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January 23, 2020

Seeing the world beyond your front door is a privilege. At Purposeful Travel, we believe with that privilege comes a responsibility to visit far-flung destinations in a way that respects local cultures, wildlife, and natural surroundings.


Travel is, inherently, a carbo...

April 19, 2019

In August, 2003, I was in a gear shop trying on boots for an upcoming Mt Rainier climb. The young man helping me was remarkably kind, patient, respectful and friendly. Hearing my Australian accent, he shared that his girlfriend was studying in Brisbane and that he was...

October 1, 2018

Antarctica is so much more lively and colorful that you might imagine. And, good news...much warmer! Tourists travel to Antarctica in summer when temperatures hover around a balmy forty degrees Fahrenheit. 

The colors of Antarctica: reds, greens and oranges from yo...

September 7, 2018

Or maybe I should have said: Keep calm by going to Costa Rica. For a destination with so many adrenaline rousing activities, so many opportunities to zip through the air, jump off cliffs into waterfalls or ride the rapids, a trip to Costa Rica is strangely relaxing....

September 7, 2018

It's pretty hard to resist a hike with a name like that, agree?  Especially upon learning that the hike is in the Amalfi region of Italy. Not to mention that the Path of the Gods walk is just one of four stellar day hikes included on our one week trip in the company of...

August 31, 2018

In September, 2015, four women ranging in age from 27 to 67 successfully gained the summit of Kilimanjaro by the Rongai Route. I, neither the youngest nor the oldest, was one of them. Since then, many people - especially women - have asked me what it was really like, h...

August 26, 2018

In my (way too many to reveal) years of arranging African safaris, I have never had someone reply to my: “How was your trip?” query with an offhand, “Oh, yeah, um, it was um, good, thanks”.

Instead, responses vary from an instant invitation to view a 950 image photo alb...

August 10, 2018

Why travel is the best way to create and solidify friendships.

June 25, 2018

Why ‘girls trips’ should be covered by health insurance

Yesterday, I read an article about how important friendships and strong social connections (not social media connections!) are to our health. Apparently, even those of us who are introverts and need quiet time to r...

May 9, 2018

If one had to choose a single word to describe Japan, it would surely be contrast.   Japan is simultaneously ultra modern and uber traditional. A meal can consist of a quick cup of noodles from a vending machine, or 10 exquisite courses, each more elaborate than the on...

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