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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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Adventures Less Ordinary: Getting an Accurate Snapshot of Travel Generosity

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 15 December 2014

This post is part of my Editor’s Note in “Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good,” a free guide to mindful adventures. Drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading voices advocating for travel that makes a difference, it is a guide for compassionate people seeking the ultimate adventure – one guided as much by the good you give as the good you get.

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Walkability and Journeying on Foot: An Interview with Jonathon Stalls

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 21 October 2013

Expert wayfarer Jonathon Stalls is on a mission that is anything but pedestrian. He advocates for civic and personal wellness through walking. From his home base in Denver, Colorado, he organizes community walks through his social enterprise, called Walk2Connect, and lobbies for more pedestrian-friendly urban planning. He calls for a return to the mode of travel for which we are built, challenging those around him to slow down and experience life at a pace of three miles an hour.

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An Interview with Rob Greenfield, Bicycle Traveler and Sustainability Advocate

  • Wes Zolecki
  • 9 July 2013

Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, traveler and environmentalist who has decided to do more than just talk about being “green” and “sustainable.” Instead, he has chosen to do something tangible and measurable: He is riding a bamboo bicycle “Off the Grid Across America” and raising awareness for sustainability and money for not-for-profits along the way.

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Why Earth Day Should Become Earth Year

  • David Miller
  • 22 April 2013

Today is Earth Day, the annual global event held to highlight environmental issues and demonstrate support for environmental protection. As with all periods of transition, we need to start with small steps. But how long will it take for more and more people to wake up to what it means to to be “green” all year round?

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What Not to Flush While Travelling

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 19 November 2012

It’s true. Tourists place a disproportionate amount of stress on a place’s vital systems. Compared to many local populations, we use a lot of fresh water and energy, we generate a lot of waste and we spend a lot of time on the roads and runways. The question is: How can we curb our impact on local facilities? If in doubt, don’t flush paper.

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People Without Power: Hurricane Sandy, the World and Generosity

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 2 November 2012

I was born and raised in New York City and have an inbred appreciation for its tumult. But there are limits to tumult. What transpired a few days ago put to a test everyone’s tolerance for it. These are not easy times in many places. So if you’ve got the spirit and wherewithal to help, please do. Generously.

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Video Spotlight: The Man Who Lived On His Bike

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 5 October 2012

Bicycles are more than just another mode of transportation. They have become a lifestyle for anyone who shares the same passion for undoubtedly one of the greatest inventions of man. Guillaume Blanchet spent 382 days riding through the streets of Montreal, Canada, to compile this video as a tribute to his father, yet it speaks to everyone for whom riding a bike has become a part of life.

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Brisa Deneumostier Shares Sustainable Gastronomy in Peru

  • Sara Linares
  • 13 August 2012

To kick off a month-long agritourism theme on The Travel Word, we bring you an interview with chef Brisa Deneumostier in Lima, Peru. Her philosophies of mindful cooking and conscientious eating connect Lima’s thriving gastronomy scene to a growing sustainable agriculture movement.

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How and Why to Unplug While Travelling

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 25 June 2012

Do you have a small computer that fits in your pocket or purse? Does it spend most of its time in your hand? Have you outsourced most of your mind’s responsibilities to it, such as basic memory and navigation? If you answered ‘yes’ to the questions above, then you may be stuck in a technology loop. One way out of it: try experiential travel. Unplug, sign off, power down, get out of town and open yourself to the analog sensations around you.

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