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As a Tour Leader, the number one question I get from travelers is “Is it really true I can’t wear shorts or a tank top while visiting a temple in a hot and humid climate?” Yep! It’s very true. Not only must you cover your
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I’d barely returned from my third Get Out There Tours Guided Trip – Serenity In Siam III – when the news hit about a strange new kind of SARS. Already in the end of January, a friend and I half-heartedly donned masks for a flight
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March 20, 2020

How To Let Elephants Be Elephants

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Type “best ethical elephant sanctuary in Thailand” into a search engine and it’s quite likely you will get a list of just the opposite. This is quite unfortunate because travelers are using the internet and social media more and more in their pre-trip research and
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August 24, 2019

What It’s Like To Swim With Humpback Whales

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 Notes from my EPIC ADVENTURE with the Tonga Tribe Laura Stegeman“ONCE A YEAR GO SOMEPLACE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE.”This quote, attributed to His Holiness The Dalai Lama, has long been one of my personal mantras, especially since I started traveling more in groups after starting
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February 6, 2019

Staying Charged in the Land of Smiles

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With more than twenty arrival stamps from Bangkok International Airport decorating three separate passports, my experience is extensive in the area of what gadgets are needed on a trip to Thailand –and which ones are a waste of precious weight allowances. Since every traveler brings

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