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How to Survive an Insect-Filled Vacation Abroad

How to Survive an Insect-Filled Vacation Abroad

Posted by Bekah Wright on July 7, 2016 in Travel

There's something about yurts that intrigue me. So when I had the chance to stay in one while traveling in Malaysia, I jumped at the chance. As for the insect coil that's lit at bedtime, I thought it was merely for ambiance. Then, sometime in the middle of the night, I awoke, feeling as if my body was on fire. I was being eaten alive by insects. Literally.... Read More ...

Top 10 Places to Visit on Your Great American Road Trip

Top 10 Places to Visit on Your Great American Road Trip

Posted by Joe Laing on June 6, 2016 in Travel

Visitors to America have so many choices for exciting vacation destinations that it’s sometimes difficult to know which ones represent the “real America.” To help you plan an authentic American experience, here are our picks for the top 10 places to visit on your Great American Road Trip.... Read More ...

Inexpensive Sightseeing in the US

Inexpensive Sightseeing in the US

Posted by Jarred Juett on May 5, 2015 in Travel

We have written before about inexpensive vacation destinations for the international jet-setting traveler. But what if you want to enjoy the United States on the cheap? There is no shortage of sightseeing destinations or breathtaking landmarks of natural beauty for the American traveler to see in their home country.... Read More ...

The Pros and Cons of Ecotourism

The Pros and Cons of Ecotourism

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on April 29, 2015 in Travel

Eco-tourists travel to high-quality natural destinations in order to observe, support, and study intricate ecosystems across the world—think amateur scientists traveling to the rain forests in to study native flora and fauna. Now, tourism becomes a way to learn more about complex life-systems. But there’s a lot of controversy surrounding ecotourism’s recent spike in popularity.... Read More ...

All You Need to Know About Orienteering

All You Need to Know About Orienteering

Posted by Kelli Vorndran on February 5, 2015 in Travel

Orienteering is a wilderness navigation race using a map and a compass. Courses can span large areas of diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain. Participants must use their supplied topographical map and compass to reach specified areas called controls. While many people practice foot orienteering, there are several different types of orienteering, including canoe, car, bike,... Read More ...

Itinerary for Malaysia: An Asian Adventure Trip

Itinerary for Malaysia: An Asian Adventure Trip

Posted by Jarred Juett on July 24, 2014 in Travel

Known for its iconic blend of three major Asian cultures and vast collection of nature parks, Malaysia offers the perfect destination for your next adventure trip. To help you plan the perfect Asian adventure getaway, we have prepared an itinerary for Malaysia covering the best spots for exploration.... Read More ...

South Africa: Proudly African, Truly International

South Africa: Proudly African, Truly International

Posted by Cynthia Roush on April 22, 2014 in Study Abroad

Hi! My name is Cynthia Roush, and I am a senior at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Last summer, before my junior year, I went on a short study abroad to South Africa. South Africa is an incredible country filled with rich culture, food, and atmosphere. Though I have experienced richness in my travels to other countries, such as in Europe, the buzz in the air is different... Read More ...

Egypt Travel Story from an Atlas Travel® Insurance Customer | Video

Egypt Travel Story from an Atlas Travel® Insurance Customer | Video

Posted by Muhammad Yasin on March 28, 2014 in Travel

Allison Carter met with us after her trip to Egypt to share the story of how she fulfilled her dream of participating in a camel ride across the desert. Do you have stories of your summer vacation that you would like to share as well? Post your comments at the bottom of this post.... Read More ...

Dream Destinations: Iceland

Dream Destinations: Iceland

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 27, 2014 in Travel

When it comes to dream destinations, many list grand European cities like Paris or Venice or exotic beach locales like Hawaii or Aruba. Those are great locations, but right now, for me, Iceland tops the list. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen (admittedly from afar) a country as beautiful as this island nation.... Read More ...

Hiking in Italy

Hiking in Italy

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

The beautiful country of Italy has a plethora of walking and hiking trails for the adventurous traveler. If you’re looking for a great place to get close to nature, consider going to Italy for your next vacation. There are many trails for the amateur, as well as plenty of places for the serious, experienced hikers... Read More ...

Latest Travel Trends in the U.S.

Latest Travel Trends in the U.S.

Posted by Kristen Kaweck on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Travel trends change just as quickly as fashion trends, technology trends, and social trends. Just like leather goes in and out of style, our demand in vacation spots, such as Cancun, increases or decreases. One of the most prominent travel trends recognized in history is The Grand tour, which was the traditional trip of the... Read More ...

Living Unplugged: Five Worry Free Vacations

Living Unplugged: Five Worry Free Vacations

Posted by Ryan Love on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Rotorua is a city in the north island of New Zealand. It is known for its geothermal activity, most notably the Pohutu Geyser at Whakarewarewa. The Rotorua region has several lakes, and many people spend time fishing, waterskiing, and swimming. Rotorua features several luxury hotels and resorts, as well as several top-of-the-line spas. It has... Read More ...

The Best Places to Mountain Bike

The Best Places to Mountain Bike

Posted by Courtney Guggenberger on March 27, 2014 in Travel

There are many ideal places for mountain biking around the world and, chances are, there is even a trail somewhere close to where you live. However fun this nearby trail might be, is it one of the best trails in the world? The most exciting and enjoyable mountain biking trails feature varying terrain and beautiful scenery. Here are a few of the best places to mountain bike.... Read More ...

Traveling to New Zealand

Traveling to New Zealand

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 27, 2014 in Travel

One of the best places to visit in the world is New Zealand. An island just southeast of Australia, New Zealand is home to beaches, mountains, lush rainforests, and volcanoes. No matter if you are looking for a relaxing trip or an adventure, traveling to New Zealand will provide you with many opportunities to explore,... Read More ...

Types of Missionary Trips

Types of Missionary Trips

Posted by Shelby Walton on March 27, 2014 in Travel

Missionary trips can take you almost anywhere in the world. Before you decide where you want to go for your big service experience, you should consider the kind of work you want to do. Different locations offer different types of experiences. Take a look at these types of missionary trips and find one that is ... Read More ...

Travel Guide for India: India’s National Parks

Travel Guide for India: India’s National Parks

Posted by Jarred Juett on March 26, 2014 in Travel

When you think of India, you probably think of deserts, crowded cities, the River Ganges, and a lush bamboo jungle. We have told you about some of the other tourist hotspots of India, in a previous Travel Guide for India post, but did you know that India is home to over 70 national parks?... Read More ...

What You Should Know About Planning a Trip to Alaska

What You Should Know About Planning a Trip to Alaska

Posted by Jonathan Daniel on March 26, 2014 in Travel

The opportunities to experience the state’s natural beauty are seemingly endless. If getting out in nature is your idea of a great vacation, Alaska’s 54 million wild acres, 15 national parks and 6640 miles of coastline has you covered. One of the top sights on the list is the Aurora Borealis, which can be seen very clearly in Alaska.... Read More ...

Destinations and Adventures: Unusual Places for Travel

Destinations and Adventures: Unusual Places for Travel

Posted by Jarred Juett on February 27, 2014 in Travel

Families pack up their stuff, get the kids in the car, and drive to the obvious travel spots: theme parks, local nature preserves, and other standard destinations. Sure, visiting major cities and tourist attractions is fun, but what about all the other unique destinations and adventures that everyone is missing out on?... Read More ...