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Ethical Treatment of Elephants in Asia and Why I Will Never Ride Them

When I was in Chiang Mai, I had the opportunity to visit Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating them in Thailand. But this sanctuary is the exception, not the rule. Most outfits allow tourists to ride elephants, many times up steep hills with seats on their backs. After I learned all that I learned in Thailand about the ethical treatment of elephants in Asia, it is safe to say I will never ride them.

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Luxe Dahra Spa Bangkok Review

Thailand is known for its massages, and in many instances you can find spas sprinkled throughout the city. But if you want an upscale spa still at a fraction of the cost of a similar service in America, then Dahra Spa is your spot. They treated me to a complimentary, lovely spa experience for my birthday in Bangkok. Here is my recount of the birthday treat and Dahra Spa Bangkok review.

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Foodie Tour in Thailand: Context Travel’s Bangkok Buzz Food Tour

Hungry in Bangkok? Then Context Travel‘s Bangkok Food Tour is right up your alley. I got a chance to experience this complimentary tour from one of my favorite travel partners Context Travel, on my recent trip to Thailand. I have done four tours now and this is *definitely* one of my favorite tours. Every foodie who visits Bangkok should take the Context Travel Bangkok Food Tour…here’s why.

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Bangkok Luxury: Royal Orchid Sheraton Bangkok Review

When looking for luxury accommodations in Bangkok, Thailand, the buck stops at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Bangkok. I was blessed enough to have the Royal Orchid sponsor my stay for the first stop on my birthday trip to Southeast Asia, and the Royal Orchid left such an impression, it will definitely be my first choice in accommodations when I return to Bangkok. Here is a glimpse with my Royal Orchid Sheraton Bangkok review.

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5 Things I Learned During My Trip to Thailand

I recently returned from my first trip to Southeast Asia. I had the fortune to visit Thailand (Bangkok and Chiang Mai), Singapore, and Bali (along with dinner in Osaka, Japan, on a seven-hour layover). I will admit that I didn’t do as much research for this trip, as it crept up on me, but it ended up being a truly remarkable trip. And I learned a lot while I was there. Here are five things I learned during my trip to Thailand, the first full leg of my Southeast Asia trip.

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Hotel Review: Magnolia Hotel St. Louis

Downtown St. Louis is home to numerous colleges, government buildings, the Mississippi riverfront, and, of course, the Gateway Arch. Outside of the riverfront and arch area, parts of downtown become like a ghost town, with streets empty and a sparse number of cars on the roads. But one of the most gorgeous and historical spots in the downtown area is the Magnolia Hotel St. Louis. I was fortunate to get to experience this historic landmark with a media discount on my recent visit to STL. Check out my Magnolia Hotel St. Louis review.

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How to Keep Your Seat on a Plane: The United Incident and What This Means for Passengers

To assess this situation with 20 years of airline industry knowledge, Rhyse Woodward, Resident Travel Industry Expert and airline retiree, to weigh in. Here are her insights:

A video went viral today of a doctor being forcibly dragged off his flight in an overbooking situation. The video is naturally causing outrage against the airline, staff, crew, and the law enforcement officer(s) involved. It has created a media crap storm for United. Someone may lose their job over this fiasco, but not for the reasons you may think. I’ll get to that later. In this post, I’m not going to delve into where the blame may or may not lie. Instead, I am going to provide a basic layman’s knowledge of what a contract of carriage is, some FAA laws applicable to this situation, and how they apply to us as passengers.

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