Kelsey had high aspirations of someday working in the corner office of a skyscraper, wearing high heels, and clacking noisily on a keyboard. Then, she moved to the northwest from Boston, truly discovered the outdoors and started traveling. There was no turning back after that. Now her days are filled with playing outside and planning her next...

Kelsey had high aspirations of someday working in the corner office of a skyscraper, wearing high heels, and clacking noisily on a keyboard. Then, she moved to the northwest from Boston, truly discovered the outdoors and started traveling. There was no turning back after that. Now her days are filled with playing outside and planning her next skiing or international adventure. She’s traveled extensively in Asia and South America and spent time in Europe as well as Central America. She’s still got 163 countries to go (and 33 seemed like so many…) so it looks like there won’t be any time for skyscrapers in her future. After majoring in International Business and minoring in Asian Studies Kelsey is excited to combine her passion for travel and academic knowledge to plan some truly inspirational trips created in the wild style for those as excited about Asia as she is. 

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Trekking in Nepal: The Wildland Difference

Trekking in Nepal: The Wildland Difference
Why Trek With Wildland adventures in Bhutan and Nepal in Nov 2016? We’ve pulled a really talented and varied team together. You’ll be traveling with Wildland’s Asia program director Kelsey Wenger, American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) guide Andy Davis, and you’ll be fully escorted by a team of sherpas and Nepali guides who have been working in the Everest region for over 2 decades. Your guides will have satellite phones, carry gamow bags, and are trained in emergency evacuation and understand high altitude trekking. We provide SteriPens to clean water, to save on fuel and to protect you. All meals are provided on the trek.  Staff Care : We take staff care seriously. The company we work with is a second generation, family-owned Nepali outfitter. Jwalant, our head guide, received his MBA from the University of Washington – Seattle and knows how to manage and exceed western standards of expectation. Staff...
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Why Travel to Nepal in 2016

Why Travel to Nepal in 2016
Traveling to Nepal  can be a once in a lifetime adventure. It offers the world’s highest mountain and the deepest valley. Smiling locals welcome you as you trek timeless trails to snow capped mountain giants. Monks circumambulate stupas that have withstood the test of time, and now, earthquakes. Come with us to visit Nepal and support her as she attempts to stand proudly on her feet once again after a devastating earthquake in April 2015. It’s all still there and the places, the people, and the experiences are waiting for you to visit a destination which has been rattled but not broken. Why Travel to Nepal Now? 1. Less crowds. We believe this is an extraordinary time for travelers to visit Nepal, a time for especially meaningful travel due to the extra hospitality and gratitude, and the recovery’s unique energy, stories and inspiration. The crowds have yet to return to the...
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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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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...
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An Interview With Radheesh, Founder of Leopard Trails Tented Camp

An Interview With Radheesh, Founder of Leopard Trails Tented Camp
Mr. Radheesh Sellamuttu, Managing Director of Leopard Trails. Radheesh recognized from a young age the phenomenal wildlife biodiversity of his country Sri Lanka. Inspired by the golden era of British explorers of early 19th century wild Ceylon, Radheesh left his business career to start designing adventure trips in Sri Lanka . His company, Leopard Trails tented safaris, allows a modern wildlife experience in “spectacular solitude and soothing comfort.”  What do we need to know about Radheesh Sellamuttu? I went to boarding school in Australia and completed my schooling in Sri Lanka. Academic excellence was important to me growing up. I have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Imperial College London. My post-graduate qualifications and professional experience are in finance. I am passionate about wildlife, trading stocks, cooking Sri Lankan food, and spending money on experiences! How did you start Leopard Trails? Being immersed in the nocturnal noises...
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