Posts tagged eco travel
how to spend the perfect day in Lake Bled, Slovenia: how to get there + 5 fun things to do

Lake Bled is quickly garnering attention from travelers thanks to its pristine lake water and dense forest greenery. Topped off with a castle on a hill and famous cream cake, and you have the making’s of what quickly became one of my favourite destinations I’ve visited in Europe ever— which says a lot coming from a girl who literally grew up traveling the continent.

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how to survive Songkran: eco-friendly ways to celebrate, what to pack, + how to prepare for the Thai festival

The annual Songkran Festival is one of Thailand’s most famous holidays. As the marking of the Buddhist New Year, Songkran is rooted in religious traditions, but has transformed into a massive water party that extends through a three-day period. But…

…I WAS UNDERWHELMED BY THE INFORMATION ONLINE FOR the eco-aware.

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kayaking the Nam Ha River in Laos: why you cannot miss this northern adventure

If you’re into travel adventures that combine local knowledge, community-based tourism initiatives, and physical activity, and rugged nature— kayaking the Nam Ha River in northern Laos is the next destination you should put on your itinerary.

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the ultimate safari guide to Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka: how to book, what to pack, + the cheapest way to get there

Udawalawe National Park is the third most visited national park in Sri Lanka, offering safaris for tourists looking to catch a glimpse of exotic wildlife in its natural habitat. Most people feel overwhelmed by the safari options available from the seemingly hundreds of travel agencies and tour companies that exist. That’s why I made this guide. In this post, you’ll find all the details to a Sri Lankan safari at Udawalawe National Park, which I hope helps you get all the answers you’ve been searching for so that you can plan the experience of a lifetime!

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trekking in Laos: everything you need to know before hiking the Nam Ha Biodiversity Conservation Area in Luang Namtha, Laos

Luang Namtha Province in northwest Laos is filled with natural landscapes and cultural diversity, making it an ideal place for ecotourism. Especially since it is home to the Nam Ha Biodiversity Conservation Area and various outdoor tourism initiatives.

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Tad Thong Waterfalls in Luang Prabang: the abandoned waterfalls you don’t want to miss

Tad Thong Waterfalls is likely a place you’ve never heard of, and don’t feel bad about that! Most people come to Luang Prabang with a short bucket list that includes the stunning {albeit crowded} Kuang Si Waterfalls. Laos has no shortage of waterfalls to explore and visitors shouldn’t limit themselves to only the most visually appealing and well-known. Those looking for a crowd-less cascade of water off-the-beaten-path should head to Tad Thong Waterfalls for a jungle trek and fresh water to cool-off in. It’s also a great place to play “Jane looking for Tarzan” in.

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Kuala Lumpur Forest Eco Park: where to catch free aerial views of KL in nature

I love exploring new cities. That being said, what I miss most when I’m hitting the pavement of a cosmopolitan locale is nature. Ya girl like her greenery! So, when I found out via Travel Dream Seekers Instagram account that there was a park where you could get aerial views of Kuala Lumpur with a dose of Mother Nature, I was more than a little eager to visit!

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the case for slow travel: 7 perks of traveling slower + longer

Since many people are planning their travels for the new year, and because I have a lot of slower, elongated travels booked for 2019 myself, I thought I’d explain my reasoning for my travel-style preference. This post is for all of us, myself included, to remember that slow travel is full of benefits!

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Nahm Dong Park: the secret oasis you never knew about in Luang Prabang, Laos

An eco-tourism haven, Nahm Dong Park is an oasis you’ve probably never even heard about right outside the city limits of Luang Prabang. Don’t worry, I knew nothing about it either! Until one day, paint fumes of a newly renovated office space dizzying my head and fingers hurting from whipping out writing work, it was suggested that I hop on the back of a motorbike and head to Nahm Dong.

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the ultimate guide to New Zealand's Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of those quintessential New Zealand treks all travelers hear about and backpackers flock to. Despite its popularity and reputation for stunning views, and the years I’ve cumulatively spent in New Zealand, I hadn’t ever made my way to hike it. Until my recent return!

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hiking Mount Maunganui: when to go, what to pack, + what to expect

Mount Maunganui is a hike I’ve heard people talk about for ages. While I was living in Auckland particularly, people would always recommend I make the trip to Tauranga to do the walk and peep the view from the top. I simply never made the trip or had the time. It wasn’t that far up my priority list. Luckily for me, a day of good weather and no work brought together a few of my favourite humans for a trip to the Mount to mark it off all our lists!

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everything to know about Perdana Botanical Gardens in Kuala Lumpur

Gardens tend to be popular attractions in big cities— Auckland, Sydney, and New York City all have their respective botanic gardens, London has Kew and Sky Garden, and let’s not over look the Cloud Forest in Singapore. Kuala Lumpur, like other great cities, has gardens for its visitors and residents to enjoy— the Perdana Botanical Gardens.

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learning about Laos through art: handicraft workshops with Backstreet Academy

Laos is ethnically diverse and has a rich cultural heritage that truly stands out. So much can be learned about a culture through the art its people create. The 49 ethnic groups that make up Laos all have varying ways of weaving, sculpting, and cooking. I felt extremely lucky that I got to learn about Lao culture through handicraft workshops— the work it takes, the precision and the craft.

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from farm to table: a tour of Living Land Farm with Backstreet Academy

Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Maybe you make the effort to buy organic fruits and pesticide-free vegetables? But what about your rice? Do you know where it comes from? I didn’t. More than that, I didn’t know how much work it was to grow it, harvest it, and get it on my plate.

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close encounters: an intimate non-riding experience with the Mandalao Elephant Conservation Project

I pull another leech off my leg as Lan, my guide, sprays it with a lemongrass and water mixture he carried in a fanny pack. “You just donated blood to nature,” he says, laughing. I’m unbothered by the little leech. I’m walking in the jungle of Laos on a day when the heat isn’t insufferable…next to elephants. And all thanks to the conservation efforts of Mandalao.

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hotel highlight: My Dream Boutique Resort in Luang Prabang, Laos

I was surprised for my birthday with my inaugural night back in Laos spent at My Dream Boutique Resort. The little jungle getaway lies away from the tourist side of town and right on the river, making it feel like a hidden oasis. The driver that picked us up from the airport asked if it was our first time in Luang Prabang and we both kind of laughed to one another. No, it definitely was not. Upon learning that Luke formerly worked at the free Children's hospital and that it was my birthday, the man insisted that our accommodation be upgraded. And that's what lead to me having a Mowgli-style birthday.

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what to know before a trip to the Ming Tombs

China has really been showing off lately. Full autumn foliage and sunny afternoons have lent themselves to adventures with my gang of fierce female friends. The four of us {Vanessa, Katie, Amy, and I} decided to take full advantage of the beautiful weather by visiting the Ming Tombs in Zhongshan Mountain National Park. 

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