Do you know how rare it is to be on an all women panel for an event that isn’t exclusively made for women?! Well, if you’ve been paying any attention to the world, you should. That’s why last night’s panel on sustainable tourism with the women of @operationgroundswell @planeterracares @parkbus + @impacttravelalliance was so refreshing! Really cool to sit alongside these firecrackers who didn’t hold back or sugarcoat the problems plaguing this industry...but also provided some practical and positive ways forward.
Amritsar, or Ambarsar as it is known locally, is the spiritual capital of the Sikh religion and home to the Golden Temple. On our India: Gender & Religion program, we eat here and sleep in the attached ashram, eating langar (the community temple meal provided for any and all pilgrims ), and volunteering our hands to chop garlic, wash dishes, and participate in this well-oiled community space. #operationgroundswell #backpacktivism 📷: @wayfaringsister
A place that never sleeps, literally. The energy here in Thailand is something that I have never experienced before, and will never forget. One of the best moments was playing soccer on Phi Phi with the local kids, and when @lelandschmidt_ gave one of them his glidecam to hold 🤙🏻 CANT WAIT TO BE BACK HERE
Phetchaburri Thailand is a place where not many tourists make it to, we had to travel there by train and during that ride we were getting so many looks as to why we were going to Phetchaburri! Lol, but everyone was so nice to us! It was one of the biggest culture shocks I have experienced to this day and I will forever remember that train ride with @lelandschmidt_ @bclarkdesign and @raeleesworld FOR NOW, here is a look at Phetchaburri!
Chiang Mai Thailand, you are something else! From the moment I arrived I could feel the magic this place had to offer. We started our journey checking out the temple "Wat Suan Dorg" this temple was built in 1370 CE by a king named Kue Na! After checking out the temple we hit the streets to find dinner, nothing will ever compare to the night markets here in Chiang Mai.
You hear me talk about @operationgroundswell all the time (yup, still my day job ) but sometimes I feel like my words just don't do it justice. That's why we’ve created a video series to show you all of the different elements of what it really means to go backpacking with a purpose! Catch the first video in my bio . Treks in mountainous regions, bike rides through the savannah, meetings with local advocacy groups, homestays, and delicious local dishes - we’re really just scratching the surface. #backpacktivism I’m so proud of these videos! Despite being such short clips, these took many iterations of script writing, going through hundreds of footage from 5+ years of trips abroad, and hours of tweaking. Can’t wait to share more with you in the next few weeks!
If you have ever been to Durango Colorado then you'd know about the awesome old fashioned train that still functions to this day! Who here has been to Durango Colorado?! 🐈🏔 Short film of Simon "Backpacking Kitty" shot on the @toyotausa Million Dollar Highway cruise! @jj_yosh @backpackingkitty Audio engineering by @empatheyesstudio
#Repost @qut_ampr ( @get_repost ) ・・・ Meet Ashley, a #QUT #marketing alum whose degree directed her down a very different path than she expected. Ashley is using her QUT Graduate Prize to join a group of socially conscious backpacktivists to learn about ethical and sustainable fashion. Link in bio ⬆️ -------- #weareAMPR #QUT #QUTAbroad #realworld #backpacktivism #marketing #ethicalfashion #ethicalclothing #volunteerism #voluntourism #travel #global
Meet Ashley, a #QUT #marketing alum whose degree directed her down a very different path than she expected. Ashley is using her QUT Graduate Prize to join a group of socially conscious backpacktivists to learn about ethical and sustainable fashion. Link in bio ⬆️ -------- #weareAMPR #QUT #QUTAbroad #realworld #backpacktivism #marketing #ethicalfashion #ethicalclothing #volunteerism #voluntourism #travel #global
Sewa: to provide service to the community. Giving up time, talents, and energy to help others. Service action to Waheguru (God ), to the Khalsa (Sikh community ), and all of humanity. • A golden opportunity for learning and discovery. The constant generosity of this community is overwhelming and humbling. • #ogindiastrikesagain #exploremore #travel #learn #grow #Amritsar #goldentemple #backpacktivism #grrr #CONTENT
When world's come together. My dear friend and soul sister @apringle is currently in Dhaka prepping for Bangladesh: Fashion in Flux program. Here she is with Mama and Papa Seraj @misssglobetrotter and @nmdwarrior I am beaming with smiles ❤️We met in gradschool in 2011 and the journey continues. #fashioninflux #bangladesh #sustainablefashion #ethicalfashion #backpacktivism
Amongst the chaos of all the US Dollar bills jammed together, there was a single Thai Baht, the 20 baht bill is worth about .60c in US, but it would go so much farther in the land of smiles!
