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Reinforcing Human Connections Through Travel at Aniquem

  • David Hunter Bishop
  • 9 July 2018

At Aniquem, Peru’s only rehabilitation center for child victims of serious burns, the human spirit on bold display and reinforces the notion in a traveler that our hearts beat the same wherever we are.

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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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Rest, Relax and Rejuvenate – Spas and Traditional Massage in Siem Reap, Cambodia

  • Thomas Holdo Hansen
  • 16 May 2011

When visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia, travellers usually make a visit to the Angkor Wat UNESCO World Heritage Site their first priority. Its hundreds of ancient temples comprise the largest religious monument ever built. But with so much on offer, it’s important to plan a way to revitalise weary limbs after long exciting days. Many travellers therefore also find rest, relaxation and rejuvenation to be key qualities of a complete Angkor experience.

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The Hidden Hot Springs of Lesvos, Greece

  • Cynthia Ord and Rebecca Michaelides
  • 6 May 2011

The hot springs of Lesvos reach some of the highest temperatures in Europe (48-91°C) and studies have indicated that they are highly radioactive. The radioactivity, combined with mineral concentrations of salt and chlorine nitrates, gives this water its curative properties; steeping in the hot springs of Lesvos has been known to treat everything from skin diseases to problems with breathing. Four local favourites are the springs of Polichnitos, Gera Bay, Eftalou, and Lisvori.

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Of Chickens and Medicine Men: A Local Remedy in Cebu, Philippines

  • John Paul Maclang
  • 5 May 2011

Not long ago, I visited a local hilot, or medicine man, in Bantayan, Philippines. It all started when a wrong turn on a bike quickly became a leaping, flying dash into a rice paddy. What I had expected to be ‘just’ a tourist trip then offered a few valuable life lessons. There is a moral to this story about the painfully swollen ankle I got: I crashed in a place where doctors and hospitals are rare, and instead found luck and kindness.

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The Origins of Turkish Baths in Syria

  • Samantha Libby
  • 4 May 2011

In some cultures, taking a bath has always been a community affair. Thousands of years ago the Greeks and Romans popularised the practice. Today, hammams (Turkish bathhouses) across the Middle East and Mediterranean give spa enthusiasts a way to relive this ancient experience and to reap the numerous health benefits.

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The Good, the Bath and the Ugly

  • Lindsay Young
  • 3 May 2011

When travelling, it’s always fun to stumble upon both famous and lesser-known local bathing spots. However, while I love to be surprised by historical and natural baths in different destination, not everybody likes surprises, and the bathing experiences found on the road are often hit or miss. In fact, in my experience, local baths get misnamed, over hyped and overlooked. Here are a few cases in point in England, Hungary, Iceland and Peru.

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Top Five Picks for Volunteer Holidays

  • whl.travel
  • 15 November 2010

For whl.travel, a company dedicated to improving the travel experience and the ethical standards of tourism from the bottom up and for everyone involved, it is hardly surprising that many local partners are actively involved in voluntourism initiatives. Here we spotlight a few whl.travel destinations that encourage travellers to get involved in local projects with the promise of a true cultural experience and exchange.

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