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Community-Based Ecotourism, the Good-Living Tourist Model: An Interview with Felipe Zalamea of Sumak Travel

  • The Travel Word
  • 26 August 2013

Felipe Zalamea is the London-based brain and brawn behind Sumak Sustainable Travel, a tour operator specialising in community-based ecotourism and focusing on building bridges between local communities active in tourism and travellers interested in seeing a different side of the world. The Travel Word had a chat with him about the work he is doing to connect travellers to amazing off-the-beaten-track travel in Latin America.

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Indigenous and Community-Based Tourism in Bolivia

  • Andrew Thompson
  • 5 August 2013

Set in an Andean mountain valley, the city of Cochabamba, Bolivia, is headquarters of a unique organisation known as the Bolivian Network of Community and Solidarity Based Tourism (the Spanish acronym is Tusoco). A product of grassroots peasant and indigenous community organisations, Tusoco is a thriving organisation with a new approach to sustainable and responsible tourism.

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Six Things to Do in Nairobi, Kenya

  • Samuel Hopkins
  • 6 May 2013

Often mislabelled and maligned by a sometimes ruthless and distorted media as the granddaddy of hazardous African cities, Nairobi, Kenya, is to many travellers simply a no-go zone. This is their loss, for, in reality, Nairobi is one of region’s biggest draws, catering to all types of interests. To help you make the most of your time there, here is a list of six unforgettable and essential, but slightly off-the-beaten-track Nairobi experiences.

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Morning Alms in Luang Prabang, Laos: Religious Tradition Turned into Tourist Spectacle

  • Cindy Fan
  • 8 April 2013

Tak Bat or morning alms is a living Buddhist tradition in Laos that has become a tourist attraction on the must-see/do list of Luang Prabang. It is indeed a beautiful sight. But over the years, as more and more travellers discover Laos, the Buddhist tradition has turned into a spectacle of disruptive, disrespectful tourists who act like they’re on the It’s a Small World Disneyland ride full of animatronic dolls in bright ethnic costumes.

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Travel Safety in Peru: the Stories Behind the Headline

  • Matthew Barker
  • 28 February 2013

Few Latin American have transformed themselves into travel Meccas quite as completely and quickly as has Peru. But parts of Peru still remain thoroughly out of bounds for tourists. Travel safety in Peru means you need to tread lightly and appreciate the complexities of your host community.

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A Wakeup Call for a Healthier Year: Responsible Travel Week 2013

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 10 February 2013

Responsible Travel Week 2013 is the fifth annual unconference hosted by Planeta.com. Its goal is to help people fall in love with responsible travel, as well as demonstrate how social networking is an easy and inexpensive means of documenting the challenges and successes of developing it.

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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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An Interview with Kesang Wangdi, Director General of the Tourism Council of Bhutan

  • Adventure Travel Trade Association
  • 21 November 2012

In advance of this year’s Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Responsible Tourism Conference & Mart, Shannon Stowell explored Bhutan along with industry leaders and conference hosts.The following is an interview between Stowell, President of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, and Kesang Wangdi, the Director General of the Tourism Council of Bhutan at the Zhiwa Ling Hotel in Paro, Bhutan.

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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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Mynatour Ecotourism Contest Winner Recalls His Trip to Laos

  • Mario Difra with Jenna Makowski
  • 1 November 2012

When Italy native Mario Difra packed his bags and hopped on a plane to southern Laos – his third-place prize in the Mynatour Ecotourism Contest – he knew he was diving into a great adventure, all made possible by Teamworkz and whl.travel. On his seven-day journey on the waters of the Mekong River and through the treetops of the Champasak jungles, however, Difra recorded a parallel journey that takes travellers into the heart of local Lao life.

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