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A collection of travel guides to places not covered in the guide books ― because all good travelers know that once you ditch the guide book, the real adventures begins!

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Encouraging people to travel beyond the guide books, the HoliDaze is a collection of over 100 authors inspiring and educating global travelers.

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  • Voluntourism: Helpful or Hurtful?
     
    Voluntourism: Helpful or Hurtful? Jet to an exotic country. Get immersed in local customs. Help build a house or dig a well. Make buddies with fascinating people you'd never meet otherwise. A "voluntourism" trip seems like a great way to give back or improve the world in a small way. It can be, but you should ask a lot of questions before signing up and plunking down cash. Over the last several years, this well-meaning market has grown quickly,…
    in Miscellany Travel Articles
  • The Traveler’s Guide To Building The Ultimate First Aid Kit
     
    The Traveler’s Guide To Building The Ultimate First Aid Kit Whether you’re building libraries in Zambia or adventuring around Madrid, any trip warrants a first aid kit. While it’s hardly the sexiest of travel topics, having basic first aid items on hand can mean the difference between a minor inconvenience and a major catastrophe. Here’s how to build a travel first aid kit for maximum health and safety—no matter where you are in the world. 1. Prepare personal medications If you have a preexisting condition,…
    in Travel Tips
  • See 1K Years of Irish History in a 5-Day Road Trip (Legendary Pubs Included)
     
    See 1K Years of Irish History in a 5-Day Road Trip (Legendary Pubs Included) There are as many reasons to see Ireland as there are people who travel to the Emerald Isle. History, geology, pub culture, folklore, and breathtaking views are all par for the course for travelers to the island. If you have a few days to spare, you can soak up nearly all that Ireland has to offer while rolling through the southwestern half of the country. Here’s a road trip itinerary guaranteed to make you “ooh,”…
    in Ireland
  • Top 5 Places to Stay for a Santa Fe, NM Trip
     
    Top 5 Places to Stay for a Santa Fe, NM Trip Santa Fe is a beautiful and historic city with a wealth of cultural experiences and activities that never fails to leave first time visitors of the city impressed. The city is nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which offer a picturesque backdrop to city life, as well as an abundance of outdoor adventures. There is also a burgeoning art and music scene here, and comfortable weather year-round. Depending on what type…
    in United States
  • Top 10 Places to Visit During Your Hawaii Vacation
     
    Top 10 Places to Visit During Your Hawaii Vacation Hawaii is rich in activities and attractions both cultural and geographic. It poses as one of the top tourist destinations in the US. You can also find great accommodations in many places such as the Bluegreen Resorts. Consider visiting the following locations if you are planning to tour the Hawaiian Islands. 1. USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor is the biggest natural harbor within the State of Hawaii, initially referred to as “Pu’loa”…
    in United States
  • 5 Ways to Avoid being an Annoying Tourist in France
     
    5 Ways to Avoid being an Annoying Tourist in France France — and especially Paris — has a love/hate relationship with tourists. Tourism is an important industry, but if you’re not careful, you can make a nuisance of yourself with locals. Here are five ways you can avoid being that tourist: Realize you’re not in Kansas anymore. The customs are different. While you’re in France, it’s best to learn to do what the French do, and refrain from doing what they don’t do. People expect…
    in France
  • 7 Tips For Traveling Across The Country On A Budget
     
    7 Tips For Traveling Across The Country On A Budget If you’re going to try to see the countless amazing sites across America, you’ll need to get started now. And if you’re hoping to remain within a budget, you should definitely follow these tips. Invest in a Federal Recreation Pass Some cities are always going to be expensive, but if you think ahead and buy a Federal Recreation Pass, you can enter federally-funded recreation areas throughout the United States for free. This includes places like…
    in United States
  • How to Brave the Cold at an Ice Hotel (And the 4 Best to Try This Year)
     
    How to Brave the Cold at an Ice Hotel (And the 4 Best to Try This Year) Throughout history, hotels have continually pushed the bounds of what constitutes an exceptional night’s stay. Modern travelers’ desires for unique, authentic, and Instagram-worthy adventures have driven hotels to market themselves as destinations for unusual trips and immersive experiences. Perhaps no trend better encapsulates this movement than the rise of the ice hotel. The original ice hotel—appropriately named ICEHOTEL and included on this list—was created in Sweden in 1989. Simultaneously an art exhibition and a guesthouse,…
    in Travel Tips
  • Best Places To Ski - Europe vs USA
     
    Best Places To Ski - Europe vs USA Think of skiing and a resort with traditional Alpine chalets may come to mind, or you might see more of the canyon scenery of Colorado. Does the USA have the top places to ski or is it Europe for you? They both offer superb skiing opportunities and surrounding areas to visit, plus they’re packed with top of the range facilities and have a fantastic atmosphere that makes visitors come back time and time again. For…
    in France
  • Manali, India: For Nature & Adventure Lovers
     
    Manali, India: For Nature & Adventure Lovers Manali is a hill station, a paradise on earth located in Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 6400 ft (approx) above sea level. The hill station is near to the Rohtang Pass which has been a trade route in the olden days and even today. It is one of the route to reach Ladakh, another destination which is very amazing. Manali is located on the banks of river Beas and the best time to visit…
    in India