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Adventures Less Ordinary: Getting an Accurate Snapshot of Travel Generosity

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 15 December 2014

This post is part of my Editor’s Note in “Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good,” a free guide to mindful adventures. Drawing on the combined expertise of two dozen leading voices advocating for travel that makes a difference, it is a guide for compassionate people seeking the ultimate adventure – one guided as much by the good you give as the good you get.

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Community and Giving Back Can Go Hand in Hand Through Voluntourism

  • Arno Delport
  • 2 September 2014

Not all voluntourism projects are created equal and sometimes hard data can demonstrate it. Find out what’s really at stake and where a little generosity of time and energy offered by travellers is meeting the needs of the Ugandan people.

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The Malawi Connection: When Doing Good Does Good

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 19 September 2013

This is a classic feel-good tale featuring an especially unlikely cast of characters: an African travel company, a UK-based handmade-bag manufacturer, a doctor, a boatbuilder, a community-based organisation in Malawi and the people on the shores of Lake Malawi it supports, especially the kids of a primary school.

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Photo of the Week: Festival in the Meadows, Sekier, Slovakia

  • Michal Torma (photo), Jakub Riziky (text)
  • 14 September 2012

In the meadows of the local eco-community, called Sekier, in the Zaježová valley of central Slovakia, an annual festival of music, local handicrafts and permaculture takes place to entertain as well as educate through discussions and workshops about anything and everything that comes with living in the country.

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A Glimpse of Rural Local Life Along Kyrgyzstan’s Pamir Highway

  • Catharina Robbertze
  • 28 August 2012

If you’re looking for a historical, unusual, challenging and epic path to follow by bicycle, the Silk Road has to be it. As one on a 12,000-kilometre Silk Road bike trip organised by Tour d’Afrique, I couldn’t have anticipated that the journey would be so eventful, varied and memorable… especially when meeting and learning from locals like those we met along the Pamir Highway in the mountains of Kyrgyzstan.

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Homestays: Experiencing the Real Laos

  • Cindy Fan
  • 16 July 2012

We’re in the small village of Ban Dong Muong in southern Laos. We’ll be staying in someone’s home tonight – no hotels here. Our accommodations will be the floor of a simple home. Village life is an integral part of Lao culture and society, and this homestay will allow us to experience how the majority of people in this developing country live.

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Short-Term Voluntours – Can You Really Make A Difference?

  • Leanne Haigh, Acacia Africa
  • 6 July 2012

Voluntourism has generated a growing feel-good factor to travel by creating opportunities for the everyday traveller and not just the career-minded charity worker. But the question remains: Can you make a difference when you’re a short-term tourist? Although the debate appears to be ongoing, it’s not essential to be on a three-month sabbatical if you want to give something back.

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Video Spotlight: Where the Hell Is Matt 2012

  • Paul Tavner
  • 24 June 2012

We featured the Where the Hell is Matt? 2008 update – part of a continuing series of short films about a funny dance – as a Video Spotlight toward the end of 2012. It was, in fact, the original inspiration for our Video Spotlights as a continuing feature here at The Travel Word. That’s why we were delighted…

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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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Beyond Books in Tanzania, Part IV: The Maktaba Project & The New Tanzanian Community Library Association

  • Anne M. Wells, UNITE the World with Africa
  • 30 May 2012

In a country where development can be frustratingly slow and good intention can be easily derailed by miscommunications, cultural differences and logistical setbacks, what does one do when one finds a program that works? Replicate it! In 2006, at age 69, Judith Smith, founder of the U.S.-based Crawford-Smith Foundation, traveled to Tanzania, met Deb Kelly and got hooked on community library projects.

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