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WELCOME TO EXPLORE WITH TESS

Discover the wonder

I’m Tess, a small-town Oklahoma gal and world traveler. From exploring botanical gardens to bathing an elephant in a mountain stream, I’ve learned adventure is a state of mind. These are the curations from a life of exploration and discovery. Explore with Tess is an inspirational guide to your own adventurous life. Dream. Explore. Become.

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Immersive

Planning

Memorable vacations start with savoring the trip BEFORE you leave home. Tips for traveling with heart and mind.

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The benefits of

Souvenirs

When we collect, we are associating objects with positive memories and preserving the past for future generations.

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JOURNEY INTO WONDER

Thai silk

In Chiang Mai, experience the wonder of Thailand’s most luxurious silk showrooms and the process of silk making from cocoon to loom.

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ELEGANT ART

Lacquerware

Thai lacquerware is affordable art, ranging from under a $100 for contemporary pieces to several hundred dollars or even thousands for an antique.

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