Skateboarding, creative commons

Culture is a changing mechanism and as the time passes, it shapes itself according to the world around it. Everything from history and politics to social change can influence culture and it can shape it in new, original and bright colors. Take the 1960s, for example. The days of the hippies came with a strong background on their history and they did not bloom out of nowhere. With a world split in two (between democracy and communism) as a result of the Second World War, with an America full of baby-boomers unsatisfied with their lives, with the wars in Korea…

The Chichen Itza Ruins, Mexico (Creative Commons photo via Flickr)

Taking a gap year is one of the best opportunities you can have to explore a country fully and totally immerse yourself in its culture. Mexico is a country that is often stereotyped. Even though it’s true that you can spend your time on the beaches of Cancun eating tacos and burritos on Mexico holidays, you can also put that time to good use and experience something that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Gap year volunteering is becoming one of the most popular ways to spend a gap year. Not only does it give you the opportunity…

Studying at university can get pretty hectic; you’re setting your own path through the academic world, potentially living on your own terms out of home, undertaking some sort of internship or work experience, balancing a job – all the while trying to get your assessment in on time. Fortunately, all of this is forgotten about as soon as the semester break kicks in. It’s a chance to unwind, catch up on all those missed episodes of Game of Thrones, and head away on an overseas adventure. If the latter sounds like you, here are the top destinations for students to…

Safari (Creative Commons)

Some people are city dwellers, while others feel much more comfortable in a natural environment. Those people who seek out nature are often also enamoured by animals. They will fill their cameras up with twenty shots of one animal, hoping to get the perfect angle. They will also travel thousands of miles for the chance to see their favourite animals in the wild. Here are three great holiday ideas for all of those animal lovers. Trek the Jungles of Costa Rica The jungles of Costa Rica are no stranger to visitors. Because of that, there is a strong tourist infrastructure…

Uzbekistan (Creative Commons)

OMAN The country of Oman is a land full of extraordinary surprises; soaring rugged mountain ranges, curved wadis, golden deserts and the sea. It is the legendary home of Sinbad the sailor and still retains its authentic atmosphere of dramatic landscapes littered with oases, forts and palaces that inspire exploration. It is the one place you can get to experience traditional Arabia; quite stretches of sand shaded by swaying palms and dotted by fishing boats, mud brick villages clinging to the sides of remote valleys and ancient forts. Oman may be an undiscovered destination but it is intriguing with its…