My favorite travel memory of 2017 involves a tuk tuk ride into the wild northern mountains of Chiang Mai to the elephant sanctuary- Into The Wild Elephant Camp. This place is truly the happiest place on Earth. I spent an entire day interacting with these incredible, intelligent gentle giants. This sanctuary offered a place of refuge and protection for a family of rescued elephants and was the best way to witness their true spirit. As travellers of the world, we have a responsibility to leave a positive impact on the environment, the creatures and the people of the places we visit. I encourage all fellow travellers visiting SE Asia to read more about ethical elephant tourism. My heart was filled with joy to share a hug with this free and beautiful elephant, pictured above, after a day of hiking in the jungle and playing in the mud.