Archive for May, 2012

Time for Tea *Video*

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Sri Lanka, previously known as Ceylon, is one of the world’s largest tea exporters (along with Kenya and India). Tea production accounts for 15% of the country’s GDP and employs more than 1 million people. Tea was introduced to the …

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MESSAGE: Sri Lanka’s Coast

Monday, May 28th, 2012

Let’s get this straight — Sri Lanka isn’t India. The country and its people have a very distinct personality and culture that come from being a predominately Buddhist state, with its own language, food, and musical traditions.

Known as Ceylon …

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Turtle Release in Sri Lanka *Video*

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

Kosgoda, on Sri Lanka’s west coast, is the home of a turtle hatchery operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. Established in 1981, its goal is to protect Sri Lanka’s turtles from extinction. Marine turtles have been …

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Sensational Sigiriya *Video*

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Sigiriya, which means Lion’s Rock in Sinhalese (සීගිරිය), is an ancient rock fortress and palace in the Sri Lanka’s Ancient Cities.

Built in the 5th century by King Kashyapa, Sigiriya was later used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th …

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Tibetan Refugee Crisis

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Tibet’s refugee crisis was created when China annexed the sovereign nation of Tibet in 1950. Religious and cultural persecution of the indigenous Tibetan population followed Chinese occupation. As a result, tens of thousands of refugees have fled to the neighboring …

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Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Thanks to all of you writing in with suggestions on organizations to volunteer with and support!

I love learning about new approaches to solving some of our social issues and am always grateful for an introduction to local NGOs. So …

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MESSAGE: Nepal *Videos*

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

No two ways about it, Nepal’s Annapurna mountain range is spectacular, hosting 3 out of the 10 highest mountains in the world: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna 1 and Manasul. The area’s main city is Pokhara, Nepal’s third largest, with 350,000 inhabitants.

For …

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In the Blogosphere

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Earlier this month, I received a couple of shout outs from the Blogosphere. Here’s the inside scoop:

Erin’s Travel Style

Here’s an excerpt from my May 2, 2012 “Travel Style” interview with Johnny Jet (

  • How often do you fly

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My Night in a Pod

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

The good new is this was the first time I’ve ever paid for a hotel room by the hour. The bad news is that I slept in a pod.

I had never slept in a pod before, so I was …

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“Tea House” Trek *Videos*

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Which country sends the most people to trek Annapurna? South Korea! Rounding out the Top 10 are: USA, Japan, UK, France, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, China, and India. I was lucky to meet people from many of these countries on my …

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