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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Sri Lanka: A Review and an Unveiling

Sri Lanka: A Review and an Unveiling
We recently had a couple come to us with a request to travel to Sri Lanka . Wildland has been working in India for many years, but until a year ago had yet to set our sights on the small, teardrop shaped nation to the south. After doing some research, we decided Sri Lanka was a perfect fit for Wildland.  Wildland has always made the environment a core focus of our trips and Sri Lanka not only lays claim to the world's first national park, but over 15% of its land area is protected wildlife area. We seek out ways to make authentic cultural connections and Sri Lanka is a friendly nation with people who are truly excited to show off what it has to offer to foreign visitors. The Vedda, the indigenous people of Sri Lanka who can draw a direct line of descent from the island's original neolithic community,...
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Harendra: A Guide Worth Celebrating

Harendra: A Guide Worth Celebrating
Wildland prides itself on making local connections and supporting the communities we visit. One of the best ways we can do this is through partnering with local guides who have grown up in these different areas and know what makes them truly special. As Amit, our India contact states, "India is a land of experiences. You may have come 10 times to India, but it is based on the person who shows you India that will make all the difference. This person should become your best friend by Day 2." That's why we were so happy to receive a review from Wildland alums Faye and Lee Younker who recently traveled with us to Southern India (round 2 after they traveled to Northern India with us in 2012!) They had a wonderful time traveling through the national parks, cities, and backwaters of southern India, but what really struck us was this comment: ...
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Inside the Kitchen of Mina

Inside the Kitchen of Mina
Meet Khun Mina, a charming hostess, cook, and grandmother, and friend to every visitor who arrives at her modest home on the small island of Koh Yao Noi in southern Thailand’s Phang Nga Bay. Her home, surrounded by rice paddies and roaming water buffalos, is also a wonderful Thai cooking school. Khun Mina loves to entice her customers with the secrets of her family recipes that unlock the smells and tastes of true southern Thai delicacies. This wise lady also imparts life lessons by sharing her passion for growing and preparing fresh, healthy, organic Thai food. Mina’s latest venture for growing her cooking school and her self-sufficient lifestyle is planting riceberry. She hired three workers to help her grow this new hybrid rice grain, a cross pollination of Hom Nin and Thai Hom Mali (jasmine rice). Riceberry was developed by Thailand’s Kasetsart University and is a great source of iron and...
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Navigating the Skies of SE Asia

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It seems rare to hear someone say they’re traveling solely to Vietnam...or only to Cambodia. More often than not, people are traveling to the ethereal region of Southeast Asia, combining several countries into one trip. In the past few years, the region has worked hard to increase the number and quality of flights, to expedite border crossings, and to reduce the hassle of getting multiple visas. Until recently, 2 weeks might have only been enough time to see Vietnam due to the hassle of traveling overland or the limitation of just one flight per week to Cambodia. Now, with improved overland routes and abundant air connections, we can offer 12 day itineraries that span Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia without breaking the bank. If you want your next trip to SE Asia to cover a lot of ground, be sure to take advantage of the frequent flights between major cities. The air...
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