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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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Microfinance Tourism: How to Turn Travel Cash into Microcredits

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 21 January 2013

What is poverty? To Mohammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi father of microfinance and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, poverty is the lack of control over capital. His answer to poverty is to harness the entrepreneurial spirit of the poor through low-interest microloans, mostly to women. Today, anyone can join the microfinance movement and offer capital to the poor through crowdfunding sites like the Geotourism Development Foundation or Kiva. Travellers can now also connect with borrowers in person through innovative microfinance tours.

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Photo of the Week: A Cleaning Woman, Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi

  • Pravin Tamang
  • 9 November 2012

It was evening when I shot this picture at Humayun’s Tomb, one of the best monuments standing in Delhi. What inspired me to capture this image was the dramatic correspondence between the lady’s bright-blue-and-floral sari and the marigold flowers that are typical of the autumn season in the north of India. The golden light added an element of warmth to the picture.

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What the Locals Talk About in Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Kim Groves
  • 6 November 2012

Imagine being invited warmly into the homes of local people and their families. Imagine sitting down in a living room, patio or workshop and having a conversation with a local woman about what it is really like to live and work in her town. Imagine getting off the beaten tourist path and, at the same time, making a positive difference to a community. Imagine the conversations the women will have about you after you leave!

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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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Investours Delivers Authentic Travel Experiences That Support Local Artists

  • Corrina Jacobs
  • 24 September 2012

Investours brings together socially responsible travellers visiting Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with local artisans who have applied for loans to grow their small business projects. Each Investours tour visits a local artisan’s workshop, helping visitors to gain an intimate perspective on local culture, daily life and the challenges of operating a small business.

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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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Photo of the Week: Kyoto Annual Archery Festival, Kyoto, Japan

  • Aaron Davis (Photo and Text)
  • 29 July 2012

Kyoto is a city that lends itself to festivals, and there are numerous possibilities for exploration during these many great festivals due to the honouring of traditions and ancient events. The surreal temple complex of Sanjusangen-do in Kyoto hosts a traditional annual archery festival with a 400-year tradition that includes young women turning 20 in the coming year.

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Travel Chat with Cindy Fan, a Nomad in Laos

  • WHL Group
  • 22 June 2012

Every month, we delve into the travel experiences of people in the extended WHL Group network. Cindy Fan is a Canadian travel writer and photographer addicted to exploring the planet. Since 2005, she’s had adventures (and misadventures) in 29 countries – hiking, biking and paddling her way through the world’s great landscapes.

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