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Encountering Elephants, Ethically.

(Most of the amazing photos of elephants in this post were taken by the fabulous Marie Richardson, who herself appears in the others that I took!) The last stop in Thailand for Marie and I was a really special one. Elephants have long been one […]

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Singapore Prison Systems – Why the country’s criminal justice system is ranked #4 in the world.

2016 was a big year for Singapore and their criminal justice system. There was a change of command with Mr. Desmond Chin taking over as commissioner for the Singapore Prison Service (SPS), replacing Mr. Soh Wai Wah. The SPS also “unveiled new core values…Synergy, Vigilance, […]

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6 Non-Travel Careers to See the World

I spent a lot of time researching travel careers and jobs that allow you to travel as I entered college and for the most part found the same few opportunities: volunteering for a few years with Peace Corps, becoming a travel blogger or social media […]

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How Accessible Is Malaysia?

Of the places I visited in Southeast Asia, Malaysia was one where I experienced the most intense culture shock. This was likely intensified by factors like illness and jetlag, which are not directly related to Malaysia. None the less after reflecting on my time, I […]

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Planning Group Travel: HOPE Goes to Norway (Steps 1-3)

Next May, I’ll be leading a group of around 10 people on a week-long trip to Norway – all as part of my job! I currently work as the Mentoring Director for an undergraduate based program (HOPE) which trains college students to mentor juveniles who […]

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Woman of the Week: Hazel

Hazel is a Global Referrer and Business Relations Expert, public speaker on the topic of networking, and author, though she was a stay-at-home mom who hadn’t left the continental USA until around age 45. Hazel began working after her husband suffered an injury, quickly climbing her way […]

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Green Singapore: A City for the Eco-Conscious

In March, I got to spend about five days in Singapore with Marie and I fell in love with the place. One of the things I most appreciated about the city was that even though it’s got a population density comparable to New York City […]

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Fair Trade: What’s it got to do with travel?

At the start of college, I began volunteering at a gift shop called Global Gifts, which is a Fair Trade store selling items from artisans around the world. This was a formative experience over the four years I helped there, exposing me to art and […]

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Planning for Portugal: Step 1

I am currently planning a trip to 2.5 week trip to Portugal this early October and I thought I’d start sharing the planning as it unfolds to show you my process. In an earlier post, I outlined my 6 steps for building an itinerary. I will […]