Announcing the Wandering Earl Tours for 2020

Wandering Earl Tours 2020

It’s time…I’m now announcing the Wandering Earl Tours for 2020!

Are you ready to join an awesome small group trip that is nothing like a typical tour?

These are my laid-back adventures that focus on local interaction, authentic activities, unique itineraries, off-the-beaten path destinations and having an incredible amount of fun along the way!

I’ve now been offering these trips for 7 years, with over 350 travelers having joined tours to 22 different countries. And with the excellent feedback I receive after each one, I get even more motivated to continue creating these types of travel experiences!

So for 2020, I’m announcing trips to…

– Vietnam
– Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan
– Egypt and Jordan
– Morocco
– Georgia and Armenia
– The Surprise Tour (Yes, a 100% surprise!)

Check out the details for all the trips over at my Wandering Earl Tours website. And if you have any questions at all, just let me know!

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Volunteer Abroad with Worldpackers Social Impact Program

Volunteer Abroad with Worldpackers

If you’re looking to make a difference in the lives of others around the world, you can bet that Worldpackers has got you covered! Volunteering abroad not only quenches your thirst for world travel, but it also fills your soul. There are countless people from various backgrounds, groups, areas, and countries that are in need of humanitarian aid, or simply just a friendly helping hand.

Worldpackers believes in travel that makes an impact on both the traveler and the community they choose to visit. What better way to immerse yourself in a new culture than to serve its hard-working residents, experience how the locals live, and help a good cause? Volunteering is a fantastic way to make a difference, big or small, in the world we live in. You can change someone’s whole outlook with one selfless act.

The Worldpackers Social lmpact Program has a wide array of important volunteer activities that you can exchange for accommodation and meals. You can browse through the list of experiences by country, host type, skills needed, length of stay, and trip style to find a social impact program that suits your skills best. Each listing tells you all the details of your volunteer experience, including:

• How many hours you’ll be working each week
• What type of skills and requirements need to be met
• What tasks you’ll be completing as a volunteer
• The benefits of the exchange (meals per day, language lessons, laundry service, private room, shared room, etc.)
• The minimum and maximum length of stay you are permitted
• Worldpackers insurance
• What’s not included in your trip (flights, Visa, travel insurance, etc.)
• A detailed description of the experience
• Reviews other volunteers have posted
• Photos of the experience from other Worldpackers
• A photo and short biography about the host detailing who they are and what their organization stands for

You can easily apply to volunteer abroad with any volunteer exchange program that matches your skillset, chat with the host, or save your favorite listings to your wish list for later. Volunteering has so many benefits for all parties involved, and you’re sure to find something that speaks to you. You’ll discover so many exciting opportunities to dive into, like teaching English in India, helping out at an animal shelter in Costa Rica, teaching sports in Africa, shooting videos and handling the social media of a welfare group in Nepal, caring for children in Thailand, and so much more!

Volunteer with Worldpackers

The free housing and food during your stay really helps cut down costs of travel, and some hosts even offer local food, drink, and tour discounts! Once your shift ends or on your days off, you can set out to see a tropical sunset, eat your way through a city lined with food vendors, see the sights, and just enjoy your new destination to its fullest. When you fall asleep each night of your stay, you’ll be exhausted and happy to know that you’re living life to the fullest while altering someone’s reality for the better. Knowing your hard work is creating such a positive impact will motivate and excite you about what tomorrow will bring.

Worldpackers knows that volunteering abroad can help travelers realize their true potential, teach them new skills, open their minds, and inspire them to conquer challenges with confidence. If something seems out of your comfort zone, that’s usually a sign you should try it! Assess the skills you have now and decide what you’re an expert at, what you’re good at, and what you’re open to learning. What skills are you a bit rusty at that need improvement? Which languages would you love to learn? Do you have any hidden talents you’d like to pursue, like painting, cooking, photography, or gardening? Put your knowledge to the test and choose a volunteer experience that will broaden your horizons.

If travel is about leaving your footprint on the world, you’ll be amazed at how taking it a step further through dedicated volunteer work can leave your permanent footprint in someone else’s world. Try out the Worldpackers Social lmpact Program to find a cause that will turn your month of travel into a deeply rich, meaningful learning experience that can’t be beat.

World travel has never been so rewarding.

I’m a traveler in search of those life-changing experiences. My goal is to learn as much as I can of the world in order to create the person I want to be, and I can’t do that by staying put! Through creativity and deeper perspectives on travel, I aim to show those also having trouble with self-identity how to achieve real inner growth in every experience. I’m up for anything weird, wild, and wonderful.

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Brand USA Faces Uncertain Future Despite Weakening Inbound Travel

Faungg Photo /

In this file photo, a man tries to hug a tree in Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park. Brand USA faces a funding crisis if Congress doesn’t renew its mandate. Faungg Photo /

Skift Take: Brand USA, the country’s official tourism marketing arm, could go under if Congress doesn’t act to secure its funding. The recent decline in international visitors to the U.S. would only get worse if marketing support is eliminated.

— Maria Lenhart

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Travel Advisors Ready to Take One Big Step Into Space Tourism

Virgin Galactic via Associated Press

This undated photo shows Virgin Galactic’s first SpaceShipTwo. Travel advisors are poised for the advent of suborbital flights. Virgin Galactic via Associated Press

Skift Take: After many years of setbacks and anticipation, Virgin Galactic’s suborbital flights are expected to launch at last. Is a whole new era of space tourism, with rewards for travel advisors, about to take off, as well?

— Maria Lenhart

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Space Tourism Could Be the Ultimate Adventure Trip for Travel Advisors


Virgin Galactic suborbital flights may be starting soon. Pictured is a Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo vehicle in December 2018. Bloomberg

Skift Take: With Virgin Galactic’s suborbital flights expected to begin at long last, space tourism could soon take off as a niche for travel advisors. Those already involved caution that it takes patience, training, and commitment.

— Maria Lenhart

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Top Travel Agency Group Wants to Find Fixes for Overtourism

Travel Leaders Group

Travel Leaders Group CEO Ninan Chacko thinks overtourism may lead travel advisors to create more complex itineraries to out-of-the way places. Travel Leaders Group

Skift Take: Travel Leaders is one of the first travel giants to turn overtourism into an opportunity. It’s teaming up with industry partners and academia to raise awareness, seek solutions, and push for sustainable business practices.

— Allan Leibowitz

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Travel Advisors Take New Route on Classic American Road Trips

Greg McAfee

Pictured is Big Sur, California at sunset. Travel advisors are pushing clients to take road trips as a great way to get to experience the United States. Greg McAfee

Skift Take: The classic American road trip is being revamped for more affluent and sophisticated travelers. Improved accommodations and amenities are a far cry from what many clients may recall from childhood.

— Maria Lenhart

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Hotels Face Increasing Risk of Security Breach by Cyber Hackers


An alert on the SPG app for iOS telling members about a security breach. Skift

Skift Take: Even as the hospitality industry makes a push for consumers to share information in exchange for better service, it grapples with the urgent need to confront the rise of digital trespassers. Hotel chains need to shore up their tech systems even as they aim to further leverage consumer data.

— Faye Chiu

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