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Friday, 03 February 2023 11:02

Tips to make traveling easier & worry-free

Crowds, delays, staffing challenges, and weather can all throw a wrench for our Globe Aware volunteers’ long-planned dream volunteer vacation. That said, here are a few tips for smart travel that may be more important than ever.   Top tips to make traveling easier & worry-free By MOIRA MCCARTHYJanuary 22, 2023THE SUN Lately, travel hasn’t been easy. Crowds, delays, staffing challenges, weather; it can all throw a wrench into your long-planned dream trip – or even a quick trip you’ve taken many times before. That said, there are tips for smart travel that may be more important than ever; ways to ensure that – should things go sideways – you’ll come through with your sanity, property and hopefully the serenity you’re looking for from a…

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and for loved-up couples, Valentine’s provides the perfect opportunity to spoil someone special and celebrate love with a holiday. Are our Globe Aware volunteers headed to any of the destinations mentioned?   Top 20 holiday destinations for Valentine’s Day 2023 By Kristin MarianoJan 25, 2023Travel Daily Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and for loved-up couples, Valentine’s provides the perfect opportunity to spoil someone special and celebrate love with a holiday. But where are people looking at going this Valentine’s? Looking at average monthly searches across January and February, engagement ring and wedding experts at Queensmith have revealed the most popular holiday destinations to visit with the one you love this Valentine’s Day. Rank Keywords Average monthly…

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Traveling makes us all empathetic human beings, but traveling with children also makes parenting them a beautiful and enriching experience. Globe Aware volunteers can choose from a variety of family-friendly volunteer vacations. Why you should travel with your kids more often Travelling makes us all empathetic human beings, but travelling with children also makes parenting them a beautiful and enriching experience Author and historian Yuval Noah Harari had said that the ability to share stories is what makes us human. And to me and my kids, travelling as a family is an opportunity to listen to and share endless stories. By Mansi ZaveriJanuary 22, 2023mintlounge As I write this article, my house is filled with the aroma of lemongrass: our next meal is my favourite…

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With so many events planned for 2023, and beautiful sites to see, Globe Aware volunteers are guaranteed an exciting time in Jaipur, India. Book a volunteer vacation for spring break, just in time for the Holi festival. At Jaipur Lit Fest? Here Are MUST HAVE Experiences When In The Pink City Are you at the Jaipur Literature Festival already? Then are few best things to do when in this royal city. January 19, 2023By Jigyasa SahayINDIA.COM Jaipur Hues of Jaipur Literature Festival is live and blooming. The internationally famed lit fest has kickstarted from today and hosting literary scholars, authors, politicians, business tycoons, and all literature enthusiasts. So, when in Jaipur it is a sin to not explore the colourful royalty of the pink city.…

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Happy Lunar New Year to our celebrating Globe Aware volunteers. Find out what the celebrations are all about and why they are held all over the world!  Lunar New Year 2023: When is the holiday and what does the Year of the Rabbit represent? Olivia MunsonJan 9, 2023USA TODAY For some, the new year is rung in on when the calendar turns from December 31 to January 1. But there are many others who celebrate the new year on a different day. The Lunar New Year is an international holiday celebrated in many Asian countries, but not all, and the United States even has its own celebrations. Unlike western New Year's, the date of Lunar New Year changes depending on the year. But regardless of…

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Thursday, 19 January 2023 10:16

Now is the time to book travel for 2023

Many Globe Aware volunteers are still recovering from holiday travel, but now is the time to book your 2023 volunteer vacation! See what tips you could follow to help book your flights for cheaper. Now is the time to book travel for 2023 Many Texas families are still recovering from holiday travel disasters, but now is the time to book your travel for 2023. By Niccole CaanJanuary 10, 2023KENS5 SAN ANTONIO — There are perks to traveling off-peak. “It’s a sneaky good time to always find a great deal,” said Katy Nastro of Scott’s Cheap Flights. You can find cheap flights for this month and next. Look at these flight fares available now: “San Antonio over to Hawaii, you can get a round trip ticket…

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 09:16

Seven Wonders of the World to Visit in 2023

The long-awaited Trans Bhutan Trail, a 250-mile long distance-trekking route that crosses the country is now awaiting our eager Globe Aware volunteers. Visit the wondrous country of Bhutan and explore villages, temples, and 12 mountain passes to experience the ultimate way to see one of the last great Himalayan kingdoms. Seven Wonders of the World to Visit in 2023 Author Aaron Millar elects seven new wonders every year—the most awe-inspiring places on the planet for star-gazing, wildlife spotting, and astonishing panoramas BY AARON MILLARCondé Nast Traveller U.K.January 6, 2023 Seven Wonders of the World for 2023 Of the original Seven Wonders of the World, only one—the Great Pyramids of Giza—still exists. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the Temple of Artemis, the…

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Globe Aware volunteers should know that Thailand has just reinstated some entry requirements for inbound international travelers. Requirements begin on January 9th, read more to find out.   Thailand Reimposes COVID-19 Travel Restrictions LAURIE BARATTIJANUARY 08, 2023TRAVEL PULSE Thailand today took a step backward in the evolution of its COVID-related border policies, having just released new updates to its travel restrictions on inbound international visitors. It is reinstating some entry requirements, starting Monday, January 9. The latest official guidelines from the Thai Embassy state that all incoming airline passengers ages 18 and older will need to provide proof that they’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or, alternatively, were infected and recovered within the previous six months (180 days). In the case of the latter, travelers will…

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Wednesday, 11 January 2023 11:56

China opens borders to quarantine-free travel

After nearly three years this is great news right before the Chinese New Year! We will update our Globe Aware volunteers as China hopefully lifts more rules and regulations, allowing us to resume our volunteer vacation there. Excitement as China opens borders to quarantine-free travel China lifts quarantine rules for inbound travellers, ending nearly three years of self-imposed isolation. 8 Jan 2023AL JAZEERA China has lifted pandemic restrictions on foreign travel, ending quarantine requirements for inbound travellers and with it, nearly three years of self-imposed isolation. The first passengers to arrive under the new rules landed at airports in the southern cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen just after midnight on Sunday, according to the state-owned China Global Television Network (CGTN) The 387 passengers on board…

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Countries around the world celebrated New Year, after two years of muted or canceled events due to the Covid pandemic. Here's a summer of celebrations and world news for our Globe Aware volunteers, as we begin a brand new year!   New Year: Countries around the world celebrate after Covid lull By Elsa MaishmanBBC NewsJan 1, 2023 Countries around the world have celebrated New Year, after two years of muted or cancelled events due to the Covid pandemic. Celebrations have taken place on the east coast of the United States, and in Brazil, Argentina and the Caribbean. Cities across Europe, Africa and Asia have also held firework-filled festivities marking the start of 2023. In China, huge crowds gathered to take advantage of recently-lifted restrictions. Until…

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Thursday, 05 January 2023 12:27

Top Seven Foodie Destinations for 2023

We know so many of our Globe Aware volunteers are true foodies! You'll love this list, and you can try many of these on our volunteer vacations! Top 7 Foodie Destinations To Visit In 2023 Keeping up with the yearly tradition, TasteAtlas has unveiled its World’s Best Cuisine ranking. 95 major tourist destinations were assessed for food excellency, taking into account ingredients, regional varieties and quality of national beverages, but there are 7 mouth-watering picks in particular you might want to bookmark for 2023. That is, if you’re a true foodie: 7. Turkiye Turkiye (formerly Turkey) is a country straddling the Eurasian border with a History spanning millennia. Sharing close ties to Greece and having existed under several different empires, from the earliest Hellenic kingdoms,…

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Wednesday, 28 December 2022 12:55

Where to Travel in 2023- astrological advice

See what your ideal destination is based on your astrological sign! Calling all Aries and Scorpios, lucky for you, Globe Aware has volunteer vacations in your two destinations, find out what they are and more! Where to Travel in 2023, According to Your Sign From an adventure on the water for Pisces, to a bustling arts hub for Leo, we share the best 2023 travel destinations for every zodiac sign. BY KIRAH TABOURNDecember 23, 2022Conde Nast Traveler We love to look to our astrological charts when it comes to travel planning, and the stars align on a few themes in every sign's horoscope for 2023: It's going to be an exciting year for travel, with all signs seeing some form of revived hope, invitations to…

