Aaron the Explorer

Aaron the Explorer

February 28, 2020

There have been many famous explorers in the history of mankind (other than Dora and the internet browser of course).

Marco Polo, Lewis and Clark, Neil Armstrong, and many other explorers earned their way into our history books.

In our age of Google Maps and satellite imagery, exploration is a little different. But that doesn’t discourage Aaron John from going to some of the least known places where few travelers ever go.

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Tropic like it's hot

Tropic like it's hot

February 21, 2020

Traveler Aaron wanted to go somewhere that few people ever go. So he decided to travel off the beaten path and go to one of the least visited countries on the planet.

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Leaving a Footprint

Leaving a Footprint

February 14, 2020

Well, it's Valentine's Day and I'm sure you've already been bombarded with messages about romance, love, and all that mushy stuff. So why not talk about something different instead?

Perhaps one of the longest relationships you'll ever have is the one you have with planet Earth.

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Valentine's Day with your Seoul-mate

Valentine's Day with your Seoul-mate

February 07, 2020

We know it’s still a week away, but we wanted to send out a special message before Valentine’s Day!

This one is for the person who rocks your world,

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One in a Chameleon

One in a Chameleon

January 31, 2020

Uganda isn’t called the Pearl of Africa for no reason. It's full of breathtaking views, tasty food, and awesome people. And it's also where the idea for Taaluma Totes sprang from!

Traveler Carli recently got to experience the awesomeness of Uganda when she visited her college roommate.

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A few of our favorite things

A few of our favorite things

January 24, 2020

Traveler Tim recently visited one of his favorite places in the world, a small village near Bamako, Mali.

Back in 2017, Tim helped open a middle school with a foundation called Mali Rising, which focuses on building schools in remote areas to spread education to the youth.

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Once Taiwan a Time

Once Taiwan a Time

January 17, 2020

Traveler Matthew recently traveled to Taipei, Taiwan to visit his cousin. 

The trip left him feeling bubbly since there were plen-tea of amazing things to do.

From going on a wok in the park

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Australia Wildfire Relief

Australia Wildfire Relief

January 15, 2020

Last week, we attempted something we have never done before. 

We asked for help to support a cause that was outside our traditional microloan program.

Learning of the devastating impacts of the Australia bush fires, we wanted to personally help. We turned to our community to amplify our efforts.

And you did not disappoint.

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Naan place better

Naan place better

January 10, 2020

When we asked Traveler Leonore what her favorite thing about exploring a new place was, her response was: the people.

“Because I travel often for work, I have the added opportunity to really meet people in their every day life. This is what I love the most.”

And that didn’t change on her trip to Chennai, India where her husband is from.

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In Liberia, you know I’m Ghana be

In Liberia, you know I’m Ghana be

January 03, 2020

Traveler Karen fell in love with the people and culture of West Africa while living in Ghana for several years as a teacher. Since then, she has traveled to several countries in West Africa to see new places, meet new people, and find new fabrics.

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I spy with my little Thai 👁️

I spy with my little Thai 👁️

December 27, 2019

"I wandered deeper and deeper into the narrow maze and my eyes were dazzled by the choice. Thailand is known for its silk, but I zeroed in on many bolts of wild tropical cotton prints. In the end, I picked an ultra-colorful length, with scarlet hibiscus flowers." —Tim Gibson

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Fresh off the Loom-pia

Fresh off the Loom-pia

December 20, 2019

Rebecca Wong hadn’t traveled in nearly 20 years, but a recent trip to the Philippines broke that streak and has left her coco-nuts about traveling the world.

Vowing to sea more of the world, she boarded a plane headed strait for the Philippines, which is known for its many islands, its biodiversity, its beautiful beaches, and for produce-ing lots of fruits and veggies. From bananas to pineapples to papayas, its a place loaded with a whole bunch of vitamin-sea!

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