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The Soul of Sri Lanka — Sigiriya Rock

The Sigiriya Rock from a distance

In the very center of Sri Lanka stands one of the country’s most iconic historical sites, Sigiriya Rock (Sinhalese for “Lion Rock”) — a massive column of rock that doubles as an ancient palace and historical site. From afar, it looks like a simple rock mount jutting out from a sea of greenery; but dig [...]

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Photo Essay: Flying Over the Coastline of Sri Lanka

The turquoise waters off Koggala

The lush jungles beneath our feet sparkled in different shades of green, while the lapping water off the coast slowly merged from bright spearmint to dark navy blue color. All along the coast, the powdery sand and rocky outcrops made a sharp contrast against the turquoise waters. So raw, rugged yet inviting. On my recent trip to Sri Lanka, I had the opportunity to catch [...]

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New Year, New Life

As some of you may already know, we’ve got some exciting news to share! At the beginning of December 2014, I came home to Granada after traveling intensively for several months only to find out that I was pregnant! Not just a little pregnant, but 6-months pregnant! Don’t ask me how I missed that — I have NO [...]

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Announcing our Giveaway Winners (and a Big Thank You for Your Support)!

Happy 2015! Hope your new year is off to a good start already! We rang in the New Year with the best news ever: we’ve reached our fundraising goal for the Rickshaw Run and you guys have helped us raise over $4,000 for charity!!! A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us whether in [...]

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2014: My Year in Pictures

A Huli wigman with face painting

Now that 2015 is almost here, it’s that time of the year again for to look back and reflect. 2014 has indeed been a fulfilling and meaningful year — I reprioritized my travels and made it my number one mission to tick off items on my bucket list. Places like Brazil, Papua New Guinea and [...]

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Do Some Good and Give Back this Christmas!

Christmas greeting 2014

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS! It’s that time of the year again! Are you spending this Christmas on the road or at home? We’ve celebrated Christmas in many parts of the world, from New York to London, Singapore to Oslo; but over the years, we’ve learned that no matter how fun traveling is, we’d rather spend Christmas at [...]

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From the Sierra to the Sea: Granada at a Glance

Ski pistes of Sierra Nevada

What do you look for when choosing a place to live? We seek for diversity, nature and culture all in one place. That’s why we chose to live in Granada, Spain. We’re convinced it’s the best place in the world to call home (at least for us) after having lived in many parts of the world — this province in southern Spain [...]

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Planning Our Trip to India Using Amadeus

India

Planning for our Rickshaw Run in India proved to be way more challenging than expected. It wasn’t exactly the same as planning a normal trip. We had no set itinerary, no set route, we just knew where and when it ends and starts. Traveling from the southern to the northern tip of India also means we would [...]

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Planeterra — Harnessing the Power of Travel to Change the World

When we first signed up for the Rickshaw Run and were given a choice on which charity to work with, we knew that we wanted to work with the Planeterra Foundation. Having worked with G Adventures for four years now, we’ve long known about the company’s non-profit foundation and wanted to partner up with them [...]

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Highlights of Sri Lanka – From Ancient Cities to Wild Jungles

Elephant gathering in Kaudulla

Lush jungles, rural villages and wild beaches — Sri Lanka is the Garden of Eden down south, quietly tucked away in secrecy away from the well-trodden tourist path. It’s just a leap away from the chaos and madness of India, and yet it seems like a world away. In place of the maddening crowd and traffic [...]

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Save the Earth, One Tree at a Time

Ashaninka Girls Peru

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been screaming through the roof about our upcoming adventure: The Rickshaw Run. YES! We are driving an auto rickshaw with a whopping seven horsepower across one of the world’s biggest country!!! There is no set route, no back-up, no support and no way of knowing if we’re going to [...]

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Win a Free Trip to India!

India trip giveaway

Since launching our Rickshaw Run fundraising campaign two weeks ago, we’ve received so much kind support from you guys. Here’s a big THANK YOU! But our fundraising goal is $4,000 and we’re still a long way to go from our target — we need your help! India is home to a third of the world’s poorest community, with [...]

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Traveling the Silk Road — A Quick Guide

PicMonkey Collage

The Silk Road is the greatest travel route of all time, spanning 8,000km across continents, weaving through deserts, mountains and grasslands and bringing traders from East to West and vice versa. The original overland odyssey has long lured travelers, from the likes of the world’s first professional traveler, Marco Polo, to modern-day Silk Road author, [...]

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Overland Travel in Central Asia: Tips and Review

Driving through the mountains of western Iran

Traveling Central Asia is the stuff of dreams, evoking images of golden sand dunes, vast steppes, yurts, and exotic ancient architecture. For centuries, this region has been closely tied to the Silk Road and has acted as a crossroad for the exchange of goods, people and knowledge between Europe and Asia. The first travelers came [...]

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Updates from Sri Lanka — A Week of Learning and Discovering

Sigiriya Rock from Wikipedia

Ayubowan from Sri Lanka! I’m currently writing to you from Colombo, the country’s biggest city. It’s exciting to be in this part of the world, with the tropical humid air greeting me upon landing and a subtle hint of chaos buzzing from the streets. I’ve only been here for a day, but Colombo has already surprised me [...]

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