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Posts Tagged ‘Ashley Hiemenz’

Where Would You Like to Be for the End of the World?

  • WHL Group
  • 20 December 2012

This Friday, December 21, 2012, marks the end of the 5,125-year-long Mayan calendar. It’s a date that has had some new-age astrologers speculating about the possibility of cataclysmic world events, possible even a doomsday scenario. Just what are some of the best places to hide out for the end of the world? We sat down with WHL Group staff to hear their thoughts about where to they’d like to be during the earth’s final hours.

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What Is Experiential Travel? Here’s What We Think

  • WHL Group
  • 11 June 2012

Today’s traveller seeks experiences. More than the amenities and creature comforts, more than the attractions and canned entertainment, more than the must-sees and photos, the real-life experiences are what compel people to travel. Here are reflections from the WHL Group about what the buzzword ‘experiential travel’ means, and our own favourite memories of it.

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What is Tourism’s Biggest Threat to the Environment?

  • WHL Group
  • 18 April 2012

In honour of Earth Day – scheduled this year for Sunday April 22 – and our focus this month on ecotourism, we’re thinking about our planet. We’re thinking about the human activities that have the most harmful impact on it, especially the one we love most – travel. We’re compelled to ask: What is tourism in its worst form, environmentally? Even in its best form, can the cost to the earth of tourism ever really be offset?

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What is Slow Travel? Here’s What We Think

  • WHL Group
  • 7 February 2012

“Slow down.” This is the simple message of the Slow Movement. In today’s high-speed world of fast food, jet planes and instant communication, we are losing touch with ourselves, with each other, and with the earth, says the Slow Movement. Like ‘slow food’ and ‘slow media,’ ‘slow travel’ is a part of the movement. And here’s what the WHL Group staff thinks about it.

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Our Favourite Earth Day Videos

  • WHL Group
  • 21 April 2011

In honour of Earth Day, staff at WHL Group took a moment to think about our planet. Today, we can travel the world in a way that we never could before — virtually, online. Although there is no replacement for seeing the wonders of nature live and in person, digital media such as online video delivers powerful and inspiring messages. Here are our top picks of videos of ‘earth moments’ that move us.

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1000 Years in the Making: Hanoi Celebrates Its Millennium

  • Ashley Hiemenz
  • 2 October 2010

As if Hanoi traffic isn’t already something to talk about, people from around the world are gathering here to join in a spectacular 10-day celebration of Hanoi’s 1000th birthday. With the major roads in the centre of the city closed, Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake has been transformed into a pedestrian-friendly street party, with artistic displays, stages, concerts and festivities throughout the city.

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Responsible Tourism in True Form: Bloom Microventures Comes to Vietnam

  • Ashley Hiemenz
  • 24 September 2010

As a Hanoi resident, I have taken many a tour with visiting friends. Accordingly, I have experienced my share of horrible tours. I’ve also seen the detrimental effects of tourism done wrong – whereby the big guys get richer and little money trickles down to the local suppliers (leaving disgruntled staff members and unhappy travellers). Over the years though, a few responsible tour operators have made a sincere effort to offer better travel alternatives, so when we noticed a humble poster that advertised a microfinance tour in Vietnam, we were definitely curious. What is a microfinance tour?

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A Lot of Love for Nepal

  • Ashley Hiemenz
  • 28 May 2010

It was time to escape into the wild embrace of nature and reignite my spirit for adventure. I needed a place where I could take my true form with a backpack, sneakers, reckless abandon and unruly hair. I knew where this place was; it had been calling me for my entire life. On my 26th birthday, I booked tickets to Nepal.

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OPINION: Animal Conservation or Cruelty?

  • Ashley Hiemenz
  • 4 March 2010

It is well known that animals are a powerful tourism catalyst throughout the world. However, after the tragic death of Dawn Brancheau at Orlando SeaWorld on February 22nd, many questions have again been raised about the exploitation of whales and dolphins as entertainment. SeaWorld, owned by Blackstone, is a profitable business that fills its stadiums…

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A Taste of Fine Wine and Fresh Country near Chisinau, Moldova

  • Ashley Hiemenz
  • 4 September 2009

Set on the southeastern edge of Europe, Moldova has undeniably received very little tourist traffic compared to the rest of the continent. Ask most people where Moldova is and there’s a good chance they’ve never even heard of it. However, more and more travellers are venturing to this little-chartered destination just a bit too far…

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