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Yoga Combines Your Mind, Body, Heart, and Soul

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Jungle Immersion:  Jungle yoga is total immersion living the yogic lifestyle (complete with toilets and shower accommodations), with two people to a tent. The location is 2500 feet above sea level which means no mosquitoes.  SatyanandaYoga yoga and meditation spaces are provided. There is also a kitchen and dining area. Regardless of a few modern ...

Stepping Back into Living History

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Joan, who is now a grandmother to her daughter Dana’s two children, is still amazed by the experiences they shared visiting Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts. “I remember carefully watching Dana’s face as her five-year-old mind worked through the information she was seeing and hearing,” says Joan.  “A woman dressed in costume and speaking in ...

My Volunteer Trip to Costa Rica

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I always tell people that volunteer work is the best because, while it means responsibilities one takes on, it is not an obligation, it’s a choice, and that makes all the difference in the world. —Karen M. Gray, C&O Canal National Historical Park Library Volunteer When I wrote my first book about volunteer travel everyone asked, “What in the world ...

Travel Can Be Life-Changing

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I just finished reading, and listening to, Saturday Night Widows: The Adventures of Six Friends Remaking Their Lives, a memoir by Becky Aikman. Widowed at age 47, she’d been married for twenty years when her husband died from cancer after a four and a half year battle through numerous operations and rounds of chemotherapy and ...

Visit New Places, Connect, and Give Back

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I always loved to travel but hated being an ordinary kind of tourist, staying in hotels for a few nights and buzzing through major sights at the speed of Superwoman. I wanted to experience the phenomenal difference between visiting a location for a time-limited vacation and integrating myself into the community as someone who belonged there. I ...

The Summer Job that Got Away: Glacier National Park, Montana

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This is the Centennial Celebration year for our National Parks. I have visited just under half of the 58 parks under the National Park Service. My friends Charles and Serena, partially retired college professors, travel in their RV to work in a bookstore every summer in a different park. There are loads of summer, or seasonal ...

An Exciting Cultural Travel Opportunity

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The beauty of an Immersion Traveler® on a volunteer vacation is that there’s always a new adventure around the corner. In June, 2015 I read about the new partnership between fathom.org and Carnival Cruise Lines offering cultural immersion and volunteer trips working together with community partners in the Dominican Republic and Cuba. I’ve planned many trips ...