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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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Happy New Year 2014 – A Ployglot’s Pleasure

  • The Travel Word
  • 1 January 2014

Here it is: ‘Happy New Year’ in as many languages as we could assemble. If something’s missing or not quite right, please let us know so that we can correct it next year!

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Happy New Year 2013

  • The Travel Word
  • 2 January 2013

Happy New Year… in as many languages as we could assemble.

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How Do You Meet Locals While Travelling?

  • WHL Group
  • 4 November 2012

A major highlight of travel is always the people we meet along the way, especially local inhabitants. Local people burst the tourist bubble and offer valuable insight and access to incredible experiences. They are a traveller’s best inroad to a place. Just what are some of the best ways to meet locals while travelling? We sat down with the staff of the WHL Group to tease out their thoughts about how to infiltrate local life.

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Photo of the Week: A Gondolier on the Job, Venice, Italy

  • Cecilia Cambero (photo and text)
  • 12 October 2012

This picture, showing a gondolier during a work break, was taken near St. Mark’s Square, one of the main tourist spots in Venice, Italy. Although the area is always bustling, with people rushing around the place, this picture reflects one of those quiet moments that you can only glimpse when wandering a few corners off the beaten path, in Venice and elsewhere in Italy.

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How Literature Inspires Travel – by John Shors

  • John Shors
  • 5 September 2012

I believe that people within the travel industry should look at literature as a means to promote destinations and itineraries. Travel marketing shouldn’t be just about beautiful photos, slick graphics and discounted pricing. The old cliché claims that a “picture is worth a thousand words,” and that may be true, but right now I am finishing a 148,000-word novel about Angkor Wat, and I’m certain that when it is released, thousands of people will plan trips to Cambodia.

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Xhosa: Embracing Love Through a South African Language

  • Ashley Michelle Williams
  • 27 June 2012

For some reason, I don’t think I was that aware of how much diversity existed within South Africa. I hate to be ignorant, but I just didn’t realize the array of languages and cultures that existed within the country. I was surprised to find out that there are actually more than 10 official languages in South Africa, my favorite of which is Xhosa.

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When Cooking Becomes an Experience… in Burkina Faso

  • Polona Vida Čeligoj
  • 8 June 2012

Kafuli – which in the local Dioula language means ‘a gathering of different people’ – is a local grassroots organisation in Burkina Faso running a variety of projects, from foster parenting to programs in education, fair-trade agriculture and responsible tourism. Yes, you heard right – it’s small but it actually runs all of these projects.

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Beyond Books in Tanzania: Part I

  • Anne M. Wells, UNITE the World with Africa
  • 5 March 2012

Over the course of our lifetimes, there are few activities on which we will spend more time than reading. Now imagine a world where there are few, if any, written words… and welcome to Ngongongare Village in the Arusha District of northern Tanzania. Today, though, a new initiative called the Maktaba Project (“library” in Swahili) is working on building a network of libraries in six rural communities over the next 10 years.

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Slow Down and Go Local: Responsible Tourism Week 2012 – February 13-19

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 9 February 2012

It’s back! And it is expected to be better than ever. The fourth annual Responsible Tourism Week is scheduled to run from February 13 to 19, 2012. Hosted by Planeta.com, it is touted as “a free unconference exploring down-to-earth applications of noble concepts including responsible tourism, conscious travel, the local travel movement and ecotourism with effective and inexpensive social media and local events.”

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