Your Friends in Bolivia

“Hola. You’ve got friends in Bolivia.” These words, scrawled across the homepage of Couchsurfing.com in large, bold text, invite you to explore the 1,000,000+ listings worldwide the site has to offer. Couchsurfing isn’t revolutionary so much in its concept as it is in its modern implementation—with 10 million “friends” to connect with and over a

Anatomy of a Millennial Traveler

University students love to talk about travel. Graduation plans commonly include “seeing the world.” We list off countries we’ve visited and want to visit. J.R.R. Tolkien’s quote, “not all who wander are lost,” is plastered across posters in our rooms and tattooed on our skin. Our cohort is filled with restlessness. Our anthem is wanderlust.

Off the Grid

Between September 12th and 17th, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) held their annual general assembly meeting in Medellin, Colombia. This city of two million nestled in the mountains of the country’s northwestern region served as the backdrop for UNWTO members to present new data—proof of the changing landscape of international tourism. The UNTWO

Can Your Paintbrush Save the World?

On one of her last days teaching English in Guatemala City, a group of students ran up to Tufts senior Madison Hafitz singing “head, shoulders, knees, and toes,” a song she had taught them during her two weeks volunteering there. Hafitz only spoke a little Spanish, and admits that this made teaching at and communicating

Problematizing Paradise

Every year, the tables in the dining halls are littered with posters inviting Tufts students to “experience paradise.” This “paradise” is Talloires, where each summer around 90 students participate in a six-week homestay program at Tufts’ satellite campus in rural France. Students often return from their stay in Talloires saying it was the “best six