Many of us are planning global travel later in the year. For those of you who are considering an international trip, there is a list available of which countries have opened up, and which have not, Visit World Nomads.
All international volunteer sending organizations have been affected by coronavirus travel restrictions. I suggest that when you contact a sending organization you ask for detailed information about what measures they are taking to protect both the volunteers and local participants in their current international volunteer programs.
Sustainable travel has, understandably, become an important part of the travel industry and the environmental movement. In this issue, you will find an excellent article discussing and defining sustainable travel and how we can practice it. You will also find an article on responsible tourism by travel writer Tim Leffel and pieces assessing voluntourism, discussing a new work/nature visa program on the island of Dominica, and Medicare coverage options for traveling U.S. retirees.
What Is Sustainable Travel?
The term “sustainable travel” is both much used and also slightly vague. UK travel blogger Charlie Marchant, in What Is Sustainable Travel, does an excellent job of explaining both the term and how we can apply it in our personal travels and volunteering. Read Sustainable Travel.
U.S. Expat Living in Mexico on $1200 a Month
Writer Janet Blaser retired to Mexico and lives on $1200 a month. In her article for CNBC she discusses both the good and the bad sides of living there. Read Retiree in Mexico.
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A Country-by-Country Guide to Reopened Europe
Six European countries have reopened to travelers. This New York Times article discusses the countries and their traveler requirements ln Reopened Europe.
What Is Voluntourism?
A great amount has been written about voluntourism, much of it negative. Writing for TreeHugger.com, Katherine Gallagher gives a very balanced assessment in What is Voluntourism.
Dominica Debuts Work Nature Visa Program
Matt Turner writes that the Caribbean island of Dominica has launched an extended stay visa program called Work in Nature (WIN). The program allows one to work remotely on the island for up to 18 months. Read more about the new visa program.
Medicare coverage options for retirees eager to travel
Many United States citizens who have Medicare have questions about medical coverage while traveling. Jim Miller, writing for SentinelSource.com, answers many of those questions in his article. Click here to read about Medicare options for retirees.