Picture yourself in the lush Thai mountains, hidden away from the regular tourist route. Sound good? Then Pai, Thailand should be next on your list of must-see places.
Located just four hours by mini bus from Chiang Mai, Pai is a small hippie town that boasts beautiful views, winding roads, and an overall relaxed atmosphere. No one is in a hurry in Pai, particularly the backpackers who plan to stay two days and end up staying two weeks. It's just one of those addictive places that welcomes you in and makes it difficult to leave.
by Caroline Daly
They say an elephant never forgets. For some Thai elephants, this is more of a curse rather than a blessing. Thousands of tourists make their way to Chiang Mai, Thailand every year in search of one thing: elephants. These gentle giants are difficult to ignore in a city saturated with elephant statues, paintings, and advertisements for riding excursions. However, behind the glossy brochures of exuberant tourists being splashed by playful elephants, lies a far less brochure-worthy relationship between elephants and their keepers, known as mahouts.
Have you ever had a student make you an absurd amount of paper jewelry? Or how about an entire class of seven year olds knock you over with hugs? Well this is what you get when you volunteer with Maximo Nivel in Cusco.
Guest Blog Post by Caroline Daly
Calories don't count when they're for charity. This is what I tell myself every time I go to The Meeting Place because I can rarely resist a single thing on its comprehensive menu. In my nearly four months here in Cusco, I have yet to find a better brunch or more addictive milkshake. Aside from its fabulous food, what really sets The Meeting Place apart is it's whole-heartedly charitable business plan. This secluded food haven boasts giving 100% of it's proceeds to charity and is entirely run by volunteers. Having waited tables there myself, I can vouch for the unforgettable atmosphere created by like-minded people giving back to the community.