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Christmas lights at night with decorated Christmas tree.

Christmas will be here before you know it — and by “here,” we mean everywhere!  That said, not every country celebrates this festive winter holiday the same way we do in America.  For instance, although Santa’s red suit and white beard may seem completely inseparable from Christmas to us, some children await their annual gift delivery from an ancient pagan…

Person cutting pumpkin pie on a table with bread and leaves.

As far as true-blue, all-American holidays are concerned, Thanksgiving Day is second only to the Fourth of July — though some of our favorite narratives about its historical precedent might not be entirely accurate.   But whether or not the Pilgrims ate turkey or personally invited the Native Americans to come along, the holiday remains a cherished moment set aside for…

Boats on a beach in thailand.

I frequently refer to Thailand as “Backpacking for Dummies.” You don’t come to Thailand in hopes of ditching the beaten track. You come for the ease. And perhaps the pad Thai.  The first time I ventured to the infamous sandy beaches in the south of The Land of Smiles, I was meeting my boyfriend after months apart. We’d both been…

Paper lanterns at festival floating in celebration.

November is a pretty wonderful time to travel abroad. The big summer crowds (and sky-high summer temperatures) have calmed down a bit, and tourists may even benefit from shoulder season pricing.  But being away from the States for Thanksgiving can be bittersweet for Americans. Sure, it might seem like missing out on your great uncle’s political rants is a bonus……

Spices in bags in a market.

Cosmos (my discreetly hilarious tour guide) squeezes a quick double beep from the van as he weaves around the tight corners leading from the tropical waters of the Caribbean to the waterfall-strewn rainforest, only 40 minutes apart on this tiny island.  There is a subtle but important distinction between the quick “honk honk” meaning “what’s up brother!” and the slightly…

Orange moon on black sky behind trees.

To modern Americans, Halloween might mean costume contests, booze-fueled evenings of dancing, or munching on enough pieces of “fun-sized” candy to stir up a decidedly unfun gastrointestinal reaction. But the tradition of Halloween is way older than the absurd “sexy” costumes and ubiquitous plastic pumpkin baskets kids fill by trick-or-treating. In fact, Halloween’s origins reach all the way back to…

Neuschwanstein Castle In The Fall

Fall can be breathtakingly beautiful. Even if it’s not your favorite season there’s no denying the picturesque beauty of the changing colors and the satisfying sound of leaves crunching under your feet. Plus, on most days the sun is still shining and warm, allowing for outdoor activities with near-perfect weather. Can you tell Fall is my favorite? If you love…

Wooden canoe floating in the ocean next to a beach with palm trees.

There’s something special about Central American countries. From their close ties with ancient traditions to the slow-cooked, made-with-love food, a visit to the area leaves you feeling grounded.  In today’s globalized world, you can find many of these special cities have also adopted wellness traditions from around the world: yoga, meditation, and spiritual ceremonies all included.  These three cities are…

When you think about Independence Day in the U.S., you probably think of fireworks (although hot dogs might be a close second). No matter where in the States you’re located, the 4th of July usually means pool parties, barbeques, parades, and concerts.  This Independence Day, we’re looking around the world to see how other countries celebrate. Here are some of…

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