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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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Ecotourism and Family Travel in Costa Rica

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 14 July 2016

Costa Rica offers amazing product and program diversity at the cross-section of ecotourism and family travel. “A family vacation in Costa Rica is a way to raise awareness about sustainability for the whole family.”

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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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Family Safari in Africa

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 25 November 2015

I feel privileged to have marveled at Africa’s wildlife wonders. But I also secretly wish that I’d enjoyed the life-changing awe of animal encounters at an age when the wide-eyed wow factor was absolute. I aim to bring the pure rush of that discovery – of family safari in Africa – to my two little boys.

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Ecotourism in Costa Rica Can Help You Be a More Sustainable Traveler

  • Darryl Lewis
  • 2 November 2015

Vacations can be escapes from work and other stresses, but shouldn’t be escapes from our values. Ecotourism in Costa Rica and other countries can help you shore up efforts to be green.

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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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