U.S. Travelers can Visit Costa Rica Again

Starting on November 1, all U.S. travelers will be welcome to Costa Rica. Globe Aware volunteers from all 50 states will be able to participate in any of three programs in Costa Rica, with proper safety guidelines and precautions taken.


Costa Rica Opens to All U.S. Travelers

Starting November 1, any American who presents a negative COVID-19 test can travel to Costa Rica.

By Michelle Baran
Oct 7, 2020

On September 1, Costa Rica began allowing international travelers from the United States to fly into the country as long as they were residents of one of the following eight states: Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Virginia, plus the District of Columbia. Starting September 15, travelers from Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wyoming were able to join them. As of October 1, Californians could head to Costa Rica, too. And on October 15, residents of Florida, Georgia, and Texas get the green light.

But starting on November 1, all U.S. travelers will be welcome.

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Thailand Awarding Essential Workers Vacations During COVID-19

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has a giveaway that will send five deserving essential workers and one guest on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Thailand. We encourage Globe Aware volunteers and alumni who are amazing essential workers to participate in this giveaway!


Thailand to Award Vacations to Essential Workers Amid COVID-19

DESTINATION & TOURISM
LAURIE BARATTI
OCTOBER 11, 2020

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has partnered with U.S. digital media company Matador Network on a giveaway contest that will send five deserving essential workers and one guest on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Thailand.

It’s part of TAT’s ongoing ‘Thailand Gives Back to Heroes’ project, an initiative aimed at returning the kindness of those who have risked their own well-being to work on the COVID-19 pandemic’s frontlines.

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New Technology may change air travel forever

Flying has given travelers around the world great personal and professional travel opportunities, therefore the emphasis has got to be on solving the emissions and the carbon problems. The introduction of hydrogen airplanes and the extent of its environmental benefit could be a game changer. Globe Aware believes in green travel and looks forward to their arrival.


Why this space age airplane could change flying forever

(CNN) — It looks like a spaceship, runs on fuel that up until a few years ago experts were calling “crazy,” and has barely left the drawing board, but in the eyes of one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, it’s undoubtedly the future.

Not even the distant future. Airbus hopes we’ll be soaring into the skies on one of its radical new designs in just 15 years, leaving the days of jet engine pollution and flight-shaming far behind us.

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The 50 Best Trips For Solo Female Travelers

A global pandemic might not seem like the most ideal time to go on vacation, but solo female travel is on the rise for 2021. The increase is in large part due to the hearty appetite of Americans aged 50-plus for traveling solo and Globe Aware provides the ideal volunteer vacations for solo women travelers. 


50 Best Trips For Solo Female Travel (And Why Now Is The Time To Go)

Laura Begley Bloom
Senior Contributor
ForbesWomen

A global pandemic might not seem like the most ideal time to go on vacation, but solo female travel is on the rise. Witness the explosion in interest that Overseas Adventure Travel has seen: More than 24,000 single travelers have booked trips for 2021, with women-only departures growing in popularity. According to the company, the increase is in large part due to the hearty appetite of Americans aged 50-plus for traveling solo, especially women. “We see solo women, in particular, with a passion to meet and bond with the local people. It’s life-changing,” says CEO and president Brian Fitzgerald.

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New Technology Leads to Virtual Travel

As the travel industry awaits the new normal, technology has been moving along at its standard exponential rate of growth. Globe Aware has adapted and provided online virtual experiences, live from project countries, providing a means of travel, communication and connection. 


Zooming Into The Virtual New Norm Of Travel

Michael Alpiner

Forbes Travel

As the travel industry awaits the new normal, and hopefully the old normal once again, technology, which in itself requires no mask and is subject to no travel restrictions, has been moving along at its standard exponential rate of growth. From the simplest Zoom meeting to the most advanced virtual reality experience, the irrepressive nature of humankind is once again adapting to its environment. Like the virus itself, the travel industry mutates to allow for its most basic survival elements: communication, connection, and travel.

