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A Day with the Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary

A Day with the Kindred Spirit Elephant Sanctuary

Animal tourism is a huge issue in Southeast Asia. In developing countries where tourism is often one of the more lucrative ways to make a living, tour operations often overlook the wellbeing of these animals. This is the case with the elephant tourism industry in […]

Getting Sak Yant Tattoos with WSE Travels

Getting Sak Yant Tattoos with WSE Travels

I’ve been playing most of my itinerary fast and loose in recent days, but with each country I visit, I have at least one or two things I want to accomplish. In Thailand, those things were: 1) Visit an ethical elephant sanctuary and 2) Get […]

Gettin’ Hot and Wet in Chiang Mai: The Temple Edition

Gettin’ Hot and Wet in Chiang Mai: The Temple Edition

Welcome to wet season. June is a shoulder month, typically marking the end of hot season and the beginning of wet season in Thailand, and for us, it was both hot and wet. My friend, Allison, flew in for a whirlwind week from the U.S., […]

The Gili Islands

The Gili Islands

My adventure in the Gili Islands began at 6am with an Indonesian man peeking over my top bunk in Kuta. “Excuse me, miss. Miss, your van to Gili is here.” Somehow I had misunderstood the pickup time and rushed to pack all of my things, […]

Day Trip to Lombok

Day Trip to Lombok

I woke up to the Call to Prayer blasting through the walls of my bungalow. I’m not sure exactly where the mosque was located—in the middle of the island, perhaps—but Gili Air is not a large island, and we heard the entire service loud and […]

“Oops, I peaked too early” aka My Bali Experience

“Oops, I peaked too early” aka My Bali Experience

Bali is a lovely island. If you’re seeking a combination of relaxation, adventure, and culture, all wrapped up like bacon on fruit in an island paradise while maintaining the creature comforts of home, Bali has a lot to offer. But I’m a big weirdo and […]

How NOT to Get from Banyuwangi to Bali

How NOT to Get from Banyuwangi to Bali

You haven’t truly experienced Southeast Asia until you’re caught in the middle of some elaborate transportation scheme. After spending a lovely morning in Ijen with Leo, we figured the guy was genuinely nice and had our backs. So we asked him to help us find […]

An Adventure in Ijen

An Adventure in Ijen

Since the Israelis and I had the same itinerary planned, we decided to travel together from Cemoro Lawang to Mount Ijen to Bali. Our van driver from the previous day had cut a deal with us and the Germans to pick us up from our […]

The Sunrise View of Mount Bromo

The Sunrise View of Mount Bromo

After spending the evening hiking up to Mount Bromo’s crater for the sunset, our group of five jolly hikers got out of bed at 3am and set off to hike up Mount Penanjakan to get a view of Mount Bromo during the sunrise. Most people get […]

Getting to Mount Bromo Without a Tour

Getting to Mount Bromo Without a Tour

I caught the two hour train ride from Surabaya to Probolinggo, which was delightfully uneventful and braced myself for the craziness that would be catching a ride from Probolinggo to Cemoro Lawang, the closest village to Mount Bromo. You guys, the internet exaggerates. The process […]