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Volunteers Rebuild Nepal, Brick by Brick

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One year has passed since the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal in April last year. While Nepal is doing everything it can to recover and rebuild, the country is still in need of significant aid and resources.

In the aftermath of the earthquake, Projects Abroad initiated a Disaster Relief Project to assist with the recovery process. Since the project began in June 2015, hundreds of Projects Abroad volunteers have made incredible progress in helping with the organization’s goal of restoring a safe learning environment for children in the Kathmandu Valley. Currently volunteers’ efforts are focused on reconstructing Yashaswi Gurukul English Secondary School, the sixth Disaster Relief site to date. Their help has been invaluable.

volunteer nepal

When the work at Yashaswi Gurukul is completed, the new building will also serve another purpose. As aftershocks continue even nine months later, and the fear of another large-scale quake remains, the school building will be able to serve as a safe gathering space for the local community, in case of further disaster. Projects Abroad staff estimate that work at this site will conclude in the next month or so, and then volunteers will move on to the next site where they are desperately needed.

Projects Abroad has made a commitment, not only through Disaster Relief but also through Teaching and Care Projects, to restore stability to the education of young students. In working with dedicated local experts and volunteers, the organization is striving to get Nepalese communities back on their feet, brick by brick!

For more information on how to get involved yourself with Disaster Relief work in Nepal, have a look here:


Experience Queensland at Its Best



The Land Down Under certainly offers countless explorations and possibilities, and Queensland is becoming particularly interesting to numerous globetrotters. Some of them are eager to see a whole different culture from the most distant part of the world whereas some others are searching for the adrenaline rush and different adventures related to the ocean. No matter what, Queensland is definitely a very desirable destination for anyone who cherishes exciting vacations and natural wonders. Here are some top destinations everyone should visit. Enjoy!


Being the third largest city in Australia, Brisbane indeed has very much to offer. Some of the top places are City Botanic Gardens and Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which is one of the top ten zoos in the world. As its name says, it features the largest number of koalas in the world. This zoo also offers tourists the option to be a “keeper for a day” – to take care of all the animals and interact with them. On the other hand, the City Botanic Gardens is the most amazing place to relax. Take a long walk and learn about its history, or just sit and relax in one of the garden’s shaded areas. For the best view of the city, visit Mount Coot-tha Lookout. It offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the whole city as far as Moreton Bay.

Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Gold Coast

Gold Coast and Surfers’ Paradise are known as true havens for surfers all over the globe. 70 magnificent kilometres of fabulous beaches, together with four point breaks, are the main reasons for that claim. These are appropriate for both beginners and professional surfers – there are limitless possibilities for everyone! If surfing is too extreme – try Zorbing! This activity consists of basically riding down a massive hill in a huge transparent ball, which is appropriate for kids as well.

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef

Being the largest living structure on Earth, the Great Barrier Reef can even be seen from outer space! It is composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, which make this structure very impressive. Its crystal clear waters and incredible diversity of sea life are the main reasons for numerous people from all over the globe to explore it. Scuba diving is definitely a must, simply because it allows visitors to see interesting underwater creatures and the rich sea life first-hand.

Noosa Biosphere

Noosa Biosphere

Noosa Biosphere

The hills and valleys that surround Noosa are just perfect place for a spiritual retreat in the Land Down Under. It offers unforgettable sunrises and sunsets, which contribute to the overall feeling of blessedness. Its diverse wildlife makes it perfect for a getaway from the everyday life, which largely contributes to mind, body, and spirit rejuvenation. Numerous spa treatments here are very refreshing and relaxing, and they will definitely pay off.

Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island

Whitsunday Island

This fantastic island is best known for its exquisite beaches, and the best way to explore it is to go sailing and snorkelling on a catamaran. The gem of this island is certainly Whitehaven Beach, which is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is secluded and everyone will be stunned with the peaceful simplicity of this gorgeous place. White sand and a turquoise sea will make everyone feel at peace.

Harvey Bay

Harvey Bay

Harvey Bay

This place is certainly unique for one good reason – humpback whales come to it regularly to play and enjoy themselves! This is exactly why tourists love visiting it – such a fabulous experience should not be missed. Experience the marine life at its finest by booking a tour that seems the most interesting to you. Experienced guides will provide a breathtaking adventure by getting as close as possible to these marvelous creatures. Of course, what is very important, neither the whales nor the tourists will be in danger.

