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#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

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In no way am I a handywoman, but here I am with a Philips screwdriver removing rusty screws from an old boardwalk. I’m also huffing and puffing because the altitude is 9,500 feet high in Ashcroft, a ghost town near Aspen, Colorado.  Right now I could be shopping or hanging out at the hotel’s pool…

Traveler intern Daniel Bortz talks with his cousin, who returned last month from volunteering in Swaziland and Southeast Asia, combing through photographs from his journey. Jordan Weitzman, a 25-year-old lifelong Baltimorean, left his Charm City roots behind in January to embark on a four-month adventure. A first-time global traveler, Weitzman ventured to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam,…

Traveler intern Daniel Bortz explores a program that creates bike-powered machines in Guatemala. Across Guatemalan farmland, a new breed of bicycles is being used to thresh corn, de-shell coffee beans, and even blend fruit smoothies. There, in a country with a history of endemic poverty, Maya Pedal works to combine exercise and technology to provide…

If you’re planning to hit some hiking trails this summer, why not sign up to build a new one as a volunteer? This June near Leadville, Colorado, volunteers will make way for a non-motorized route from Mt. Elbert to Monarch Pass on the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. The 3,000 mile-long trail extends from Mexico…

UPDATE: Learn about more ways to help with the gulf oil spill at National Geographic’s Global Action Atlas. President Obama traveled to the Gulf Coast yesterday, and called the oil spill that is threatening the region a “massive and potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.” British Petroleum’s recovery crews spent the weekend fighting strong winds and surging…

Top Ten Volunteer Vacations

Need a rewarding getaway this summer? About about 100 getaways? Author Pam Grout has gathered a wide selection of fantastic–and fulfilling–trips to choose from in her book The 100 Best Volunteer Vacations to Enrich Your Life. Here are some of her favorites, with the full book excerpt here on Traveler’s site. Want the whole book?…

New Orleans Revisited

As the last of the unidentified victims of Hurricane Katrina were laid to rest at the Charity Hospital Cemetery, most New Orleanians spent the third anniversary of Katrina preparing for another storm. With Hurricane Gustav building up strength in the Gulf, New Orleans canceled its plans for a traditional jazz funeral procession for the unidentified…

Voluntour Opportunities in New Orleans

On Monday, Traci Angel gave us her impressions from her experience as a “voluntourist” in New Orleans. Today, she offers up a list of places where you too can help. Projects are always in flux, depending on necessary work and resources. Be sure to plan in advance and check for availability. Acorn — The Association…

Endangered Places: How You Can Help

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of the Most Endangered Places of 2007, is a surprising amalgam of old and new, from historic motels along Route 66 to a racecourse in Florida. Here are just a few of the threatened sites and some ideas on what travelers and concerned citizens can do to offset…

Ever wanted to give back to the places you visit? Global Vision International, a U.K.-based volunteer group, organizes volunteer projects and expeditions that allow travel do-gooders to do just that. Volunteers can work with velvet monkeys or needy children, research endangered species in Ecuador, or scuba dive in the Seychelles. With over 150 projects to…

Traveling Outside the Box

IT has nothing against the Great Wall or the Eiffel Tower, but when we travel, we’re looking to really experience a place—not just see its major tourist attractions. And, according to an article published in Newsweek last month, we’re not the only ones. Tour operators are working to revamp their line-ups to please an increasingly…