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Family Travel Unyear, Days 6-7 (Sept 19-20): Crossing the US-Canada DMZ

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 September 2016

In family travel, plans change. Faced with the impossibility of crossing the DMZ between North Dakota and Manitoba by public transport, we had to drive.

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Family Travel Unyear, Days 4-5 (Sept 17-18): Chicago

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 28 September 2016

Our family travel continues! We bid Beverly Shores a tearful adieu, board the South Shore Line and journey straight into downtown Chicago, where we meet excellent old friends and visit the city.

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Family Travel Unyear, Days 1-3 (Sept 14-16): Amtrak to Indiana

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 26 September 2016

During our year of family travel, it is our desire to rely on cars as little as possible. Our first choice of conveyance was an easy one: a train to Beverly Shores, where we met a friend.

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The Year, or Perhaps Unyear, of Family Travel Has Begun

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 24 September 2016

On September 14, I left NYC with my wife and two sons. If all goes as planned, we won’t be back until next summer. Our hope/intention is to be away for the better part of a year. Our unyear.

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Family Travel Must Stand Up for Families and #StopOrphanTrips

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 22 May 2016

As part of the monthlong #StopOrphanTrips blog blitz, traveling families should take a stand and call for an end to orphanage tourism. Nobody likes to be played for a fool, but that’s what’s often the case when you visit, volunteer at or contribute to an overseas “orphanage.”

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A Life-Changing Experience Challenge in Ghana

  • Jiah Ham
  • 27 July 2015

The author first heard about the Experience Challenge through colleagues who had participated in an earlier trip. The story she brought back from her time in Ghana with AfriKids’ Blue Sky Travel Ltd. was one about people. And it was one she was not prepared for emotionally.

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The Fight Against Human Trafficking: A Visit to the Indian Border with Maiti Nepal

  • Christine T. Mackay
  • 25 May 2015

A donor trip to Nepal bears witness to the work of Maiti Nepal in its fight against human trafficking, the heartbreaking tragedy of which is enormous in a country suffering from poverty, illiteracy and now recovery from major natural disaster.

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Adventures Less Ordinary: Getting an Accurate Snapshot of Travel Generosity

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 15 December 2014

This post is part of my Editor’s Note in “Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good,” a free guide to mindful adventures. Drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading voices advocating for travel that makes a difference, it is a guide for compassionate people seeking the ultimate adventure – one guided as much by the good you give as the good you get.

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Community and Giving Back Can Go Hand in Hand Through Voluntourism

  • Arno Delport
  • 2 September 2014

Not all voluntourism projects are created equal and sometimes hard data can demonstrate it. Find out what’s really at stake and where a little generosity of time and energy offered by travellers is meeting the needs of the Ugandan people.

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The Malawi Connection: When Doing Good Does Good

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 19 September 2013

This is a classic feel-good tale featuring an especially unlikely cast of characters: an African travel company, a UK-based handmade-bag manufacturer, a doctor, a boatbuilder, a community-based organisation in Malawi and the people on the shores of Lake Malawi it supports, especially the kids of a primary school.

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