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Woman looking out over Maya Bay.

Conserving Maya Bay: An In-Depth Look at How Our Actions Shape Our Planet

The sand was like powdered sugar beneath my feet and the water was a gorgeous, crystal-clear turquoise. Limestone karsts shielded Maya Bay dramatically on both sides, creating a basin dotted with Thai long-boats and...

The Tides of Sampela, Indonesia

As travelers, we often venture far beyond our origin communities to learn about the world and ourselves. The traveler sees themselves as the protagonist of their journey. Last November, I had the privilege of visiting...

Inside Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, The World’s Highest Plantation

My eyes are keen on Abu's elastic moving hands as he effortlessly pours the liquid from the steel glass lifted above his head, and catches it in the vessel held in the other hand....
man in rowboat

In Elephant’s Footsteps at Nepal’s Chitwan Tiger Sanctuary

Into the Mist I walk side-by-side with Danny through the fields of shoulder-high grass, wisped with fog. “There they are!” Danny exclaims. Emerging through the mist, three elephants trod down the hill, their heavy hooves...
woman walking on great wall of china

48 Hours in Beijing: What to See and Do

When you work full time, you know the struggle of making every second of vacation time count. With a city as massive and diverse as Beijing, designing your itinerary can be a challenge. Between...
cyclist on dirt road through mountains

Lost and Found in Ninh Binh

The sun is going down, sluggish in the wet November air, when we descend the last of the 500 steps at Hang Mua Peak. Sweaty and slightly out of breath, we take our bicycles...
fruit and vegetable street market

Cooking to Connect in Hanoi

Crossing the streets in Hanoi is like entering the sea on a stormy day, a flow of motorcycles as an endless set of roaring waves. Once the swell breaks, you need to trust yourself...
sunset over rural road

Living a “Year of Quiet,” Before the Pandemic

The year of quiet.  That’s how I would refer to it, in everything that followed, those 10 months spent living and teaching in a deeply rural part of southern Japan. I knew when I left...
boys in orange buddhist robes riding scooter bike

The Sleeping Giant: Chinese Street Photography

“Erm, this is not what it looked like on Google!” The bright neon lights of Fenghuang’s nightlife had taken over, giving the famous Chinese karaoke bars the go ahead to turn up the music and...

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