity as a country and as individuals.

Colonial architecture as seen on a Havana street. Photo © Gareth Williams, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Cuban Colonial Architecture

Cuba boasts the New World’s finest assemblage of colonial buildings. Spanning four centuries, these palaces, mansions, churches, castles, and more simple structures catalog a progression of styles. Learn how to identify the earmarks of each style in your travels throughout Cuba.

The picturesque Valle de Cocora and its famous wax palms. Photo © Andrew Dier.

Exploring Valle de Cocora, Colombia

Expert author Andrew Dier presents the best ways to experience Colombia’s Valle de Cocora for everybody from casual afternoon travelers to day-hike enthusiasts.

Moving World Artwork, Heathrow Terminal in London. Photo © Jim Linwood, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Five Women Share Their Experiences Living Abroad

Making the move abroad is filled with practical hurdles, like finding a place to live and to work, but what about making friends, becoming part of the community, thriving in your new home? From Japan to Mexico, here are the thoughts and experiences of five women on making the cultural transition to living abroad.

Photo © U.S. Navy Chief Mass Communication Specialist Greg Badger/Released, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

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.