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A woman on her way...

USA | Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 | Views [1075]

I am happy to announce that I have been selected to be a part of Women On Their Way's (WOTW) Local Nation sounding board for another great year. Last year, I blogged on behalf of WOTW about my experience in Bangkok and in Paso Robles wine country, and ... Read more >

Tags: adventures


Adventures of a Voluntourist: Vietnam

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 31 Aug 2010 | Views [1279]

This is the fourth and final installment of a series that I've written for WorldNomads, the company that hosts this blog. The anecdotal stories focus on my experience volunteering abroad. http://journals.worldnomads.com/responsible-travel/story/62254/Vietnam/Adventures-... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism


Colleen Finn: Woman Road Warrior!

USA | Thursday, 19 Aug 2010 | Views [1229]

I was recently profiled by Woman Road Warrior. I wonder if this new persona comes with a Viking helmet and leather mini skirt...(let's hope so). Check it out: http://www.womanroadwarrior.com/featuredwrw/colleenfinn.html

Tags: adventures


Adventures of a Voluntourist: India

INDIA | Monday, 9 Aug 2010 | Views [1189]

This is the third installment in a series of four stories that I've written for WorldNomads, the company that hosts this blog. The anecdotal stories focus on my experience volunteering abroad. http://journals.worldnomads.com/responsible-travel/story/61228/India/Adventures-... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism


Adventures of a Voluntourist: Peru

PERU | Thursday, 22 Jul 2010 | Views [1211]

This is the second installment in a series of four stories that I've written for WorldNomads, the company that hosts this blog. The anecdotal stories focus on my experience volunteering abroad. http://journals.worldnomads.com/responsible-travel/story/60273/Peru/Adventures-... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism


Make a positive impact by subtracting your plastic...

THAILAND | Saturday, 17 Jul 2010 | Views [872]

As many of you know, I was a winner of a travel essay competition earlier this year. As part of the prize, I get to be a featured blogger for their web site. I cannot reproduce the posts that I submit to them in this blog, but if you're interested in ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing


Adventures of a Voluntourist: Greece

GREECE | Saturday, 10 Jul 2010 | Views [1261]

WorldNomads, the company that hosts this blog, contacted me to see if I was interested in contributing stories about voluntourism to their Responsible Travel page. I was pleased to do it and my first (of four) stories appears here: http://journals.... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism


An interview on blogtalk radio...

USA | Friday, 2 Jul 2010 | Views [1123]

I was recently interviewed by Kim Orlando of Traveling Mom for her blogtalk radio show. Have a listen! (Tip: If you don't have the patience to listen straight through, my part begins at around 20:00 into the show--just slide the cursor forward.) http:... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism


On war, struggle, and saying goodbye...

VIETNAM | Sunday, 16 May 2010 | Views [2016]

My last official day at the orphanage was Friday, but I couldn't stay away. After meeting with a new friend on Saturday, I introduced her to the kids who have stolen my heart. Today, I returned to the orphanage alone to say my goodbyes. When it was ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism


A birthday in Vietnam...

VIETNAM | Thursday, 13 May 2010 | Views [1839]

Yesterday was my birthday. The day started by taking the bus to the Ky Quang temple/orphanage, which is more Vegas than Vietnam in its appearance. The temple was built to appear as though it was carved into a mountain of rocks, with huge fake boulders ... Read more >

Tags: voluntourism


War remnants...

VIETNAM | Tuesday, 11 May 2010 | Views [930]

As I mentioned before, the orphanage where I am volunteering is privately run by a Buddhist organization in a fully functional Buddhist temple (Ky Quang). Government orphanages are available here, but they are very crowded; as a result, children in ... Read more >

Tags: sightseeing, voluntourism


Beware dog lovers...

VIETNAM | Sunday, 9 May 2010 | Views [1404]

Dog lovers, beware. You may want to skip this post. Okay, well don't say I didn't warn you. But in the vein of "when in Rome," I experienced my first taste of a local delicacy: dog meat. Yes, really. Trust me, I felt more skittish about ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, food & eating


On the Mekong, motorcycles, and volunteering...

VIETNAM | Sunday, 9 May 2010 | Views [1012]

After a few days of relaxation in Sihanoukville (a sleepy Cambodian beach town), it was off to Vietnam. The first stop was Chau Doc, which is a small city in the Mekong Delta. It was while in Chau Doc that I had the pleasure of experiencing a motorcycle ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, voluntourism


Photos: Vietnam

VIETNAM | Sunday, 9 May 2010 | Photo Gallery

All photos taken by Colleen Finn
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Living la vida locust...

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 6 May 2010 | Views [1420]

After the last post, I thought it was time for something light. Something crunchy. Something chock-full of yummy protein. I mentioned that the heat was interfering with my appetite. Well, I'm happy to report that it didn't last long. It returned in ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, food & eating


The horrors of Tuol Sleng and Choeung Ek...

CAMBODIA | Tuesday, 4 May 2010 | Views [2535]

I am now in Phnom Penh, Cambodia's largest city and capital. I would love to take this moment to write about all the nice things in this city—such as the French Colonial buildings, the Russian Market, and happy hour at the Foreign Correspondent's Club—but ... Read more >

Tags: sightseeing


Exploring Angkor Wat...

CAMBODIA | Monday, 3 May 2010 | Views [1394]

I am now in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Incidentally, the road to Siem Reap was paved last year, so what was once a bumpy, 9-hour drive is now smooth and can be done in less than half that time. I love Cambodia. Siem Reap is a relatively large city, but ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing


Photos: Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 2 May 2010 | Photo Gallery

All photos taken by Colleen Finn
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Entering the land of smiles...

CAMBODIA | Sunday, 2 May 2010 | Views [1447]

I never did make it to the night market. After asking around, I was advised that the area was too dangerous due to its proximity to an encampment, and since the local authoritites have been threatening a crackdown that could happen at any time, it would ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, sightseeing


On excessive heat, humidity, and the virtues of Thai massage...

THAILAND | Friday, 30 Apr 2010 | Views [1698]

I've experienced heat and humidity in other countries, but somehow it just seems thicker here, as though it has a presence of its own. Even when I sit in the shade enjoying a light breeze, it sidles up and sits so close that it touches my skin and ... Read more >

Tags: relaxation, sightseeing


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