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 King
July 20, 2022

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 camera, here’s the essential travel photography gear to pack.) But impending travel means a heap of logistics to manage, and you might find your excitement is overshadowed by stress.

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Globe Aware featured on BBC Travel Show – Passengers with a Purpose

BBC Travel Show – Passengers with a Purpose

Jul 14, 2022

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.


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 Fink
The Points Guy
July 23 2022

It’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?

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Keeping cool while traveling during heatwave

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

By Milo Boyd
The Mirror
Jul 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 ever day on record, with a temperature of 41C likely today or tomorrow.

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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’Hare
July 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.”

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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

Times of India

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 bottom line is, that 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 different kind of fun traveling during the monsoon season.

But, if you are not well-prepared for the season, this could easily be one of the worst experiences as well. We don’t want you to go through that, so we have curated a list of travel tips, do’s, and don’ts for monsoon travel.

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Dealing With Flight Delays or Cancellations

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.


JULY 11, 2022

I 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

  1. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: 14,200 flights
  2. Frankfurt Airport: 8,600 flights
  3. London Heathrow: 8,200 flights
  4. London Gatwick: 6,800 flights
  5. Munich Airport: 6,400 flights
    *Flight cancellations between 1st April and 29th June

UK Flight Cancellations

  • Air France/KLM: 2,135 scheduled departures, 113 cancellations (5.3%)
  • EasyJet: 15,601 scheduled departures, 738 cancellations (4.7%)
  • British Airways: 11,590 scheduled departures, 419 cancellations (3.6%)
  • Lufthansa: 1,080 scheduled departures, 38 cancellations (3.5%)
  • Ryanair: 12,105 scheduled departures, 32 cancellations (0.3%)

Airline Delay and Cancellations in the US

US Flights Stats June 8-July 7:

  • Scheduled Flights: 782,267
  • Cancelled Flights: 19,640 (2.5%)
  • Delayed Flights: 179,468 (22.9%)

Cancellation and delay stats for the U.S. airlines (mainline flights)

  1. American Airlines: 93,040 scheduled flights, 4,358 cancelled (4.68%), 26,105 delayed (28%)
  2. Delta Air Lines: 86,689 scheduled flights, 2,678 cancelled (3%), 17,508 delayed (20%)
  3. United Airlines: 68,794 scheduled flights, 1,863 cancelled (2.7%), 15,404 delayed (22%)
  4. Southwest Airlines: 115,833 scheduled flights, 1,058 cancelled (0.91%), 33,615 delayed (29%)

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, 2022
Breaking 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 Inca citadel of Machu Picchu have made Cusco one of the most visited cities in Peru. The Inca architecture is so precise and resistant that it has survived even major earthquakes, such as the one in 1950 that damaged and even toppled several of the colonial buildings. There are plenty of activities, and many places in and around the city to visit.

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Why I’m still traveling with COVID-19 tests

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 Olsen
The 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?

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