The “Get F*cked Up Lifestyle” of a traveler: more harm than good?

I’m no angel. Hell, I don’t even come close. I’ve done my fair share of partying all over the world. But, today I saw the new Matador book that was released “101 Places to Get F*cked Up Before You Die” and it made me think about the stereotypes of backpackers and travelers. I’ve written forContinue reading “The “Get F*cked Up Lifestyle” of a traveler: more harm than good?”

My To Do list

What’s in a bucket list? Or, on a bucket list? I mean … I’ve never really had a bucket list. I’ve tried to have one, but the amount of experiences in this world I would love to have cannot be contained on one clear, succinct little list. Instead, they flutter about the crevices of myContinue reading “My To Do list”

The truth about child labor in Cambodia

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from travel writer Kristin Addis.  The piping hot day in Siem Reap, Cambodia, becomes ever more noticeable as the wind stops grazing the skin and the tuk-tuk comes to a halt outside of the gates of the extraordinary ruins of Angkor Wat.  Perhaps you’ve waited your whole lifeContinue reading “The truth about child labor in Cambodia”

Fact vs. Fiction: the Thailand Sex Industry

The sex industry in Thailand is a vast and complex organism — something that cannot be defined in concrete terms. Also, the concept of ‘pay-to-play’ relations in regards to morality is subjective to the individual and their social and cultural background. For the purpose of this — a post examining the ins and outs of the sex industry (and a topic that is nearly impossible to fit into one concise piece) it is more prudent and beneficial to give a holistic description of Thailand’s industry.

Escape of the Week: Udawalawae National Park, Sri Lanka

The sunrise in Sri Lanka casts a pink and orange glow across the peach dirt, warming me despite the slight chill in the air. In front of the guest house we’ve stayed at, there are two larger-than-life Jeeps, with their sides and roof ripped off and rows of plastic benches replacing the normal seats. We’reContinue reading “Escape of the Week: Udawalawae National Park, Sri Lanka”

Join the #ethicaltravel chat April 6

Player for Blog with bigger dimensions. Share functions on, ads on, autoplay off, not geo-gated. http://admin.brightcove.com/js/BrightcoveExperiences.js brightcove.createExperiences(); Would you still go through with an item on your bucket list if it hurt someone or something? Do you think about your impact as a tourist before you make your plans? This Friday at 10 a.m. EasternContinue reading “Join the #ethicaltravel chat April 6”

Volunteer with rescued cheetahs at Namibia’s Cheetah Conservation Fund

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Natasha Zapata and a part of the Travel Bloggers Giveback series. To learn more about TBGB, please visit its Facebook page. If there is an organization you would like to promote with a guest post, please contact me. “The fastest animal on Earth is running out ofContinue reading “Volunteer with rescued cheetahs at Namibia’s Cheetah Conservation Fund”

Save the reefs: A volunteer opportunity in Koh Tao, Thailand

Coral reefs around the world are the most beautiful eco-systems that you can imagine. From the obvious Great Barrier Reef, Australia to the little known Abul Thama, Bahrain, the colours and wildlife can captivate the first time diver. But it is important to understand the impact tourism has on these delicate areas. And, the roleContinue reading “Save the reefs: A volunteer opportunity in Koh Tao, Thailand”

Photo Essay: Life at Elephant Nature Park

For about one week, I was a volunteer at Elephant Nature Park. During that time, I did everything from shoveling poo to being blessed by a shaman to becoming part of the heard and spending time with elephants up-close, to singing “Que Sera, Sera” as they fell asleep. There were tears of joy and tearsContinue reading “Photo Essay: Life at Elephant Nature Park”

Heartbreak and healing at Elephant Nature Park

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js // <![CDATA[ (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); // ]]> Mae Sai Roong lays on the ground. She looks so little compared to the throngs of people around here — the Elephant Nature Park volunteers, the vets, the mahouts, Lek — all scrambling to make sure she doesn’t give up on life just yet. EveryContinue reading “Heartbreak and healing at Elephant Nature Park”