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Globe Aware volunteers are ready and eager to explore Asia once again. We are delighted to offer open volunteer vacation programs in the trending destinations of Vietnam and Thailand!   Travelers Are Heading Back To Asia In 2023: These Are The Top 7 Trending Destinations DECEMBER 25, 2022BY: VINICIUS COSTATravel off Path Travelers are eager to return to Asia and explore its natural wonders and colossal Buddhist temples now that it’s slowly reopening for tourism following nearly three years of closure. In fact, demand for country-hopping experiences in the continent is so high it now accounts for 7 out of the top 10 trending destinations for 2023. Although Asia is yet to fully reinstate normality like Europe, there’s no denying it is in a much…

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Would Globe Aware volunteers be interested in some Christmas barbeque in the summer of Australia, a holiday feast of seven fishes in Italy, or an elaborate dinner affair in France!? Read to find out what other dishes are served around the world! Christmas 2022: 7 Curious Food Traditions Around The World By Aanchal MathurDecember 19, 2022SLURRP Christmas is much beyond a turkey or a roast, a glass of eggnog, and plenty of festive cookies like in the US. If you look at other regions in the world, it is also about barbeque in the summer of Australia, a feast of seven fishes in Italy, and an elaborate affair in France. Christmas is just around the corner and one can already feel the festive vibe in…

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Christmas is a special time of year full of beliefs, rituals, traditions, and special foods. Globe Aware volunteers may be surprised to learn about these traditions, or may even participate in themselves!   10 (More) Unique Christmas Traditions From Around The World By Ulrike Lemmin-WoolfreyNovember 27, 2022TRAVEL AWAITS Christmas is a special time of year full of beliefs, rituals, traditions, and special foods. Some of the traditions feature in pretty much every family, such as, for example, the good old Christmas tree, as first started by the Germans. Then there are traditions that vary from country to country, such as, say, the English celebrating Christmas on Christmas Day, the 25th, whereas in Germany, it is Christmas Eve, the 24th, which is the important night. There…

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Wednesday, 14 December 2022 10:48

Facing travel challenges this Christmas

Gas prices may be falling, but Globe Aware volunteers need to be wary of travel on these days for the holidays. Find out which days you should try to avoid driving on! Pack your patience: The worst days for Christmas travel in 2022 NEWS 4 JAX JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nearly 6.3 million Floridians are expected to hit the road this holiday season. Drivers could see travel times increase by 25 percent around major cities. The most congested day before Christmas will be next Friday, Dec. 23. The single busiest travel day of the season — which includes New Year’s Eve — will be Tuesday, Dec. 27. The good news? Gas prices continue to fall. The state average has declined 41 cents per gallon since last…

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These are the most popular international destinations where Americans are traveling this holiday season. Mexico pops up a few times, and we just had over 30 Globe Aware volunteers in Mexico this month!   Top 10 International Destinations Americans Are Heading To This Christmas These are the most popular international destinations where Americans are traveling this holiday season. According to data gathered by travel insurance company Allianz, holiday travel is up 17% compared to 2021. Aerial view of cancun hotel zone with a boat in the ocean, destinations Although U.S. destinations like New York City and Orlando top the charts for domestic travel, these are the 10 most popular international destinations for American travelers this Christmas. 1. Cancun, Mexico Cancun regularly tops the list of…

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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 10:58

15 of the best Christmas vacation destinations

Many places have plans to return to a livelier season after two years of subdued or canceled festivities because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Globe Aware volunteers who have been to the Philippines this Christmas will agree with it being on the list!   Christmas vacations: 15 of the best places to go for holiday spirit December 5, 2022CNN (CNN) — Anyplace can throw up a few lights and call it a holiday celebration, but travelers who really love Christmas want more. Many places have plans to return to a livelier season after two years of subdued or canceled festivities because of the Covid-19 pandemic. From Finland to Mexico, these 15 destinations around the world traditionally offer up some of the best holiday atmosphere for a…

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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 09:47

Travel tips ahead of the holidays

Holiday travel for 2022 is set to be one of the busiest and the most expensive on record. Travel experts expect Christmas travel will boast pre-pandemic level numbers too, so Globe Aware volunteers should be prepared!   Travel tips ahead of the holidays By Glenn KittleDec. 5, 2022Gray Television SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) -Holiday travel for 2022 is set to be one of the busiest and the most expensive on record. The average price of a domestic round-trip flight for Christmas is set to cost travelers over $400. The TSA reports 24.6 million travelers chose the sky over the highway for Thanksgiving this year and travel experts expect Christmas travel will boast pre-pandemic level numbers too. We asked flyers coming home from the holiday weekend how…

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Wednesday, 30 November 2022 08:12

India discontinues Air Suvidha

Good news for Globe Aware volunteers planning a volunteer vacation to India. The ministry of Civil Aviation of the Indian Government has lifted the mandate to fill up the Air Suvidha form for all international passengers. The decision was declared on Monday, 21 November. India discontinues Air Suvidha for all international passengers 23 Nov 2022by Anithya BalachandranIndia travel The ministry of Civil Aviation of the Indian Government has decided to lift off the mandate to fill up Air Suvidha form for all international passengers. The decision was made and declared on Monday, 21 November. Air Suvidha is an online system for International passengers to submit a mandatory self declaration form to declare their current health status. This form had been made mandatory and all international…

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Tuesday, 29 November 2022 01:12

Flight attendants' travel secrets

It feels like the summer of travel chaos only just subsided, but the holiday travel season is now upon us. Globe Aware volunteers might be interested to learn these air travel secrets to help with the travel. Flight attendants share their air travel secrets Francesca StreetCNNNovember 23, 2022 (CNN) — It feels like the summer of travel chaos only just subsided, but the holiday travel season is now upon us. More than four million Americans are set to take to the skies for US Thanksgiving, kicking off one of the busiest stretches of the year for travel. Navigating the world of airports and airplanes at this time can be stressful, but if anyone's an expert in holiday travel, it's flight attendants. Intrigued to find out…

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Thursday, 24 November 2022 10:49

Live the life of your dreams

Live the life of your dreams   Learn more about Globe Aware's Orosi Valley Program   Learn more about Globe Aware's India program Learn more about Globe Aware's Philippines program Fusion Power Guatemala Video Quativa Costa Rica Video

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 09:47

12 Traditional Dishes of Ghana

Although Ghana is a relatively small country in Western Africa, it is famous for a cuisine that is deeply rooted in it's culture and history. Globe Aware volunteers may find themselves unfamiliar with many of these traditional dishes. Ghanaian Food: 12 Must-Try Traditional Dishes of Ghana October 7, 2022Travel Food Atlas Although Ghana is a relatively small country in Western Africa, it has a population of 30 million and was the first sub-Saharan country to achieve independence from colonialism. The country is not only famous for their great leaders, but also for a cuisine that is deeply rooted in their culture and history. Most Popular Ghanaian Dishes With the prevalence of tropical ingredients such as corn, beans, millet, plantains, cassava, hot peppers and tomatoes, most…

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As millions of Americans gear up to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday week, many will have to deal with rain, snow, blustery winds and cold temperatures. Globe Aware volunteers on the move should know what to be on the look out for! Snow and thunderstorms could hinder holiday travel this week By Allison ChincharCNN MeteorologistNovember 20, 2022 As millions of Americans gear up to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday week, many will have to deal with rain, snow, blustery winds and cold temperatures. Over 5 million people from Michigan to New York are under winter weather alerts as additional lake-effect snow is expected to fall Sunday. Meanwhile, rain and thunderstorms will be the main concern for some southern states. More than 2 feet of snow…

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Wednesday, 16 November 2022 08:48

Best Early Black Friday Deals on Luggage

With these deals, you can get a quality carry-on, duffle, or other luggage for less. Globe Aware volunteers who need new travel gear, this is right time to stock up!   Best Early Black Friday Deals on Luggage Right Now With these deals, you can get a quality carry-on, duffle, or other luggage for less. By Samantha B GordonNovember 9, 2022Consumer Reports If you’re planning a trip for the holidays and like to travel light—or very light—you’ll want a bag that’s budget friendly and performs well in CR’s evaluations of carry-on suitcases, weekender bags, backpacks, and slim wallets. The good news is that, thanks to a slew of early Black Friday sales, you can find great deals on luggage that performed well in our tests.…

