Camp Leakey

For years I have wanted to visit Camp Leakey, a wilderness refuge for orphaned, abandoned, and rescued Orang Utans started by Dr. Birute Galdikas in the 1970s. Camp Leakey (after the primatologist Louis Leakey and should not be confused with “leaky boat”) is one of three refuges within Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan, Indonesia, on…

Canadian Women in the Sky

Canadian Women in the Sky: 100 years of flight. Anecdotes, histories, and first person interviews compiled by Elizabeth Gillan Muir Ph.D. chronicle Canadian aviation landmarks by women.  Gillan Muir begins with the first flights by females as aircraft passengers and their progress from stewardesses to bush pilots to airline pilots to astronauts. Thank you Elizabeth for sharing our story with…

Cultural awareness or…”How-To” Home-stay

“How-to” Home-Stay. You’ve finally arrived – perhaps after a full day’s travel – awakening into a different world and into a culture that appears very different than your own.   Nothing is familiar. You are a stranger in a strange land.   And then, you find yourself stepping over the threshold into another family’s life.  You’re…

The Slow Travel Movement

What is Slow Travel?  Just as the Slow Food Movement aims to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and advocates the avoidance of Fast Food Mega Chains, the Slow Travel Movement advocates a cultural shift from rushing to relaxing. Within the realm of Slow Travel, rushing doesn’t mean a shop-until-you-drop vacation and relaxing doesn’t mean soaking up some…

Go get lost!

Do you want to travel but fear of the unknown grips you? Do you hesitate because you might get robbed?   or mugged?   or raped?   or murdered?   or maybe only lost! Obviously I haven’t been murdered.  In fact, the only threats to my life have been from speeding transports on terrifying super-highways throughout North America.  But I…

Gear UP! and GO!

People often ask me what kind of gear they should take traveling. For those of us, like me who settled down – established a career, got married, had a child, and got divorced – all before I was 30,  the answer to this question might be different than for those of you just graduating university.  Two of my friends,…