Story by Jordan Porter, a Toronto fashion writer, who is on a year-long trip around the world.

I just got back from one of the best experiences of my life. For the past 30 years, Sri Lanka has had more than its share of strife. With a brutal and bloody war that finally ended in early 2009, and a hard hit from the tsunami in 2004, this incredibly beautiful country has unfortunately been a “no-go” zone for far too long.

Despite these hardships, on my recent roadtrip across Sri Lanka, I encountered some of the smiliest and friendliest people, the cleanest cities in all of Asia, and the most amazing and diverse landscape I have ever seen.

In just eight days I went from the ancient cave temples of Dambulla, to the tea plantations of Hatton at 4,000 feet, where I stayed at a beautifully restored colonial plantation house and filled my belly with melt in your mouth scones and tea sammies all day long, back down to a tropical climate of palm trees in the quaint seaside town, and former Dutch Colony, of Galle.

Saving the best for last, my trip ended with a visit to Minneriya and Yala National Parks, where I called on Leopard Safaris to take me on the adventure of a lifetime.

While in Minneriya, I met herds of 150 elephants grazing in the fields. In Yala, I camped out luxury style, ventured out on two safaris, one at dusk and the other an early 5:30 a.m. trek, and then came face to face with a leopard, not 10 feet from my jeep, as well as plenty of crocs, rare birds, elephants, and wild boar. Jealous yet? You should be.

Whether a trip across the globe is on your itinerary, or your future holds more hope for an urban safari, check out Jordan’s blog for ideas to help you do it in style.

And read more from our stylish adventurers in our Letter From section!

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