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Asia’s Elephant Tourism Problem: A Search for Answers

  • Matthew Barker
  • 12 August 2016

There’s a big debate about Asian elephants in tourism. It is anchored in a growing belief that we need to make elephant tourism work for more elephants.

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Family Travel Must Stand Up for Families and #StopOrphanTrips

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 22 May 2016

As part of the monthlong #StopOrphanTrips blog blitz, traveling families should take a stand and call for an end to orphanage tourism. Nobody likes to be played for a fool, but that’s what’s often the case when you visit, volunteer at or contribute to an overseas “orphanage.”

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Season’s Greetings 2015 from The Travel Word

  • The Travel Word
  • 24 December 2015

Season’s greetings from The Travel Word. After a largely idle 2015, we’ve got big plans for 2015!

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Ecotourism in Costa Rica Can Help You Be a More Sustainable Traveler

  • Darryl Lewis
  • 2 November 2015

Vacations can be escapes from work and other stresses, but shouldn’t be escapes from our values. Ecotourism in Costa Rica and other countries can help you shore up efforts to be green.

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The Joys of Sustainable Travel

  • Philip Boxall
  • 8 August 2015

As many parts of our world become more and more accessible, so too does the importance of traveling and exploring in a way that respects local cultures and environments. Unfortunately, some travelers think “sustainable travel” is about limited options, but there are many more fun activities and options available. Here are a few.

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A Life-Changing Experience Challenge in Ghana

  • Jiah Ham
  • 27 July 2015

The author first heard about the Experience Challenge through colleagues who had participated in an earlier trip. The story she brought back from her time in Ghana with AfriKids’ Blue Sky Travel Ltd. was one about people. And it was one she was not prepared for emotionally.

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The Brutal Truth About Voluntourism – And What to Do About It

  • Andrew Motiwalla
  • 13 July 2015

Not all volunteer travel experiences are bad, so it’s up to the industry to tell the truth about voluntourism and start weeding out the bad apples. Only by creating a set of standards that can guide travelers toward organizations doing voluntourism right can the industry transform its reputation.

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The Fight Against Human Trafficking: A Visit to the Indian Border with Maiti Nepal

  • Christine T. Mackay
  • 25 May 2015

A donor trip to Nepal bears witness to the work of Maiti Nepal in its fight against human trafficking, the heartbreaking tragedy of which is enormous in a country suffering from poverty, illiteracy and now recovery from major natural disaster.

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The Homestay Initiative in Malawi: Appreciating Local Culture

  • Alice Tilton
  • 23 February 2015

The Responsible Safari Company and Youth for Development and Productivity are designing a Homestay Initiative through which guests can experience authentic village life in Malawi. With that in mind, I decided to experience a village homestay in Malawi myself.

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Every Rhinoceros Matters, Whether #JustOneRhino or Another

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 24 January 2015

This is our contribution to the #JustOneRhino fundraising campaign. It benefits the ambitious and very expensive Rhinos Without Borders goal of translocating 100 rhinoceros from South Africa to Botswana by mid-2015. Click here for more about the #JustOneRhino campaign, including how you can make a donation and be in the running for $30,000 in raffle prizes!

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