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Eco-Successes in the African Bush

SOUTH AFRICA | Thursday, 17 Feb 2011 | Views [1603]

Running a safari camp can't be easy.   In fact, it may be just about the most difficult hospitality gig on the planet.   In addition to all of the nuances of running any old high-quality hotel, you have to do it off-the-grid, in a very remote ... Read more >

Tags: africa, camping, eco-tourism, responsible travel, safaris, south africa, sustainability, tourism, travel, wildlife

Voluntourism in Cambodia: What to Consider Before Going

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 16 Feb 2011 | Views [2707] | Comments [1]

Cambodian Volunteer Tourism ‘Voluntourism’ has sprung into action over the last few years and Cambodia is no exception. Siem Reap in particular is host to a number of trendy volunteer hang-outs which have blossomed alongside the growth of volunteer ... Read more >

Tags: cambodia, holiday, opportunities, orphanages, siem reap, southeast asia, travel, volunteer, voluntourism

How to be a Responsible Traveller in Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Wednesday, 2 Feb 2011 | Views [2203] | Comments [1]

Over the last decade Cambodia has seen a rapid and steady rise in tourism which by many Cambodians is viewed as the golden ticket to improve life chances and, thus, flock to tourism hubs leaving their work on farms and large families behind. The country ... Read more >

Tags: cambodia, economy, health, poverty, responsible travel, sex tourism, siem reap, southeast asia, temples, travel

African Access – Too Limited to the Rich and Famous?

BOTSWANA | Tuesday, 1 Feb 2011 | Views [2417] | Comments [1]

Botswana is an Africa success story in many respects.   In a continent littered with political turmoil, corruption, famine, and disease, Botswana has emerged as a diamond in the ruff.   In fact, it is diamonds that have brought stability, infrastructure, ... Read more >

Tags: africa, botswana, conservation, diamonds, economy, luxury travel, responsible travel, safaris, tourism, travel

Responsible Hospitality in Cambodia

CAMBODIA | Thursday, 20 Jan 2011 | Views [2351]

In my experience, many hoteliers do it simply because they want to do it, and being a responsible hotelier also seems to make good business sense. If people are passionate about something, then it shows in everything they do and makes for an all round ... Read more >

Tags: asia, cambodia, communities, hospitality, hotels, resorts, responsible tourism, southeast asia, travel

A Beneficial But Uncomfortable Community Visit

ZAMBIA | Monday, 10 Jan 2011 | Views [6734] | Comments [3]

Over the past five months, I've had the opportunity to visit a number of rural communities as part of my travels and cultural interests.   Some have been amazing experiences , others have been mediocre encounters .   But in all cases, ... Read more >

Tags: africa, community development, simonga viillage, tourism, travel, victoria falls, zambia

Fast Five Profile: Wandrian Aventures

WORLDWIDE | Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | Views [1023]

1. Who are you?  Brief description of trips you offer. My name is Tracy and I'm the BDM for Wandrian Adventures . Yes that is me (with an assist from my Thai friends) petting the giant cat. We provide memories for a lifetime, the kind ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, fast 5 profile, responsible travel, tourism, wandrian adventures

Volunteer Africa: What to Consider Before Choosing a Project

KENYA | Wednesday, 5 Jan 2011 | Views [2741] | Comments [2]

Are you thinking of volunteering in Africa?  Do you know what should you be looking for when selecting your volunteer project? The term ‘Voluntourism’ has swept into our dictionaries and travel bibles and times are changing – we are now looking ... Read more >

Tags: africa, ghana, kenya, south africa, uganda, volunteer projects, voluntourism

Fast Five Profile: Tropic Journeys in Nature

ECUADOR | Monday, 3 Jan 2011 | Views [1235]

1. Who are you?  Brief description of trips you offer.   My name is Jascivan Carvalho and I am the General Manager of Tropic Journeys in Nature as well as the Executive Director of the ecotourism foundation Conservation in Action, that I ... Read more >

Tags: business, carvalho, ecotourism, ecuador, environment, jascivan, responsible-travel, tropic journey in nature, voluntourism

Gauchos & Gringos – Keeping it Local in Chile's Lake District

CHILE | Tuesday, 21 Dec 2010 | Views [1824]