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 10:31

AAA: Inflation hasn't slowed travel spending

The price of just about everything has increased in the past year, but that doesn’t seem to have slowed interest in travel or Americans’ spending on it, according to travel experts. Globe Aware volunteers will be interested to find out why!   AAA: Inflation hasn't slowed travel spending BY SARAH BLAZONISSPECTRUM NEWSNOV. 13, 2022 TAMPA, Fla. — The price of just about everything has increased in the past year, but that doesn’t seem to have slowed interest in travel or Americans’ spending on it, according to travel experts. "Despite the inflationary pressures, gas prices being high, people are still spending on travel. In fact, travel spending is at its highest level since the pandemic," said Mark Jenkins, a spokesperson for AAA Auto Club Group. The…

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Wednesday, 09 November 2022 10:10

A travel fee that's going down

The Transportation Security Administration announced that TSA PreCheck, the service aimed at expediting airport security screening for members, will now cost less for enrollment and in-person renewal. Globe Aware volunteers can read to find out the new price! A travel fee that's going down: Price drops for TSA PreCheck Marnie HunterCNNNovember 4, 2022 (CNN) — At a moment when it seems like everything is getting more expensive, there's at least one travel convenience that will cost air travelers less. The Transportation Security Administration announced on Friday that TSA PreCheck, the service aimed at expediting airport security screening for members, will now cost less for enrollment and in-person renewal. Enrollment provider IDEMIA has dropped those fees from $85 to $78. The cost to renew membership online…

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Tuesday, 08 November 2022 08:59

The friendliest countries in the world

Our planet is home to some seriously friendly countries, and our Globe Aware volunteers will delighted to see some of our own program locations on the list. Get ready for warm welcomes in locations like the Philippines, Peru and more!   The friendliest countries in the world: 2022 Readers' Choice Awards The most welcoming destinations from all four corners of the globe, as voted for by you. CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLEROctober 4, 2022 They say you can travel the world and you'll never find anywhere as welcoming as home, but we don't quite think that's true. From the ever-beaming people of Sri Lanka to the famously open-armed population of New Zealand, our planet is home to some seriously friendly countries, ready to share the love they…

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Many students who have been on a mission trip or volunteer service abroad program think it is the ideal topic for their college admissions essay. However there are some very key points to think through, otherwise writing about your program will not be helpful at all. Here watch Dr. Crystal Rose and Globe Aware founder Kimberly Haley-Coleman discuss the ins and outs of the decision. Many high school students think that writing about their service abroad experience for their college application essay is the perfect thing to do, but watch parts one, two and three of our series on this subject to see if this really makes sense for YOUR application. You can view part one here You can view part two here You can view part…

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Many students who have been on a mission trip or volunteer service abroad program think it is the ideal topic for their college admissions essay. However there are some very key points to think through, otherwise writing about your program will not be helpful at all. Here watch Dr. Crystal Rose and Globe Aware founder Kimberly Haley-Coleman discuss the ins and outs of the decision. Many high school students think that writing about their service abroad experience for their college application essay is the perfect thing to do, but watch parts one, two and four of our series on this subject to see if this really makes sense for YOUR application. You can view part one here You can view part two here You can view part…

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Many students who have been on a mission trip or volunteer service abroad program think it is the ideal topic for their college admissions essay. However there are some very key points to think through, otherwise writing about your program will not be helpful at all. Here watch Dr. Crystal Rose and Globe Aware founder Kimberly Haley-Coleman discuss the ins and outs of the decision. Many high school students think that writing about their service abroad experience for their college application essay is the perfect thing to do, but watch parts one, two and four of our series on this subject to see if this really makes sense for YOUR application. You can view part one here You can view part three here You can view part…

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Thursday, 03 November 2022 09:17

Take a Photo of Your Luggage Before Checking It

Do any of our Globe Aware volunteers do this already before they head out to travel? Find out why snapping photos of luggage might help if they ever get lost!   Why You Should Always Take a Photo of Your Luggage Before Checking It It could save you a massive headache — and money. By Stacey LeascaOctober 16, 2022Travel + Leisure Preparing for a trip always comes with a long to-do list and even though you may have thought of everything, from calling your bank to buying travelers insurance, taking a photo of your luggage — contents and all — may be just as important. As airlines recover from a summer of delays, cancellations and yes, lost bags, having proof of what your belongings look…

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By now there are 118 countries completely open, there are still quite a few with restrictions or closed borders. Globe Aware volunteers will want to know where our Nepal and China programs stand.   No entry: These are all the countries that are still closed to tourists thanks to COVID By Charlotte Elton28/10/2022Euronews After two years of tough restrictions, travel has started to resemble the pre-pandemic ‘normal.’ From vaccination certificates to testing to last-minute border closures, would-be jetsetters have abided by stringent rules. But this year, the tide has turned. Over the past few months, 30 countries have scrapped their remaining entry rules. Though 109 countries still have some travel restrictions in place, 118 are completely open - at least to vaccinated travellers, who we…

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Many students who have been on a mission trip or volunteer service abroad program think it is the ideal topic for their college admissions essay. However there are some very key points to think through, otherwise writing about your program will not be helpful at all. Here watch Dr. Crystal Rose and Globe Aware founder Kimberly Haley-Coleman discuss the ins and outs of the decision. Many high school students think that writing about their service abroad experience for their college application essay is the perfect thing to do, but watch parts two, three and four of our series on this subject to see if this really makes sense for YOUR application. You can view part two here You can view part three here You can view part…

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Friday, 28 October 2022 08:58

Best Places to Visit in December 2022

Summer starts in December in South Africa with temperatures in the 70s, ideal for being outdoors. Globe Aware volunteers can enjoy hiking and the beaches comfortably during their volunteer vacation there. 11 Best Places to Travel in December 2022 These are the best places to visit in December in the U.S. and around the world. By Patricia DohertyOctober 15, 2022 From frosty ski resorts to warm-weather destinations, there are many fantastic places to travel in December. Love winter, snow, and chilly weather? Mountain ski resorts like Vail are already booking plenty of December reservations, so it’s time to start planning your cold-weather getaway. Want to stay warm and relax on the beach or by the pool? Cancun and Anguilla are sunny options. Miami in December…

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Wednesday, 26 October 2022 10:42

October Traditions Around the World

Globe Aware volunteers won't be surprised to know that Halloween dominates October in much of the Western world. But the rest of the world also celebrate a variety of other traditions in October.   October Traditions Around the World While Halloween dominates October in much of the Western world, a variety of other traditions are observed that month. By Brianna NavarreOct. 21, 2022U.S. News & World Report Though many English-speaking countries spend October awaiting the thrills and chills of Halloween, the month is also marked by a host of other traditions across the world – from daylong holidays to full festivals. While some, such as Oktoberfest, share the carnivalesque tone of Halloween, many highlight religious customs or pay tribute to local lore. Here is a…

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Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup considered a national dish, ranked 34th in a list of 100 most popular dishes in the world as complied by an international food magazine. Globe Aware volunteers can taste authentic pho when they visit our Hoi An volunteer vacation site!  Vietnamese pho among world's 100 most popular dishes By Hoang Phong October 13, 2022VN Express International Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup considered a national dish, ranked 34th in a list of 100 most popular dishes in the world as complied by an international food magazine. Globe Aware volunteers can taste authentic pho when they visit our Hoi An volunteer vacation site! Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup considered a national dish, ranked 34th in a list of 100 most popular dishes…

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Wednesday, 19 October 2022 05:07

Spontaneous Travel Trend Increases Happiness

Since, over the past two-and-a-half years, the effects of COVID-19 forced travelers to be more flexible in their plans and book their trips relatively last minute and so a spirit of spontaneity and flexibility is emerging as the new norm in travel. Globe Aware volunteers can learn the psychological effects of this new trend! Psychology Suggests Spontaneous Travel Trend Increases Happiness By LAURIE BARATTI OCTOBER 16, 2022Travel Pulse It seems that Americans are becoming accustomed to travel’s unpredictability during the pandemic, as many are now embracing this era of uncertainty and exhibiting highly spontaneous behavior when heading off on their getaways. Since, over the past two-and-a-half years, the effects of COVID-19 forced travelers to be more flexible in their plans and book their trips relatively…

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Here are some tips that can help Globe Aware volunteers avoid some common holiday travel concerns and get you to your destination on time, without (too much) stress. Five Tips To Take the Stress Out of Traveling This Holiday Season GUEST AUTHOROCTOBER 07, 2022TRAVEL PULSE ‘Tis the season to travel. It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are almost here. The 2022 holiday travel season is likely to be a busy one. Passengers are gearing up for potential flight delays and cancellations, baggage issues, staff shortages, price hikes, and long security lines. Here are some tips that can help you avoid some common holiday travel concerns and get you to your destination on time, without (too much) stress. Don’t Wait The price of a plane…

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Wednesday, 12 October 2022 10:42

When is Diwali 2022?

