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Hiking in Guatemala’s Mountains of the Ixil Region

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 23 March 2014

Central America’s steep and often volcanic terrain abounds with hiking opportunities, but the higher-elevation scenery of the Ixil region in Guatemala offers an exciting chance to escape from the usual lowland tourist trails. The best point of departure is Nebaj, the main city in the Guatemalan department of El Quiché.

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Exploring Hidden Britain: Bringing Local Communities to Life

  • Nicole New
  • 7 October 2013

Deep within the depths of rural Britain, communities are stirring. Shabby but iconic telephone boxes are being reclaimed, shuttered shops are being repurposed and visitors welcomed in with open arms. And it all has to do with community tourism, a proven way to rehabilitate local infrastructure and bolster local economies.

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Video Spotlight: Hanoi in Slow Motion, Vietnam

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 19 October 2012

This week’s video spotlight is a beautiful video portrait of what you find when you look beyond the plain facts about a destination and its major tourist attractions. The little visions are both inspiring and wonderfully revealing about the local life in Hanoi, Vietnam’s political centre and a prime tourist spot.

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Busha Village, a Bright Star on the Tourist Map of Ukraine

  • Natalia Lukianovich
  • 17 October 2012

For a long time I had dreamed of running away from Kiev, but, for many reasons, I was tied to my city life. Then, during one of my annual small trips around Ukraine, I accidentally found the village of Busha. It was then that I knew that I’d soon be living here – and the very next year I began my new life. I have finally found what I was looking for and am eager to share it with visitors, who can stay in my home.

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A Local Look at Uzbekistan’s Colourful Markets

  • Stephen Lioy (text and photos)
  • 7 October 2012

When in Central Asia, one of the easiest ways to see life from a local’s perspective is to wander through the markets of each town – places where travellers can readily find just about anything. Most of the items on sale in the bazaars of Uzbekistan are locally grown and produced, so the markets are also a great stop for anyone looking to shop sustainably and responsibly.

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Photo of the Week: Festival in the Meadows, Sekier, Slovakia

  • Michal Torma (photo), Jakub Riziky (text)
  • 14 September 2012

In the meadows of the local eco-community, called Sekier, in the Zaježová valley of central Slovakia, an annual festival of music, local handicrafts and permaculture takes place to entertain as well as educate through discussions and workshops about anything and everything that comes with living in the country.

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Video Spotlight: Marrakech Street Food

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 7 September 2012

Discover the magic of street food in Marrakech – couscous, bisteeya, mechoui, freshly baked bread and countless spices. This week’s video spotlight brings you mouth-watering culinary delights from the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains that will surely make your mouth water!

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Oxlajuj B’atz’ Maya Women’s Center: Hands-on Cultural Tours in the Heart of Guatemala

  • Oxlajuj B'atz'
  • 6 August 2012

Oxlajuj B’atz’ (OB) – meaning “Thirteen Threads” in the Maya Kaqchikel language – is a non-profit organization in Guatemala supporting indigenous women’s empowerment and education. OB offers travelers the opportunity to tour rural Guatemala and to learn about Mayan women achieving economic independence through innovative and sustainable development projects.

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Join a Paper Flower Tradition in Thanh Thien, Vietnam

  • Rachel Greene, Rose Charities
  • 18 June 2012

For 400 years, the villagers in Thanh Thien, Vietnam, have been making beautiful handmade paper flowers using unique designs passed down through the generations. Today, Thanh Thien is regaining fame for its paper flowers. To develop a program to attract tourists to the village, Thanh Thien has recently partnered with Rose Charities Vietnam.

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Beyond Books in Tanzania, Part III: “What a Difference a Library Makes”

  • Anne M. Wells, UNITE the World with Africa
  • 2 May 2012

In the United States, $15,000 may buy you a family vacation of sorts or maybe even a half-year’s tuition at a state university, but in Tanzania, it covers the entire annual budget for the Jifundishe Free Library in Ngongongare Village in the Arusha District of northern Tanzania. Jifundishe is one of a handful of free, independent community libraries in the entire country and now the model for a new community library initiative taking place across the country.

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