Stevie on the Wonder of becoming a Ghanaian citizen

Legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder is now officially Ghanaian! Globe Aware volunteers, why not visit Ghana, “the Gateway to West Africa,” and discover why Stevie Wonder considers it his new home?


Stevie on the Wonder of becoming a Ghanaian citizen

By Thomas Naadi
BBC News, Accra
14 May 2024

Legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder is officially Ghanaian.

On Monday – the US musical icon’s 74th birthday – he was granted citizenship of Ghana by the nation’s president.

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Cuba Relaxing Rules For International Travelers With New Electronic Visa

One of the strictest countries to be a tourist in the world, the Caribbean cultural hotspot that is Cuba is finally easing entry rules for foreign guests. The country is launching a new electronic visa this May that will make traveling there alot easier, including for our Globe Aware volunteers.


Cuba Is Relaxing Rules For All International Travelers With New Electronic Visa

By: Vinicius Costa
May 9, 2024
Travel Off Path

One of the strictest countries to be a tourist in the world, the Caribbean cultural hotspot that is Cuba is finally easing entry rules for foreign guests.

The country is launching a new electronic visa (or eVisa) this May that will make traveling there a lot easier, including for Americans.

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The Best Airlines for International Travel

International travel is a must-have life experience for millions of Americans, including Globe Aware volunteers. But which airline should you choose for your next volunteer vacation? Let’s look at a few popular U.S. airlines to see which ones fly to the most countries.


The Best Airlines for International Travel

By Ben Gran
The Motley Fool
May 24, 2024

International travel is a must-have life experience for millions of Americans. Whether you’re visiting another country for the first time or you’re a veteran globetrotter, it feels good to get your passport stamped in a new place.

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The golden rules of solo travel

Globe Aware volunteers concerned about traveling solo, here are some golden rules to follow! A volunteer vacation offers many of the recommendations listed!


The golden rules of solo travel

We ask our editors and favourite solo travellers for their savviest tips and tricks

BY OLIVIA MORELLI
19 May 2024
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELLER


The joys of travelling solo are endless. There is something truly freeing about exploring new places alone – you can go where you please, eat when you want, and have uninterrupted quality time with yourself. The interest in solo travel has been slowly rising for a while, but new data from UK-based travel organisation ABTA shows that 16 per cent of travellers went on holiday by themselves in 2023, a five per cent increase from the previous 12-month period. Plus, there is a huge increase in solo travel from “those aged 35-44, where solo traveller numbers more than doubled to 13 per cent in 2023 from just 6 per cent in 2022.”

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Summer travel season could be busiest in years

The Federal Aviation Administration expects June 30 to be the busiest day of the summer. Here’s what Globe Aware volunteers should know when planning out their volunteer vacation.


Summer travel season could be busiest in years, FAA forecast

The Federal Aviation Administration expects June 30 to be the busiest day of the summer with 53,785 flights.

By Larry Collins
May 20, 2024
NBCDFW

The unofficial start to summer is Memorial Day weekend, but for some airlines like Fort Worth-based American Airlines, the summer surge has already started.

American Airlines estimates its summer travel season will run from May 17 through Sept. 3 and expects to have 72 million travelers over the summer.

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Best Places to Visit in the US Over Memorial Day Weekend

Globe Aware volunteers opting for domestic travel this Memorial Day weekend, here are some fantastic destinations to explore in the United States.


Best Places to Visit in the US Over Memorial Day Weekend

May 11, 2024
TTW

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer in the United States. It’s a time to honor those who have served in the military, enjoy the company of family and friends, and explore new places. If you’re planning a getaway, here are some of the best places to visit during Memorial Day weekend that promise memorable experiences.

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Bhutan Makes Travel More Accessible By Dropping Mandatory Insurance

Globe Aware volunteers will be surprised to learn that Bhutan’s Department of Tourism announced on April 23, 2024, that travel insurance is no longer mandatory for tourists. This simplifies the visa application process and streamlines travel logistics, making Bhutan an even more attractive destination.


Bhutan Makes Travel More Accessible By Dropping Mandatory Insurance; Details Here

Plan your dream trip to Bhutan as the Himalayan Kingdom streamlines visa requirements and ditches mandatory travel insurance for tourists.

BY YASHITA VASHISHTH
APR 26, 2024
Travel + Leisure

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Bhutan implemented a mandatory travel insurance requirement for tourists to address potential health emergencies, particularly those related to the virus. However, with travel restrictions easing and conditions significantly improving, the Department of Tourism announced on April 23, 2024, that travel insurance is no longer mandatory for tourists. This simplifies the visa application process and streamlines travel logistics, making Bhutan an even more attractive destination.

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Guide to Traveling Safely in India During Heatwave Season

As temperatures soar with the upcoming heatwave season, planning travel requires more than just itinerary adjustments. This guide offers crucial insights and strategies for Globe Aware volunteers braving the heat, ensuring their volunteer vacation in India remains memorable for all the right reasons.


Guide to Traveling Safely in India During Heatwave Season

May 4, 2024
TTW 

As temperatures soar across Indian states during the relentless heatwave seasons, planning travel requires more than just itinerary adjustments. With the mercury hitting record highs, ensuring safety and comfort becomes paramount. This guide offers crucial insights and strategies for travelers braving the heat, ensuring their adventure through India remains memorable for all the right reasons.

Understanding the Heatwave Phenomenon:

What is a Heatwave?

A heatwave occurs when the temperature rises significantly above the average for a particular region during the summer months, often accompanied by high humidity. In India, this phenomenon is especially pronounced and can have severe impacts on both the environment and public health.

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A Blend of History and Mythology: Castles and Fortresses

In the heart of Eastern Europe lies Romania, a country often overshadowed by its more famous neighbours. Yet, those who venture into this enchanting land are rewarded with an array of unique attractions and experiences that make it an ideal destination for family travel. Known for its rich history, diverse landscapes, and warm hospitality, Romania also stands out as one of the most affordable and safest countries in Europe for tourists.


A Blend of History and Mythology: Castles and Fortresses

April 12, 2024
TTW

Romania’s historical tapestry is studded with castles and fortresses that seem to emerge straight from the pages of a fairy tale. Perhaps the most famous is Bran Castle, often associated with the legend of Dracula. While it offers a glimpse into the life of Vlad the Impaler, the real-life figure who inspired Bram Stoker’s famous vampire, the castle is also a family-friendly attraction with its beautifully preserved rooms and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.

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Why don’t more Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Here’s everything to know about the holiday

Globe Aware volunteers know that Cinco de Mayo holds significant recognition as one of the most celebrated Mexican holidays in the United States. Discover why Cinco de Mayo goes beyond tacos and tequila!


Why don’t more Mexicans celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Here’s everything to know about the holiday

By Tiffany Acosta
Arizona Republic
April 26, 2024

Cinco de Mayo is one of the most recognized Mexican holidays in the United States. It’s when people go in search of half-price margaritas and feast on Mexican food.

But Cinco de Mayo isn’t actually about burritos and beer, and while it’s celebrated in Mexico, it is not as deeply ingrained in the national culture as it is in the United States.

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