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An Eye-Opening Family Visit to a Chinese Migrant Workers’ School

  • Ethan Gelber and Jane Higgins
  • 14 August 2017

The children of Chinese migrant workers do not necessarily have the same opportunities as resident kids. So many of them attend special schools created for them by their community. This is an eye-opening account of the complex context and experience of an American family’s visit to a Chinese migrant workers’ school.

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7 Tips for Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Vacation Photography

  • Shane Haumpton
  • 24 July 2017

Today’s generations of travelers should practice sustainable vacation photography to preserve our natural surroundings for future generations who wish to enjoy and photograph them as much as we are.

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Simple and Unique Steps to More Sustainable Travel

  • Kacey Bradley
  • 27 February 2017

While traveling is a wonderful thing, it can be pretty hard on the environment. We have to take precautions to limit our impact. Here are some simple steps to more sustainable travel that anyone can take.

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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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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 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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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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When You Travel to Cuba (It’s Possible!), Help Keep Its Nature Intact

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 September 2014

Cuba has been taunting me for two decades. And i’m not alone; Americans now travel to Cuba in record numbers. With re-loosened travel restrictions now allowing for “purposeful” and “people-to-people” contact, it’s possible to go. While you’re at it, why not help protect the country’s nature and culture!

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A Ground Zero Tour: Lessons in Remembering

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 12 September 2014

Compelled by curiosity about how Ground Zero is presented to people unfamiliar with it, I elected to join a 2.5-hour Ground Zero tour set to circumnavigate the new and emerging World Trade Center, taking in its history, its buildings (past and present) and reminders of just some of the people and events from the day.

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