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Mahatalaky, Madagascar
Some children in the rural region of Mahatalaky in Madagascar must walk up to 12 miles a day to reach any school. Illiteracy here is among the highest in the nation. Volunteers with the nonprofit organization Azafady work with members of...
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Just south of the Botswana border, in the Kuruman River Reserve, you’ll find meerkats so friendly they occasionally jump on volunteers’ heads. Visitors study the effects of the mammals’ cooperative breeding, in which adults help raise each other’s...
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East Africa
Though most visitors to Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage (http://www.chimfunshi.org.za/) visit for a few weeks or more via an organized university group or long-term volunteer agreement, my renegade, four-night visit was a definite highlight of three...
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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) is a non-profit research and conservation organization dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African lion. They offer opportunities to...
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Strada Comunale del Borghetto, 53026 Pienza SI, Italy
For two weeks, I volunteered as a WWOOFer at Podere Il Casale where after a day in the gardens, milking goats, or serving cheese tastings to tourists, we all gathered for a staff meal. We ate simple, delicious food like chestnut linguini with...
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South East Asia
This riverside orangutan rehabilitation camp is usually reachable only by boat. For times when the Sekonyer Kanan River runs dry, volunteers are building a 2.5-mile boardwalk to the camp. Workers are often approached by two curious orangutans, a...
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Pa Yup Nai, Wang Chan District, Rayong, Thailand
Hands Up Holidays specializes in combining work and play. Its nine-day Taste of Thailand in Style trip begins with an overnight cruise from Bankok to Authaya, with tours of both cities. Three days are spent volunteering at an orphanage in Phang...
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209/2 Sridom Chai Road, ตำบล กื้ดช้าง อำเภอ แม่แตง เชียงใหม่ 50100, Thailand
Learn about the history of elephants in Thailand, feed the elephants by hand, learn commands for controlling an elephant, ride bareback through the countryside, and finally spend some time in a small pond bathing your elephant. Baan Chang Elephant...
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Southern Asia
The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society operates an incredible program to mitigate human-elephant conflicts in Sri Lanka. As a result of conflicts annually 80 people are killed by elephants and over 200 elephants are killed in retaliation by...
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Pa Yup Nai, Wang Chan District, Rayong, Thailand
Accompany elephants as they make their way to a “retirement” park in Northern Thailand after careers in trekking camps. The project is an attempt both to give the elephants a more pleasant, natural life andto rebuild the bonds between the animals...
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Entebbe, Uganda
In February 2013, my husband Michael and I set off on an 8-month trip around the world. Here’s one of the many highlights of our adventure… After going on a safari and gorilla trek where we observed wildlife at a distance, we met animals up close...
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4004 E 800 N, Battle Ground, IN 47920, USA
There are not many places where one can be a few feet away from a pack of hungry wolves and not feel like 'dinner', but Wolf Park, in Battleground, IN happens to be one of them. The center is home to research on wolf behavior -- its employees and...
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Volunteering in this place was amazing. It's a camp close to guarayos in the middle of the jungle. Parque Ambue Ari is one of three parks in Bolivia. The organization Communidad Inti Wara Yassi gets felines like jaguars, pumas and ocelots as well...
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The Bahamas
The Exumas are a stunning archipelago of remote islands and cays strung between Nassau and Long Island, and around a dozen of these tiny islands are protected within the Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park. Established in 1958 as a...
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Brisbane QLD, Australia

Koalas, koalas, koalas! The world’s first (founded in 1927) and largest koala sanctuary is home to more than 130 of the cuddly creatures—which are actually marsupials, not bears. The naturally landscaped reserve, 12 kilometers (7.5...

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2999 Co Rd 53, Keenesburg, CO 80643, USA
The elevated walkway ascends from the Wild Animal Sanctuary gift shop and orientation point. We step up the inclined path, passing above lazing leopards, tigers and mountain lions below, then continue past a green arrow pointing to the Bolivian...
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Tena, Ecuador
A highlight while staying in the Ecuadorian Amazon was our visit to a private wildlife preserve that also houses an animal rescue center named, appropriately, amaZOOnico. We were lucky enough to get a private tour and learn about their mission to...
