How to Enjoy Authentic and Ethical Animal Tourism: the responsible traveler

When we were planning our first safari in 2014, I found many tour groups offering a "Walk With Lions" experience in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The brochures stated that these were young lions, likely orphans, and that the organization would reintroduce them to the wild when they matured. This sounded great! But the more I read … Continue reading How to Enjoy Authentic and Ethical Animal Tourism: the responsible traveler

Visit to Petra: 48 Hours in the Rose City of the Nabateans

If there's anything more fun than planning a trip, it's planning with a like-minded friend. I'm fortunate to have one of those friends. We research lodging, restaurants, and adventures on our own, before bouncing ideas off each other. Our plans occasionally (well... usually) grow out of control, but ultimately, we arrive at an itinerary. When … Continue reading Visit to Petra: 48 Hours in the Rose City of the Nabateans

Winging It: Our Last Minute Decision to Travel After Loss

We are just home from two weeks in Costa Rica and Panama. Unlike most our travel, this trip was 'unexpectedly spontaneous' - meaning, though planned and booked months ahead, the actual departure was unexpected. A tragic death made us reconsider whether to even travel after loss.. Read how this trip came together to ultimately bring … Continue reading Winging It: Our Last Minute Decision to Travel After Loss

Responsible Traveler at Home

People travel for many reasons - adventure, culture, education, wilderness. We do a bit of all these things, but focus our biggest trips on earth's treasures. This produces a conflict - we thrill to explore natural places and be in the presence of wild creatures, but the trips themselves cause damage to these same environments. … Continue reading Responsible Traveler at Home

12 Proven Tips for Stress-Free Travel

"Stress-Free Travel"? Is there such a thing? Perhaps, but only if you travel close to home on familiar paths. But what's the fun in that? If you're willing to leave your comfort zone, work a bit at travel safety, and invest in some anti-theft accessories, you'll be rewarded with peace of mind, great adventures and … Continue reading 12 Proven Tips for Stress-Free Travel