I read this article and found myself nodding away with each reason, I may not have a ton of passport stamps, but I know where she is coming from. I completely related to #s 1,4,6,7,10,11,12… You get my point
I am a list maker, lately I have had an obsession with 40 things to do before I turn 40 list… I am working on this list and I hope to debut my list soon, but I have been obsessed with what other people have said on theirs… this list was a fascinating one and needless to say forced me to add a few things onto my bucket list 🙂
I read this when it came out earlier this year, but I stumbled across it when I was googling eco-travel in Ecuador. Also I am amazed to see Ethiopia on a must do list. Mostly because I remember seeing pictures of starving children when I was a child. While this country has a long way to go, it is nice to see Ethiopia on a list, plus African beaches are just beautiful…
In my office there are two reasons people come to me, they want advice on Disney or they want to know how to find last minute travel deals, we get a lot of PTO at my job and I am constantly amazed at how many people in my office have 25 or MORE days they have to use up in the last quarter of the year. Seriously my PTO is spoken for before the year even starts…
I am a huge budget traveler, I love finding cheaper travel options. I make very few dollars, so I need to stretch those dollars as far as I can. Most of these tips I knew, but I still think it is great to be refreshed… for example when I was looking to book my air to NYC… I checked all three airports. LGA was the cheapest, people often look just at JFK. Which is often the most expensive… just something to think about 🙂 Plus there is a reason why I say my favorite months to travel are Jan-March & Sept-Oct (also sorry I talk in airport code 🙂 )
I am a huge advocate for volunteering abroad, it is way to get a glimpse into a culture that you don’t always see on the tourist trail. I won’t debate the “paying to volunteer” argument, because truly I see both sides, and I will say make sure you know where EVERY dollar you spend is going before you enter that credit card number… but some trips require $$$ and that may not be money you have. I am really hoping to volunteer with sea turtles soon, so I am always looking for ways to raise money. This article had some fantastic ideas.
This article gave me a great idea about hosting a Sri Lanka Dinner party, to raise money for a trip abroad to Sri Lanka. I just have to talk that over with “M” first. Sri Lanka has been on the very short list for quite some time, along with China and Peru. I also long to volunteer with sea turtles in Sri Lanka.
As this is typically the boring part of my year, this is when I spend more time reading, netflixing and just being plain bored so I can save for the following year’s trips. I am hoping to share more traveling tips with you in the coming weeks. I will continue to share my favorite travel related articles with you, so if there is something you are interested in feel free to comment or email me!
After time in Guatemala I started to research animal welfare in Latin America. Wild dogs are all over the place in Antigua. They are harmless for the most part but it made me wonder if it is a common problem.
I feel in love with the site, the mission and the animals. So my next step was to look up reviews. I did not find a single bad review. I also have very high standards on locations to volunteer with.
I am a huge supporter of IVHQ. I was planning on going to Costa Rica next year, but I am going to have to take a small break. I looked up IVHQ’s Animal Programs and while I know they are fantastic, I am not quite ready to go back to Guatemala.
Plus if I go back to Guatemala I am going to the coffee farm.
Anyway, that experience was life altering, so I have been looking through places to volunteer for awhile now.
Last year I vowed to go back to Belize, and I decided that next year that is what I would do.
I emailed the Founder of the Sanctuary and received a very quick heart felt response.
We bonded over rescuing animals, I come from an animal loving family that rescued their pets. I Madi Collins all about Midnight, Sable and Goldberg.
She told me about her recent rescues. The sweet Lynn,
Let me just say I am in love with this sweet face. She is about 3 months old, and needs a home. So if you know of anyone that may be interested in a rescue from Belize, tell them.
She also just rescued a tiny tortie named Melody, she said that she was just left inside the yard about 4 weeks ago.
It is clear that Madi Collins has a heart of gold, she cares for 80 animals and her mother.
So if you are looking for a new family member or maybe somewhere to volunteer consider this place. I know I am.
So I think I have found my destination next year everyone. I have stepped foot in Belize and the moment I got of the boat I knew I would be back.
I have found a true purpose of when to go back. I am not sure when next year, I am currently thinking I will stay at the Sanctuary in April.
If you are interested in joining me I say go for it. Belize is a beautiful country and I really believe this will be an amazing adventure.