A trip to Queensland definitely means making memories that lasts a lifetime, everyone should know that. It is up to you to choose what type of destination you would like to explore. Queensland indeed has it all, and you will certainly not regret if you decide on visiting it.

By: Nicole Noel

Nicole Noel is an avid traveller. She enjoys discovering different cultures, exploring new things, and sharing her ideas with others. You can find her on twitter and FB.

Honduras: An Eco-Resort’s Latest Organic Offering

The Lodge at Pico Bonito’s New Organic Spa and More…

Honduras Eco Hotel

Dinner at The Lodge at Pico Bonito (c) Small Luxury Hotels of the World

We’re back from the holidays and we’re already ready to plan our next vacation. You too? If getting back to the grind is inspiring daydreams of ditching it all for a trip away from it all, we have a great suggestion for you…

The majestic jungles of Honduras!

Because really… there’s nothing like being in the middle of the glorious jungle filled with over 40 different types of tropical butterflies, toucans, motmots, and miles of private trails through canyons, waterfalls, and swimming holes. If that’s not reason enough, how about a mystical Temazcal (Mayan sauna) in the center of the jungle to get your trip – and your soul – steered in the right direction?

The Pool at Pico Bonito

The Pool at Pico Bonito (c) Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Temazcal, which comes from the Nahuatl Word temacalli, means ‘house of heat.’ Originating in the pre-Hispanic indigenous culture in Mesoamerica, legend has it that the dome shape of the steam house represents Mother Earth’s womb, and those taking part in a Temazcal are said to experience a rebirth.

Honduras’ top eco-resort, The Lodge at Pico Bonito, is inviting travelers to abandon the stresses of home, ignite a new outlook on life, and increase circulation of the senses with their new organic spa offerings and we think it sounds like an excellent idea. It’s also been named one of the top 50 eco-lodges by National Geographic Traveler.

Honduras Eco Resort Lodge Pico Bonito

The Lodge at Pico Bonita’s Standard Room in the Center of the Jungle

The new outdoor spa, set to debut on January 15th, will have three circular cabins on stilts to maintain balance and harmony with the natural energies of the environment (one cabin for individual massage, one cabin for couples massage, one cabin with a Vichy shower, one Temazcal, and a nearby plunge pool).

Here some just a few deliciously organic spa offerings:

Revitalizing Cotinga, in the Temazcal, begins with an aromatic steam therapy to oxygenate the pores of your skin. The treatment continues in their Vichy shower with a pineapple exfoliation and a therapeutic anti-inflammatory chamomile mud wrap. (Note: Temazcal rituals need two people per session so bring along your partner for a truly liberating couples experience)

Aromatherapy, or Essential Oil therapy, is also on offer. Taking a holistic approach of using extracts from plants to balance, harmonize and improve the mind, body and soul by using essential oils such as spruce, rosewood spruce, rosewood, frankincense, and blue tansy. Detox relaxes muscles, improves circulation and relieves joint pain by using essential oils such basil, grapefruit, cypress, marjoram, mint, and lavender to drain and remove toxins.

Organic spa treatment

Organic Ingredients Good Enough to Eat!

Organic Fruit Facials incorporate seasonal fruits like cucumber, melon, banana, lychee, papaya, pineapple and passion fruit, along with cacao and honey, to refreshen your face. The best part? Their 50-minute facial only costs US $45. For those feeling even more romantic, there’s the Romantic Rio Coloradito Treatment, a lavender-fused massage to delete back and neck tensions from all those days sitting at the computer. It’s followed with a warm foot purification scrub (using honey and flowers for her and herbs for him) while sipping on a delicious tea from local fruits and aphrodisiac spices.

Honduran Rafting Excursion!

Honduran Rafting Excursion! (c) Small Luxury Hotels of the World

The eco-lodge is worth the escape alone. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World™, its five-star amenities are set on the edge of Honduras’ second largest National Park, ten miles from La Ceiba. There’s a trio of four-story observation decks overlooking the jungle canopy and adventures like white water rafting and jungle safaris through protected mangroves make it an unforgettable experience. Plus, with only 22 private cabins, it’s the perfect place to escape city life, in eco-chic style. 

Lake Mojave and Cottonwood Cove Resort’s Eco-Dive and Environmental Clean Up Day

Lake Mojave

Lake Mojave’s Cottonwood Cove and Marina

We like a good cause related adventure and in the spirit of keeping our natural habitat looking and functioning great, Forever Resorts, in cooperation with the National Park Service, the Nevada Department of Wildlife and the area SCUBA diving community, will host its annual Eco-Dive and Environmental Clean-up Day at Cottonwood Cove Resort and Marina. It’s a chance for eco-conscious individuals to come out and help clean up the marina, the dock, and surrounding beach areas with others who share their passion for preserving the beauty of our National Park lands.

