Umdoni Wildlife Project – Volunteer for Wildlife

The Umdoni Wildlife Project is based in the beautiful South Coast area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The project is run in partnership with Wildlife Rangers, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving wildlife in Africa. We are working to save some of the wildlife reserves and last remaining natural coastal forest in the South Coast area. […]

How Volunteering Helped Me To See The Real Thailand

Thailand will always be one my favorite travel destinations, and I’m certainly not alone in thinking this. In fact, every year literally millions of people from all over the world choose Thailand as a place to spend their vacations. And it’s hard to blame them. The country has everything that any traveler could ever want. […]

What I’ve Learned From Reviewing Over a Dozen Backpacks

After a year and a half of one bag travel, I caught the backpack bug—big time. So much so that I started my own website, packhacker.com, where my team and I review backpacks and other gear with a focus on one bag urban travel. Since starting Pack Hacker, I’ve reviewed a handful of backpacks with […]

Crowns for the Kungsleden – Sonnets for Hiking in Sweden

These sonnets were composed on a three-week hiking and camping trip with my best friend along the Kungsleden in Swedish Lapland: a notoriously wet, but remarkably beautiful and desolate place.The Kungsleden is a 440km (270mi) hiking trail that starts from Abisko Station, a tourist town in the Arctic Circle with a dog sled lane at […]

Climbing Morrison Jeep Trail in Wyoming with Toyota Tacomas

Red Olive – Toyota Tacomas Climbing Morrison Jeep Trail in Wyoming w/ Optima Batteries In the late fall of 2016, Sean, Matt, Adam, Tyler, and I left Cody, Wyoming early in the morning. We were on our way to the Morrison Jeep Trail, a narrow, winding path that stretches from Wyoming river valleys to the […]

Hiking the Grand Canyon – A Humbling Experience

I had been to the Grand Canyon before. It was a family vacation and that meant little time exploring this vast crevice. As my wife and our kids looked across the reds, yellows, tans, and browns of the Grand Canyon, I told myself I wanted to come back and do more than look. I wanted […]

Secrets to a Successful Backpacking Trip

From seasoned travelers to first timers, the question of what to bring on a backpacking trip is always relevant. In the case that you just recently pick up backpacking, this issue has become extremely important. You must plan how to carry all the necessary stuff yet still remain generally mobile. Well if you feel overwhelmed […]

Penang – A Peek into the lost Peranakan Culture

Once upon a time a Malay married a Chinese and thus began the Peranakan lineage. Most people in the world have never heard of the term Peranakan but those who have, they instantly conjure up images of grandeur, elegance and a unique amalgamation of two cultures. Although there are other variants, the term normally refers […]

10 things I wish I knew before traveling India as a solo female

India. A destination so diverse and astounding it’s difficult to believe my entire 6 month journey was spent in a single country, which was by far best described by a fellow traveler as a place where ‘you can touch every emotion in a single day’. From swapping between serene seasons of beach life in Southern […]

9 Best Places to Travel Around the World

“Exploration is the essence of the human spirit.” There are lots of places to explore in the world. Your travel doesn’t have to be limited to where you live or what you read in a book; there are lots of exciting places to experience in the real world. Travelling is worth every penny you will […]