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People Without Power: Hurricane Sandy, the World and Generosity

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 2 November 2012

I was born and raised in New York City and have an inbred appreciation for its tumult. But there are limits to tumult. What transpired a few days ago put to a test everyone’s tolerance for it. These are not easy times in many places. So if you’ve got the spirit and wherewithal to help, please do. Generously.

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Video Spotlight: The Man Who Lived On His Bike

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 5 October 2012

Bicycles are more than just another mode of transportation. They have become a lifestyle for anyone who shares the same passion for undoubtedly one of the greatest inventions of man. Guillaume Blanchet spent 382 days riding through the streets of Montreal, Canada, to compile this video as a tribute to his father, yet it speaks to everyone for whom riding a bike has become a part of life.

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Brisa Deneumostier Shares Sustainable Gastronomy in Peru

  • Sara Linares
  • 13 August 2012

To kick off a month-long agritourism theme on The Travel Word, we bring you an interview with chef Brisa Deneumostier in Lima, Peru. Her philosophies of mindful cooking and conscientious eating connect Lima’s thriving gastronomy scene to a growing sustainable agriculture movement.

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How and Why to Unplug While Travelling

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 25 June 2012

Do you have a small computer that fits in your pocket or purse? Does it spend most of its time in your hand? Have you outsourced most of your mind’s responsibilities to it, such as basic memory and navigation? If you answered ‘yes’ to the questions above, then you may be stuck in a technology loop. One way out of it: try experiential travel. Unplug, sign off, power down, get out of town and open yourself to the analog sensations around you.

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World Food Day and Local Food: A Search for Solutions

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 17 October 2011

Today we belatedly mark World Food Day, which was celebrated yesterday, October 16, in honour of the date in 1945 when the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization was established. The theme was ‘Food Prices – From Crisis to Stability,’ an attempt to spotlight the need for global practices that can prevent the devastating price upswings we have seen all over the world. We therefore look back at some of the fantastic local-food contributions that have been made on The Travel Word.

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Travel2Change Sustainable Community Projects in Kenya, Peru, Sri Lanka and Brazil

  • Travel2change
  • 16 September 2011

Projects in Kenya, Peru, Sri Lanka and Brazil have been announced as the winners of the first travel2change idea challenge. Over 500 members joined the travel2change online community since its launch in late April 2011, and submitted around 60 innovative project proposals. The submitted ideas were evaluated based on creativity, effectiveness, impact, feasibility and sustainability.

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Video Spotlight: One Day on Earth

  • Paul Tavner
  • 28 August 2011

The One Day on Earth project began in 2008, with the vision of uniting the entire world in a single film-related project. The potential for collaboration offered by the internet is something that continues to be explored to this day, but the group behind One Day on Earth set out to achieve something that had never been seen before: a collection of moments, experiences and events from all corners of the globe with a single unifying experience – they all took place on the same day.

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Bicycles in Vietnam: More than Simple Transport

  • Tuan Truong
  • 25 August 2011

In Saigon, bicycles are a tradition and a livelihood. For generations, bicycles have been used not only as transport but also as a way of generating income for working-class families. A lot of people’s lives are closely connected to this rudimentary conveyance because they can earn their living right on two wheels.

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Rugby in Laos: An Important Community Sport

  • Maggie Dillon
  • 8 June 2011

The French brought rugby to the Lao PDR in the 1960s. In response to burgeoning interest in the sport, in 2001 the Lao Rugby Federation was founded to provide a formal framework for all rugby union activities taking place in the Lao PDR, whether in the context of school, community or domestic and elite international rugby development. Of particular value to the LRF is Champa Ban Rugby, an important coaching and community outreach program.

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Responsible Travel and Malaria: Expert Answers to Your Questions

  • Staff of Malaria.com
  • 27 May 2011

Malaria kills upward of 800,000 people a year, and there can be as many as 300 million cases at any one time around the world. Malaria is on the rise, but you can still travel safely and enjoy the mystery and beauty of the world. Responsible travellers are cautious and prepared travellers, those who carefully research the health risks they might encounter before they venture off their front porches and into the world’s embrace. Malaria.com exists for these responsible travellers.

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