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Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve, Lydenburg, 1120, South Africa
It was pitch dark outside as I stumbled to the kitchen tent in search of coffee. One of the research assistants had stirred up the fire and a kettle was heating as we stood around, cradling cold, empty cups in our hands--waiting expectantly. One...
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3 Hendrik Witbooi Street, Swakopmund, Namibia
On my recent trip to Namibia, I went on a 5 day excursion with Ondjamba Safaris to track the desert elephants in the Hoanib Riverbed of northwest Namibia. These majestic creatures have learned to adapt to these harsh desert conditions, creating a...
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Namibia
The AfriCat Foundation & Okonjima Lodge are located on a vast nature reserve just south of Otjiworongo. If you're driving around Namibia on a personal adventure, this lodge is conveniently located along the way from the capitol city of Windhoek on...
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Otjiwarongo, Namibia
The opportunity to observe a mama leopard at play with her seven-month-old cub within just a few feet from our safari vehicle, was without doubt a highlight of a recent trip to Namibia. It might be easy to think I was just in the right place at...
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Ombika, Namibia
If it's rhinoceros you want to photograph, you can't miss Ongava Game Reserve just south of the border of Etosha National Park. This private breeding facility has black and white rhino and plays a critical part in conserving this species. When...
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Amongst the world's greatest dive spots, the area around the Komodo Islands is lesser known. To the general public maybe. But to Wally Siagian, the waters of Flores are more his home than land is. He's the best dive master to learn from in...
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Located three hours from Anchorage near Seward, the Kenai Fjords National Park is famous for its tidewater glaciers that calve into the water and its pristine beauty. One of the most visited spots is Exit Glacier, which has been rapidly...
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Los Cabos, Lote D, Cabo Del Sol, 23410 Cd Gral Escobedo, N.L., Mexico
At the end of April I took my family of five camping on Baja California Sur’s Magdalena Bay. We joined the good folks at Grupo Tortuguero in their community and sea turtle conservation project – the information gathered provides data on health,...
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Antarctica
Sure, you may pride yourself on being a great outdoorsperson, but would you camp under the stars in Antarctica? Depending on the tour you choose, bundling up for a chilly night on the ice might be a possibility. Several tour companies offer the...
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Coral Rd, Freeport, The Bahamas
***The Humane Society of Grand Bahama was directly impacted by Hurricane Matthew and is in desperate need of funds. The shelter is also expecting an influx of homeless dogs displaced by the hurricane as they are the only animal welfare...
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Heredia, Alajuela, Costa Rica
In the mountains between Santa Bárbara de Heredia and Carrizal de Alajuela In Costa Rica, a privately funded, all-volunteer canine paradise known as "Land Of The Strays" exists. Here nearly a thousand stray dogs have free reign over hundreds of...
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Central America
Almost everyone who travels Central America comments on the state of the street dogs here. It's a heartbreaking problem that is exascerbated by the the lack of organization and education throughout the country. Luckily Georgi McColl and a group of...
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Central America
"Hound Heights" is a large ranch nestled in the woods off the Pan American Highway just 30 minutes away from Antigua. The Animal Aware shelter (Animal Welfare Association: Rescue and Education) is directed by the founder, Xenii Nielsen. At the...
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5001 Angel Canyon Rd, Kanab, UT 84741, USA
If you've ever reached for the box of tissues while watching National Geographic's hit TV show Dogtown, then you need to make the pilgrimage to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Located on 3,700 acres and housing close to 2,000 animals, Best Friends...
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When you're visiting Ubud don't forget to pack items for the shelter dogs there! When we were researching our trip I saw so many posts on forums about the Bali Street dogs. They are abused and neglected and sometimes starved and eaten. BARC takes...
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Hout Bay Rd, Scott Estate, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
When I'm traveling, in between all the eating, drinking and snapping pics, It's nice to give a little something back to one of the cities charities. If you're an animal lover, head over to DARG- its in a very picturesque setting and its a gorgeous...
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Rincon, Rincón 00677, Puerto Rico
One of the first things you will likely notice when visiting Puerto Rico (and many other islands) are the vast number of stray animals roaming the streets. The sato is the Puerto Rican word for stray, and there are many that need forever homes....
