15 Hidden Gems in South America

13. Galibi Nature Reserve – Suriname

If you’re planning a visit to Suriname, then you definitely need to add the Galibi Nature Reserve to your list. Make sure you go between February and August, so you can see the nesting of endangered sea turtles (green sea turtles, leatherbacks, olive ridleys, and hawksbills).

Relax in the area for a few days taking in the nature and then make a trip do the nearby Amerindian villages of Langemankondre and Christiannkondre, where you can see the day-to-day life and purchase some exquisite art crafts.

14. Jericoacoara – Brazil

Jericoacoara is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil. It’s a sleepy fishing village in north of the country, where visitors can chill out and forget about the rest of the world.

As the coast is super windy, the region is also ideal for those willing to practice kitesurfing and windsurfing. After a day at the beach, most people hike up the massive surrounding sand dunes to watch incredible sunsets.

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15. Tatacoa Desert – Colombia

The Tatacoa Desert is one of Colombia’s most arid regions. It’s actually a dry tropical forest, so instead of sand dunes, you’re more likely to find a maze of rocky canyons. The area is popular for camping trips, but many travelers go there to gaze at the stars.

In fact, due to being very close to the equatorial line, the desert is an excellent location to explore the night sky. It attracts amateur astronomers from all over the world, who flock to the famous observatory near Villavieja, to learn about the history of the constellations.

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Keep Your Flight Boarding Pass and Get Discounts on Your Vacation

After boarding a flight, most people just stuff their boarding pass into their carry-on and forget about it. By doing this, you’re missing out on potential savings. Many airlines offer discounts and freebies for those who keep their boarding pass. Depending on where you land, you could score savings on tourist attractions, restaurants, wine, or even airport transfers.

The Most Common Scams from Around the World

There’s nothing like traversing the world and exploring new countries and cultures, but sometimes the experience is spoiled by dishonorable people preying on uninformed travelers. If you make an effort to learn about the classic scams, you’re unlikely to fall victim to them and can just enjoy the positive side of your trip. To help, here’s a list of common scams around the world for you to get acquainted with.

How to Make Friends During Your Trip

One of the biggest fears of people who want to embark on a solo trip is being alone. They think meeting new people will be a struggle, and if they can’t find a partner to travel with, they just cancel or postpone their adventure. The truth is that with a little bit of planning and initiative, it’s actually harder to be alone than you think. The travel community is extremely welcoming and one doesn’t need to try hard to be part of it.

Around the World in Holiday Baking

Every December, millions of pounds of butter, sugar, and flour contribute to the creation of spectacular treats for holiday celebrations. Even if you’re not ordinarily a baker, many people venture into the kitchen before the holidays to make sure that they’ve got plenty of treats to offer to family and friends.

The Most Unusual McDonald’s Menu Items from Around the World

If you’re a fast-food connoisseur, chances are you’re already familiar with the McDonald’s menu that’s typical in North America. They bring in new choices fairly frequently. However, most people stick with their usual order of Big Macs, Quarter Pounders, fries, McFlurries, and Apple Pies. It’s familiar food, and the bulk of the menu is essentially…

Big Brother China: A Look at China’s Social Credit System

This work of fiction is about to become a reality for the 1.4 billion residents of China where the government plans to roll out a “Social Credit System”. The Chinese government says it’s an attempt to raise “awareness for integrities and the level of credibility within society” through the use of mass surveillance and data collection.