Time to say goodbye to this beautiful island. I always miss this place when I leave but adventures are calling my name. Heading north to work for a while. I'll be in the middle of no where and I'm excited for the new places I get to explore. Not so stoked about the 2 day bus ride to get there. It's going to be a long trip #optoutside #backpacktivism #vancouverisland to #muncholake #nature #gooutside #livefolk #forest #fall #colours #liveoutdoors #explore
Another train ride? . . . . . . . . . . . #india_undiscovered #backpacktivism #travel #travelblogger #travelphotography #travelgram #travelbug #travelgirl #travelogue #railroad #railtracks #railbridge #canon #canon60d #northeastindia #assam #instatravel #nofilter #photooftheday #natgeotravel #natgeo
When a tree sprouts up from the ground it starts as a single root or branch, this one here is now hundreds of years old and has thousands of branches, big and small. So just like when we are born, we start with very little aspirations, opportunities, connections.. But as we grow we have the choice to start utilizing our new and growing branches or not.. What are you gonna do? I'm choosing to flourish
Rupee bangs. If you'd like to contribute to my community contributions in India, you've got til next Friday babes! We'll be working with Tibetan refugees, Sikhs, the LGBT community and rural communities, experiencing their troubles and aiming to aid in some way. DM me if you'd like to deposit into my account! Tysm xx 🇮🇳 🏳️🌈 #backpacktivism #equality #genderandreligion #india
Perfectly still water on the coast of Honolulu, crazy how such a massive hustling and bustling city is located in the middle of the ocean on a small island! While all the photos of this place may look like paradise, you can see very clearly when downtown that it's not all palm trees and sunshine. This place has its share of homelessness, destruction, and bad people. Something the average tourist won't notice staying within the resort
Longing for mountains beyond mountains 🏔☁
Something about adventuring by boat, or in this case a ferry. Had an awesome time traveling over to the Phi Phi islands.. Hopefully I'll find myself on this body of water again
My 'let-me-break-down-the-voluntourism-industry-for-you' face. Got to speak about @operationgroundswell and our responsible approach to international volunteering for World Tourism Day! Big thanks to @travelplusgood @tsg_to + @buygoodfeelgood for giving us the chance to share our work across borders!
Last night I considered the start of my upcoming adventures around Colorado & Hawaii! Tomorrow we start the #milliondollarhighway cruise with a bunch of awesome peeps from all around!! Keep an eye out for some rad Colorado content within the next few days 🙌🏻📸 About to go full send
You cross a few bridges while entering or leaving the #spitivalley but this one in particular really caught my attention. #takemeback #india #himalayas #himichalpradesh #kaza #bridge #travel #mountain #peaceful #longride #rough #beautiful #journey #adventure #old #dirty #goodmemories #explore #operationgroundswell #backpacktivism #FREETIBET #wanderlust
Rana Plaza changed my view on the world. Despite growing up there, I was willfully blind to the immense impact of fashion manufacturing on Bangladesh, its environment, its politics, and its people - a significant majority of the 60 million people around the world employed directly in fashion supply chains are women aged 18-24. The collapse of Rana plaza exposed the true cost this industry re: @truecostmovie I spent most of 2016 building a program that would explore the intersections of fashion, both its dark underbelly but also the compelling characters, the very women who are working to transform this industry. I wanted to create a immersive experience that would take fashion entrepreneurs from around the world to an off-the-beaten place like Bangladesh to really understand its complexities. I partnered with @operationgroundswell who have been instrumental in making this dream a reality. We piloted the first run in Jan, which against many odds, was a huge success. The experience of leading a group of incredible women and exploring with them both Bangladesh, and perhaps unexpectedly my own identity, stands as one of the most powerful experiences of my life. We're running it again this November at full scale. I could not be happier that this time the program is being led by my dearest friend, the very person who opened my eyes to the world of sustainable fashion, the incredibly compassionate and driven entrepreneur @apringle of the @good6ix I know this program is bound to enjoy so much more success and grow our global community. Onwards and upwards soul sistah! The November program is full but we are inviting applications for December 2017. If you or anyone is interested in any way or would like to learn more, please get in touch. #sustainablefashion #backpacktivism #torontothegood #inland #ecofashion #ethicalfashion http://operationgroundswell.com/program/bangladesh-fashion-flux/
Decided to make the trek to the top of Guanella pass w/ @ehmilli at the darkest hour🙄 absolutely love the night sky in its clearest form
On the drive home through Steamboat, following my friends during an amazing sunset, they immediately pulled over at this spot and @hallemadeleine darted over to shoot a photos of this river! I pulled next to them and looked around for other things I could shoot.. Found this dude and we made it happen🤘🏻moral of the story: if you see something dope, PULL OVER!!
