West Seattle Street Fair with Immersion Travel Magazine

By Chris Mackay A big shout out to all those who faced the 90+ degree weather and came to visit the Crooked Trails booth at the West Seattle Street Fair. It was great to meet so many new faces and also to get to learn about the travel dreams of…

Category: Events | Posted On: Friday, July 25th, 2014

Progress in Nepal

Crooked Trails co-founder, Chris Mackay is currently working on a project in the rural Nepal community of Chendeni. It deals with the difficult issue of human trafficking, in particular, from this community of Chendeni to brothels in India, across Nepal’s south border. The challenges are many, but the work is…

Category: Nepal | Posted On: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Cleaning Your Own Water

No matter where you plan to travel this summer, you can do so without adding plastic bottles to landfills. Travelers with Crooked Trails are asked to come prepared to clean their own water when they travel with us. Here are is some background on where our water comes from, followed…

Category: TAP - Travelers Against Plastic | Posted On: Friday, July 18th, 2014

Travelers Against Plastic – SteriPens Available for Purchase

Announcement from Travelers Against Plastic (TAP): We are pleased to announce we are selling SteriPENS! Don’t know what that is? The SteriPEN is an easy to use device that uses UV light technology to clean water. While travelling, simply fill up your bottle at your hotel, hostel, camp sites, clean…

Category: TAP - Travelers Against Plastic | Posted On: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Crooked Trails Launches 2014 Fund Drive

During the month of May, we are reaching out to the Crooked Trails community to help us continue the work we believe in. You are not a tourist — you are a world citizen committed to making meaningful connections and transforming tourism into a force for positive change in the…

Category: CT Community | Posted On: Monday, May 5th, 2014

Nepal this fall?

By Christine Mackay Not matter what your interest is in going to Nepal, we have you covered. Do you want to trek in the Himalayas, or maybe volunteer with disabled children? Perhaps you would like to experience life in a village and discover the backbone of Nepali society? Maybe you…

Category: Nepal | Posted On: Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Experience a Tsechu Festival in Bhutan

There is nothing like seeing a Tsechu Festival in Bhutan. Tsechu means “the tenth day” of the lunar calendar when Guru Rinpoche, the patron saint of Bhutan, was born. The focus of the festivals are the Chams; dances which play out stories of morality with elaborately colorful, costumed and masked…

Category: Bhutan | Posted On: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Marigold Garlands & Spicy Tea: Sharing Nepal Memories and Raising Awareness

by Crooked Trails participant Denise Holehouse It was in Seattle over 10 years ago, and purely by accident, that I first came across Crooked Trails. I am back home in Australia now but remember fondly about my 5 years in the beautiful Emerald State. It was there, in a favourite…

Category: CT Community | Posted On: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Refugee and Immigrant Children’s Program of Lutheran Community Services Northwest

  Thiri recalls working seven days a week, sun up to sun down, for the equivalent of 10 cents a day. In Burma, ethnic and religious minorities often are targeted for forced labor. Two years later the 13-year-old became part of a large influx of unaccompanied refugee minors from the…

Category: Burma | Posted On: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014