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Posts Tagged ‘slow travel’

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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Why Aren’t More Bloggers Writing About Responsible Travel?

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 21 March 2012

Most mainstream newspapers and magazines today acknowledge that more and more travellers consider themselves ‘ecotourists,’ but don’t really give their readers enough to feed their ethical penchants. Hamstrung by shrinking budgets and market-deaf advertisers, they look like they’re being outpaced by the industry they’re supposed to support. So why aren’t you, the new generation of penmen and -women, stepping into an expanding vacuum?

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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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Take It Slow: Get off the High-Speed Tour Bus!

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 12 March 2012

You’ve seen them flocking together at every major tourist site: groups of travellers in bright Hawaiian shirts escorted by their tour guides, who lead them around like herds of cattle. They snap photos with their brand-new cameras and are then wrangled back on the bus. One hopes that one day these folk will realise this is no way to see the world, watching the landscapes whirr by instead of savouring the journey.

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Trans-Oceanic Slow Travel: Booking Aboard Cargo Ships

  • Anna Rice
  • 6 March 2012

In July of last year, my boyfriend and I set out on a slow travel adventure around the world. We had one rule – no flying. Overland, we had many options – walking, cycling, riding buses, taking a train – but what about crossing the oceans? Many people are simply not aware that numerous cargo ships offer passenger cabins.

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Rediscovering Home in the Suburbs of Sydney, Australia

  • Len Cordiner
  • 29 February 2012

My wife and I started our own ‘slow travel’ mission. For the past four months, we have been checking out the natural world in and around Sydney – starting in our own backyard. We were amazed – thrilled, even – at what we found. In the large tracts of mangrove forest and bushland, we couldn’t see any hint of suburbia. Instead, we encountered many different species of plants and wildflowers.

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The Off-Season in Corfu, Greece: A Slower Kind of Travel

  • Eva Makris
  • 27 February 2012

In the off-season, even Corfu Town slows down. It becomes easy to find a table along the elegant Liston arcade and no one complains if you decide to spend hours and hours reading your newspaper while slowly sipping a coffee or ouzo. In the narrow alleys of Corfu Town, you can enjoy the small family-run tavernas that have been serving lunch to the locals for generations.

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Slow Travel Practitioner: A Ski Bum in Fernie, British Columbia

  • Mike Cotton
  • 24 February 2012

Ski bums are fine practitioners of slow travel. They are neither the tourists who pass through for weekend getaways, nor the weathered locals who have seen a lifetime of winters. Somewhere in between, ski bums stop and stay long enough to make temporary lives for themselves in a town. Like Fernie, British Columbia.

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How Long is Long Enough? A Slow Travel Cheat Sheet

  • whl.travel
  • 22 February 2012

We’ve asked our global network of local tourism professionals about the ‘length of stay’ factor in their destinations. Answers varied, but they all agree on one thing: the average tourist isn’t a slow traveller and just doesn’t stay long enough to really appreciate a place. Here are their thoughts on how long is long enough and what the average fast traveller is missing.

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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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