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Galapagos Field Guide

Galapagos Field Guide

Enjoy our custom Galapagos Field guide, focusing on the animals of Isabela and San Cristobal, with special sections on Españole and the life of Charles Darwin!

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Wildlife Photos from our Kenya Exploration Tour

Wildlife Photos from our Kenya Exploration Tour

Enjoy some scenes from our 2019 wildlife exploration of Kenya. Check our menu above for our current Kenyan safari tours! [justified_image_grid row_height=250 limit=0 facebook_id=283779085027389 facebook_album=3216499605088641 facebook_caching=10080]Follow...

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Treat, Spay, Love: Volunteering with Street Dogs in Ladakh, India

Treat, Spay, Love: Volunteering with Street Dogs in Ladakh, India

For years we’ve wanted to combine our passion for empowering people to travel with our love of helping street dogs. That dream became a reality with our inaugural “Treat, Spay, Love” journey to Ladakh, on the Tibetan Plateau in India. Six volunteers, including three veterinarians, joined us at our home base of Thiksey Monastery the last week of May 2019 in order to enjoy the sights and also offer their time, care, and expertise.

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Intro to Delhi’s Aerocity

Intro to Delhi’s Aerocity

Staying at Delhi’s Aerocity is a good choice for those who arrive late at night or with an early morning departure (or the unfortunate combination of both!)  It is just an easy 8-10 minute drive to the airport, allowing you more time resting at your hotel than sitting in Delhi traffic.

Here are some tips to make your stay in Aerocity more familiar.

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Delhi Airport Departure Tips

Delhi Airport Departure Tips

Air travel is relatively similar all over the world, but those slight differences in a new place can throw you off your game! Here is a brief preview as to what you can expect when checking into Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India. Entering the...

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Jordan Travel Photography 2018

Jordan Travel Photography 2018

Enjoy some visuals from our January 2018 trip to Jordan. From the salts of the Dead Sea to the red sands of Wadi Rum and all of the breathtaking carvings at Petra and ruins at Jerash, we fell in love with Jordan!

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Tips on Choosing Luggage

Tips on Choosing Luggage

The luggage you already have in your closet is probably A-OK, but if you are in the market for a new piece, here are our suggestions!

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Nepal Earthquake Relief Donation Recipients, June 2015

Nepal Earthquake Relief Donation Recipients, June 2015

A huge, heartfelt thank you to all of our donors who participated in our donation drive! BJ and I left Nepal on April 12th for our Spring Indonesian tours, just two weeks before the earthquake. When we completed those tours, we knew we had to return to our beloved...

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Thanaka: The Secret to Burmese beauty

Thanaka: The Secret to Burmese beauty

Myanmar (Burma) is a special place with its own unique flavor & style, from the delightful tea leaf salads to the fashionable longyi. However, there is perhaps nothing more quintessentially Burmese than thanaka (pronounced TAWN-uh-kuh). What is thanaka? Thanaka is...

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In Praise of Packing Cubes

In Praise of Packing Cubes

How should I pack for my vacation or retreat? I'll admit it: I am a hardcore packing cube fan. I literally live out of them! You may have mastered the art of rolling and tucking and magically arranging your clothing in a suitcase, but the minute you take one thing...

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Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Hoi An, Vietnam

Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Hoi An, Vietnam

(Written in 2014) Maybe the title of this post should be "Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Vietnam"...or maybe in the world? I'm not ashamed to admit that I ate here for a majority of my meals while staying in the UNESCO heritage town of Hoi An. Let's get to it: I'm...

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Flying to New Delhi (DEL) from the USA

Flying to New Delhi (DEL) from the USA

What's the best way to get fly India? Getting to India's Indira Gandhi International airport is pretty straightforward from the United States.  Depending on where you begin your travels in the US, you can typically buy return tickets for between $1100-$1500 (economy...

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Kuang Si Waterfalls in Luang Prabang, Laos

Kuang Si Waterfalls in Luang Prabang, Laos

I'm a sucker for waterfalls, perhaps for one reason: waterfalls imply "elevation."  A born & bred Floridian (where our highest point is 345 feet high—and that hill is practically in Georgia), waterfalls evoke images of hills, mountains, forests and running...

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A Brief Indonesian Food Primer

A Brief Indonesian Food Primer

A big concern for many travelers is "What will I eat overseas?!"  There are so many TV shows these days that showcase international dishes that seem unusual, bizarre, or even downright unappetizing to Western palates. As entertaining as these shows might be, I think...

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Flying from the U.S. to Bali

Flying from the U.S. to Bali

What is the best way to fly from the U.S. to Bali? From most of the USA, the flight to Bali is one of the farthest places you can travel to on the globe.  It’s a long way to travel, but we assure you that it’s entirely worth it, and there are a number of options for...

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How to Dramatically Lessen the Effects of Jet Lag

How to Dramatically Lessen the Effects of Jet Lag

How to Prevent Jet Lag If you’re taking a trip (with us or on your own) you may be traversing a number of time zones.  This, as so many of you know, can wreak havoc on your biological clock.  But there are things that you can do that can mitigate the effects of jet...

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The Black Jelly Bandwagon

The Black Jelly Bandwagon

The idea of eating something called Grass Jelly, or Black Jelly, doesn't give most American palates the "warm fuzzies," whether it's due to a cloying wheatgrass experience or from childhood culinary traumas with jello-mold cuisine. However, make no mistake: grass...

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Let the Fun Ferment!  Cultured foods & probiotics in Asia

Let the Fun Ferment! Cultured foods & probiotics in Asia

Let the Fun Ferment! Cultured foods & probiotics in AsiaShortly after arriving in Nepal, I found myself on a round of antibiotics; don’t worry, they were for nothing travel-related! I can’t even remember the last time I was on antibiotics in the States, preferring...

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The so-called Leh Berry: Insight into Sea Buckthorn

The so-called Leh Berry: Insight into Sea Buckthorn

"Leh Berries" Sea Buckthorn in LadakhAs I stood by the Indus River in Ladakh, our friend Chamba, a monk at Thiksey Monastery, pointed out shrubs full of berries. “Leh berries,” he called them, named after the main town in this region, Leh (pronounced "Lay").   At the...

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Thiksey Monastery in ‘Samsara’

Thiksey Monastery in ‘Samsara’

We finally got to see the film Samsara today, director Ron Fricke's follow-up to 1992's Baraka.  BJ had hoped for a follow-up film since he saw Baraka in 1996, and was delighted to learn that Baraka was being made several years ago. These films are non-verbal...

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