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The New Seven Wonders of the World

If you are a history buff, or if you just want an amazing destination for your next vacation, why not see one of the “New” Seven Wonders of the World, as elected by global vote on the website 7wonders.org?  Accommodations are readily accessible in nearby cities, but keep in mind that several of these unique sites are in somewhat hard-to-reach locations. Prepare to be away from modern amenities with sturdy shoes, suitable clothes, and a well-stocked backpack.

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Winter Sports With ecbc

If your idea of a great escape is a day spent gliding down snow-covered slopes with fresh mountain air in your face, chances are you will love a weekend at one of these Forbes and Snow Magazine top-10 rated ski resorts:

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The Snowy Road Traveled_with_ecbc

Chelsea Amaio

With the holidays upon us and the winter blues prompting people to begin dreaming about vacations in warmer climates, it is important to take a moment to prepare for the unique travel that is winter travel.

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Quebec Carnival with the ecbc Pegasus

Donna Marie West

The 61st annual Quebec Winter Carnival – also known as the Carnaval de Québec – will be held from January 30 to February 15, 2015. The Quebec carnival is the largest winter carnival in the world, and third on the list of all top carnivals behind Rio and New Orleans.

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Equestrian Holidays In California with the ecbc Hercules

Donna Marie West

If a holiday combining the warm California sun, wide open spaces and one of man’s most beloved companions sounds good to you, you might want to consider an equestrian holiday. A quick Google search will turn up dozens of options offering everything from weekends on a dude ranch, to a week or more exploring the coastline, the Sierra Nevada Mountains or the Inyo National Forest. Just imagine yourself spending your days on horseback on one of these exciting excursions, only four of the many equestrian holidays available in the continental U.S.

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Future of Air Travel

Chelsea Amaio

Recently, we took a stroll down memory lane to look at the past 50 years of air travel. Much has changed in that time, and looking ahead, we can only assume a similar scale of drastic changes will happen over the next fifty years.  Here is a peek at what some say the future of airline travel will look like.

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Travel With ecbc - the gift we make to ourselves

In the introduction of this series a reference is made to the concept of Holistic Travel which embraces the practical aspects as well as attitudes and philosophies affecting us during travel. As this series develops, please remember that central to this view are these overlapping aspects. Although each aspect of the journey is important, the total experience is determined by everything simultaneously – practical and conceptual. It can turn a blind outing into an amazing expedition. Having traveled the world most of my life, military and civilian, I’ve garnered a wealth of experience. Meeting people and experiencing diverse cultures has the potential to enhance your life. It certainly has mine.

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Vintage Airline Experience

Traveling via an airplane is getting more and more common with the increase in flight routes, and society’s desire to step beyond their backyard. Statistics from the International Air Transport Association, or IATA, show that around 3.1 billion people flew in 2013, surpassing the 3 billion mark for the first time ever.  Originally however, airplane travel was strictly an extravagant luxurious privilege. Airfares were set by the Civil Aeronautics Board and were quite pricey, though with that price came perks that are long gone in today’s air travel. At the same time, we’ve seen improvements to the industry so extreme that travelers today couldn’t fathom it any other way. It’s amazing to realize all of the changes that have occurred in the last 50 years of airline travel. Below are some of the major changes.

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It's About The Journey

It's About The Journey - Part One 

 Life is a journey. During this journey, we travel. It can be a hard journey or it can be made a lot easier through a little forethought, planning and preparation. The word travel originated with the term travail. The journey was once extremely difficult. With advances in travel, technology and comfort afforded by ergonomics, it can now be an experience of pleasure and wonder. Often in our modern age, humanity forgets the beauty and enjoyment that travel can be due to the fast-paced mentality we’ve acquired. Whether we’re traveling for business or pleasure, we’re in a hurry. The journey needs to be pleasant. We need to pay attention. We need to stop and smell the flowers. If we’re wise or skilled and understand how to be in tune with the world around us, the journey can be absolutely memorable.

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Voluntourism - ECBC Travel With Impact

Ever have one of those self-evaluation moments where you wonder if all of the time and effort you’re putting into your daily activities is really worth it? Will the rewards pay off? How long down the road do you need to go before you begin seeing the benefits? One way to combat this feeling is to step back, take a vacation and recharge your body and spirit.  Feel even better after your vacation by embarking on a travel volunteer program (popularly called voluntourism.)  

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