Along the Godavari: River Boat Cruising in India

A few years ago, I happened upon a Telugu movie titled Godavari set in my home state of Andhra Pradesh. The heroine Seetha, a vivacious independent business woman in her late twenties refuses an arranged marriage and sets out on a solo journey to visit Bhadrachalam on a Godavari river cruise. Bhadrachalam is a small town pilgrimage onContinue reading “Along the Godavari: River Boat Cruising in India”

Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary: Haven For Unwanted Animals

“Somewhere…somewhere in times own space, there must be some sweet pastured place, where creeks sing on and tall trees grow, somewhere where forgotten horses can go…” reads a sign at the entrance to the Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary. Author’s Note: I wrote this article a few years ago for Petside.com when Proud Spirit was locatedContinue reading “Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary: Haven For Unwanted Animals”

Aruban Sanctuary Provides Safe Haven for Donkeys

On an island known for its white sandy beaches and trade winds perfect for water sports, there is small area off the beaten path dedicated to rescued donkeys. Article previously published on NBC Petside.com These playful animals are not native to Aruba. The Spaniards brought them to the island 500 years ago from North Africa.Continue reading “Aruban Sanctuary Provides Safe Haven for Donkeys”

Want to help elephants? Read this inspirational interview with volunteer Diana Edelman at Save Elephant Foundation.

Article previously published on NBC Petside.com Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to quit your job and move abroad to rescue animals? Diana Edelman from Maryland did just that. A year ago, fed up with her PR job, 33-year-old Diana decided it was time to follow her dreams. She always knew she wantedContinue reading “Want to help elephants? Read this inspirational interview with volunteer Diana Edelman at Save Elephant Foundation.”

Five Ways Travel Writing Changed My Life

Aside from the obvious perk of traveling the world for work, travel writing has enriched my life in unexpected ways. A good travel writer doesn’t just write about what she sees and experiences wherever she goes. She makes things happen, she lives life to the fullest, seeks out adventures, and new ways to enjoy life.Continue reading “Five Ways Travel Writing Changed My Life”

Save the Rhino, but Kill the Cow?

The wildlife conservation world is abuzz after learning about the extinct status of the Western black rhino in Africa by the IUCN yesterday. Rhinos have been hunted to extinction for their horns, which supposedly possess medical properties according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. There is no scientific proof. Conservationists have been working tirelessly to protect theseContinue reading “Save the Rhino, but Kill the Cow?”

Appreciating Nature, Even in New York City

Last year this time, I was on my way to the exotic Galapagos Islands. During the week I spent on an Ecoventura cruise, I took daily excursions to different islands to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, iguanas, giant tortoises, and many more exotic species. I swam with sea lions and saw sea turtles, eagle rays, andContinue reading “Appreciating Nature, Even in New York City”

Nature is my Religion, Inspired by Hinduism

I am not a religious person, at least not in the conventional way. I am not an atheist either. I believe we simply don’t have the answers to the mysteries of our universe. But I worship nature and my love of all things natural was inspired by my birth religion—Hinduism. My favorite God is theContinue reading “Nature is my Religion, Inspired by Hinduism”

Ten Travel Fashion Tips

I am not much into fashion. When someone tells me about a hot new designer, my mind draws a blank. But one thing I do know—what to wear and how to look and feel my best on a trip, whether it’s an adventure getaway, a visit to an animal sanctuary or a luxury escape. I’veContinue reading “Ten Travel Fashion Tips”

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

I’ve decided to start doing a Favorite Quote post every Friday. Because, why not? I love quotes and have a habit of collecting them. I thought I’d share a quote every week that’s special to me, and how it has helped me. These past weeks, I’ve been struggling with the idea of traveling alone. I’veContinue reading ““Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.””