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Things To Do In Koh Tao, Thailand Above The Water

THERE IS A TINY ISLAND PARADISE IN THE GULF OF THAILAND WHERE MOST OF THE INHABITANTS SPEND THEIR DAYS WITH THEIR HEADS UNDERWATER! For decades, Koh Tao has been analogous with world class diving at bargain prices. Travelers have been coming to this slice of scuba...

Culture Shock! And The Taiwanese Palate

Welcome to Culture Shock; The new series that named itself. Join us as we learn, grow and share all about new found social/cultural behaviours and expectations through our world exploration. These are our thoughts, observations and lessons on respecting and behaving...

Adios Guatemala, Hello Asia

Thanks Guatemala, We Will Miss You But It’s Time For Us To Move On! The most difficult part about leaving this beautiful country behind is that we are knowingly walking away from so many other extraordinary places we still have yet to discover. Guatemala has been our...

Fishing With Popcorn, Virginia, USA

Our couch-surfing host, Julio, led us to the water’s edge outside his home-town in Virginia, introducing us to the rather bizarre local attraction at Smith Mountain Lake. A number of years prior, thousands of carp began migrating to the Smith Mountain Dock and Lodge...

Capital Punishment: A School Room Lesson on Route 66

We pulled off the historic route 66 in the tiny Oklahoma town of El Reno, to explore an old school house that had been standing since the late 1800’s. Karina wandered about the building in awe of all the authentic antiques while I took video footage, documenting the...

Velación at Santa Inés, Guatemala

Our arrival in Antigua, Guatemala has been punctuated by fascinating, religious celebrations corresponding with the 40 days of Lent in the Catholic religion. On the second Friday of Lent, we joined thousand of people making the pilgrimage to a hilltop church outside...

Hotter Than Hell – Death Valley, California

Welcome to Death Valley, California; where life is Hotter Than Hell! We arrived in California’s Death Valley National Park just in time to watch the blazing sun fade away behind the mounds of rock and sand. We opted to sleep in the car rather than pay for...

Lost My Face

For nearly a decade, my dark tinted, thick framed Oakley’s have become a part of my face. I wore them everywhere I went, from down to the store to across the planet. Those sunglasses have dominated the foreground in nearly every photograph taken of me around the...

The Suriname Files – First Impact

What a difference a single river crossing makes. If you ever wonder why every country is worth a visit, no matter how small or unknown, then the stark contrast between the two tiny young South American nations of Guyana and Suriname would be an exemplary answer. The...

Time Travel

Our bank accounts had run completely dry and debt was now the vacuous black hole in our lives, from which there seemed no escape. We felt trapped, stagnant, confined to our daily routines and miserable that we were unable to afford a plane ticket anywhere. Without...

An Open Letter To Travel Girls And Those Who Want To Be One

Open Letter to travel girls and dreamers everywhere: This open letter goes out to the girls who ‘always wished they could’. It goes out to the crush worthy women who are well traveled, versed in marketing and social media, girls who have the potential to inspire...

Santigron – Maroon Villages of Suriname

I never intended on writing about this place. About Santigron or the Maroon people of Suriname. The big story, the token article for Suriname was supposed to be the much anticipated Carifesta XI taking place for 10 days in Paramaribo during August. I would have never...

Cost breakdown for travel through Guatemala

Guatemala offers so many possibilities for every type of traveler. As a worldly backpacker and efficient shoestring traveler $10 days in hostels, chicken buses, eating street food is a breeze, but in a country like Guatemala, $100/day means you travel like royalty....

An Extraordinary Journey to Guatemala & You Are Invited

This is your official invitation to join me on an extraordinary journey through landmark destinations in Guatemala.  Join us on this Extraordinary Journey around Guatemala! (Next trip will be 2017) I want to take fear, uncertainty and hard work out of going to a...

Casa Guatemala Fundraiser and Volunteer Mission

Casa Guatemala Fundraiser and Volunteer Mission In November of 2013 I launched a prodigious campaign to positively affect the lives of hundreds of children at a remote Guatemalan school and orphanage called Casa Guatemala. My mission was to raise funds for the...

Heroes for Guatemala

In November of 2013 I launched a prodigious campaign to positively affect the lives of hundreds of children at a remote Guatemalan school and orphanage called Casa Guatemala. My mission was to raise funds for the organization, utilize them to personally purchase...

Wild Encounters, Wildlife in California, USA

There’s this game that we play. It started on our very first road trip when we drove across Canada. 10,000km is a long way you see. *(We are at 20,000km across and back in the U.S!) So the way it goes is that every time you see an animal crossing sign you have to put...

Confessions Of A Newbie Traveler: April’s Story

~Intro By Karina Noriega~ For three months April and I have been desperately trying to balance the demands of our journey with our blogging ‘responsibilities’. While it is a labour of love, there is no doubt that creating our articles and films on the road is...

Paradise Unknown – Destin, Florida – A Film

Another extraordinary film by April Beresford for Wisdom Trails (formerly, KarinasExtraordinaryLife.com) A chance encounter brought us to one of the most unbelievable paradise locations we could have imagined. With a lot of help from our local couchsurfing host,...

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is the “largest, intact, un-fragmented, freshwater and black water wilderness swamp in North America.”1 Native Americans refer to this place as the “The Land of the Trembling Earth”. Once scheduled to be drained and...

The Blue Ridge Parkway – America’s Favourite Drive

Blue Ridge Parkway, voted ‘America’s Favourite Drive’, is a 469 mile track through the Appalachian Highlands connecting Shenandoah National Park (also known as the Skyline Drive) in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina. After a...

New York City for Free – Weekends & Anytime Edition

Part II of New York City for Free – The Weekend and Anytime Edition Before I delve into more free things to see and do, let us take a moment to acknowledge that not everything in New York can be free. That being said, if you are looking for a good place to spend your...

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