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Perspective

It is more and more difficult to keep an optimistic outlook and perspective in an increasingly desperate world. It’s easier to dwell on superficialities, get caught up in things that don’t matter, and lose sight of what’s important. Travel through less-developed regions helps remind us of our good fortune. But, the idea is to be able to count our blessings wherever we may be – and not sweat the small stuff.

Veganism and Vegetarians – Let Your Conscience Be Your Food Guide

Conscience Food Choices - The Case for Veganism “I tried to amend my carnivorous habits.” - Jimmy Buffett We are not vegans, but we have been eating a plant-based diet for nearly twenty years. Our reasons for this have been based on health and moral concerns. Study after study show that meat consumption leads to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and obesity, among other diseases. And, the horrible treatment of animals in the mass production of meat products is well documented. Thirty years ago, those who cared [...]

Free And Easy – The Fallacy Of The Free Market

Me, Now - The Absurdity of Advertising “Advertising is based on one thing - happiness. Happiness is the smell of a new car. It’s freedom from fear. It’s a billboard on the side of a road that screams with reassurance that whatever you’re doing is OK. You are OK.” - Don Draper (Mad Men) Unicorns, like free markets, don’t exist. In high-school, we learn about Adam Smith’s free-market economy - an “invisible hand” guiding the “reasonable man”. However, upon closer inspection it becomes evident that the “invisible hand” is nothing more [...]

By |September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Perspective|Tags: |0 Comments

The Road To Damascus – Palmyra To Bosra

The Road To Damascus Part Two - Travel In Southern Syria Before The War “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” - St. Augustine If the world were a book, it would be a history book. And travel, to a large extent, is a trip through the past – an experience we hope will help us understand the present, and imagine the future. So, in our continued effort to visit as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites (ie. history) as practical, we head to the [...]

By |July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Perspective, Syria|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Road To Damascus – Aleppo To Hama

The Road To Damascus Part One - Travel In Northern Syria Before The War “The natives showed us extraordinary kindness.” - Acts 28:2 The second intifada forces us to reconsider our plans. Access to the West Bank is restricted and most sites closed, so we promise to visit the land another time. Overland options along the eastern Mediterranean are limited, and we decide to take ferries from Turkey to Egypt via Greece. We ring in the New Year waiting for the boat to take us from Marmaris to Rhodes. Meanwhile, outside [...]

By |July 16th, 2018|Categories: Perspective, Syria|Tags: , |0 Comments

A Slow Boat Through Laos – Cruising The Nam Tha River

Drifting Down The Nam Tha River - A Slow Boat Through Laos “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” - A. A. Milne Peace and Baaah All travel is slow travel in Laos. For two days, we stare at the countryside out the back of a truck, waving to children as we drive through their villages and negotiating landslides. Finally, we arrive at Luanag Nam Tha. The Nam Tha River starts near this growing town in northern Laos, and continues until it reaches the Mekong. [...]

By |June 18th, 2018|Categories: Laos, Perspective|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Rethinking Plastic – Life In The Polymer Age

Plastic Pollution - Life In A Polymer World “I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth.” - Pete Townshend Plastic Pollution Plaguing the Planet We wouldn’t get far in our day without it. Although it has only been around for less than a hundred years, its ubiquity compels our dependency on it. The vast majority of products manufactured today include it in some form or another, if they aren’t made out of it entirely. It is lightweight, durable, versatile, convenient and cheap. Human civilization has moved from the Stone [...]

By |April 9th, 2018|Categories: Perspective|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Zen Of Blowing Bubbles – Yoga And Scuba Diving

Yoga And Scuba Diving - The Zen Of Blowing Bubbles “The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.” - Robert Wyland Underwater Meditation My heart is pounding, my body is shaking and my mind is racing. I’m terrified … but of what? Jumping into the ocean - something I had done countless times before. So, why am I so afraid this time? It is our first day scuba diving and due to a mix up at the dive shop scheduling PADI open water courses, [...]

Stewards and Ambassadors – 10 Rules For Respecting Local Culture

Stewards and Ambassadors - 10 Rules For Respecting Local Culture “When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.” -Clifton Fadiman Responsible Selfishness Most of us travel to make ourselves better or browner, and our time and effort is used to learn, see and experience as much as we can. We travel to exotic places to benefit from the culture and surroundings, but do the local culture and environment benefit from our presence? Although we may [...]

Environmental Travel – 5 Ways To Leave A Smaller Footprint

Environmental Travel - 5 Ways To Leave A Smaller Footprint “Give a hoot - don't pollute! Lend a hand - care for the land!"” - Woodsy Owl Environmental Travel Environmental degradation is a serious global problem that cannot be ignored, especially when we travel. Although basic environmental awareness and protection may seem like afterthoughts in a western economy, they are enlightened by developing-world standards. Below are some socially conscious travel tips to help lighten your environmental footprint wherever you may be. Despite the tent card, straws are [...]

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