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Travel While You’re Young and Help Make a Better World

  • Sarah Fielding
  • 24 October 2013

A great many people believe that everyone should experience travel at some point in their lives. Of course, travel (even extended trips) can and probably should be enjoyed at any age, but I believe there are many excellent reasons to travel while you’re young and help make a better world.

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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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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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Top Seven Hotel Website Design Principles: The Good and the Bad

  • Heather Linton
  • 23 October 2012

Almost every accommodation provider knows the importance of having a website. However, it seems hotels often don’t realise that just having a website is not enough. Travellers need more. They need to get seduced by what they see and be able to book everything online. This guide therefore gives you examples of good design, bad design and just plain ugly design.

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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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How to Be a Slow Traveller: Choose the Right Accommodation

  • whl.travel
  • 14 March 2012

In the best-selling book and motion picture ‘Eat Pray Love,’ Elizabeth Gilbert spends an entire year on the road. She visits three different countries for four months each. How did she do it? Apart from having a book deal already in place to fund her journey, she also travelled smart and travelled slow, especially in her choice of lodging. From Italy to India and Indonesia, she chose longer-term apartment and lodge rental.

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How to Prolong Your Travels Through Work Exchange

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 20 February 2012

If you are willing to skip some of the hit-and-run sightseeing and country hopping of gotta-see-it-all travel, there’s a much simpler way to stay on budget and on the road for a long time: Take it slow, base your travels in one place and opt for a work exchange. Today, there are more and more ways for the industrious slow traveller to find work and break even.

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How to Make Pastry with Alcohol in Crete, Greece

  • Heather Rath
  • 14 December 2011

Yes, we did use spirits while making small delicious cheese pies, called ‘kalitsounia,’ in a traditional hillside village of western Crete, Greece. Koula Barydakis, our ebullient chef instructor, began our local cooking lessons by pouring a shot of raki for herself and her students as we toasted the traditional Cretan diet, one of the healthiest in the world.

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Where and How to Help Marine Turtles in the Mediterranean Region

  • Samantha Libby
  • 10 October 2011

When it’s summer, the tourist migration to the Mediterranean’s famed beaches is at its height. However, there’s an older guest who has lived here for the past 95 million years and needs our help: the marine turtle. Saving the marine turtle just may be one of the few things the international community can agree on these days, especially steps taken toward turtle conservation through tourism.

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Finding the Fairest Souvenirs: How to Shop Responsibly

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 17 August 2011

Fellow travellers, I have a weakness: I like to shop. Worse, when I travel, my addiction takes over. My Achilles heel is for local souvenirs, the more creative and original, the better. Among my finer purchases is a gorgeous green silk scarf bought in Vietnam, an unusual hand-carved mask from Belize that now hangs on my wall and a pair of small but colourful paintings I picked up in Peru.

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