Sustainable Travel

20 Tips for Sustainable Travel

20 Tips for Sustainable Travel

Sustainability is a subject popping up in travel discussions with high frequency these days. In my experience, “sustainable travel” can be kind of an overwhelming, yet simultaneously limited term.  Just existing seems to be unsustainable. Sustainable travel is not just about eliminating plastic and flying […]

Encountering Elephants, Ethically.

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 […]

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

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, […]

6 Non-Travel Careers to See the World

6 Non-Travel Careers to See the World

I spent a lot of time researching jobs and careers that would allow me to travel as I entered college. For the most part, I found the same few opportunities. I could volunteer for a few years with Peace Corps, become a travel blogger or […]

How Accessible Is Malaysia?

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 […]

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

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 […]

Green Singapore: A City for the Eco-Conscious

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 […]

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

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 […]

How Working In A Prison Helps Me Travel The World

How Working In A Prison Helps Me Travel The World

For the past few years, I have worked in a position for a mentoring program called HOPE. The short version of my job is that I train college students to be job coaches and mentors to teens in prison. This means that sometimes my office […]