Did our Globe Aware volunteers know that this year Diwali falls on Monday, October 24!? The celebrations for this auspicious Hindu festival last for five days, read on to know all the details!   Diwali 2022 Date: When is Diwali? Know all about the auspicious five days of Deepavali By Krishna Priya PallaviHindustan TimesOct 10, 2022 Diwali 2022 Dates: This year, Diwali falls on Monday, October 24. The celebrations for this auspicious Hindu festival last for five days. The most significant and holy festival of Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is almost here. Hindus celebrate this auspicious festival to observe the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil and hope over despair. Diwali also marks the death of many demons like…

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Friday, 07 October 2022 10:09

The Spooky History of Halloween

Globe Aware volunteers who are big fans of the Halloween season, how well do you know the history behind this spooky holiday!? Here's what you should know and why we celebrate! History of Halloween: Spooky season is here! But how well do you know the holiday? By Anna KaufmanUSA TODAYOct. 1, 2022 Whether you're going for a spooky, sexy, or sophisticated look, Halloween is right around the corner so it's best to start brainstorming costume ideas now. The holiday, celebrated by many with pumpkin carving and sugar overload, falls on the same date each year: October 31. It's an opportunity for children and adults alike to become someone else, disguise themselves with wigs and makeup, and participate in the rites of Fall's first holiday. If…

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Hurricane Ian continues to disrupt travel for many travelers including Globe Aware volunteers. Here's what to know when planning travel to Florida. Is it safe to travel to Florida now? What travelers need to know about Hurricane Ian's travel impacts Sean CudahySept. 30, 2022The Points Guy Hurricane Ian continues to disrupt travel as it churns across the Southeast, where it is expected to make a second landfall today in the Carolinas as a Category 1 storm. The National Weather Service is warning of life-threatening storm surge and hurricane conditions by Friday afternoon from Georgia to North Carolina. Meanwhile, Florida is beginning the cleanup process two days after Ian plowed into the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 storm. Popular vacation areas like Fort Myers, Naples…

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Thursday, 29 September 2022 12:43

Save Time Re-entering The U.S. With This Free App

Last week, we mentioned the TSA-Precheck, but did our Globe Aware volunteers know about this app!? The Mobile Passport Control App may be just what you need to clear the airport lines at your volunteer vacation destination. Save Time Re-entering The U.S. With This Free App By TYLER FOXTravel Off PathJuly 18, 2022 Have you ever come back from an international trip and noticed signs displaying “Mobile Passport” as you make your way through U.S. Customs? If so, you’ve probably noticed that the line was much shorter than the one you were in. What you may not know is that it is completely free and easy to hop in the shorter line using a U.S. Customs and Border Protection phone app called Mobile Passport Control…

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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 08:34

Seven scenic drives in the United States

Excited about your next Globe Aware volunteer vacation, but can't wait to travel! Here are seven fantastic scenic drives scattered around the continental United States where our volunteers can enjoy fall weather, autumn color and more. Seven scenic drives across the United States for your fall foliage fix Forrest BrownCNNSeptember 25, 2022 The United States is a car-obsessed nation, and a road trip feels like a natural right to many. With gas prices slipping from their dizzying early summer heights and other folks wary of taking their chances with the air travel system, the fall road trip possibilities look pretty darn good this year. In no particular order, here are seven fantastic scenic drives scattered around the continental United States where you can enjoy autumn color…

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Wednesday, 21 September 2022 09:25

10 Reasons To Visit Ghana

They say that Ghana is near the center of the world, enough reason for those bitten by the travel bug to visit this African nation. Find out the reasons why Globe Aware volunteers are pulled towards this volunteer vacation.   Ghana Have A Good Time: 10 Reasons To Visit This African Country Ghana is one African nation tourists shouldn't miss BRYAN REYESSEPTEMBER 18, 2022The Travel They say that Ghana is near the “center” of the world, enough reason for those bitten by the travel bug to visit this African nation. This country is bordered by the Gulf of Guinea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the less-traveled Togo, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast, one of the most beginner-friendly African destinations. Thanks to the coast, this West African…

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Monday, 19 September 2022 10:06

Hurricane Fiona pummels Puerto Rico

Hurricane Fiona made landfall in southwestern Puerto Rico last Sunday afternoon, and the entire island is reeling from the knockout of its electricity grid. Globe Aware will continue to monitor the situation in order to understand we and our volunteers can help.   Puerto Rico is without electricity as Hurricane Fiona pummels the island September 19, 2022Juliana KimNPR Hurricane Fiona made landfall in southwestern Puerto Rico on Sunday afternoon, as the entire island continues to reel from the knockout of its electricity grid. Puerto Rico Gov. Pedro Pierluisi said the damage on the island is "catastrophic in many areas," calling it a "very delicate and sad situation." Heavy rainfall and catastrophic flooding was continuing across the island Sunday evening, according to the National Hurricane Center.…

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Thursday, 15 September 2022 12:56

TSA PreCheck : is it worth it?

Coming off a summer of flight delays, lost luggage, cancellations and long lines at airports, Globe Aware volunteers are looking for ways to ease the process. TSA PreCheck may not guarantee an on-time flight, but it can save travelers some time.   Airport lines too long? Here's what you get with TSA PreCheck and how much it costs Josh RiveraUSA TODAYSept 10 2022 When looking to fly, travel time is not just the duration of the flight. There is the commute to the airport, check-in lines, bag drop-off lines, customs (if traveling internationally) and the always popular Transportation Security Administration line. The lines add up, and travelers' schedules get tighter. Coming off a summer of flight delays, cancellations, lost bags and long lines at airports,…

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Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the UK is set to enter a period of mourning that will last between 10 and 12 days. Public gatherings, business closures, event cancellations and transport disruptions are likely during this time. If you're a Globe Aware volunteer traveling through the UK in the coming days, here's what you need to know. Death of Queen Elizabeth: how the mourning period will impact travelers in the UK Lonely PlanetSep 12, 2022 Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II last Thursday, the UK is in a 10-day period of mourning. Public gatherings, business closures, event cancellations, and transport disruptions are likely during this time, culminating with a National Day of mourning next Monday, September 19 to coincide with the state…

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Globe Aware volunteers will be delighted to learn that Costa Rica has this week been crowned the leading destination for travelers in all of Central America for 2022. We offer three unique volunteer vacations in this picturesque country, that are open all year round!  Costa Rica Crowned Central America’s Leading Destination Sept 5 2022Breaking Travel News Costa Rica has this week been crowned the leading destination for travelers in all of Central America for 2022. The picturesque country – famed for its stunning natural landscapes and near unrivaled levels of biodiversity – received the much sought-after accolade from the World Travel Awards this week. In winning the award, Costa Rica beat off stiff competition from the likes of Mexico, Belize and Honduras, whilst also managing…

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 11:51

Now Is the Best Time to Book Holiday Flights

Even though summer may not be over just yet, it’s time for Globe Aware volunteers to start thinking about booking holiday flights if you're looking for a deal. Prices for Thanksgiving and Christmas flights have already started to increase in the last couple months, but the good news is there are still potential deals to be found! Why Now Is the Best Time to Book Holiday Flights, According to Travel Experts By Alison FoxAugust 31, 2022Travel + Leisure Even though summer may not be over just yet, it’s time to start thinking about booking holiday flights if you're looking for a deal. Flights for Thanksgiving and Christmas have already started to increase from the last couple months, but the good news is there are still…

