News & Dispatches

Nepal: A Second Look

Ethical Traveler’s list of “The World’s Ten Best Ethical Destinations for 2019” included Nepal for the first time, primarily for the progress the country has shown in areas such as LBGQT rights and animal welfare. And while the country was included to encourage even greater strides in ethical areas, Nepal still faces many serious concerns […]

The Growth of Marijuana Tourism

Matt Kurth and Humboldt Cannabis Tours Several years ago, Matt Kurth reached a crossroads in his life. After working as a whitewater river guide for ten years, he got “tired” of it and realized he was ready to tackle another challenge. It just happened to incorporate his experiences as a tour guide, a longtime passion […]

Naked Tourism

When Shirley Mason was a young girl, she participated in an activity one summer that ended up being a life-altering experience. “They would do special things during this two-week long summer camp and they kept talking about this one special thing we were gonna do,” she says. It was something she has ended up doing […]

Greening Up Summer Music Festivals

Greening up summer festivals (Copyright: Woodford Festival) Synonymous with summer, music festivals welcome large numbers of live music aficionados making long treks to hear their favorite bands perform – as well as pour lots of money into the coffers of organizers. Between 1999 and 2009, the North American concert industry saw profits jump by 40% as […]

This Land Is Your Land. US National Parks Under Threat

“National parks are the best idea we ever had,” wrote author and environmentalist Wallace Stegner in 1983. “Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” Stegner echoes the view of President Franklin D. Roosevelt nearly fifty years earlier when he pronounced, “There is nothing so American as our national […]

How Peru Has Allowed Monopolized Access to Machu Picchu

Purported to be two of the most expensive rail and bus routes per kilometer in the world, the train and bus succession which transports the 1.3 million tourists to Machu Picchu every year has been controlled by a government-granted monopoly for much of the last two decades.  Fertransa, the private owner of the 30 km […]

Surf Tourism: The Good, the Bad, and the Waves

Colonizing. That’s a term Leon Mach has used to describe surf tourism. “Colonizing in the sense that surf tourism often arrives first to remote coastal areas and effectively takes over the development process,” says Mach, the co-founder of SeaState, a program that offers courses related to sustainability in several countries. “Often this entails rapid development […]

Growing Demand for Food Increases Pressure on Sub-Saharan Africa’s Forests

  In an ambitious plan to eradicate poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015. Setting out 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), the agenda pledged that, “no one will be left behind.’ Meanwhile, a growing demand for food combined with […]