Did we also mention you can rent houseboats? There’s something Wild West on the Water about Houseboats, isn’t there?

More than 19,500 pounds of debris have been collected over the last seven clean-up days at Cottonwood Cove—that’s nearly 10 tons of trash. Individuals wishing to volunteer for Clean-up Day should remember to wear loose fitted or layered clothing closed toed shoes, sunglasses/hat, and sunscreen. Tools and bags will be provided. The first 100 participants to arrive will receive t-shirts and all who register will be entered in a raffle to receive prizes.

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

7:30 a.m. –  Registration

8:30 a.m. – Land volunteer safety meeting and departure

8:45 a.m. – Diver safety meeting and departure

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Harbor closure for first dive; land volunteers on beaches

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – snack/water break

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Harbor closure for second dive; land volunteers on beaches

11:30 a.m. – BBQ begins for land volunteers

12:30 p.m. – BBQ for divers

1 to 2 p.m. – Raffle and giveaways

Cottonwood Cove Resort & Marina on Lake Mohave
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada
Located 14 miles east of Searchlight, Nev.

Directions to Cottonwood Cove from Las Vegas:
Take US-93 S/US-95 S, and the get off at the exit toward Searchlight, NV. Merge onto US-95. Turn left at W. Cottonwood Cove Road.

Directions to Cottonwood Cove from Laughlin, Nev.:
Go North on NV-163, turn slight right onto US-95. Turn right at W. Cottonwood Cove Rd.

Directions to Cottonwood Cove  from Southern California:
Take 15-N toward Las Vegas. Take the exit for Hwy 164-E (Nipton Rd) toward Searchlight. Hwy 164 turns into Cottonwood Cove Road

Iceland’s Bill Chill Adventure

Iceland's Miraculous Northern Lights

Iceland’s Miraculous Northern Lights

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times before, but we are just a little bit obsessed with Iceland and seeing the Northern Lights.

So, when we heard that Dr. Sarah Aciego, the glaciochemist (yes, glaciochemist!) who pioneered isotope dating of ice cores at the University of Michigan and co-founder of Big Chill Adventures, was unveiling the company’s inaugural “Diamond Circle Tour” tour of Iceland, we had to let our readers know. Northern Lights sightings; exploring lava tubes, volcanic pillars, black sand dunes, stone forests, turf farmhouses, geothermal fields and active volcanoes; and stories of trolls and elves all highlight this unique Iceland adventure.
“High magnetic activity, long nights, and clear skies provide the highest chance of Northern Lights sightings all year long,” said Aciego. “The remnants of past volcanic eruptions provide caves and unique geologic formations, while the heat of the active volcanic fields combined with the meltwater from the glaciers create geothermal phenomenon unrivaled throughout the world.”

Day 1, September 21
Tour the Hallmundarhraun Lava Field and Fljótstunga Farm. Explore the largest lava tube cave in Iceland, Viðgelmir. Meet some Icelandic Horses, take the Lava Circle Walk and possibly see some migrating whooper swans.

Day 2, September 22
Spend the morning visiting trolls — first a drive to 3,300 foot tall Tröllakirkja “Church of the Trolls” and then onto the largest saltwater lagoon in Iceland where guests will investigate black sand dunes.

Day 3, September 23
Travel to Glaumbær Farm to tour traditional turf farmhouses built in 900 A.D. Dine in Akureyri, the largest “city” in northern Iceland, before traveling to the Goðafoss waterfall.

Day 4, September 24
Tour the geologically diverse and spectacular Northeast of Iceland. Continue on to Vesturdalur walking trails and the strange basalt rock formations of Hljóðaklettar, which means “echoing rocks”.

Day 5, September 25
Explore the geothermal field of Hverir, with steaming vents, hissing chimneys and bubbling hot pots of mud. Trek around Lake Myvátn toward the Sigurgeir Bird Museum. Climb Vindbelgjarfjall with spectacular views of the lake from the top.

Day 6, September 26
Visit the “Black Castles” of Dimmuborgir, a huge 2,300 year-old field of twisted volcanic pillars, tunnels and arches made of coagulated rock. Drive to Akureyri, with time to enjoy some lunch before departing for Reykjavik.