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Wednesday, 31 August 2022 12:15

Stunning Palaces And Forts to Visit In Jaipur

History buffs love this part of their volunteer vacation week in Jaipur, India. You'll have the chance to experience these famous cultural forts and palaces when you visit the charming Pink City with Globe Aware! Travel Back In Time At These Stunning Palaces And Forts In Jaipur BY KARAN KAUSHIK25 Aug 2022 Travel + Leisure Planning a heritage trip to Jaipur is always a great idea. The charming Pink City offers a bewitching experience to history buffs from around the globe. If you are planning a trip to the beautiful city sometime soon, here are some of the best palaces and forts in Jaipur that you must visit. By Karan Kaushik These are the must-visit palaces and forts in Jaipur City Palace Dotted with grand…

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Tuesday, 30 August 2022 11:19

Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling

It’s imperative to feel comfortable and safe while traveling, especially for Globe Aware volunteers just starting to get back into flying abroad. Follow these easy tips to stay healthy and make the most of your volunteer vacation!   9 Tips For Staying Healthy While Traveling, According To A Retired Physician   TERESA OTTO, MDMAY.15.2021 In December of 2018, I retired from practicing medicine. As an anesthesiologist, I spent my days in an operating room putting people to sleep and waking them up when their surgeries were finished. It’s a package deal that I was happy to deliver to several thousand patients over the course of my 26-year career. I have traveled at every opportunity, including several times this past year. I’m going to share the…

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Monday, 29 August 2022 11:04

This Is Your Happy Place

This Is Your Happy Place Learn more about Globe Aware's Galapagos Island program Learn more about Globe Aware's Kenya program Learn more about Globe Aware's Peru program Learn more about Globe Aware's Orosi Valley program Don's Ukraine Fundraiser

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Wednesday, 24 August 2022 10:36

Ten most colourful places to visit

Jaipur, Havana and Cusco, all these Globe Aware volunteer vacation destinations make the list! These colorful locations should definitely be added to your bucket list!  Little India to Havana: 10 most colourful places to add to your travel wishlist PALLABI BOSETravel 19 Jul 2022LIFESTYLE ASIA The world is full of beautiful places that you can admire as a traveller. While some of the most colourful places on earth are a result of natural phenomena, others are man-made. For instance, the serene mountains and seas, the endless dunes in deserts, the earthy aroma of jungles and the bustling cities, all bring out the spectacular hues of various regions in a country that can leave you spellbound. However, even as a globetrotter, you may have a preferred…

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Tuesday, 23 August 2022 14:06

What is the Mid-Autumn Festival?

The mid-autumn festival lands on September 10th 2022, and is celebrated throughout Asia. Globe Aware volunteers in Vietnam during this month will be lucky enough to experience this special harvest celebration, also known as the "children's festival." What is the Mid-Autumn Festival, and how is it celebrated around Asia? 29 Jul 2022PYUSHA CHATTERJEELifestyle Asia The Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is celebrated across East Asian and Southeast Asian countries, especially those with Chinese communities, but what does it really entail? Falling on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month (as per the Chinese lunar calendar), it is observed for a few days (mostly three) around the main day, wherein the city streets are decorated with bright and colourful lanterns and dazzling lights. During this…

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From October, Thailand will downgrade Covid to the same category as the flu virus. Thailand is re-asserting itself as a friendly destination for tourists and our Globe Aware volunteers.   Thailand To Start Treating Covid Like The Flu From October By VINICIUS COSTATravel Off PathAugust 13 2022 In a new development even the most optimistic didn’t see coming, Thailand will outpace the vast majority of Asia, and even the Western Hemisphere, in treating Covid as an endemic disease. From October, the once ultra-strict country will downgrade the pathogen to the same category as the flu virus, effectively treating both the same. After more than two years of enforcing strict regulations aimed at curbing the viral spread, Thailand has progressively eased its stance this year, dropping the…

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Many countries have their own laws regarding the importation of food items, and the United States is no exception, having issued 7,190 violations in 2021. Globe Aware volunteers should be aware of what food items could result in expensive consequences.   Think Twice About Flying With Food, Huge Fines Could Be Waiting By Tyler FoxAugust 15 2022Travel Off Path Grabbing a last-minute breakfast before flying is common practice when rushing through the airport. However, that breakfast could cost you much more than anticipated if you aren’t careful. Recently, a passenger heading to Australia was fined $1,874 USD for bringing his McDonald’s breakfast with him from Bali. That breakfast will end up costing more than the original flight to Bali, and it should serve as a…

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Thursday, 11 August 2022 10:12

Luggage delayed, lost or damaged?

The prospect of delayed, lost or damaged baggage can make any Globe Aware volunteer nervous about flying. There are things you can do and strategies you can take to help avoid or at least minimize the impact of lost and delayed luggage. What should I do if my luggage is delayed, lost or damaged? By Forrest BrownCNNAugust 7, 2022 (CNN) — It's enough to give anyone already nervous about the chaos in the skies yet another reason to pop an antacid: the prospect of delayed, lost or damaged baggage. The concern is valid. After all, Delta Air Lines recently decided to fly a plane from London to its hub in Detroit packed with 1,000 lost bags and zero passengers because of a now-notorious meltdown in…

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Monday, 08 August 2022 11:36

Traveling to Costa Rica during Covid-19

If you’re planning to travel to Costa Rica, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to travel to this popular Globe Aware destination. Travel to Costa Rica during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go CNN StaffJuly 2, 2021 If you’re planning to travel to Costa Rica, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic. The basics Costa Rica was one of the first countries to open back up for tourism, which it did in November 2020. Around 1 million travelers visited the country in 2021 — back to almost 70% of pre-pandemic levels. However, the Delta variant hit the country hard in 2021, with hospitals “dangerously full” at…

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Wednesday, 03 August 2022 11:58

Bhutan sets reopening date

Bhutan will reopen for international tourists from September for the first time since the pandemic began more than two years ago, officials said on June 30. Globe Aware volunteers will be delighted to know that we offer a volunteer vacation week in this tiny Himalayan kingdom.   Bhutan sets reopening date -- and increases daily tourist tax June 30, 2022Reuters Bhutan will reopen for international tourists from September for the first time since the pandemic began more than two years ago, officials said on June 30, as the tiny Himalayan kingdom looks to revive its economy. Wedged between China and India, the country with scenic natural beauty and ancient Buddhist culture, took drastic early steps and banned tourism, a major source of income, in March…

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Wednesday, 03 August 2022 11:40

Traveling to Ghana during Covid-19

Ghana has been open to international flights for some time. If you're planning to travel to Ghana, here's what Globe Aware volunteers will need to know! Traveling to Ghana during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go August 1, 2022CNN (CNN) — If you're planning to travel to Ghana, here's what you'll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic. The basics Ghana has been open to international flights for some time, but on March 28 it finally reopened its land and sea borders. All non-resident adults who are not Ghanaian citizens must be fully vaccinated in order to enter the country. What's on offer Ghana may be blessed with some of West Africa's finest beaches,…

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BBC Travel Show - Passengers with a Purpose Jul 14, 2022BBC Emeline Nsingi Nkosi finds out what life’s like as an international volunteer onboard the world’s biggest civilian hospital ship. The Green Guide’s back - asking how to travel sustainably on a budget, and the team’s in India taking a look at a new record breaking railway bridge in the Himalayas.

