Remote Lands, Responsible Travel

Middle Ground: Responsible Wilderness Tourism in Nepal’s Tiger Tops

August 19, 2019

Aware that change does not come overnight, having grown up in Nepal, Kristjan Edwards slowly shifted the focus of the Tiger Tops Elephant program. But now what differentiates Tiger Tops from other hotels in Nepal is that at Tiger Tops “elephants are allowed to be elephants,” and the guests get to be a part of this, to live among them in camp and walk beside them into the jungle and to gather their food. The elephants were never the product, Kristjan says, they were the vehicle.

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Bootsnall, Ireland

A Portrait of Ireland

June 12, 2019

This April I had the pleasure of returning to West County Kerry, the rural towns my mother’s family came from. An unforgiving but stunningly beautiful land of rock and sea, mountains and mist; the people are warm and open, the sheep are plentiful. It was lambing season, and every field was dotted with babies under bush-like tufts of grass or eager teens bouncing around on springlike legs.

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Julianne GauronComment
New Zealand Herald, Travel

NZ Herald
Julianne Gauron has the lowdown on the old and new highlights of historic Bean Town.

Boston is one of the oldest cities in America, rich in colonial and maritime history, with architecture spanning many centuries. Less widely known are the modernisation, growth, and food scene that have emerged in the past decade. In the summer, the city reverberates with festivals, live music, free outdoor activities, farmers' markets and endless ways to enjoy local culture. There has never been a better time to visit.

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Bootsnall, One Stop Indie Travel Guide

Paris vs Malawi – Confronting Traveler’s Privilege

March 10, 2019

I am transfixed by the vignettes of life unfolding on the parched dirt road in front of our simple brick home.

The reed fencing around the house frames a patch of Malawian road. Life is never hurried or particularly orderly here, but so compelling and textured in the harsh African sunlight. Groups of children proudly drag or roll toys made out of packing crates or discarded bicycle tires, shouting and waving when they see me, leaning back to stay in the frame as long as possible, even popping back around the fence to yell “mzungu” at me, as if I didn’t know. Men ride by, dozens of scraggly live chickens lashed to the handlebars and even occasionally a goat to the back rack.

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The Wylder Journal

Liberation of Being the Most Disgusting Version of Yourself

When I arrived in Livingstone, Zambia to join African Spokes, organizer and veteran of the 70-day bike trip, Jen Gurecki, gleefully warned that I should be prepared to become “the most disgusting version of myself.” 

Each morning started like every other day in camp; shuffling into cycling clothes in the dark, breaking down heavy canvas tents by headlamp, and packing up while stuffing in calories and water to be ready for first light. When the sun started over the horizon we were off, covering 90km on a short day and up to 214km one special day, aiming to cover as much ground in the early post dawn desert to avoid the intense heat to come. 

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Misadventures Magazine

The Value of Making Audacious Adventure Commitments

Documentary photography and writing

When I was a grad student, one of the most life changing pieces of advice I received was to book a vacation for after our thesis defense. If I passed, I could celebrate on vacation.  And if I didn’t, I still was going on a vacation. As a student in industrial design, essentially problem solving, I took it a step further and committed to a surf camp in Costa Rica. Money deposited, I had to train in the school’s flimsy gym which which turned out to be a lifesaver that year for mental and emotional health. There is nothing like a good sweat clear the brain for new creative ideas (proven science) and bring life’s problems from world ending to manageable.

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The Glossary, Interview with Katrina Jazayeri of Juliet

Interview with Katrina Jazayeri of Juliet

Photography and interview

Every detail of Juliet, from the extraordinary, seasonal menu, to the warm but professional service, the European homey décor, to the fairly novel equity based business model are all the intentional creation of Proprietor Katrina Jazayeri and her partner, Chef Joshua Lewin. The two opened their first restaurant together in February 2016 after individual accolades and years in the industry.  And culinary commentators have taken note, including Bon Appetit’ “America’s Best New Restaurants” in 2016, “Best of Boston 2017” by the Boston Magazine and “Winner, Boston’s Best” by the Improper 2017.

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Julianne GauronComment
Misadventures Magazine, For Outside x Gear

Gear Gift: Tanner Goods SLR Camera Strap

Gear Review

I always aim to carry my camera, but more often than not I don’t because it’s too bulky. But, the subtle ergonomic cut of the Tanner Goods SLR Camera Strap means I’m comfortable hefting that weight around. The design, coupled with the security of the strap, makes it well worth the cost—particularly if you carry a pricy camera.

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Misadventures Magazine Film Review

Banff Mountain Film Festival In Review 2016

Film Review

This action-packed film, showing some of the brightest stars of our adrenaline-chasing age, overlaid with a beautiful narrative, results in a somewhat jarring juxtaposition that still manages to express powerful wisdoms about the peace and freedom we all seek as we escape into ourselves and our sport. It’s like watching someone cliff-jumping while hearing Buddhist teachings — but if you’re an outdoor sports enthusiast, you know that this is just what the followers of this path seek. This balance between panic and enlightenment where one might just find release.

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Misadventures Gear Guide

Woolrich x Topo Klettersack in Geronimo Jacquard

Gear Review

There is something so comforting about a wool blanket, in any form, and when you take that essence of comfort and love, and put it into a Topo backpack with all the functionality that entails, you want to take it everywhere, well, like a kid with that security blanket.  But the Klettersack pack comes with a bit more functionality than carrying around your favorite blanket.

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Misadventures Gear Review

PF Flyer Hi Press Boot

March 11, 2016

Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase, “April showers, May flowers,” or something like that? Well, April’s come early and we need some waterproof shoes, stat.

The PF Flyer Hi Press boot is chic enough footwear for city days but its heavy-duty rubber can handle serious wet and muck, too. The styling of this update comes from the 1930’s and PF’s heritage, when a small tire brand called BF Goodrich decided to diversify beyond tires and use their rubber to make the Posture Foundation insoles, and the rest is footwear history, with notable stops in basketball, lifestyle, and films like Sandlot along the way.

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Misadventures Essays

Home For the Holidays

Documentary photography and writing

Late December I received an urgent email on a Saturday afternoon while sitting in a design talk at MIT. PAWs New England, an extraordinary group that rescues dogs out of high kill shelters in the south and brings them to the north, needed an emergency transport driver on Tuesday.

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