Archive for the ‘Ideas’ Category

Finding Common Ground

Finding Common Ground
As Jen has already admitted on in this blog, volunteering in Kenya has been her lifelong dream. When she suggested it to us at the outset of our round-the-world trip, Holly and I smiled, laughed, agreed…then secretly admitted our fear that we wouldn’t be able to hack the selfless service...
October 17th, 2006 | Kenya, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Volunteering & Giving Back | Read More

A Kenyan Wake-Up Call

A Kenyan Wake-Up Call
When I opened my eyes at daybreak this morning, a humongous, beady-eyed white monster was standing on my chest, staring back at me. “Ahhh!!!” I screamed, hurtling my covers across the room. “Bah-GAWK!!” shrieked the monster as it scurried away in a tornado of feathers. “Oh...
October 10th, 2006 | Kenya, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Staying There, Volunteering & Giving Back, Wildlife & Animals | Read More

A Flame Tree Dream Fulfilled

A Flame Tree Dream Fulfilled
When the girls and I first began to discuss the itinerary for our year around the world, there were certain locations that each of us just had to visit and specific goals we felt compelled to achieve. For Amanda, it was perfecting her Spanish in Peru; for Holly it was earning her Yoga teaching certificate...
October 3rd, 2006 | Kenya, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Travel Books & Movies, Volunteering & Giving Back | Read More

Cows, Caste and Curry

Cows, Caste and Curry
“There’s too much traffic in Delhi,” says our driver, Sunil, who we hired for a four-day tour of northern India-just before jerking the wheel to narrowly miss a cow wandering the crowded city streets. “Everything is too much in Delhi.” With over one billion people (and...
September 28th, 2006 | India, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Spiritual Travel, Tours & Attractions | Read More

Lost Girl of the Week: Mallika Khuansathavoranit

Lost Girl of the Week: Mallika Khuansathavoranit
Age: 25 Currently living in: Tarragona, Spain Mallika originally hails from Bangkok, Thailand but now lives in Spain. Her love of travel and adventure most likely burst forth during her childhood — during a six-year stay in the United States, she travelled extensively around North America with...
September 27th, 2006 | Lost Girl of the Week, Thailand, Tours & Attractions | Read More

The Great Elephant Debate

The Great Elephant Debate
When our tour guide, Sunil, told us riding an elephant was believed to be able to change my luck, I was all game. After all, For Me magazine, where my monthly column chronicling my on-the-road adventures was scheduled to appear, had closed after only two of the five stories I’d written getting...
September 24th, 2006 | India, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Tours & Attractions, Wildlife & Animals | Read More

Goooooaaaaalllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Goooooaaaaalllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
When spending time in Brazil, there are a few unofficial rules and must dos, such as: Make like a local and hit the beach in a skimpy bikini or speedo; initiate impromptu caipirinha happy hours any time during the day; find a reputable capoeira school and sign up for classes; and, last but not least,...
September 18th, 2006 | Brazil, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Sports & Games | Read More

Capoeira Fever

Capoeira Fever
Brazilians are fitness fanatics. Besides typical activities such as jogging and biking, you’ll find beach-goers playing soccer, volleyball or foot-volley (where you only touch the ball with your feet or your head). To break out of a workout rut, the ladies and I signed up for some capoeira classes...
September 18th, 2006 | Brazil, Fitness & Workouts, Lost Girls RTW Adventure | Read More

Gotta have that Favela Funk!

Gotta have that Favela Funk!
Shortly after arriving to Mellow Yellow, we were repeatedly asked the same question by our fellow hostel mates. Actually it was more like an assumed statement. “Of course you’re going to the Favela Funk party?” The favela whata? Wasn’t that some sort of bean? Oh, no wait, that’s...
September 18th, 2006 | Brazil, Lost Girls RTW Adventure, Parties, Festivals & Events | Read More

All Roads Lead to Mellow Yellow!

All Roads Lead to Mellow Yellow!
Most of the time on trips like ours, bad luck and bumps in the road are simply a matter of chance. But sometimes life will throw out so many signs pointing in one direction, and for better or worse, we’d be fools not to follow them. Such was the case recently in Brazil. Before touching down in...
September 14th, 2006 | Backpacking & Trekking, Brazil, Hostels, Hotels & Resorts, Lost Girls RTW Adventure | Read More