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How Can Travelers Sustainably Help the Places and People They Visit?

As ethical travelers, we’re always looking to give back to the people and places we visit. The classic problem with international charity efforts is that they can fail to create local buy-in, and particularly fail to achieve a sense of local ownership of the new project. We’ve all heard about the unintended consequences of do-gooder […]

Can Technology Contribute to Responsible Tourism?

It goes without saying that technology has revolutionized the travel industry. A light tap or two on your phone can lead you to the right accommodation or the perfect travel partner. So why couldn’t technology serve as a vehicle for travelers to explore the world more responsibly? In many ways, it has. Numerous apps and […]

The Role of the Travel Industry in Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

Sex tourism and trafficking remain prevalent issues in the travel industry. Within the thriving sex industry, women and girls – and young men and boys – are trafficked due to a boom in tourism and cheap flights to countries such as Cambodia and South Africa. In 2016, there are an estimated 45.8 million people in […]

The Arctic: A New Travel Frontier

The United States Navy predicts that the Arctic Region will be “ice-free” by 2030. Though this date is hotly debated, it is difficult to argue that the ice is melting. For the first time in history, mainstream travel enthusiasts can explore an environment previously inaccessible. For those with wanderlust, there is no greater thrill than […]

Green Destinations Day 2016: Preparing for Mass Tourism

The first global gathering of Green Destinations was held last month in Ljubljana, Slovenia – Europe’s current Green Capital. It tied in with Global Green Destinations Day – the only day dedicated specifically to celebrating sustainable tourism worldwide. The event brought together representatives from more than a third of the top 100 most sustainable destinations, […]

The Effect of the Brexit Vote on UK Tourism

When the United Kingdom (UK) voted to leave the European Union (EU) on June 23, 2016, the referendum sent political and economic shockwaves that rippled around the world. Numerous questions arose: what would the UK’s new political relationship with Europe look like, and what would the referendum mean for the thousands of EU citizens living […]

A New Narrative for Volunteering Overseas

Goodbye Benevolent Savior; Hello Flawed Altruist The narrative of a brave white savior swooping in to the developing world and saving the needy is dead. Or, at least, it’s no longer welcome. Take Louise Linton’s recent account of her gap year in Zambia, which appeared in both book and article form this last spring. Linton’s […]

India’s Water Wars

The outbreak of violence and the burning of 35 Tamil-owned buses in Bengaluru (also known as Bangalore) earlier this month is just the tip of the iceberg in India’s crippling water crisis. A legal dispute over the Cauvery (Kaveri) River in India’s south has suffered from more than a century of bureaucratic corruption, mismanagement and […]