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Community-Based Tourism in Northern Vietnam Adventurers come to us looking for authentic experiences in and amongst local communities and cultures. One of the best ways to achieve this is through community-based tourism and we've been working really hard to support many of these fledgling projects throughout the world.   What is community-based tourism? It's tourism in which local residents (often rural, poor and economically marginalized) invite travelers to visit their communities. The residents earn income as land managers, entrepreneurs, service and produce providers, etc. Part of the income is set aside for projects which provide benefits to the community as a whole. Community-based tourism enables travelers to discover local habitats, wildlife, and celebrates and respects traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. The community becomes aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will foster community-based conservation of these resources. These projects become a healthy way for communities...

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The Ins and Outs of Family Travel to SE Asia One of my fondest memories occurred while floating down the Mekong on a slow boat. A two-day journey between Northern Laos and Luang Prabang, this voyage allows for ample time to get to know your fellow passengers. This particular group was a family of 10. Every year one of the 3 kids plans a trip and then the parents fund it. This one was a roaming 17-day exploration of SE Asia – from Thailand to Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam and the travelers ranged from ages 6-75. They told me that this had been a party favorite to date as this area of the world had something for everyone – beaches where kids could build castles and adults could lounge, ancient temples that allowed kids to feel like Dora the Explorer and adults like Indiana Jones, and a great range of choose your own adventure food options depending on if you...
Peru vs Patagonia: Choosing the Right Multigenerational Trip Often when I am working with family groups trying to decide on trips to South America I am asked something along the lines of: We are interested in Patagonia and Peru but can’t decide- what would be best for our kids and their grandparents? Do you have a trip that would work over the kids’ spring break? Hands down I always recommend Peru. Besides the geographical factor that a trip to Peru can often be completed with one direct international flight (there are direct flights to Lima from Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Miami and New York), the proximity of sights and in-country destinations are perfect for a 7-9 day adventure (the typical amount of time of a school vacation or break). Patagonia and even Argentina or Chile on their own take longer to get to and the distances needing to be covered are much further between in-country destinations....

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Kermit the frog lives in the tropics! Some of the smallest things you’ll see in Costa Rica are frogs! Because of a recent discovery, today I’m going to talk about glass frogs. These creatures are usually 2-3 centimeters in length and come in a variety of colors, but usually green. They have forward pointing eyes just like one of the better-known frogs we grew up with - Kermit from the Muppets! Here in Costa Rica we call it La Rana Rene. The latest frog discovered in Costa Rica has a remarkable resemblance to Kermit, it was named Diane's Bare-Hearted Glassfrog in honor of the senior author’s mother Janet Diane Kubicki. The three authors are Brian Kubicki, Stanley Salazar, and Robert Puschendorf. You typically find these frogs near streams holding onto leaves or branches. They lay their eggs close to the water and when tadpoles are ready to hatch they normally get washed into a stream or river...

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One of the most amazing things I have ever seen Susan and her family just returned from our Sacred Lands of the Incas Adventure and was amazed by Machu Picchu, Cusco and the people they met while in Peru. “I appreciated all the information that you sent and found it very helpful. We were able to get a good background from this information and the books you suggested. Machu Picchu was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. It was truly fascinating and I am inspired to research and read more about these people and their way of life. We also found the time in and around Cusco to be fascinating. Walking through some of the villages and seeing how the people live and go about their daily activities was eye-opening. I watched one woman trudge up a hill to a village outside Cusco. She was wearing typical garb with a hat and brightly colored skirt. Her...
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