Paris [Tips for Visiting The Louvre Museum]

Posted on: March 24, 2017

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Versailles [How To See it For Free and Other Free Admission Tips]

Posted on: March 16, 2017

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Bonjour! We snuck away for a little weekend in Paris and I thought I would share some money saving tips! Who doesn’t love to save money while traveling? So here are our #jamesgangtravels tips for museum hoping in Paris!

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Halong Bay [Vietnam Travel Tips]

Posted on: March 12, 2017

You guys! This is our LAST asian adventure post! It was a magical three weeks and I have all the tips in my previous posts about great Airbnb’s, Visa tips, and the best places to see! If you are taking a trip soon go check em out! We only had two days in Vietnam ( I would recommend a few more to see other cities) so we took the second day and headed out to Halong Bay. It is one of the 8 natural wonders of the world and a MUST SEE! Our #jamesgangtravels tips are below a few photos we took!

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Vietnam Travel Tips [Hanoi]

Posted on: February 27, 2017

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A TON of gorgeous shots from our day in Hanoi! I was pleasantly surprised by how gorgeous it was and I couldn’t stop taking pictures! It was our last stop on the trip and by this point we were beat. Luckily we landed a great AirBnb that was actually a cute little hotel (listed below)! The streets were insane in Vietnam and there are no rules! Keep your eyes open when crossing the street or you may not make it home! We saw families of four on motos and even dogs riding as passengers. Asian culture is so different than what I am used to and it was a whirlwind! A crazy rush everywhere we went! What an adventure we had.

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Siem Reap Travel Tips [Angkor Wat]

Posted on: February 23, 2017

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We spent most of our time in Siem Reap at Angkor Wat wandering through the ruins. It’s the largest religious site in the world covering over 402 acres. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of the God Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century. Our tuk tuk driver, Mr Vung, drove us around the entire complex for two days and I still don’t think we saw all of it! Ta Prohm, one of the more popular ruins, was actually where Tomb Raider was filmed! Kinda cool!

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Siem Reap [Silk Factory]

Posted on: February 20, 2017

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After we left the gorgeous beaches of Thailand, (I was tempted to stay forever), we traveled to Cambodia to tour Siem Reap. We spent a few days at Angkor Wat, which I will share soon, but one of my favorite stops was the silk factory.

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Rantong Elephant Save & Rescue

Posted on: February 1, 2017

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I have been dying to share this with all of you! We shared the MOST INCREDIBLE day with the good people at Rantong Elephant Save & Rescue in Chiang Mai. We’d heard that most of the elephant “sanctuaries” weren’t sanctuaries at all and actually mistreated the animals. We came across Rantong by a recommendation from a friend and we were so happy to see such a great place with ethical practices. There are actually two camps at Rantong. One is for new moms and their little babies and the other is for the adult elephants and visitors. We didn’t get to see the “nursery”  since its pretty special and they try to avoid any disturbances for the new mamas. You’ll see one little guy and his mom in the video above and she actually has an interesting story. She was separated from her other babies while working with a performing circus so she has a large fear of separation. So… even though her little guy is basically a teenager, they keep them together to help her heal! They moved them to the “older” camp to help her regain her social skills with other elephants.

We got to spend the day with Wanwiza and her Mahoot. (I have no idea how to spell that…) The Mahoot is specific to one elephant and they will spend their entire lives together. The Mahoot builds trust and does EVERYTHING with their elephant. It’s their whole life and they become like family. To witness their day to day tasks with the elephants seems like a pretty amazing job. They live on site so their elephant is like a child they are responsible for. We learned a great deal about the rescue effort and what practices are safe/unsafe for an elephant. We got to feed, bathe, and ride Wanwiza and I was ready to take her home with us. I don’t know what it is about an elephant, but we felt this special bond with her all day. There were moments when she was taking us up a steep hill and I could feel her grip my legs with the back of her ears to make sure I was safe. I could be totally dreaming that up, but I will say there was something magnificent and magical being that close with one of gods amazing creatures.  What I really loved is their were no metal hooks to push and prod them, we went at their pace where they wanted to go. If you are making the trip to Chiang Mai, I highly recommend this place. Do your research and make sure you aren’t supporting a tourist trap that doesn’t end up benefiting the animals at all! I hope this gives you just a small taste of the best day of our lives (so far)!

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Railay Beach

Posted on: January 25, 2017

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My most favorite stop on our Asia adventure! Railay Beach is just a short boat ride from Krabi and I was tempted to cancel the rest of our trip and stay on the beach! Railay is the MOST beautiful beach we have been to (yet) and I would go back in a heartbeat. The water was warm, clear, and the richest color of turquoise.

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Wat Rong Khun [The White Temple]

Posted on: January 18, 2017

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Taking you back to Asia today with another travel post! Are you sick of them yet? I hope not! We decided we wanted to take a day trip to see Wat Rong Khun in Chiang Rai but we didn’t want to sit on a crowded tour bus for an entire day to do it. So we decided to rent a car.

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The Newest Member of The James Gang

Posted on: January 15, 2017

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Taking a little break from our travel posts today to share some fun news! Carson and I mustered up the courage to buy our very own Moto after renting for a few months. We are real Europeans now and speaking of courage, Carson let me take her out for a spin this week around the city. Usually he takes the moto to school and I take public transit, but I wanted to give it a shot. I almost hit a parked car going off the curb (thank goodness I didn’t) and after a few thousand prayers I made it to class safely and confidently. Friends, I feel straight out of a movie zipping around in my pink helmet and I thank my lucky stars the Spaniards are patient with me! So…if this isn’t a good reason to come visit us, I don’t know what it is! I’ll happily take you around the city on this little beauty.

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