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This Buddhist Tradition will Surprise You | Almsgiving Ceremony Laos

This Buddhist Tradition will Surprise You | Almsgiving Ceremony Laos

Early in the morning at 5:00am hundreds of monks wake up, leave the temples, and walk through the city streets collecting their morning alms (sticky rice and other simple foods) that is give to them from the local people as a part of a special alms giving ceremony. The monks walk in a single file line down the main streets that lead to the royal palace, where locals kneel by the curbside with their heads bowed and their feet tucked away - showing respect for the monks who are passing by.

Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival

Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival

Guinness World Book of Records lists Brazil’s Carnival as the world’s largest for good reason. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil hosts almost three million travelers during the five day Carnival celebration. If you haven’t been to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro yet, add it to your “to do” list right now!

The People with the Crocodile Skin | Travel to Papua New Guinea

The People with the Crocodile Skin | Travel to Papua New Guinea

My journey to discover the most interesting places and people around the world has led me to the remote, Northern jungles of Papua New Guinea. This rarely visited location is known as the Sepik River, and is home to an incredible tribe known as the Crocodile Tribe. Join us on a Tour of Papua New Guinea and experience the Goroka Sing Sing Festival and Culture Show!

Thanksgiving, A Worldwide Tradition

Thanksgiving, A Worldwide Tradition

I love Thanksgiving, maybe even more than Christmas because it’s a time when we reflect with our friends and loved ones on what is good and bountiful in our lives. Our house is one of chaos, gluttony, stories, games, but mostly laughter and love. Oh, and LOTS of football. I began wondering if the United States was the only country to celebrate Thanksgiving. After doing some digging, I discovered Thanksgiving is a holiday that is celebrated in places all around the world!

Espional, a Proud Mudman

Espional, a Proud Mudman

Espional was born and raised in Papua New Guinea. A a native to the Asaro Mud Men tribe, his fondest memories of his childhood were simply spending time in his village, fishing, hunting, and going to school with his friends. “I love where I live,” he admits, “because of the many cultures and traditions that I have. I’m very proud of that.”

2018 In Review | The Experience I Am Most Grateful For

2018 In Review | The Experience I Am Most Grateful For

I’ve come to discover that, as people, we are actually all quite the same.  And as a human, I have learned to be grateful for one thing in particular—Connection. The more opportunity I have to travel, the more I have learned the importance and beauty of true connection with people.

10 Places You Must See in India

10 Places You Must See in India

When most people think of India, large, crowded cities come to mind. But there is so much more to this fascinating country. India has a rich blend of natural beauty, stunning architecture, complex history, and captivating culture. From majestic temples to gorgeous beaches, there’s something for everyone. Keep reading to find out the top ten places you must see in India!

Mother's Day Traditions Around the World

Mother's Day Traditions Around the World

Across the world, Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the mothers in our lives. It’s a time to express gratitude and appreciation for a mother’s hard work in and outside of the family. We’re all prone to taking our mothers for granted and this day gives us a chance to show her how much she means to us! Mother’s Day has long been celebrated and can be dated back to the Greeks and Romans. In recent history, the Western view of Mother’s Day is associated with the way the United States celebrates – with cards, gifts and flowers. However, across the world, different countries celebrate on different days and have their own traditions.

What is a Llama Blessing Ceremony in Peru Really Like?

What is a Llama Blessing Ceremony in Peru Really Like?

While there are so many things to do and see in Peru, some of the most treasured experiences cannot be planned for. I'll never forget the time we were invited to participate in a Llama Blessing Ceremony (alpaca are commonly blessed, too) in one of the villages outside of Ollantaytambo, Sacred Valley, Peru.

What to Expect on a Journey to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam

What to Expect on a Journey to Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam

Hello! My name is Kylie and this is my story traveling through Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam!  This trip was one of the most beautiful travel experiences of my life.  Southeast Asia offers a beautiful blend of culture, cuisine, and nature - and these 3 countries should not be missed.  Read my travel story below, and be inspired to take your next journey to this part of the world!

Christmas Culinary Traditions Around the World

Christmas Culinary Traditions Around the World

Christmas—a time for family gatherings, festive cheer, and good food. More than 160 countries in the world celebrate Christmas, each with their own unique rituals and culinary traditions. From Peru to Italy, check out how these 8 countries like to feast on this special day!

Why You Should Add Southern Spain & Morocco to Your List of Travel Destinations

Why You Should Add Southern Spain & Morocco to Your List of Travel Destinations

From the shores of Tangier, Morocco, it appears you can reach out and touch the sprawling hills of Andalusia—Spain’s southernmost region. A short 30-minute ferry ride across the glistening Strait of Gibraltar, where Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea meet, is all that separates these countries. The proximity between Morocco and Andalusia makes for a unique history full of shared culture and cuisine. There’s no place quite like this special corner of the world, and it’s a must-see destination for every traveler. Explore the wonder of where Europe and Africa meet.

Tea Ceremony (茶道 Cha-do)- The Art of Tea, The Way of Life

Tea Ceremony (茶道 Cha-do)- The Art of Tea, The Way of Life

Chao-Do in Japanese means the way of tea. Similar to martial arts and any other forms of art that’s considered a Do, to study this art, it is more than the study of tea or the ritual, Japanese tea ceremony and the art of tea has very deep philosophical meanings as well. For one to become a master of the tea ceremony, it takes years of disciplined practice, even a whole life time of true dedication and devotion to become a true master. Aside from mastering the rich knowledge of the art of tea, mastering the art of tea ceremony is also a practice of unlocking one’s inner peace or Zen if you will.

10 Travel Myths About Cuba

10 Travel Myths About Cuba

In 2016, a lot of changes were made to travel to Cuba.  President Obama's historic trip to Cuba opened the doors to many Americans who never realized they could ever travel to that small Caribbean Island of 11 million people.  We want to talk about the top 10 travel myths about Cuba - so you are well informed when you travel to this amazing country! (Maybe with us?)