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When to See the Northern Lights In Alaska

Best Time to See Aurora Borealis In Alaska The Solar Cycle If you’re trying to decide on the best time to see the Aurora Borealis, take the year into consideration! The northern lights are caused by the sun’s charged particles reacting with particles in the earth’s atmosphere. The more solar activity, the more brilliant the displays will be. For a …

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The “End of the Road,” Your Homer, Alaska, Trip Guide

Homer, Alaska, the small town at the “End of the Road,” is a fascinating place where the east meets the west and the old meets the new. It’s located at the very end of the US Highway system “where the land ends and the sea begins”. It’s mostly known as the starting point for travelers looking to embark on grizzly …

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The Best Time to go to Alaska

A vast land of stark beauty, Alaska is one of the top travel destinations for people who are looking to explore “The Last Frontier.” Some travelers venture north in the winter to view the great Northern Lights, but few people realize that there are amazing things to see and do all year round. Visit Alaska only in the winter months …

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7 Reasons Argentina Is One of the Best Countries to Visit in South America

Argentina doesn’t usually make it onto the top ten lists of popular travel destinations, but it should. Just because it’s not as well known as Hawaii or Paris, doesn’t mean that it’s not as incredible. Between the rugged Andes Mountains and the vast plains of Patagonia, it’s a land of unparalleled beauty. Add in some amazing food, wine, and culture …

Aerial view of empty San Francisco Union Square during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Unexpected Effects of COVID-19 On the Environment

From the loss of loved ones and economic hardships to the mental and emotional stress that can come from isolation, COVID-19 has dealt a devastating blow to the world. The full effect of this pandemic might not be fully understood until years after we’ve managed to get it completely under control. And while the news is often grim, there are …

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A Quick Guide to Carbon Offsetting

As the threat of climate change continues to grow, more and more people are looking for innovative solutions to help reduce dangerous greenhouse gas emissions. One of the more confusing and controversial solutions is carbon offsetting. If done right, carbon offsetting programs can make a huge difference in the fight against climate change. If done wrong, it could actually make …

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10 Ways to Celebrate Endangered Species Day

Today—May 15, 2020—marks the 15th annual Endangered Species Day! Celebrated since 2006, this day was created to bring awareness to the plight of endangered species and their habitats. Currently, there are over 1,300 endangered or threatened species in the United States. You might already know some of the animals on the list, like wolves and whales, but did you know …

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Top 10 Facts About Alaska’s Exit Glacier

Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park is not the largest nor the oldest glacier in Alaska, but it’s arguably one of the most famous. The landscape is captivating and it has become a symbol of the environmental impact of climate change. It’s also an important and favorite stop on our Glaciers & Grizzlies Adventure tour. Which is why we’d …

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8 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day This Year

April 22, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Fifty years of making the world a greener place by drawing attention to environmental issues and encouraging action. From a small grass-roots movement in California to an international celebration that includes over 141 countries, it’s come a long way and has made a big difference. This year’s theme is a …

Picture of wildebeest in Tanzania on Gondwana Ecotour's Great Migration Camping Safari.

What’s The Best Time of Year to Visit Tanzania?

As you plan your safari to Tanzania, you have to take many things into consideration. Travel arrangements, lodging, and safety are the first things that come to mind. But it’s also vital that you choose the right time of year to visit. If you go at the wrong time, you could find yourself bogged down in the mud during the …