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Magdalena Bay, Baja California Sur, Mexico
As their website puts it, RED Sustainable Travel is much (much) more than a tour company: they work to finance crucial conservation projects throughout Baja Sur, and one that you can experience first-hand is the work that RED does with Grupo...
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124 Kelsey Blvd, Churchill, MB R0E 0E0, Canada
At first glance, the frozen little Canadian town of Churchill doesn’t suggest much in the way of a terrific vacation spot. Located in northern Manitoba, Churchill is a small town at the southwestern crook of the Hudson Bay. No road goes there,...
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Virunga Mountains, Rwanda
I was shaking with excitement and my stomach was in knots as I locked eyes with Agashya, the Silverback of Group 13. This was on the Rwandan side of the Virunga Mountains, where half of the remaining 700 mountain gorillas live. And for over an...
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Bonesveien 319, 9360 Bardu, Norway
Fewer than 50 wolves and 100 brown bears live in Norway, mainly along the largely inaccessible Norway-Sweden border, so this is a rare opportunity to see the predators alongside deer, elk and reindeer. This Arctic wildlife park prides itself on...
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Unnamed Road, Ketchikan, AK 99901, USA
Bears are among the most iconic animals you’ll see while exploring Alaska’s wilderness. They are especially common during the salmon season, when they go fishing at rivers and creeks like Margaret Creek—about 20 minutes from Ketchikan by...
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Bora Bora is home to one of the world's most beautiful lagoons. Numerous companies offer day-trip excursions, but Lagoon Service is recommended for its well-maintained boats, friendly ukulele-playing guides, and excellent Polynesian fare. Guests...
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Praza do Obradoiro, s/n, 15704 Santiago de Compostela, A Coruña, Spain
The Camino de Santiago de Compostela is a journey; a test of will and fortitude; and most of all, a uniquely personal experience. Taking some time out of your life to walk along these historic and sacred trails will leave you exhilarated and...
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Strada Micurà de Rü, 48, 39036 Badia BZ, Italy
Shuffling onto my balcony at Lagació Mountain Residencein Alta Badia armed with a cup of steaminglatte, I found an electric-green carpet spread before me. Plush with pines and dotted with medieval churches and tinyrifugi(mountain huts)clustered in...
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Arguably the most famous fjord in Norway, the Geirangerfjord is known for its emerald forests, slender waterfalls, and picturesque hamlets. To get up close and personal, take the car ferry that runs between the villages of Geiranger and Hellesylt,...
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44 Causeway Rd, Bushmills BT57 8SU, UK
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On the Causeway Coast outside of Bushmills sits the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim. It's a curious geological formation and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the only one in Northern Ireland. Legend has it that the volcanic coast was chosen by...
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N Kaibab Trail, North Rim, AZ 86052, USA
It may look a little like the summer camp where you stayed in as a kid, but Phantom Ranch will feel like the Paris Ritz by the time you make it down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon—whether by foot (down a steep 7.5-10 mile hike), by mule,...
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59-024 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
Everyone is crazy for the chocolate haupia pie here, but the shrimp plate is also so good you’ll want to lick your fingers. —Hoku Haiku 59-024 Kamehameha Hwy., Sunset Beach, (808) 638-8207. This appeared in the June/July 2013 issue. Read more...
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Via Campo di Marte, 134, 06124 Perugia PG, Italy
Perugia, home to Perugina chocolates like Baci (chocolate "kisses" with hazelnut bits that come in starry wrappers with love sayings in several languages), is also home to Eurochocolate, Europe's largest chocolate festival. For nine days every...
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33020 Forni Avoltri, Province of Udine, Italy
Every summer in northeast Italy, the village of Forni Avoltri hosts the Festa dei Frutti di Bosco. For two weekends, the festival celebrates the wild berries that are plentiful in the surrounding forested mountains. On the far side of town across...
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06038 Spello PG, Italy
The Spellani claim that their olive oil is the best in the world. The hills that surround the town are the perfect elevation, and perhaps their trees are just charmed, but one thing is for sure—the people of Spello sure love their olive oil. They...
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2965 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
Dia de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both death and the cycle of life. In Mexico, neighbors gather in local cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, both...
