‘White Fragility Training’ For International Volunteer Trips?

When Kimberly Lucht volunteered with Panama-based dance service nonprofit Movement Exchange in 2012, the experience of teaching dance to at-risk youth inspired many discussions relating to race and racism in dance among her fellow volunteers. For researchers Zoe Luba and Dr. David Thomas of Mount Allison University in Canada, those are exactly the type of […]

Chile’s Conservation Progress at Risk?

Blaring horns and a cheering crowd greeted me when I arrived in the sleepy town of Puerto Varas, Chile on presidential election-day, December 2017. Sebastian Piñera, a billionaire businessman was elected for the second time by a population disappointed in job growth under Michelle Bachelet. Piñera’s victory marks the latest shift to the right in […]

Is Post-Natural Disaster Tourism Ethical?

In 2004, Justin Francis decided to visit Phuket on vacation. It certainly wouldn’t seem out-of-the ordinary for a Westerner to holiday in Phuket – after all, a little less than 3.5 million non-Thais visited the island in 2004. But his excursion to the popular tourist destination didn’t come at the best of times. Phuket – […]

Overtourism at UNESCO World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites, as designated by the United Nations Scientific, Educational, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), are places of outstanding universal value. Each one represents an incredible culture and its history or living tradition, a work of architectural or artistic marvel, or a place of exceptional natural beauty or ecological importance. By design, UNESCO World Heritage […]

Too Rare to Wear

Sea Turtle Shell Bracelets (Photo: Hal Brindley) Several years ago, Brad Nahill, co-founder of ecotourism organization SEE Turtles*, was shopping for souvenirs in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua when he noticed something rather troublesome. “I was shocked to see how many [turtleshell products]  were being sold in the souvenir shops and artisan stands around town,” […]

Should You Travel to Israel?

Jerusalem Tourism in Israel is thriving. And no wonder: the country is rich in cultural and historical attractions, it’s the cradle of three major religions, and it features magnificent landscapes ranging from Mount Hermon‘s snow-capped peaks, to Negev Desert’s dramatic craters, to the Mediterranean’s serene white-sand beaches. It boasts  the highest concentration of museums per […]

Tourism On The Rebound In Nepal

Badri Rai is celebrating some good news this month. Nepal’s Department of Immigration just announced that foreign tourist arrivals shot up 28 percent in the first half of 2017 – 460,304 tourists arrived via air in the first six months of 2017, compared to 359,672 in the first half of 2016. This is a big […]

‘Inspired’: The Future of Cuba’s Booming Travel Industry

Note: See end of article for new policy update When Malia Everette came back from Cuba in 1991, one word summarized her feelings about the experience: inspired. “I saw a nation doing so much to steward their social successes over decades of socialism, with so little in terms of material resources,” said Everette, founder and […]