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Wednesday, 27 July 2022 13:02

19 Travel Prep Tips

With summer travel season in full swing, you might be counting down the days until your Globe Aware volunteer vacation! But impending travel means a heap of logistics to manage, and you might find your excitement is overshadowed by stress. Here are some helpful travel tips to make things easier!   Reduce Pre-Vacation Stress With These 19 Travel Prep Tips Here's what you can do now to make your upcoming summer trip go smoothly. Mary KingJuly 20, 2022CNET With summer travel season in full swing, you might be counting down the days until your next trip -- already imagining the warm sand between your toes or the stunning landmarks you've longed to see in person. (If you're hoping to capture those sweet vacation memories on…

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Monday, 25 July 2022 11:10

Monkeypox virus and travel

Although The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern,” Globe Aware volunteers can be relieved to know it does not impact travel, according to health experts. Still it's important to learn the facts about this virus, and practice precaution.   Monkeypox virus declared a public health emergency: How does this impact travel? Bill FinkThe Points GuyJuly 23 2022It’s official. The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined monkeypox constitutes a global health emergency, calling it a “public health emergency of international concern” due to a multi-country outbreak. But will it impact travel? The short answer from the health experts we’ve talked to is “no,” but let’s dive into the facts. According to the WHO, anyone who has been diagnosed…

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Monsoon season may be here but that doesn't mean a lot of travel destinations have cooled down just yet. Globe Aware volunteers should be careful not to get overheated and follow some of these simple tips while traveling.  How to keep cool if you have to travel during the record-breaking heatwave Tips for staying cool in the heatwave as Brits are being urged not to travel unless it's absolutely necessary - we take a look at simple ways to cool down TRAVELBy Milo BoydJul 18, 2022 Brits are being urged to avoid public transport in the extreme heat, but if you have to travel then there are some easy tips to help you keep safe and cool. The UK is braced to endure its hottest…

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Wednesday, 20 July 2022 11:56

50 greatest places of 2022

Globe Aware volunteers will be delighted to see we offer volunteer vacations at two of these locations, Zimbabwe and Bhutan! If you're looking for adventure abroad, while still making a positive impact on a community, book with us today! World's 50 greatest places of 2022, according to TIME magazine Maureen O'HareCNNJuly 12, 2022 (CNN) — Get your credit card out and your favorite booking platforms at the ready: US magazine and news website TIME has just released its list of the world's 50 greatest places of 2022. The list was compiled by its international network of correspondents and contributors, and, says TIME in a statement, "with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences." The 50 destinations to make the cut include both classic…

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Wednesday, 13 July 2022 11:32

Monsoon travel tips

If you are not well-prepared for the upcoming monsoon season, then it could affect your overall experience abroad. Here's a curated a list of travel tips, do’s and don’ts for the monsoon travel for our Globe Aware volunteers. Monsoon travel tips you must remember 1 Be Prepared A rainy-day trip for some means looking out the car window and imagining themselves in an emotional Bollywood scene, and for some it’s the petrichor, must-inhale-the-vibe kind. The bottomline is, it is fun. Everything around you looks fresh and vibrant, you witness nature refresh itself and you in the process. The sky may be overcast, the sound of distant thunder coming at regular intervals, and you are looking forward to reaching the destination of your choice. It's a…

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Sometimes cancellations and delays are unavoidable, even for our seasoned Globe Aware volunteers. Here are ten great trips to help ease the frustration of air travel these days. 10 TRAVEL TIPS TO DEAL WITH FLIGHT DELAYS OR CANCELLATIONS By SAM CHUIJULY 11, 2022I recently had 2 delays out of 3 flights taken on domestic U.S. trips. With a shortage of staff at airports and a sharp rebound in demand for air travel, I think no traveler can escape from flight disruption. Let's take a look at some stats on airport delays and airline cancellations: Airports with most cancellations in Europe Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: 14,200 flights Frankfurt Airport: 8,600 flights London Heathrow: 8,200 flights London Gatwick: 6,800 flights Munich Airport: 6,400 flights*Flight cancellations between 1st April…

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Wednesday, 06 July 2022 09:02

Seven best things to see in Cusco

Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, with great history and culture and is often called the “historic capital” of the country. Find out what beautiful sights our Globe Aware volunteers will have the chance to see on their volunteer vacation in and around this South American city. Cusco highlights - 7 best things to see July 4, 2022Breaking Travel News Cusco is a city in southeastern Peru, with great history and culture. It’s often called the “historic capital” of the country, as it was the capital of the Inca Empire, until the Spanish conquest. The best Cusco hotels are even built on colonial houses, experiencing a modern and classic colonial fusion. The vast history and culture of the city and its proximity to the…

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Just because COVID-19 testing is no longer required for travelers bound for the U.S., that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pack a few COVID-19 tests. There are still plenty of good reasons to for our Globe Aware volunteers, find out what they are!   Why I’m still traveling with COVID-19 tests Kyle OlsenThe Points Guy After two years, the COVID-19 testing requirement for travel to the U.S. has finally been dropped, which means there’s one less hurdle for international travelers. However, if you’re like me, you still have several unused eMed proctored tests. Is it time to stash them in the back of the closet? That’s not what I’m doing. Here’s why: There’s still a risk of getting COVID-19One of the most obvious reasons I still…

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Recently South Africa's government made the decision to drop all of the country’s remaining pandemic-era restrictions. For Globe Aware volunteers, the primary change is the removal of vaccination and testing requirements for entry into South Africa, but other revisions include the lifting of the nation’s indoor mask mandates and the limits on gathering sizes, and the elimination of COVID-19 border checks.   South Africa Drops All Remaining COVID-19 Travel Restrictions LAURIE BARATTIJUNE 23, 2022Travel Pulse On Wednesday evening, South Africa’s government made the decision to drop all of the country’s remaining pandemic-era restrictions, after the Presidential Coordinating Council and Cabinet determined that they’d served their purpose and were no longer needed. For travelers, the primary change is the removal of vaccination and testing requirements for…

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Wednesday, 29 June 2022 07:23

Traveling tips for July Fourth

Nearly 48 million Americans are planning to travel this Independence Day weekend and setting expectations now and planning ahead can help ease the blow of spending more time and money on the trip. Here are five things Globe Aware volunteers should know before heading to the airport for the Fourth of July and beyond.   Traveling for July Fourth? Here are 5 things to know before flying, driving this weekend. Eve ChenUSA TODAYJune 28, 2022 Flight cancellations, high gas prices and inflation have already soured countless vacations this summer. With no quick fixes in sight and nearly 48 million Americans planning to travel at least 50 miles from home this Independence Day weekend, according to AAA, the holiday weekend could feel extra long in more…

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The Indian government is considering doing away with the Air Suvidha portal as travel restrictions ease worldwide, a change that will make entry easier for visitors, including Globe Aware volunteers. The Health Ministry has stated they will review the possible changes in August. COVID-19: India considers dropping Air Suvidha as global travel restrictions ease Health Ministry to review programme in August Khaleej TimesJune 19, 2022The Indian government is considering doing away with the Air Suvidha portal as travel restrictions ease worldwide. "We have written to the Health Ministry seeking removal of Air Suvidha requirements given that it could add to the convenience of flying as international traffic grows. But the Health Ministry has replied saying they will review the programme in August and decide on…

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Thailand is lifting a pre-arrival registration requirement for foreign visitors and it's current outdoor mask mandate would be dropped as of July 1 except in crowded venues. Globe Aware volunteers should still pack masks for their volunteer vacation in case of changes in regulations. Thailand drops registration for visitors, outdoor mask rule Thailand is lifting a pre-arrival registration requirement for foreign visitors that was seen as onerous and a drag on the recovery for a tourism industry battered by the coronavirus pandemic By The Associated PressJune 17, 2022 BANGKOK -- Thailand is lifting a pre-arrival registration requirement for foreign visitors that was seen as onerous and a drag on the recovery for its ailing tourism industry. The government's COVID-19 center also said Friday that an…

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Costa Rica has long been the region’s most popular destination for Globe Aware volunteers! Our programs there showcase the land's abundant biodiversity, vast rainforests and emphasizes sustainability, making it the perfect volunteer vacation to post-pandemic. Why everyone is travelling to Costa Rica right now You’re not the only one whose feed has been swamped with rainforest snaps in recent months By Anna PrendergastFriday 10 June 2022Time Out England Strung between Nicaragua and Panama like a pendant on Central America’s isthmus chain of countries, Costa Rica has long been the region’s most popular destination for travellers from the USA. But if you’ve noticed your Instagram feed increasingly full of friends geo-tagging Costa Rica and returning home with tales of its tropical climate, endless coastlines, extraordinary encounters…

