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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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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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A Pictorial Journey and Photography Workshop in Morocco

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 18 September 2014

When you go to Morocco, don’t make the same mistakes I did. Learn how to capture the country’s special light, and with it your impressions of a place that will surprise you. When I was there, I met the woman I eventually married. I deeply wish I had taken more pictures and that they were more evocative and of better quality. I wish I had taken a photography workshop in Morocco.

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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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Community and Giving Back Can Go Hand in Hand Through Voluntourism

  • Arno Delport
  • 2 September 2014

Not all voluntourism projects are created equal and sometimes hard data can demonstrate it. Find out what’s really at stake and where a little generosity of time and energy offered by travellers is meeting the needs of the Ugandan people.

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Street Food in Thailand: Neat Treats and Sustainability

  • Heather Rath
  • 12 May 2014

Grasshoppers, crickets, assorted insects – down the hatch! Although it’s easy to dismiss Patong, as a tourist haven, you just can’t dismiss the exceptional street food in Thailand. To eat or not eat: that is the question. With the enjoyment of exotic culinary delights, however, comes environmental responsibility.

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Broke Fordwich – Winemaking the Local Way in the Hunter Valley, Australia

  • Francesca Baker
  • 31 March 2014

In the Hunter Valley of Australia, Broke Fordwich is where the winemaking community has a local and natural feel, but the wine is no less delicious because of it. Here there is respect and responsibility for working within the limitations of the surroundings abundance, and the knowledge of the effect that it will have upon a finished product, is striking.

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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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Petrópolis, Brazil: Strong on History and Nature

  • Alexandra Branscombe
  • 14 January 2014

Lacking the aggressive tourism practices found in Rio de Janeiro, Petrópolis is delightfully free of pressure. Visitors here find a more wholesome and native Brazilian experience, whether it involves walking the same cobblestone streets that the Brazilian imperial family once did or gazing out at the Atlantic Rainforest from the top of a mountain.

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Alto Hotel – Carbon-Neutral in Melbourne, Australia

  • Francesca Baker
  • 7 January 2014

Melbourne is one of the greenest cities in the world. Well on target to carbon neutrality by 2020, it has won numerous accolades. Green walls surround buildings, recycling bins are everywhere, and trams and city bikes are normal ways to commute. Located in the very heart of the city, is Alto Hotel, the region’s first carbon-neutral hotel.

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