Bangkok: the City of Temples and Canals
One of the few countries that escaped European colonialism, Thailand is a region shaped by Buddhist traditions. Covered in dazzling and intricate temples, the city of Bangkok is a bustling metropolitan centre carved by canals. Ruled by royals, the city boasts the Grand Palace complex housing numerous colourful and impressively gilded temples. In this guide to the city, we outline which stunning temples you must visit during your trip to Bangkok.
The Taj Mahal: a Mausoleum of Love
The design of the Taj Mahal mausoleum is not only a jaw-dropping beauty, but an inspiring ancient love story. In our guide to visiting the monument, we dive into its romantic history, the details of the structure, and the cultural background that birthed the magnificent architecture.
Nice: stepping into the south of France
Overlooking a panoramic view of the Mediterranean, the southern coastal town of Nice in the French Riviera is both romantic and inspiring. Read more about its alluring beauty, including the medieval village of Èze, once home to philosopher Friedrich Nietzche.
A Beyond Here Feature Story By Dr. Dilip K. Barua
On the Happy Dust of India: a Buddhist Pilgrimage Story
Bengali devotee continues his journey through northeastern India’s significant Buddhist sites in part two of his pilgrimage tale. He explores the World Peace Pagoda and Vulture Peak in Rajgir; historic Nalanda, one of the earliest universities in the world; and the village of Sarnath where the first turning of the Wheel of Law was pronounced. Discover India’s history through the Buddha’s sacred steps.
Travel and Volunteer: the realities of volunteering abroad at nonprofits
Voluntourism is a popular form of travel for many young adults looking to both explore the world and provide assistance to nonprofits in developing communities. In this in-depth conversation about voluntourism with Shupa Barua, who supported NGOs in Uganda, we discuss the real-world challenges of humanitarian international development; the major role of historical colonialism and neo-colonialism; the misrepresentation of struggling communities; and the shallow recruitment of volunteers who lack the needed skills and education. Read the interview.
Impeccably rich with greenscapes, and vibrant with Hindu temples and architecture, the island of Bali in the Indonesian province is spiritually expressive. Read my guide on Bali.
A country robust with history and culture, the ancient region of Morocco blends both traditional and modern architecture. Learn more about my journey to Marrakech, Taghazout, and the Sahara Desert.
The Northern Gulf Island of Hornby off the coast of BC is a truly divine area of natural beauty. Walk the inspiring trails of Helliwell Park and swim in the warmest waters of BC at Tribune Bay. Learn more about the beautiful island.