Volunteering at Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Call me crazy, but this past February I used a week of my vacation time to travel half way around the world . . . to work! Granted I was on the beautiful tropical island of Phuket in southern Thailand, but still, I was not lounging on the beach and partying into the wee hours as many do at this popular tourist destination. (Ok, I did get half a day at Nai Yang Beach, plus an amazing Thai massage!) Instead, I was volunteering at Phuket’s first ethical sanctuary for elephants, Phuket Elephant Sanctuary (PES). Continue reading


The Beauty of Traveling Solo

There was a guy a while back who achieved minor Internet fame when he posted forlorn photos of himself traveling alone on a trip to Puerto Rico. Whether snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, enjoying a cocktail, or seeing the sights, he was pouting in every picture because his wife was not able to join him.

Now, I’m sure it sucks to plan (or in this guy’s case, win) a trip with a loved one and then find out that person can’t join you, but his plight also got me thinking about traveling solo, and how wonderful and liberating that experience can be.

Don’t get me wrong, I love travelling with my husband and kids, and we go on plenty of vacations together. But I’ve also had the opportunity to do some travelling by myself, including a bucket list worthy trip to Thailand to volunteer at an elephant sanctuary. While I missed my family during the week I was there, talked to them almost daily, and couldn’t wait to see them upon my return, I relished every minute of my solo adventure and would gladly embark on another one.

Here are some reasons to give solo traveling a try: Continue reading