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Around the World in 21 Christmas Traditions

Christmas isn't all Santa and reindeer and rampant consumerism. Here's our guide to weird, wonderful, and wacky Christmas traditions as practiced all over the world.

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Road Trip, Volunteer & Spanish in Cuba

Join a 3 week road trip across the highlights of Cuba to explore, dance and learn Spanish.

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