Visiting an Elephant Sanctuary in Chiang Mai, Thailand

When visiting Chiang Mai, Thailand, you will be tempted to visit an elephant sanctuary. There are advertisements and fliers posted all over for them, and, elephants are awesome, so why not book a tour and meet some? In recent years, it seems as though more and more "elephant sanctuaries" are popping up looking to make some money off the tourists who want to interact with elephants for the day. Not all elephant sanctuaries are created equally. But it is important to do some research before selecting the right sanctuary. In this post I will explain how to choose a reputable elephant sanctuary, the costs, tour options, where they get their elephants from and our experience with the elephant sanctuary we choose in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

The Best Bank for Travelers

For years I traveled internationally with the bank account that I grew up with, just a standard national US bank. While traveling internationally I would get locked out of my account countless times and have to spend forever on hold trying to get access to my account again. The bank account had crazy high bank fees for trying to withdrawal money internationally and did not even reimburse me for the ATM fee. I was spending a ton of money to just have access to my money abroad. While I was planning my most recent, big international trip, I decided I had enough of trying to deal with the nonsense and switched to Charles Schwab. This is hands-down the best bank there is for travelers.

White Water Rafting in New Zealand

In New Zealand, there are endless outdoor activities to do. You can choose from expensive extreme sports like skydiving to free activities like hiking through their pristine forests and mountains. One of our favorite outdoor activities that we did on our camper van road trip through New Zealand was going white water rafting! This white …

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10 Must-Sees in New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. It is home to mountain ranges, fiords, beautiful lakes, and rivers all surrounded by the ocean! When we were planning our year-long trip around the world, I knew I wanted to spend at least a full month exploring the mountains and coast lines that New Zealand offers. Here is my list of 10 things that are unique to New Zealand and must not be missed!