The biggest draw toward Africa for the environmentally inclined likely has something to do with the beautiful animals that reside there.
From tiny monkeys and great apes, like gorillas to the giant African elephant, Africa is home to a truly diverse group of animals. Conservation tourists have many options when it comes to visiting the continent and making a difference.
Organizations, such as the African Conservation Experience, allow tourists to partake in ethical animal tourism while simultaneously positively impacting those same animals. The African Conservation Experience offers tours that last less than two weeks and volunteer experiences for tourists who want to get hands on and help the wildlife.
The group offers multiple experiences that focus on different animals, including rhinos and lions, according to the website. Travelers can also take part in marine conservation efforts, veterinarian volunteer efforts, wildlife care and rehabilitation and more.
Conservation tours differ from safaris in that conservation experiences are typically much more hands-on than safaris. The chance to go to Africa and work with animals for two weeks starts at $2,360. Five-day courses start at $1,590.
“Over the years, the financial support of our travellers has empowered the conservation projects we work with in many different ways. We’ve sponsored new equipment, invested in new facilities and provided interest-free loans to help broaden their impact,” the experience’s website reads.
Volunteering at one of these organizations offers travelers the chance to get up close and personal with animals they would otherwise not have the opportunity to.
Barcelona has seen a recent influx of craft cocktails bars within the past five years or so, and Sant Antoni seems to be one of the city’s epicenters of such swanky watering holes. Amid the crisscross streets, organic grocery stores and the soon-to-open, recently renovated Sant Antoni market is Bitter, an inconspicuous cocktail bar where there’s more than meets the eye.
While your first inclination might be panic when you map out the various appointments and meetings on your upcoming business trip, relax. Trust us, a rental car has you covered.
Friends and family members of travelers are always looking for the right gift. It’s hard to find something that will surprise a traveler and also be something they use often. Many are trying to look past the typical gifts travelers get, such as notebooks and pens, and looking more toward destination-specific or more unique items. Gift giving can be difficult for some that don’t know what a traveler is looking for or needs, but these three gifts are a great starting point.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.