The 6-day/7-night tour departs September 20, 2015 and starts at $3,850 per person.

For more information on this Iceland holiday or other tours to Iceland, Greenland, Alaska and the Canadian Rockies:

Ride & Seek Expeditions: Venture Like Hannibal and Napoleon

Ride & Seek

Ride & Seek

We just caught wind of a great tour company called, Ride and Seek, out of Australia offering two of the most amazing bike tours we’re ever seen.

The Hannibal Expedition is 29 days and 2,592 km of biking from Barcelona to Rome. The expedition takes riders over the Pyrenees, Alps and Apennines and challenges them on routes that feature regularly in the Vuelta a Espana, Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.

Cycling on some of Europe’s most iconic and picturesque bike touring routes through Spain, France and Italy; the Hannibal expedition has it all. A modern day tour gives riders the chance to take up Hannibal’s trail in Barcelona, Sommieres, Costiglione Saluzzo or Garfagnana and ride 1, 2, 3 or 4 stages of this epic expedition.

Because you need fuel

Because you need fuel

The trail passes through some of the most beautiful cycling areas in Europe – Catalonia, Languedoc, Provence, Piedmont, Tuscany and Umbria among others. It takes riders over the Pyrenees, Alps and Apennines as they challenge themselves on routes that feature regularly in the Vuelta, Tour and Giro. You’ll also sample the culinary delights on offer as you meander your way down the road less travelled by modern day tourists, but once travelled by the Carthaginian general Hannibal.

Conceptualized by Sam Wood, archaeologist and BBC documentary filmmaker – ‘On Hannibal’s Trail‘ – and Dylan Reynolds, a bike guide who has lived in all 3 of the countries we travel through, the Hannibal Expedition is one of the world’s great bike journeys.

The Inaugural Napoleon Expedition is 45-days and 3,852 km of cycling from Paris to Moscow! It is happening for the first time in July 2015.

The expedition takes riders from West to East on the trail of one of history’s most famous conquerers.

This ride is of historical proportions in the footsteps of Napoleon divided into 6 stages. The Napoleon tour is an exploratory epic ranging the length of Europe into the heart of Russia following in the footsteps of Napoleon’s near 700,000 strong Grande Armée.

Ride like a Warrior

Ride like a Warrior

You’ll ride across the Champagne region of France into the picturesque castle clad green hills of southern Germany. The route then takes riders through UNESCO protected medieval villages in Poland to the North Sea. From here, you strike east via the great lakes of Poland and The Baltics. You’ll arrive in St Petersburg, a city Napoleon never took, but a must on a Russian odyssey. Then south to Moscow on the all Russian final stage!

Experience total immersion into the landscape, history and culture of the places visited as you ride this inspirational trail.

The 2015 Expedition will also be joined in part by a film crew documenting the journey.

The Best in Travel 2012

Travel Junkies Take Flight in 2012!

Right in time for those planning their next year of travel, Lonely Planet announces… the release of Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012!

We’re a big fan of LP since our good friend contributes to some of their South American editions and he really knows his stuff.

So, a bit about the guide: Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2012 is an annual volume of the best travel experiences and destinations for the year ahead. It includes a diverse range of ideas appealing to all kinds of travelers and draws upon the expertise of Lonely Planet’s staff, authors and, get this, the online community!

It starts with hundreds of ideas from everyone at Lonely Planet, including their extended family of travelers, bloggers, and tweeters. Once they’re confident that they have the best of 2012’s travel choices, the final selection is made by a panel of in-house travel experts, based on topicality, excitement, value, and that special “X-factor”. Everywhere they’ve chosen has something special that stands out for 2012. Perhaps it’s something specific to this year, such as London celebrating the Olympics or Mexico’s La Ruta Maya‘s calendar at the center of 2012’s end-of-the-world prophecies. Other destinations may have a buzz about them that they picked up on the road and couldn’t keep to themselves, like Croatia’s Hvar Island and Santiago de Chile. And some places are worth visiting before the crowds set in – for example, Darwin and Bhutan.

The book also includes “17 Top Travel Lists” — a topical run-down of the best experiences for 2012 including their ever-popular “Best Value Destinations for 2012” and “The 10 Best Things to do in 2012” along with “Best Places for Intrepid Romantics”, “Top Spots to Glamp” (glamorous camping), and “Slurping Soup Across the Globe”.

So what are you waiting for? The end of the world as we know it?

Get Glamping!

The Best in Travel 2012

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