I was stoked to discover a new place where I will be going back frequently I'm sure, that's Guanella Pass, just outside of Georgetown. This place is perfect for a quick campsite, lots of nice views, and dark night skies🙌🏻
We have officially reached hoodies in the morning and night season and I'm pretty happy about it 😏 soaking up these last days of nice weather before winter just comes out of nowhere!! Who is copping the epic pass this winter?
I hope that one day we all reach a mutual understanding to respect all walks of life. Shot of one of the beautiful elephants from Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, a place that takes in elephants who have been neglected. So good to see how well the sanctuary treats them @elephantjunglesanctuary
Super excited about today, going to go scope out some more fall colors around St. Mary's glacier and see what I can find! Happy Monday ☀️
The monkeys in Phetchaburi were not shy creatures. We made it to the gates of Khao Luang cave and were greeted by dozens of these guys trying to say hello! This one here is just lounging curiously watching my lens 🙉
This weekend was all about the #arches ! Most people associate Arches Natural Bridges with the west coast, but there are tons to see on the east coast well. TONS in #tennessee and Kentucky alone. First we visited the #twinarches in #bigsouthforkriverandrecreationalarea This is a great little trail with a lot of great trail connections about an hour and a half northwest of Knoxville. #explore #neverstopexploring #wanderlust #travel #traveling #travelingram #travelingcouples #naturalbridges #photography #nps #nationalparksusa #nationalparks #bigsouthfork #arch #naturalarch #visittennessee #exporetennessee #oneida #backpacktivism #lonelyplanet #lpfanphoto #mylpguide
In Khmer culture, Elephants are considered to have 5 souls, significant as they also regard humans to carry 5 souls. In my opinion, if we have five, they have ten. If you have the incredible opportunity to interact with these creatures, be a gentle observer- not an in-your-face interacter. Let Elephants Be Elephants.
Fishing boats in San Juan 🎣
Our trip starts in Delhi! Just in a few hours... #trip #india #ontheroad #travel #love #adventure #awesomeearth #explore #asian #island #islandlife #getoutside #outdoor #enjoy #traveling #hiking #backpack #backpacktivism #lifefolk #puravida #wildculture #couple #couplegoals #backpacker #photooftheday #instagood #travelphotography #alwaystogether
The Maryland heat has me wishing I was back in the mountains struggling to breathe. Great memories with great people. A new chapter has begun. A new direction, same path. Keep your feet moving. #goatpath - - - New post: http://the-goatpath.com/the-goat-path-blog/the-path-continues
Today I look back on some of my favorite places over the past few years. Before only solo, but now I've been able to enjoy new places with my favorite person. I'm glad @kyzandrha has been able to join me on this ride called life. These pictures mean the world to me and they truly show me that the best things in life aren't things. #worldtravelpics #worldtravel #travel #travelersnotebook #photography #seetheworld #naturalwonders #neverstopexploring #explore #wanderlust #vagabond #gypsysoul #cambodia #jordan #iceland #scotland #egypt #guatemala #Thailand #petra #australia #usa #nationalparks #hike #ihike #travelphotography #livelife
Sealed fate belongs only to those who refuse to grow.