Blog Posts

March 16, 2015

Supporting Good Causes While Traveling

By Noemi Gamel While we were in Koh Lanta, Thailand we stayed at a family-run resort that was up the street from the Lanta Animal Welfare (LAW) shelter. One day, upon Kara’s insistence, we decided to stop by and check it out. I was apprehensive about what we would see there. I was worried we…

March 9, 2015

Accessing Thailand’s Most Beautiful Beaches

By Noemi Gamel The southern coast of Thailand is famous for its beautiful, white-stand, sapphire blue water beaches. The Andalman Sea has a feature that I find most enticing: it is warm! Unfortunately, many other tourists have discovered that Thai beaches are the place to be, and you will often find yourself sharing the white…

March 2, 2015

Training Restaurants in South East Asia

By Noemi Gamel When we were in Hanoi, there was one restaurant I made sure we patronized: KOTO. One of the reasons I wanted to eat there were the desserts, because while Asia has amazing food, they are a bit lacking in the sweet department. The main reason, however, was that KOTO is one of…

February 23, 2015

The Traditional Arts in Vietnam

In addition to experiencing a culture through food, language, history, and architecture, learning about its traditional arts also gives travelers a glimpse into every day life. A visit to Vietnam is filled with opportunities to witness the local people’s artistry in a respectful and dignified way. While in Hanoi, we did a Vespa tour which…

February 17, 2015

Halong Bay

 By Noemi Gamel We have not had great experiences when it comes to boats on our RTW. Between awful sea sickness on the Drake passage on the way to Antarctica, cold winds in Milford Sound, and larger than expected waves on the ferry between Tahiti and Moorea, I was a bit skeptical about doing a…