Spotlight on Sustainable Safaris: Gamewatchers Safaris

Recently, I’ve turned my attention to the captivating land of East Africa — specifically Kenya — where it’s been an interesting and informative process learning about all the details that go into a sustainable safari. The last piece in this series In Search of a Responsible Safari highlighted a few outstanding options for safaris in Kenya….


In Search of a Responsible Safari: Kenya

Ever since I was a little girl the idea of roaming the plains of Africa enticed me. Back then Africa was a giant piece of the globe I had no in depth understanding of and all the countries melded together into this large and elusive land where lion cubs roamed elephant graveyards and ran from…


Celebrate Earth Day by Following these Responsible Tourism Bloggers

What better way to celebrate our beautiful planet than by getting inspiration for ethical travel. This awesome group of people are taking a stand in the way they do business, and are here today to share their thoughts on what responsible tourism means for our earth. Make sure you check out their sites and follow them on…

Morocco Expert Tours Review

Discovering Ourika Valley, Galloping Goats, and Forging Friendships

After returning from our harrowing dessert trip with a different company (review coming soon, promise) I very nearly cancelled this trip since we were so traumatized… but in just a few minutes on our tour with Youssef of Morocco Expert Tours it was apparent this job is his passion. He’s put in the work to know…

Fleewinter School in Ait Bougemez

A School From Scratch in Morocco’s Mountains

We walk up the rocky goat’s path past the stone hearth that’s baked thousands of loaves of bread for the village, and come to the humble home of education in the valley of Ait Bouguemez. Using funds from Fleewinter’s bookings all over the world the manager of Rebali Riads, Mohamed El Mansouri headed the project…

villa maroc essaouira

Villa Maroc: The Lookout of Essaouira

After being stuffed in a closet-size room at our last hotel we were so thrilled when we arrived to Villa Maroc and they took us to the iconic lookout tower which stands watching over the city. We wound up the several flights of tricky spiral stairs and I felt like Rapunzel when I looked out…

Riad Baladin Essaouira

Back in Essaouira Basking on Riad Baladin’s Rooftop

We’ve been dropped off at the intersection of the beach and the medina and turn our backs to the shining sun. Though this wasn’t my first trip to Essaouira, it’s been my favorite. Maddy and I have been hopping around Riads every two nights and today we left Le Jardin de Douars to head back inside the…

Le Jardin Des Douars

A Photojourney of Le Jardin Des Douars

The driver goes painstakingly slow up the long driveway to Le Jardin Des Douars. He’s got a nice car and clearly doesn’t want to get it dirty, in fact at this rate it feels like we’d arrive faster by going on foot. This is part of the charm of our next visit, it’s tucked in…

staircase at Riad Zahra Essaouira

Trying New Things: Riad Zahra and Vegan Shoes

We made the mistake of walking to Riad Zahra from Madada Mogador  at 12 noon with our backpacks in the afternoon sun beating down on us. Why we constantly try to cut a few corners (especially when a taxi in Essaouira is only 70 cents) I’ll never know. Perhaps — at least for me — it’s…

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