Category Archive: Charitable Deeds

These posts are about the volunteer experiences we cover during the trip.

Dec 24

Last Minute Christmas Present Ideas – Gifts That Give

It’s nice to go shopping and buy presents for friends and family, have them open them and go “wow!” and all the rest, but that’s hard when you’re overseas at Christmas and away from loved ones and need to do your Christmas shopping online. These days there’s an abundance of opportunities for online shopping. But …

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Dec 08

Be Part of Passports with Purpose, Build Libraries in Zambia

As you may have noticed from the time between recent posts, we’ve been away on magazine assignments – on a train for six days in Australia without internet or mobile phone except when we passed through towns, and on remote islands where there was no or little internet or mobile phone coverage. We’re back in …

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Jul 17

Share Your Shirt and Make Someone Smile

We never get too worried when it comes to packing for trips. We don’t use packing lists and we generally leave our packing until the night before. Our view is that if we forget something or don’t take enough clothes, we can always buy something when we get there. If we take too much, we …

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Jun 05

Making Merit En Masse: Giving Alms to 12,600 Monks in Bangkok

Shades of saffron, mustard and tangerine stretched as far as our eyes could see – the robes of some 12,600 Buddhist monks from southern Thailand who travelled by bus to Bangkok to attend the mass alms giving to commemorate Visakha Bucha Day*. The sun may still have been low in the sky when we got …

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Dec 15

Living like Locals: Taking Care of the Cats of Istanbul

How to live like a local in Istanbul tip #1: Take care of your neighbourhood cats We should have added ‘cat food’ to the Istanbul shopping list. Because if you’re planning on settling into the city for a while, the first thing you need to do is to adopt a neighbourhood cat or four and …

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