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The Land of 10,000 Temples | Southeast Asia

The Land of 10,000 Temples | Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia. The countries of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar are home to some of the most unique culture, deep history, and heartwarming people.  All of these countries are also home to some of the World’s most stunning temples - in particular temples of Angkor (Angkor Wat) in Cambodia and the Ancient Temples in Bagan Myanmar.

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.

What is a Llama Blessing?

What is a Llama Blessing?

While there are  many things to do and see in the world, some of the most treasured experiences cannot be planned for. Like the time I was invited to a Llama Blessing in the Lares Valley of Peru. The Lares Valley is tucked away behind Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley, a journey that will take you past tiny mountain villages that dot the mountainside.

The Largest Desert in the World

The Largest Desert in the World

When people think of a desert they think of a place covered in sand and sand dunes. Morocco is home to the Sahara Desert, which spans over 3.5 million square miles, roughly the size of the United States. It stretches from the Red Sea in the east, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean in the west. That’s a lot of sand!

The Man Who Speaks Monkey | Sumatra Indonesia

The Man Who Speaks Monkey | Sumatra Indonesia

I am in Bukit Luang with my friend Lillix, the man who talks to monkeys. Lillix grew up in a small village in the jungles of Indonesia, and from a young age, learned to love the jungle. Ever since he was six years old his father would take him to explore the most remote parts of the jungle to help him develop an appreciation for its beauty and importance.

Morocco's 5-Star Guesthouse

Morocco's 5-Star Guesthouse

Many people wonder where they should stay when they visit another country, and often there are so many choices that you don’t even know where to start. Well, from my experience sometimes it is the most unassuming places that end up being the most special - such as the Riads in Morocco. So where should you stay the next time you visit Morocco?  Whether you are in Marrakech, Fes, Tangier, Casablanca, or the Sahara Desert - let me share with you a little secret about the top Morocco Hotels, well they are actually Riads and that is where you should stay if you want an authentic experience in Morocco.

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!

100 Thousand Year-Old Ice, Antarctica

100 Thousand Year-Old Ice, Antarctica

When you put an ice cube in your glass do you ever wonder how old it actually is? If you are in the United States, Europe, or a country along the equator the ice in your glass probably isn’t more than a couple of days, or even a couple of hours old. Well in polar regions, like Antarctica, the ice is over 100 THOUSAND years old. Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, driest continent on Earth and holds over 90% of the world’s freshwater as Ice.

Juan and His 1000 Alpacas

Juan and His 1000 Alpacas

Imagine taking a 10 hour flight, 3 hour drive, 1 hour train ride , 30 minute public bus, and a a 15 minute hike, you will find yourself at a place voted to be one of the New 7 Wonders of the World--Machu Picchu. While many people visit Machu Picchu, which don't get me wrong - is a spectacular site- they often miss exploring the beauty of the valleys & villages that surround it.  Like visiting Juan, his family, and their 1000 alpacas.

Experience is Everything

Experience is Everything

The holidays have many of us hunting through department stores for the perfect gift. And yet a 20-year study by Cornell University psychology professor Thomas Gilovich, found that individuals gain greater satisfaction and happiness from experiences rather than things.

Trekking with Orangutans in Sumatra

Trekking with Orangutans in Sumatra

This past September, I explored the tropical paradise of Sumatra. I’ve always wanted to visit this breathtaking Indonesian island, which is home to the critically endangered Sumatran orangutan. Sumatra offers picturesque views and exciting adventures for nature lovers, but it’s the islands diverse wildlife that really stands out. While there, I embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime orangutan trek in Gunung Leuser National Park. This remarkable experience was one I’ll never forget. Keep reading to learn more about trekking with orangutans in Sumatra!

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.