Lessons, Lessons, and more Lessons: Getting Educated In Nepal

CT guides Tanner & Kolena have been sending periodic dispatches from the field in Nepal, where they spent the fall guiding our travelers and doing on-the-ground re-con for us. Here’s their recap post on what they learned during their time -(well-meaning person) How was the trip?! -(me) Well, it was……

Category: Community Projects | Posted On: Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Cuba – The View from a ’55 Bel Air

By Dan Travers, Crooked Trails Board President Reflecting on my last 2 weeks in Cuba as I ride from the southern coast back to Havana in Orlando’s 1955 Bel Air with wood interior door handles and side panels and frightening rack & pinion steering, but powered by a new Toyota motor…

Category: CT Community | Posted On: Saturday, January 9th, 2016

Reflections on Three Months in Nepal

CT guides Tanner & Kolena have been sending periodic dispatches from the field in Nepal, where they have been guiding our travelers and doing on-the-ground re-con for us this fall. Here’s their final post before they make their way back to the U.S. Time moves in such unpredictable ways. A…

Category: Community Projects | Posted On: Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Where Destiny Meets Purpose

By Crooked Trails Co-founder Christine Mackay Everyone has a “moment” in their lives when it all comes together and your destiny meets your purpose, leaving you with an overwhelming sense of deep satisfaction knowing you are in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing. It happened…

Category: Community Projects | Posted On: Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Travelers Support Rural School in Cameroon

Every day, children walk the small, steep jungle trails in the hills high above Limbe, Cameroon to attend classes at the Mawoh School. For years, the school was supported by the mother-in-law of Crooked Trails co-founder Tammy Leland. After she passed away, her family – and now, the CT community…

Category: Africa | Posted On: Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Nepal Update

By Christine Mackay It’s been 7 months since the devastating earthquakes hit Nepal. To bring you up-to-date, we wanted to share an overview/timeline of what has been going on over there, both with our work and the country. April 25                  7.9 magnitude earthquake strikes Nepal with the epicenter in Gorkha….

Category: Community Projects | Posted On: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Family Travel with a Purpose in 2016

By Crooked Trails Co-founder Chris Mackay Both Tammy and I (co-founders of Crooked Trails) have young ones. Tammy’s boy is six and has been to India, Peru, Thailand, Cameroon (where his Dad is from) and is heading to Cuba this December. My daughter is 11 and has been to Peru…

Category: Africa | Posted On: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Building a Library, One Book at a Time

By Nancy Oyloe I attended a presentation on “Nepal After the Earthquake” by Crooked Trails co-founder Chris Mackay at World Wide Books and Maps. Seeing and hearing about the devastation and lack of resources for rebuilding was really heartbreaking. It was, however, inspiring to see that the school built by Crooked…

Category: CT Community | Posted On: Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Travel insurance – is it worth it?

In our many years of travel, we’ve learned that things certainly do not always go as planned. But there are two essential things any traveler can have to help deal with the unexpected. 1. An open and flexible frame of mind 2. A good travel insurance policy! Do we think…

Category: Top Stories | Posted On: Wednesday, November 18th, 2015