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New App for Travelers During COVID-19

Peter Wells, the founder and CEO of the DragonSlayer web app, is focused on helping travelers figure out where they can go, what COVID-19-related restrictions they will face, and finding the best destination for them based on a personalized assessment. Essential apps assist volunteers whenever they are on a volunteer vacation with Globe Aware.


This App Will Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Traveling in the Time of COVID-19

By Alison Fox
Travel + Leisure

In December, Peter Wells launched his new app geared at helping discerning travelers find experiences that fit their travel style. But when COVID-19 took a tremendous toll on the travel industry, shutting down borders and putting vacation plans on hold, he had to pivot.

a screenshot of a cell phone: “We’re trying to make people aware that ‘yes’ you can travel, but it’s going to be on different terms.”© Courtesy of DragonSlayer “We’re trying to make people aware that ‘yes’ you can travel, but it’s going to be on different terms.”

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Flying Is Safe: Airline CEOs Cite Employees’ Low COVID Rates as Proof

The travel industry has identified the fall as when travelers are feeling more comfortable traveling abroad by air. Currently Globe Aware has various international programs open for these travelers.


Airline CEOs Say Employees Low COVID Rates Prove Flying Is Safe

Airline CEOs are saying that the fact that there are lower rates of Covid-19 among its workforce than in the general population it is safe to fly.

Data from airlines shows that flight attendants and other airline workers have lower rates of the virus, despite tight quarters on airplanes, and executives and union representatives believe this proves that safety measures to protect passengers and employees are working and that flying is safe, according to a report on Business Insider.

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Kimberly Haley-Coleman, Globe Aware-founder , Profiled by Texas Business Hall of Fame

KIMBERLY HALEY-COLEMAN

Name: KIMBERLY HALEY-COLEMAN

Scholarship Year: 1995

Professional Background: CEO and Founder, Globe Aware

Education:

  • Southern Methodist University – MA, Art History
  • University of Dallas – MBA, International Business
  • Emory University – BA, Art History, French, Marketing, Italian

About Kimberly Haley-Coleman and her company: Pairing her business acumen with a passion for international volunteering, Kimberly Haley-Coleman has been a leading figure in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors for more than two decades as she has helped promote awareness and access to volunteering opportunities abroad.

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Thailand is preparing to welcome back tourists

Thailand will start issuing special visas to foreign tourists starting October, easing a more than five-month-old ban on visitors. Globe Aware provides two volunteer vacations in Thailand is excited move forward with this new travel update.


Thailand Moves a Step Closer to Welcoming Back Foreign Tourists

Bloomberg
Natnicha Chuwiruch and Suttinee Yuvejwattana
Bloomberg

September 15, 2020

(Bloomberg) — Thailand will start issuing special visas to foreign tourists starting October, easing a more than five-month-old ban on visitors to revive the nation’s ailing tourism-reliant economy.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s cabinet approved a proposal to issue visas to tourists planning to stay between 90 and 280 days in Thailand, according to government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul. The tourists will undergo a mandatory 14-day state quarantine on arrival at partner hotels or hospitals and follow health and safety regulations, she said.

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Many Travelers Have Suffered an Emotional Toll Due to COVID Restrictions

Travelers are seriously missing vacations abroad amid the pandemic—so much so that it’s begun taking a real emotional toll on them. Many cited travel as one of the activities that they’re most yearning for


New Study Finds Consumers Miss Travel So Much It’s Taking an Emotional Toll on Many

BY LAURIE BARATTI
AUGUST 16, 2020

In a new Amex Trendex report, American Express found that U.S. consumers are seriously missing travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic—so much so that it’s begun taking a real emotional toll on them.

Nearly half of those surveyed (48 percent) reported that the inability to travel at present is causing them to feel anxious and stressed, and three out of four respondents (78 percent) cited travel as one of the activities that they’re most yearning for.

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