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Globe Aware volunteers should know that the Biden administration has lifted its requirement that international air travelers to the U.S. take a COVID-19 test within a day before boarding their flights. The CDC may reevaluate the need for the testing requirement every 90 days and that it could be reinstated if a troubling new variant emerges. US lifts COVID-19 test requirement for international travel By ZEKE MILLER AP JUNE 10 2022 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is lifting its requirement that international air travelers to the U.S. take a COVID-19 test within a day before boarding their flights, easing one of the last remaining government mandates meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus. A senior administration official said Friday that the mandate will…

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Travel industry officials have recently pressed the Biden administration to end its requirements that vaccinated international travelers take a coronavirus test before flying to the United States. Currently, all travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers, need to fulfill this requirement when returning to the states from their volunteer vacation.   US airlines, travel industry push White House to end pre-travel testing Gregory Wallace and Pete MunteanCNNMay 31, 2022 (CNN) — White House officials met Tuesday with travel industry officials, who pressed the Biden administration to end its requirements that vaccinated international travelers take a coronavirus test before flying to the United States. Airlines for America, representing major US air carriers, and the US Travel Association, representing the broad travel and tourism industry, said they argued the…

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Wednesday, 08 June 2022 11:43

Summer travel costs rising

Worried about rising flight prices this summer? Globe Aware volunteers can manage their budget and expectations on summer travel with these helpful tips!   What to know about summer travel with rising costs Manage your budget and expectations on summer travel. By Kelly MccarthyJune 01, 2022, 9:09 AMABC News With more travelers ready to take to the skies this season, the Transportation Security Administration predicts a summer of record-breaking proportions. According to the agency, it could screen more than 3 million people in a day with the summer surge demand. Airfare, ticket prices soar Scott Keyes, who dedicates his life to helping travelers find cheap flights with his brand, Scott's Cheap Flights, told "Good Morning America" that "It's not just your imagination -- summer flights…

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Thursday, 02 June 2022 11:28

Free COVID rapid tests are available

Globe Aware volunteers can stock up on COVID-19 test kits. This past May, the Biden administration announced that it will provide eight more home test kits free to any U.S. household that wants them.   More free COVID rapid tests are available. Here’s how to get yours BY JON HEALEYMAY 17, 2022LA TIMES Want to stock up on COVID-19 test kits? The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it will provide eight more home test kits free to any U.S. household that wants them. The offer, like the one the administration made in January, comes with no strings attached. You can order the kits online or by phone, and the kits will be delivered to any address in the United States, in U.S. territories, on U.S.…

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Wednesday, 01 June 2022 11:19

COVID-19 Testing for Travel

COVID-19 testing can make travel safer for our Globe Aware volunteers. Read on strategies to follow before, during, and after your volunteer vacation. COVID-19 Testing for Travel: If, When, Where, and How COVID-19 testing can make travel safer — but you need to do it right. Here, experts weigh in on strategies to follow before, during, and after a trip. By Salma Abdelnour GilmanEveryday HealthMay 27, 2022 Test before you leave home, experts say — as close to the date of your departure as possible.It’s the third summer of the pandemic, and by now we know one thing: If you're traveling, you may need to ponder if, when, where, and how to get a test for COVID-19. If you're an American flying to another country,…

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Thursday, 26 May 2022 11:12

Changes to Cuba Travel Rules

The island of Cuba will allow group travel for educational or professional exchanges. Globe Aware volunteers will be able to spend a volunteer vacation week in Cuba this summer, contact us to learn more. Travel To Cuba Could Soon Be Easier, Here’s What You Need To Know By GREG ROBERTSONTravel Awaits The Biden administration is taking steps to expand flights into Cuba, including locations other than Havana, as part of an overall plan to support the island nation and its residents. Travel to and from the island was severely restricted under the previous administration, but the Biden White House is working to reverse those policies. “The measures today again are practical steps that we are taking to address the humanitarian situation and to respond to…

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Summer is just around the corner, and Globe Aware volunteers who have been patiently awaiting safe travel since the start of the pandemic are ready to buy flights and head out on their volunteer vacations. Though COVID infection rates have slowed, vaccines are readily available, and many people feel safe traveling again, the pandemic is still having an impact on air traffic.   ‘Flightmare’ looms for summer, travel expert warns by: Tori Gaines, Alix MartichouxNexstar Media WireMay 22, 2022 Summer is just around the corner, and travelers who have been patiently awaiting safe travel since the start of the pandemic are ready to buy flights and head out on vacations. Though COVID infection rates have slowed, vaccines are readily available, and many people feel safe…

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Could our Globe Aware volunteers imagine doing this!? Sometimes travel can go terribly wrong, but this passenger did something astounding to save everyone on a flight.   Passenger with no flying experience lands plane at a Florida airport after the pilot became incapacitated By Jamiel Lynch, Dakin Andone and Pete MunteanCNN11th May 2022 "I have no idea how to fly the airplane." The pilot on his single-engine Cessna 208 had "gone incoherent," the passenger was telling air traffic controllers Tuesday afternoon, according to audio from LiveATC.net. It was, he stressed, a "serious situation." Air Traffic Controller Robert Morgan, a certified flight instructor, was on a break when the call came in from the plane, headed out from the Bahamas. "I rush over there and I walk…

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When it comes to wish list travel spots, Peru's Machu Picchu is a favorite, and is now open again to travelers. A guided tour can be arranged with Globe Aware when booking your Peru volunteer vacation, as a separate excursion. Why Machu Picchu, Peru, should be on every traveller's wishlist 14 May, 2022NZ HeraldBy Sara Bunny After a string of closures due to Covid precautions, Peru's ancient Inca trails are again open to visitors. When it comes to wishlist travel spots, Peru's Machu Picchu is a perennial favourite. The jewel in the crown of the Inca Empire, it's a crumbling citadel of more than 100 buildings and a network of walkways and terraces, dating back to about 1450. Perched on a dramatic mountain range where the…

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Thursday, 12 May 2022 11:38

Mask-wearing mandate lifted in Cambodia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen lifted the government-instituted mask-wearing mandate, leaving it to people across the country to decide for themselves. Globe Aware volunteers should know that mask-wearing requirements, however, still apply to enclosed settings such as air-conditioned offices, meeting rooms or movie theatres. Mask-wearing mandate lifted in Cambodia Borneo BulletinMay 8, 2022 PHNOM PENH POST/ANN – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen lifted the government-instituted mask-wearing mandate, leaving it to people across the country to decide for themselves. Mask-wearing requirements, however, still apply to enclosed settings such as air-conditioned offices, meeting rooms or movie theatres. The premier made the announcement, effectively immediately, in a special audio address to the nation. “From the time you receive this audio message, you can decide for yourself whether to…

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Cambodia reported no new Covid-19 cases on Saturday night (May 7), the first time since the third wave of community transmission broke out in February last year, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said. This is great news for volunteers wishing to vacation in Cambodia. Feel free to contact a Globe Aware team member in regards to entry regulations and safety. Cambodia reports zero new Covid-19 cases for first time in over a year, says PM Hun Sen 08 May 2022The Star PHNOM PENH, May 8 (Xinhua): Cambodia reported no new Covid-19 cases on Saturday night (May 7), the first time since the third wave of community transmission broke out in February last year, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said. "Today, it is the…

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Wednesday, 04 May 2022 10:13

Four new Google trip-planning tools

Today, Google is launching a new set of travel search tools that can help you plan for your dream Globe Aware summer vacation. The set of four new functions will enable you to better customize searches and works on your desktop or mobile device.   Check out these four great new Google trip-planning tools By Bill FinkThe Points GuyMay 2 2022 Today, Google is launching a new set of travel search tools to help you plan for that upcoming weekend escape, summer vacation or long-delayed dream getaway. The set of four new functions will enable you to better customize searches and quickly sort through targeted destination, pricing and lodging choices before saving all the results in a personalized tab that works on your desktop or…

