Sleeping in a tent on the Great Wall

The Best Worst Night Sleeps I’ve Ever Had

So often travel photographs and the stories that go along with them only highlight the wonderful, the amazing and the life-changing aspects to the trip. When I show my pictures to family, friends and travel enthusiasts, they see that spectacular view or the amazing animals and listen to the funny or insightful stories that go […]

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Vegan Friendly Countries - Featured

The Most Vegan-Friendly Countries We Have Visited

Our wanderlust has taken us all over the world and although we have never regretted visiting any country, there are some countries in which it is easier to be vegan than others. But this doesn’t mean that we would have traded our experiences on the high Tibetan plateau or the rice terraces of Banaue, Philippines simply […]

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Happy New Year - Featured

Happy New Year’s…Again and Again!

Although we hadn’t planned on it, our travels led us to ring in the New Year four times in 2014. It was amazing to see how different cultures celebrated the ideas of saying goodbye to the old and welcoming the new. While some traditions were more familiar than others, some were very unique and even bizarre. Here […]

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2014 Year in Review - Featured

Year in Review: 2014

What a year! 2014 was a year of amazing travel including to three new countries and major changes such as relocating across the world as we begin the next chapter of our lives. Let’s look back at this eventful year: Singapore In January, I was lucky enough to travel with Lek Chailert, the founder of […]

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Elephant Poo Paper - Featured

Turning Poo Into Paper

While in the village of Ta Klang in Thailand’s Surin Province, I came across a paper-making factory that taught me how to turn elephant poo into paper. Unfortunately, the poo is collected from captive elephants, usually chained to either a tree or post of some sort, standing with their poo racked and stacked to the side. […]

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Phuket Vegetarian Festival - Featured

Phuket Vegetarian Festival

To the unprepared visitor arriving to Phuket during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar might be a bit jarring. With fire crackers, gods, trances and cheek impalement it can be easy to forget about the food. Not only is the Phuket Vegetarian Festival unlike any other food festival worldwide, it is also one of the most […]

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Goodbye to Elephants - Featured

Saying Goodbye to the Elephants

The van takes the familiar curves and we know exactly when to turn our heads to the left for the next beautiful view. “This is our last time”, we look at each other with tears in our eyes, “Let’s make the most of it” and brace ourselves for a series of hard goodbyes. Ever since […]

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Lesbian in Thailand - Apple - Featured

Apple’s Story: A Lesbian in Thailand

Editor’s Note: We met Apple at Elephant Nature Park, where she lives and works as a guide. She shares her knowledge of elephants with visitors who come to the park to volunteer, teaching them about the lives of individual elephants as well as the plight of Thai elephants in general. Apple has learned non-violent techniques […]

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A Dog's Life in Chiang Mai

A Dog’s Life in Chiang Mai

Of course, stray dogs live a tough life regardless of what streets they roam in their corners of the world. However, it seems as though the dogs that call the lanes of Chiang Mai home face a particularly uphill climb. These soi dogs, as they’re commonly known, must overcome challenges around every turn if they […]

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Elephant Lesbians - Tilly and Mae Kham Puan

Tilly and Mae Kham Puan – A Lesbian Elephant Couple

Elephants are matriarchal by nature, forming strong, tight-knit all-female herds, kicking out males when they become of age. In the wild, female elephants only consort with males for reproductive purposes, always returning to the herd. In the wild, Southeast Asian jungles, herds are typically comprised of only family members. However, in sanctuaries, such as Elephant Nature Park, […]

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Bonita Cafe Vegan - Bangkok - Featured

Bonita Cafe – Vegan Restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand

Located in the hustle and bustle of the Silom district in Bangkok, Bonita Cafe is a quaint escape serving delicious meals. Focused primarily on animal welfare, this restaurant does a great job in transforming traditional comfort food into hearty, vegan dishes. Atmosphere Decorated with unique pieces of Americana, Bonita Cafe transports visitors to a country-style […]

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Ice Love You - Vegan Ice Cream - Chiang Mai

Ice Love You – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Located on an unassuming small street off of Suthep Road, Ice Love You serves up vegan ice cream (mostly) in a comfortable setting. Although this locale mostly targets local Chiang Mai University students with flavors such as CMU cheese (not vegan), everyone is welcomed by a friendly staff. Flavors Ice Love You has two freezers […]

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Unusual Classrooms

Unusual Classrooms

Teaching English as a Second Language lends itself to a nomadic lifestyle, allowing me to combine my love of teaching with my love of traveling. I have taught in four countries including my own, spanning three continents. While usually my classrooms have been the standard desk, chair and white board scenario, my travels have opened […]

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Mae Tee - Buddhist Funeral

A Buddhist Funeral for Mae Tee

Sticks of incense stand upright in the freshly up-turned dirt, filling the air with their fragrant smoke. Like runway lights, they lead the way from where I stand to Mae Tee, finally at rest. Before she came to Elephant Nature Park, Mae Tee was forced to work in the logging industry, hauling massive logs through […]

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