The elephant project

#Partern_TheTravelersBlueprint - After seeing elephants being abused in Thailand, Kristina was given the motivation to start The Elephant Project in order to help raise funds for elephants and create awareness for the well being of the species. Kristina now donates 100% of the net profit from her sales of stuffed elephant toys to organizations globally that rescue and care for injured, abused and orphaned elephants.Some of the organizations that Kristina contributes to are; the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand, Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya, elephants in Burma, and the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.

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Inked and abroad

#Partern_TheTravelersBlueprint - Alex got Leukemia a week before Christmas. As he explains in this episode, 

“Getting told you have cancer is hard. Going through the treatment might be even harder. Getting back to life once it’s all said and done, that might be the hardest thing of all. But travel has always made me feel free. Made me feel alive. And the stories it gave to me, well they weren’t always the type of things I’d tell my Mum. Then again, every corner of the world offered chances for me to heal. With every journey slowly putting me back together after my Leukemia diagnosis split my soul into a million pieces. There’s a lot of cool sh*t in the world. I once found a squirrel inside a garbage bin in Washington DC. That’s a bad example. But the point remains, I feel alive when I’m traveling. So that’s what I do. I’m a storyteller. A tattooed traveler and teller of tales. Whether I’m getting tattoos. Doing something I’m proud of. Or something I should confess. I’m no longer a cancer sufferer. And I’m more than a cancer survivor. I am…Inked and Abroad.” 

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Mindful traveling and voluntourism

#Partern_TheTravelersBlueprint - This week we talk with Travis Zane. Travis is a multimedia creative focused on creating insightful photo editorials, videos, essays, and travel guides. His content pairs lifestyle and travel photography with thoughtful words, encouraging audiences to embody mindfulness, exhibit compassion, and discover the simple and profound beauty life has to offer.

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The triple crown of hiking

#Partern_TheTravelersBlueprint - Jacob Gilliland recently completed The Triple Crown of hiking. This feat, which only about 450 people have ever done, consists of completing the Appalachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and the Pacific Crest Trail totaling close to 8,000 miles. Jacob has also spent time in Alaska to pursuing a career in guiding in which he still does today.Jacob currently work as an Outdoor Adventure Specialist at Appalachian Ski and Outdoors Inc. and guide people fishing in Alaska during the summer months. 

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A soldier's journey into war

#Partern_TheTravelersBlueprint - Mike Maggio signed his initial enlistment contract on August 8, 2007 and was quickly shipped off to basic training.  Enlisted as an Infantryman Military occupational speciality (MOS) 11B, Mike attended basic training at Fort Benning, GA and was later assigned to a striker brigade combat team.  He spent 30 days in Germany during Cooperative Spirit 2008, were he trained with  German, Australian, British, New Zealand, and Canadian NATO allies. Mike was deployed to Iraq 2009 through 2010 and Afghanistan 2011 through 2012. His time of serviced totaled 10 and half years, and we discuss the physical and psychological aspects of entering active war zones.   

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The wonderful world of Disney

#Partern_TheTravelersBlueprint - Brianna Driscoll is an experienced and avid Disney World trip planner who visits The Most Magical Place on Earth at least one time per year! When she visited Disney for the first time during her senior year of high school, she fell in love. Now with two kids, it’s an experience she craves to give them over and over again. With Disney being an expensive trip, she has begun to gather tips and tricks to try to save as much money as possible. Through her own research and experiences, she has come to know how to navigate the Disney parks to get the most out of her family's time!

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The great migration honeymoon in Kenya

#Partern_TheTravelersBlueprint - Michela Solinas and her husband spent their honeymoon somewhere rather unusual. Every year, the great migration occurs in Kenya, and Michela wanted to take advantage of the trip and explore the diverse wildlife of Kenya. In September 2018, Michela and her husband travelled witnessed a part of the Great Migration and then ended their journey at the islands of Seychelles.

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The Benefits of Public Transportation

#Partern_TheTravelersBlueprint - On today’s episode we sit down with Mike Fargnoli, who was awarded the Joseph J. Lalli Fellowship to study the public transit systems of Pacific Northwest cities like Seattle, WA and Portland, OR in hopes of applying his observations to improve the cities of South Florida. While on his solo trip, he spent two weeks exploring various urban environments via light rail, train, busses, bikes, and scooters. He is currently working on a book to present his research conclusions as well as a video that captures the entirety of the experience and is expecting it all to be presented early 2019.

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