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Find Your Own Private Island On One Of Nicaragua's Pearl Cays

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/25/23 8:45 AM

Rent out a whole island for less than you expect! Your newest island paradise vacation starts at the Pearl Lagoon. This quiet spot is the best jumping-off point for the dreamiest and most secluded islands in the country: the Pearl Cays.

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Topics: Central America

What Is It Like To Volunteer In The Romania Orphanage Program?

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/22/23 11:16 AM

Romania is the only ILP location where you're not teaching English — what does volunteering here really look like?

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Topics: Europe, Orphanage + Humanitarian

Take A Dip In Nicaragua's Blue, Volcanic River

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/20/23 10:35 AM

This post dives into all the details about Aguas Agrias, a locals-only swimming spot we think you have to check out.

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Topics: Central America

You Can’t Run Out Of Things To Do In Quepos, Costa Rica

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/18/23 10:00 AM

Find yourself surrounded by swaying palm trees, a dozen beaches, and right next door to one of the country’s most famous national parks — and that’s just the start.

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Topics: Central America

Camel Safaris, Pink Cities, And The Taj Mahal — Welcome To Rajasthan!

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/14/23 1:51 PM

Camel rides into the Thar desert, exploring Jodpur's "Blue City" (and Jaipur's "Pink City") and of course, visiting the Taj Mahal — find all of this (and more) on a vacation in Rajasthan. 

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Topics: Asia

Do You Really Know How To Choose A Good Airbnb?

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/6/23 2:30 PM

We're listing must-haves for any rental, things to avoid, and stories to help make sure you don't put yourself in a sticky situation. Get the essential tip list here!

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Topics: All The Travel Tips

Top Beaches + Houseboat Cruises in Alappuzha, India

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/3/23 8:02 AM

Hit the best beaches in and around Marari, go searching for lighthouses, then take a river cruise in Alappuzha. Can you see why we love a tropical vacation here?

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Topics: Asia

Best Hostels To Stay At In Bangkok (According to ILP Volunteers)

Posted by Emily Henkel on 1/1/23 3:55 PM

Bangkok is pretty much on anyone’s list when it comes to places to travel to in Thailand. Even if you're just staying for a weekend, you have about a few thousand places to stay ... so which hostel or hotel do you choose?

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Topics: Asia

Swimming With Dolphins + The Best Beaches In Zanzibar

Posted by Emily Henkel on 12/28/22 11:33 AM

Our newest favorite destination has the prettiest blue water and about a dozen fantastic adventures you have to try.  

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Topics: Africa

We're Raving About All The Things To Do In San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Posted by Emily Henkel on 12/26/22 3:06 PM

Ready for another city to fall in love with in Mexico? San Luis Potosi is your next obsession (with plenty of weekend trips to explore once you've tackled the city). 

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Topics: Central America

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We are ILP, a Utah-based non-profit org that has service abroad opportunities for college-age volunteers. We love travel so we're sharing all our tips for making the most of your time living abroad + seeing the world, and how to do it all on the tiniest budget.

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