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Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 18, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
As you meander the streets of Florence, the birthplace of the decadent gelato served all over Italy and now the world, you'll notice that about 1 in every 3 shops is either a Gelato shop, exclusively, or serves gelato. Italians are proud, as they...
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Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
“People can either be over-the-top romantic about Paris, or they think life is ridiculous here,” saysDavid Lebovitz.“I try to strike a middle ground.” Lebovitz, an American, worked for 13 years in the pastry department at Chez Panisse in Berkeley,...
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Newgrange, Donore, Co. Meath, Ireland
Older than both Stonehenge and the pyramids of Egypt, the monument at Newgrange was built around 3,200 B.C.E. Its use is a mystery, although it was most likely a place of worship, and there are legends that it was used as a burial chamber. The...
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Peru
Have you ever felt like there is life beyond our universe? Your answer will most likely be yes after visiting the Nazca Lines near the Ballestas Islands in Peru. The lines are said to represent either an ancient candelabra or some sort of beacon....
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Mesa Verde, CO, USA
For anyone who believes that truly historic architecture doesn’t exist in the states, Mesa Verde National Park will make you think again. Still standing in the park are cliff dwellings built in AD 600 by the ancestral Pueblo people who once...
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Akropolis, Athina 105 58, Greece
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. According to legend, the ancient gods battled it out to become Athens' patron deity. The showdown came after the Phoenicians founded a city at a giant rock near the Aegean some two and a half million years...
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Delphi 330 54, Greece
Located at the foot of Mount Parnassus, Delphi was the Pan-Hellenic site of the most famous oracle of ancient Greece. It was the center of the world during its time. Delphi lies in a lush, hidden valley surrounded by craggy mountains—a pastoral...
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Ira 270 61, Greece
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Temple of Apollo Epicurius pays homage to Apollo, the god of healing, prophecy, the sun, and music. It's an important attraction, built between 420 to 400 B.C.E., mainly from local gray limestone and marble, on...
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27001 Lugo, Spain
Celts and Romans left their mark throughout Galicia, but Rome’s enduring presence in Lugo is, well, solid as stone. The old city is the only one in Europe to be surrounded by intact 3rd-century Roman walls—designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site—...
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Avenue des Alyscamps, 13200 Arles, France
The Alyscamps is home to one of the most famous sites of necropolises of the ancient world. Because Roman cities traditionally forbade burials within city limits, it was traditional for the roads immediately outside a city to be lined with tombs...
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Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico
A brilliant work of architecture and astronomy, the Pyramid of Kukulkán at Chichén Itzá is so precisely engineered that on the vernal and autumnal equinoxes, the sun casts shadows that slither like snakes and seem to descend...
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The Torre de Hércules (or Tower of Hercules), a stone lighthouse perched at the edge of town, is the oldest Roman-built lighthouse still in use today. It’s been altered a bit—the original tower had an external staircase open to the elements, but...
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Via Sacra, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
On the Via Sacra east of the Roman Forum, the Arch of Titus is a beautiful and imposing triumphal monument, commemorating Titus' victory following the Siege of Jerusalem in the first century, C.E. The south relief panel on the interior of the arch...
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The Centro Historico de Cusco, Cusco's City Square, is continually ranked as one of the most beautiful squares in the world. It's no wonder why, with layers of rich Spanish colonial architecture atop Incan walls and ruins. Each Sunday in the...
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San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chis., Mexico
On the border of the state of Chiapas (Mexico) and Guatemala, there is a national park, Lagunas de Montebello. It contains numerous lakes and cenotes, mostly spring fed from waters deep in the mineral depths of the earth. Each body of water is...
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Bazaruto Island, Mozambique
One of Africa’s only surviving colonies of dugong, a cousin to the manatee, lives amid the Bazaruto Archipelago’s curling vines of seaweed. A team of conservationists based at Marlin Lodge monitors the creatures weekly. Guests can participate in...
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Val Des Pitons Forbidden Beach La Baie de Silence, St Lucia
For a taste of Miami by way of St. Lucia, look no further than Sugar Beach. Set on a white-sand crescent between the Piton mountains—within a 100-acre former sugar plantation studded with shady palm trees—the resort’s...