Monthly Archives: October 2015

Link Friday: The Halloween 2015 Edition

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2015 by Kate

Halloween is almost here, boys and ghouls!

  • Did you know Halloween is nearly a seven-billion dollar a year industry in the United States?
  • It’s easy to get sucked into the fun of Halloween, leading you to believe you’re a little craftier than you really are. Check out these awesome Pinterest Halloween fails.
  • I’ve waged a personal war against pumpkin spice for a number of years now (based on the fact that what you’re tasting is actually ginger or nutmeg, not pumpkin, but I digress) but it seems there are a number of terrible pumpkin spice flavored things I was not even aware of, just in time for Halloween. (Pumpkin spice chicken sausage? No.)
  • Still in need of a costume? If you came of age in the 90s, you’ll love these options.
  • Don’t forget to take advantage of all this Halloween hubbub on social media! Here are a few strategies you can implement fast.

Link Friday: The Voluntourism Edition

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015 by Kate

Love to travel and love to help people too? Try “voluntourism!”

  • Here’s the official definition: “The conscious, seamlessly integrated combination of voluntary service to a destination and the best, traditional elements of travel – arts, culture, geography, history and recreation – in that destination.”
  • It’s estimated that 55% of American travelers took part in volunteer work during a vacation in the past two years. Hotels are finding ways to take advantage of the growing trend.
  • Voluntourism can mean spending time in an orphanage, tutoring and mentoring, or helping rebuild an area after a natural disaster – there’s no end to the ways you can contribute.
  • Travelocity has even started its own microsite, “Travel for Good,” where you can enter to win a free voluntourism trip of your choosing.
  • Voluntourism is not without criticism, however. Some claim it does more good for the volunteer, than the people they think they’re helping.