When I invited my fellow travel bloggers to share an insight into the projects they are working on around the world I wasn’t expecting to receive quite as adoreable and inspiring an image as this. There can sometimes be a misperception of travel bloggers, that we are either permanently nomadic backpackers or ‘blaggers’ taking back to back press trips. Diana’s way of working, however, shows that not only can you be a successful travel blogger whilst remaining in one place but you can use your blogging skills to raise awareness for worthy causes at the same time. I’m honoured to introduce Diana Edelman and her big, grey friends as this week’s From Where I Work feature.
Over to Diana:
My life is one of many hats as an expat living in Chiang Mai. Five days a week, I volunteer for Save Elephant Foundation which runs the extremely popular responsible tourism attraction, Elephant Nature Park. The other two days of the week (and nights, and weekends) I spend my time writing for my site, d travels ’round, doing freelance writing and working to raise awareness about responsible tourism and encouraging people to participate in #RTTC, a weekly Twitter chat (every Wednesday, 6 p.m GMT) focusing on the many facets of responsible tourism.
While I am in the office most weekdays monitoring social media, reaching out to bloggers and traditional media and staying up-to-date on elephant tourism news, sometimes I get to head to ENP. The park is home to 39 elephants who have been rescued from tourism/trekking/circuses, street begging, illegal logging, forced breeding and more. When I go to the park, I often spend time just observing these amazing animals as they interact with each other or head to the dog area, which is home to more than 400 pups rescued from the Bangkok floods of 2011, the illegal dog meat trade and more. Sometimes while I am there, I find time to write or at least post photos of my visit.
Between the full-time position and my part-time work, it definitely fills the days, which makes it a little more difficult to explore and appreciate life as an expat in Chiang Mai. But, at the end of the day, I work for Lek Chailert, who is one of the most amazing human beings in the world and my personal hero, and get to write about my adventures and more.
Diana Edelman is the voice behind d travels ’round, which documents her career break and solo travels, as well as her life as an expat. The site also focuses on responsible tourism, travel tips, destination features and reviews. Diana is the co-founder of #RTTC, a weekly chat on Twitter dealing with responsible tourism. She has written for numerous print and online publications including Thought Catalog, The Huffington Post, Travel + Escape and Matador Network.
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