Top 7 African Safari Destinations

If you've read any post on Chronicles of a Travel Addict, you've probably gotten the point that I absolutely love animals. Animal rights have always been a central focus of my travels. So the idea of getting to see wild animals in their own habitat, knowing that they are not exploited just for my enjoyment, is … Continue reading Top 7 African Safari Destinations

Happy World Rhino Day!

Happy World Rhino Day! I wrote the piece below at the very beginning of the year, when over 100 travel bloggers, sponsors, and Travelers Building Change gathered to help Rhinos Without Borders to raise $45,000- an effort coined #JustOneRhino. While this campaign has ended, I am ecstatic to share that Rhinos Without Borders was successful in … Continue reading Happy World Rhino Day!

Is Portland, Oregon Really a Vegan Haven?

Driving down Stark Street earlier today, my stomach empty and my mind full of memories, I reached back into the part of my brain that holds the enchanted thoughts that led me to move to Portland. Oh, the vegan paradise! Oh, the unabashed weirdness! Oh, the affordable prices and the tax-free shopping! Oh, the public … Continue reading Is Portland, Oregon Really a Vegan Haven?

33 Goals, Desires, and Aspirations for My 33rd Year

Do I over-analyze age? Is it, really, just a number? In my opinion, it is not. Through the decades of our lives, we go through a variety of different stages. If we are living as we should be, we experience many things that throw us up to the highest altitudes and the lowest depths (hopefully … Continue reading 33 Goals, Desires, and Aspirations for My 33rd Year

Who, Me? The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Inspiration is one of those intangible things that make this chaotic, and sometimes mundane, life a bit more magical. Whether it comes from art, music, deep conversation, nature, or exposure to something new, inspiration cracks our minds open, revealing fresh possibilities and realms unknown. This inexplicably beautiful experience brings creativity, motivation, and ingenuity to human … Continue reading Who, Me? The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

The Liebster Award Revisited

Just when you least expect it, someone notices all the hard work you pour into your site. I was both surprised and honored to recently be nominated for the Liebster Award by I HEART EARTH. I am a huge fan of this website, not to mention the author's beliefs and intentions behind her travel. This only … Continue reading The Liebster Award Revisited

Avoiding Wildlife Exploitation While Travelling

Animal rights have always been very important to me. I support causes like PETA, WWF, The Jane Goodall Institute, and even "adopted" an orangutan for a couple of years via The Orangutan Foundation International. At the age of 11, I became a vegetarian, and a little over two months ago, a vegan. I know I … Continue reading Avoiding Wildlife Exploitation While Travelling

Japanese Macaques

  Located about six hours northwest of Tokyo, nestled in Yamanouchi, Nagano, the Jigokudani Monkey Park is a semi-wild primate sanctuary. The Japanese Macaques are very calm creatures that roam freely around the park, playing with each other, grooming each other, munching on bananas, and indulging in the natural hot water spring in the center of … Continue reading Japanese Macaques