Why shark diving was an amazing experience that I don’t need to do again

It was cold, but I was still sweating a bit in my wetsuit, repeatedly asking myself "why". There was no point of coming to an answer, it was already too late to back out now... South Africa is an absolutely amazing country with incredible wildlife to see both on the land and in the ocean.

How To Travel in Thailand: What to Do and How to Avoid Getting Scammed

It will seem daunting; people driving the wrong way, motorbikes crowding the street, pink taxis (I mean why are there so many pink taxis?). When the chaos is accepted as beauty, Bangkok is stunning. There are many things that the average westerner needs to accept when going to Thailand (or any part of South East

Why It’s Time To Start Worrying About The Rhino

Recent news about the plight of the rhino has been swarming the media, but much of it inaccurate or incomplete. Rhino conservation is an issue that if isn't addressed will soon be a concern of the past. During my recent trip to South Africa, I was able to glean some information from our game reserve

My Travel Advice After Years Away From Home

When I left for a trip of indefinite length to Thailand a few years ago, I was confronted with a common question by more career-minded (and rational) folk than myself. “Why?” I personally have never really been very good at thinking ahead, which is exactly why wanted to leave to begin with. Going to college

A One Armed Monkey Stole My Egg

I absolutely love animals, but truth be told I have never liked monkeys. I understand that they can be charming and can even take photos, but I have yet to have found the Abu to my Aladdin. The little guys are agile, toothy and extremely unpredictable, and can change their opinions of you in a

How We Can Help Stop Elephant Poaching

Teddy Roosevelt with an Elephant that he shot and killed If you are anything like me you have Googled “how to save the rhinos”, “how to help save elephants” and “How can we stop elephant poaching?” as well as similar phrases many a long night. Ever since I can remember I have daydreamed about

Kruger Park: Searching for the Big Five in Africa

South Africa's Big Five South Africa is home to some of the most dangerous, spectacular, and endangered species on the planet. Among them are some of South Africa's biggest draws, the Big Five. The Big Five consist of the lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, rhino and elephant. During a time where South Africa was exploited for

Things I learned From Extensive Travel

When I left the United States just over five years ago, I thought to myself that this would be the traveling experience of a lifetime. Since I returned home, I reflected on what I had learned about the process of traveling as well as what I had learned about myself. Along with the adventures and

It’s Never Enough: A Common Lament among Travelers

Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man”. In my mind fewer quotes were as applicable to continual travel as that. Each time you travel, you return a changed person (if you return at all that is),