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Posts Tagged ‘local values’

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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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 Truly Responsible Training Day: Ecotourism in Malawi

  • Kate Webb
  • 1 October 2012

Eight community representatives gathered together from villages around Southern Malawi to take part in an training day about ecotourism in Malawi. They discuss the future of sustainable tourism in Malawi, including how it might impact rural communities and what they do about it. It is an inspirational day.

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Video Spotlight: Local Voices from Costa Rica

  • iSeeiTravel
  • 8 July 2012

When you travel, one of the easiest and most meaningful things you can do is meet the locals. To the best of your ability, strike up a conversation. Find out their story, their culture, their way of life. That’s what iSeeiTravel does in its debut documentary project, called 2.5%. Read more about them and support their fundraising campaign to promote conscious travel in Costa Rica.

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Video Spotlight: The Genius of a Place

  • Paul Tavner
  • 18 March 2012

The creative team behind the upcoming film ‘The Genius of a Place’ – a title taken from the works of Alexander Pope – noticed the change that was taking place in Cortona, Italy, and set out to document it. While steps are being taken to mitigate against the damage being done to this particular destination, it serves as an example for other towns likely to be affected by similar issues.

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To Climb or Not to Climb Uluru in Australia

  • Marcela Torres
  • 16 March 2012

The Aboriginal sacred site of Uluru – also known as Ayers Rock – is one of Australia’s most recognizable natural icons. The time seems right to ponder over a question that has for decades been the subject of a much-heated debate: Should tourists be allowed to climb the rock or not? Respecting indigenous cultures and local traditions is at the core of the responsible tourism concept and it is the center of the controversy over Uluru.

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Photo of the Week: A Ranger in Khustai National Park, Mongolia

  • Ragchaa Batbold (Photo and Text)
  • 12 February 2012

When we got on top of the hill and were enjoying the surrounding natural scenery, we spotted a local horseman approaching us from a distance. I don’t know why, but initially we felt slightly ill at ease, maybe because we were otherwise alone in a complete wilderness.

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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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Video Spotlight: Vendemmia – A Documentary About Cinque Terre, Italy

  • Paul Tavner
  • 22 January 2012

This week’s Video Spotlight features the work of film-makers Krista Lee Weller and Sharon Boeckle. The American duo and their team have spent several years documenting the challenges facing the Italian region of Cinque Terre, a beautiful section of the Italian Riviera that has been strained by tourism and the desire to capitalise on it.

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Video Spotlight: The Economics of Happiness

  • Paul Tavner
  • 9 October 2011

The Economics of Happiness is a recently released documentary that examines some of the most powerful forces that hold sway over our lives. The world, it seems, is moving in two irreconcilable direction simultaneously: a shift toward globalisation versus ‘localization’. This film waves some important important flags, raises some thoughtful points of discussion for all of us who love to travel.

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