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We Love the Thai Culture! Family Review From Thailand

We Love the Thai Culture! Family Review From Thailand
The Shaedel Family came to us hoping to find a custom trip to Thailand for 2 birthdays, Christmas, and New Years - big shoes to fill! Luckily, Thailand is the place to go if you need a destination to satisfy everyone - especially 3 young ones aged 8, 6, and 6! Here's what the Schaedel Family said when asked why they decided to travel with Wildland: "Initially, our interest was drawn by your creative itinerary and reputation in respected publications like NG traveler. What made me book through you was the thoughtful, responsive and creative effort put forth by Kelsey. She is a gem and made the trip special. I have never before used a travel agent outside of the 'high street' variety and never thought I would but the experience we had was incredible." The Schaedel's started their trip in the south with some relaxation time at Koh Yao Noi. From...
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Ecological Wisdom From Sri Lanka's Vedda Population

Ecological Wisdom From Sri Lanka's Vedda Population
In 3rd century BCE, King Devanampiya Tissa, one of the earliest rulers of Sri Lanka, founded what is widely considered to be the world’s first wildlife refuge. Since then, this small nation has focused on continuing what King Tissa started, boasting 501 protected natural areas amounting to nearly 27% of the small island's land area. The Wanniya-laeto (Vedda) people are the original inhabitants of the island and their knowledge of these natural spaces is nothing short of astounding.  The Wanniya-laeto people are Sri Lanka’s indigenous inhabitants with a history dating back to descendants of the island’s Neolithic community in 14,000 BC, or possibly earlier. With a name meaning forest dwellers, the Wanniya-laeto, were historically nomadic hunter-gatherers of the dry monsoon forest (wanni) and claim to have preserved their cultural memory since pre-historic times. These indigenous people are often referred to as Veddas (meaning hunters) because of their wild, disheveled appearance has...
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How to be a Romantic Traveler

How to be a Romantic Traveler
I am a hopeless romantic. After all, I have the whole, wild beautiful world as my stage to share my love with Anne. Together through our own 30-year traveling romance we've danced around the world sharing our adventures as newlyweds on honeymoon in Costa Rica, leading family adventures raising our son, and now as empty-nesters and grandparents. I have some sage advice on love and adventure, whether you're looking to propose, keeping your love alive as parents traveling together with the kids, or if you are empty nesters looking for renewed romance. Here are my top 9 romantic travel tips (with a special bonus at the end) for romancing on your next adventure. 1. Be out in nature together. On our honeymoon in Costa Rica I took Anne to a special place where I could kiss her under a waterfall cascading out of the rainforest onto a pristine tropical beach. Unforgettable....
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10 Places to Step Off the Beaten Path in SE Asia

10 Places to Step Off the Beaten Path in SE Asia
We love finding wild corners of the world. We also know that traveling to a new country often means you want to see the iconic sites - more often than not they're must-see destinations for a reason! So, here's a list of places that you can include in your next adventure to Southeast Asia that are just a hop, skip, and a jump off the main path. You can have the best of both worlds - visit the iconic sites and then take a detour to see parts of the world others have yet to discover.  1. Hsipaw, Myanmar: Myanmar is just opening up to the world and visitors have been busy stamping out a well-trod tourist path. Hsipaw, located in the northeast of Myanmar, lies close enough to Mandalay to be accessible but just far enough away to deter any but the intrepid traveler. This delightful city combines intriguing history (it was once a...
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Torres del Paine was so spectacular we decided to get engaged!

Torres del Paine was so spectacular we decided to get engaged!
With Valentine's day just around the corner- let this couple inspire you for your next romantic adventure! This active couple did a custom Patagonia Adventure this past November and ended up getting engaged in Torres del Paine! Read on to hear more about their special experience, favorite memories and advice for future travelers. “We decided to travel with Wildland Adventures based on the good online reviews and multiple itinerary options. The flexibility to customize the itinerary was a huge selling point. We also liked the private/semi-private feel of each activity. No huge groups or tour buses. Gretchen Traut was excellent and assisted us with every detail of our trip. Ultimately, we felt very prepared about all details of our multi-destination trip. We enjoyed our time in Torres del Paine and El Calafate the most and the meals were great. Torres del Paine was so spectacular that we decided to get engaged...
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