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Thailand has removed all testing requirements for vaccinated tourists, which includes Globe Aware volunteers. Entry procedures have been simplified and the country is planning to launch a new vaccine passport soon.   Thailand Plans To Launch New Vaccine Passport For Entry Here we go again. After Thailand removed all testing requirements for vaccinated tourists, many believed it was finally prepared to abandon its infamously strict Covid policies. Although entry procedures have been simplified, those who had been expecting a full reopening to follow will be surprised to learn the country is, in fact, planning to launch a new vaccine passport soon. During Covid, very few foreigners traveled to Thailand as a result of the country’s complex entry rules, which included multiple testing and quarantine post-arrival.…

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Not sure what you're dealing with since all three have commons symptoms? Globe Aware volunteers can read on to learn more about the symptoms of food poisoning, stomach flu, and COVID-19 and how to determine which condition you have.   Is This Food Poisoning, Stomach Flu, or COVID-19? by Emily CronkletonMarch 17, 2022healthline If you are experiencing gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, you may wonder if the cause is food poisoning, stomach flu, or COVID-19. These conditions share similar symptoms, though there are some key differences between them. Read on to learn more about the symptoms of food poisoning, stomach flu, and COVID-19 and how to determine which condition you have. You’ll also learn how to treat each condition, when to seek…

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All travel restrictions for entering Romania related to the coronavirus were lifted on March 9th, 2022. Globe Aware volunteers can book their volunteer vacation to this beautiful European country with ease.   These countries have lifted all coronavirus travel restrictions These are all the destinations in Europe that currently have no Covid-related entry requirements. This list is being regularly updated BY SARAH JAMES 20 April 2022CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER Since 2020, we’ve all needed to stay on top of the Covid-related rules for different countries – from where you can travel without a vaccine to which destinations require a Covid booster jab for travel. By spring 2022, however, a handful of European countries (including the UK since Friday 18 March 2022) have lifted all restrictions relating…

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday updated its warning level policy for international travel, now reserving its Level 4 warning only for instances of extreme Covid-19 threats. Globe Aware volunteers will now have a more actionable alert for when they should not travel to a certain destination. U.S. CDC Restructures Covid-19 Travel Warning System By Michael B. BakerApril 18, 2022Business Travel News The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday updated its warning level policy for international travel, now reserving its Level 4 warning only for instances of extreme Covid-19 threats. A Level 4 warning, at which the CDC advises travelers not to visit regardless of vaccination status, now indicates "special circumstances, such as rapidly escalating case trajectory or…

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Mexico makes for a perfect first international vacation destination for a number of reasons. Here are some of the best our Globe Aware volunteers can check out! 8 Reasons To Make Mexico Your First International Vacation BY CYNTHIA LEVYApril 18, 2022 Mexico makes for a perfect first international vacation destination for a number of reasons, but there are some of the best. Many people are unaware of how amazing Mexico can be to visit. It is a country with many destinations, but a good number of people don't know where to go. One may have heard stories about beaches in Mexico, heritage sites, museums, villages, valleys, and hiking trails and have an interest in visiting. Due to the great climate of Mexico, one can visit…

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Officials from major airlines said they expect to offset their higher fuel bills with raised airlines tickets. Thanks to travel demand from vacationers, and Thanksgiving-like crowds returning this Easter, that's concerning news for Globe Aware volunteers who have not booked their summer trips yet.   Haven't booked those airline tickets yet? Don't dawdle. Bookings are bonkers, pushing prices up Dawn GilbertsonUSA TODAY Thanksgiving-like crowds are returning to security checkpoints and airport parking lots are filling up in popular destinations. But few things say air travel is roaring back more than airline executives taking a spike in oil prices in stride. Fuel is airlines' second-biggest expense after labor. In presentations at an investor conference in New York Tuesday, officials from Delta, American, United, Southwest and JetBlue…

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Tuesday, 12 April 2022 09:08

Test positive for COVID-19 abroad?

While traveling into countries may have become easier, it's still important Globe Aware volunteers be prepared for re-entry back into the United States. Our volunteer vacations provide testing on site or at your accommodations, provide travel insurance and assist with understanding government regulations and procedures.   5 things I learned after testing positive for COVID-19 abroad Taylor JenkinsApril 9, 2022The Points Guy After a great adventure in Argentina, it was time to come home. Then, seven hours before my return flight from Buenos Aires to Atlanta, I received the results of my COVID-19 test required for re-entry to the United States. The news sealed my fate for the next few days. With a positive test, I was not going to be able to board my…

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With the no-passport-required ease of traveling, and direct flights available from dozens of cities, it’s no wonder that the vacation-deprived are rushing to this island. Globe Aware volunteers headed to Puerto Rico can figure out what they need to pack with these helpful tips!   8 items to pack when traveling to Puerto Rico, according to residents BY REGAN STEPHENSJune 13, 2021 In late May, traveling to Puerto Rico just got a little easier. The U.S. territory loosened its requirements for domestic travelers, with vaccinated visitors now able to skip COVID-19 entry testing, and instead upload their vaccination card via a portal. With the no-passport-required ease of traveling to the Caribbean island, and direct flights available from dozens of cities, it’s no wonder that the…

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Cambodia is aiming to attract more tourists into the country by relaxing covid tests. You can contact our office to learn more about entry regulations because an impactful Globe Aware volunteer vacation awaits you in Cambodia!   No more covid tests for fully vaccinated travellers going to Cambodia TIMESOFINDIA.COM/TRAVEL NEWS, CAMBODIAMar 19, 2022, 12:36 IST Cambodia has now announced that travellers are not required to take COVID 19 tests to enter the country, thus hoping to boost tourism in the coming months. The country has gone ahead of its neighbours to relax restrictions, so that tourism can get the much needed boost. The country’s Prime Minister said in a speech, "Now it's the stage to open the economy by learning how to live with COVID.”…

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Have you ever considered volunteering? Whether it’s for a church, school, or another place, many organizations benefit from (and in some cases, completely depend on) volunteers to help. Volunteers also benefit from donating their time and effort to a cause they support: they gain a better understanding of the situation and culture surrounding the cause –– especially if it’s a volunteer program abroad. If you volunteer in a country where another language is spoken, you’ll also probably start to pick it up and actually learn it! Beyond these core benefits of volunteerism however, there are also some specific upsides to doing your volunteer work through an NGO, as opposed to independently. Below, we'll get into some of those benefits and explain why, more often than…

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Friday, 01 April 2022 02:17

10 most romantic places in the world

Globe Aware destination Hoi An makes it on the list as one of the most romantic places in the world! The location is famous for its lantern-lined streets and well-preserved historic architecture. The 10 most romantic places in the world From Montreal and the Maldives to Las Vegas and Lake Malawi, these are the most romantic places in the world according to us Written by John BillsTuesday 8 February 2022 You can never have enough love in your life, especially when the world around us seems more chaotic than ever. Luckily for lovers worldwide, the planet is packed with romantic places that will simultaneously take your breath away and steal your heart, filling the lungs with love and excitement in equal measure. We live in…

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Interested in a Globe Aware volunteer vacation in Kenya? Here’s how to make the most of a trip to this East African nation, from safety and visas to clothing and etiquette.   Here are the things you need to know before traveling to Kenya MEERA DATTANILonely Planet Writer8 MARCH 2022Think of Kenya and safari jeeps and beach scenes come to mind, but Nairobi has exciting city life and rich cultural encounters, too. Here’s how to make the most of a trip to this East African nation, from safety and visas to clothing and etiquette. Check the visa requirements for Kenya Before the COVID-19 pandemic, many nationalities could obtain a visa on arrival, but now, a visa in advance might be necessary. Check Kenya’s official visa…

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South Africa will no longer require fully vaccinated travelers to provide a negative PCR test to enter the country. The country’s president announced the relaxation of travel restrictions as part of a wider easing of Covid-19 measures, which came into effect on Wednesday (23 March). Unvaccinated travelers, including Globe Aware volunteers, will still have to provide a negative PCR test result on arrival.   South Africa ends PCR test rule for vaccinated travellers By Rob Gill23 March 2022Contact Reporter South Africa will no longer require fully vaccinated travellers to provide a negative PCR test to enter the country. The country’s president Cyril Ramaphosa announced the relaxation of travel restrictions as part of a wider easing of Covid-19 measures, which came into effect on Wednesday (23…

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