I've found some new travel role models.  I'm not talking road warriors on 2-year jaunts, or country counters that have topped 100.  No, I'm talking about a family that dropped everything and relocated their lives in an unfamiliar environment, ... Read more >

Tags: chile, gauchos, responsible travel, south america, travel

Floating Islands Would be Better Off Sinking

PERU | Friday, 17 Dec 2010 | Views [1266]

If you get on a boat on the Peruvian side of Lake Titicaca, you're almost guaranteed to stop at the world famous Uros floating islands.   Only a 20 minute ride from Puno, these islands are the most popular stop on the lake.   I'll admit, I was ... Read more >

Tags: community, culture, lake titicaca, peru, responsible travel, south america

Argentina's Accessible Backcountry

ARGENTINA | Thursday, 16 Dec 2010 | Views [2919]

Patagonia is amazing.  Simply stunning.  For years, I have heard stories of majestic mountain landscapes, wicked peaks, and creamy blue glacial lakes.  And a few weeks ago, I got my first taste of Patagonia's wonders near Argentina's Lake District ... Read more >

Tags: argentina, patagonia, responsible travel, south america

Bolivia's Potential and Pitfalls

BOLIVIA | Monday, 8 Nov 2010 | Views [2171] | Comments [1]

After spending the past three weeks in Bolivia, I was impressed...and disappointed.   Impressed from the perspective of a curious and intrepid traveler, seeing how much the country has to offer – amazing landscapes, adventurous activities, rich ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, bolivia, responsible travel, south america, tours, trash, trekking

6 Ways to Make Sure Your Porters Are Treated Fairly

NEPAL | Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | Views [1752]

We've all heard the stories of porters left on the mountainside or freezing outside tents while travelers revel inside. But how can you as a traveler know that the company you travel with really is treating their porters fairly? Beyond all the ... Read more >

Tags: guides, hiking, himalayas, porters, travel, trekking

When Community Tourism Gets Too Popular

PERU | Tuesday, 19 Oct 2010 | Views [1984] | Comments [1]

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post Community Tourism - Worth the Dirt? about an amazing set of community-based tourism projects in northern Ecuador I had the pleasure of visiting.   Interactive experiences, genuine connections, fantastic conversation ... Read more >

Tags: community, peru, responsible travel, tourism

Peru: Empowering Women Through Tourism

PERU | Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | Views [1840] | Comments [1]

Women and the Impact of Tourism Women in developing countries have it pretty tough.   Sometimes very tough.   Often viewed as 2nd-class citizens, commonly marginalized to very limited activities and privileges, some women struggle to earn ... Read more >

Tags: inca trail, peru, responsible travel, south america, travel, trekking, weaving, women

Fast Five Profile: United Planet

WORLDWIDE | Monday, 27 Sep 2010 | Views [980]

1.   Who are you?  Brief description of trips you offer Dave Santulli, Founder and Director of An international non-profit organization, United Planet strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, ... Read more >

Tags: culture, non-profit, organizations, relations, responsible-travel, volunteering

Community Tourism - Worth the Dirt?

WORLDWIDE | Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | Views [2499]

Community-based tourism, a now popular buzzword among backpackers and eco-travelers, touts a more "authentic" experience, placing you in lives of local people in rural communities.  In theory, it sounds great - eat, learn, interact, play, ... Read more >

Tags: communities, ecuador, homestays, martens, rural, ted

Trashing Ecuador

ECUADOR | Monday, 6 Sep 2010 | Views [1861]

Dealing with waste (trash, recycling, composting) is one of the biggest issues that cities and destinations have to deal with in their pursuit of sustainable tourism. Generally speaking, it's rare to find recycling and composting infrastructure ... Read more >

Tags: compost, ecuador, education, environment, green, organic, otavalo, recycling, waste management

Adventures of a Voluntourist: Vietnam

VIETNAM | Monday, 30 Aug 2010 | Views [2371] | Comments [2]

Randomness. A good percentage of the world does not believe in the randomness of birth—birth is either predestined or the result of a causal event. In other words, your lot in life (and the family into which you are born) is either part of a greater ... Read more >

Tags: colleen finn, ho chi minh, kids with disabilities, orphanage, personal growth, vietnam, volunteer, voluntourism

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