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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Indian Samosas Recipe

Indian Samosas Recipe
Samosas are one of India's most iconic appetizers. Religion, food, temperature, language change drastically as you travel throughout India but samosas are perhaps the most ubiquitous street food in this diverse nation. What's not to love? These fluffy, flaky, handheld pockets hide mounds of spiced vegetables and are super addicting. Good luck eating just one! Dimple and her husband Terun run the Kanha Jungle Lodge . They’re wonderful friends of ours here at Wildland and while we love searching the dense jungle with Tehrun or talking birds with their son Jai another reason we cherish our visits to Kanha Jungle Lodge is for Dimple’s spectacular cooking. She’s an artist in the kitchen, tries to use as many fresh and seasonal ingredients as she can, and creates culinary delights you would never expect in the jungles of India. Dimple’s samosas are always a crowd favorite. They’re light and crispy on the outside...
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Climbing a Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka

Climbing a Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka
If you’ve been up Huayna Picchu and loved it you may want to start considering a trip to Sri Lanka as your next destination for its fantastic rock fortress – Sigirya. A UNESCO heritage site, this commanding palace was built in the 5th century. 1,200 stairs take you to the top with the final push to the summit guarded by the paws of a giant lion. The top offers sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, ruins to explore, and a birds eye view of the oldest gardens in Asia. After your early morning hike, you can enjoy some Sri Lankan delicacies prepared by a local family that will allow you to sit and imagine what life was like when this palace in the sky was at the height of its glory. Your friendly Asia expert, Kelsey  Got questions about travel to Sri Lanka ? Ask me ! PS: You might also...
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How I Fell in Love with Jungle Safaris in India

How I Fell in Love with Jungle Safaris in India
I had never been on a safari until 2 weeks ago. It’s not that I don’t love the outdoors, I spend as much time as I can outside and all my vacations revolve around sleeping under the stars. I love walking the trails, climbing to the highest peak in a range, or kayaking down a river. So, I never understood safaris and this idea of going to a national park and driving around in a jeep all day. It seemed counter intuitive to everything I love about wild, natural spaces. Then, I spent 2 weeks on jungle safari in India and my whole philosophy changed. I not only understand the drive (pun intended) to go on safari but think it’s a must-do on everyone’s list for the following reasons: Naturalists: Watching the naturalists work was perhaps my favorite part of the safaris. They drive a car on bumpy, winding dirt roads...
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Kurt Kutay
Africa isn't the only continent for safaris! I love going on safari in India's wildlife reserves and have been lucky enough to see... Read More
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Following the Leopard's Footsteps in Sri Lanka

Following the Leopard's Footsteps in Sri Lanka
Check out this video of a banner day on safari in Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka. Wilpattu is Sri Lanka's largest park and one of its oldest. Sri Lankan parks boast some of the highest densities of leopards in the world so your chances of seeing this majestic cat are pretty good! On the day featured in this video 3 leopards were spotted, including one trying to hunt a boar! Wilpattu, land of lakes, is one of 22 national parks in Sri Lanka and boasts an impressive variety of animals from elephants to sloth bears to leopards and water buffalo. It's best is to spend 2 days exploring this massive and varied park. The animals can be elusive in Wilpattu due to its size but when you do catch a sighting it's all the more rewarding as there are barely any other jeeps around!  Check out our Wild Sri Lanka itinerary...
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Meet & Greet with Kelsey, Wildland's Asia Program Director

Meet & Greet with Kelsey, Wildland's Asia Program Director
Hello! It’s nice to “meet” all of you! My name is Kelsey and I’m the new program director for Wildland’s trips to Asia . I’m coming into this position with what I like to consider both hard and soft skills. I have the travel experience and academic knowledge (Asian Studies minor in college) to be a specialist for many parts of this sprawling continent. My first of many trips to Asia took me through six different countries in 9 months and it was love at first sight (and taste). I’m always planning my next trip back to Asia and I like to say that we’re in a committed and successful long distance relationship.  I’m also coming in with a lot of enthusiasm, I love traveling and I love connecting with people who are excited about traveling. The people I have met through Wildland so far have been so wonderful and it’s great...
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