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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Meet Your Guides: Ajai Kumar Yadav

Meet Your Guides: Ajai Kumar Yadav
Namascar! More often than not the highlight of a trip to India are the guides. How well a guide gets along with you, a Wildland traveler, can make or break a trip. Wildland puts a lot of effort into finding the best guides for every area that we travel to. We focus on using local guides in each area, ensuring that these guides possess a seemingly unlimited wealth of knowledge about their area of expertise. The last time I went to India I compiled a list of questions so we could all get to know our Wildland guides a little better. Ajai is actually certified to guide all of Northern India but loves introducing travelers to his hometown of Varanasi best. It's obvious the depth of love and knowledge he has for this spiritual hub as you walk and talk your way through narrow alleyways or cruise down the ghats together....
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Traveler's Against Plastic in Action

Traveler's Against Plastic in Action
Wildland is a proud supporter and co-founder of Traveler's Against Plastic (TAP), a non-profit initiative encouraging travelers to bring a reusable water bottle when they travel. Millions of water bottles get discarded all around the world each year, and as travelers we have the responsibility to protect and conserve the amazing destinations we visit. Parker Mason, an intrepid Wildland traveler, just returned from abroad and relayed the following to us: "I really want to commend you guys on your support of the Travelers Against Plastic campaign. I'm only sorry it's not a better photo, because this scene was disturbing and all too common. It shows one of the things I will always remember and it's not very nice. We bought a Steri-Pen. It worked fine. After seeing scenes like this, we were much better about using it and certainly better about watching what happened to plastic water bottles. And I pledge...
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Focus on TCT: Jhai Coffee House, Laos

Focus on TCT: Jhai Coffee House, Laos
One thing I love about working in the adventure travel industry is the small world experiences that seem to happen across the globe. Jhai Coffee is one such example and we're proud to support this philanthropic coffee house in Southern Laos as one of our Traveler's Conservation Trust projects.  Tyson Adams, the founder of Jhai Coffee, grew up in Ephrata, WA. After graduating he worked in Laos at a non-profit where he fell in love with the country and saw an opportunity to create change at the Boliven Plateau in Southern Laos. He returned three years ago and started Jhai Coffee, the world's first philanthropic coffee roaster located at the source. In just three years Jhai has built 15 clean water wells in the surrounding villages, educated hundreds of children on proper hygeine, and brought Laos coffee to international market.  Coffee is the lifeblood of the Boliven Plateau. This region of Laos is...
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Everest Base Camp Hike Voted One of the World's Dream Trails

Everest Base Camp Hike Voted One of the World's Dream Trails
National Geographic just released their list of 20 Dream Trails from all over the globe. It came as no surprise to us here at Wildland that the Everest Base Camp trek made the cut but don't just take our word for it! Check out the excerpt from the NG article below: This year we asked 20 outdoor luminaries—from trail runners to CEOs to beloved authors—about the trails they dream about. Here are their picks for the world's best hikes. Ready for adventure? Hiker: Jim Whittaker, mountaineer In His Words I would recommend the trek to Everest Base Camp to anybody. The people are incredible, the scenery can't be beat, and you get to take a look at Everest or Chomolungma, meaning the "Goddess Mother of the World." It's spectacular just to see the highest point on planet Earth. In 1963, it was a 185-mile trip. These days you can start by flying into...
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Meet Your Guides: Arvind Khare

Meet Your Guides: Arvind Khare
Namascar! More often than not the highlight of  adventure trips to India  is the guides. We know how important good guide is to a trip and we put a lot of effort into finding the best guides for every area that we travel to. We focus on using local guides in each area, ensuring that these guides possess a seemingly unlimited wealth of knowledge about their area of expertise. The last time I traveled to India I compiled a list of questions so we could all get to know our Wildland guides a little better. Arvind is a local favorite at Khajuraho, a spectacular complex of Jain and Hindu temples located in Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one that shouldn't be missed on your trip to India - especially with a guide like Arvind who can masterfully weave tales and bring the complex to life.  WHERE...
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