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Family Travel and Responsible Tourism

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 22 August 2017

A comprehensive collection of reasons and arguments why everyone should engage in more family travel and responsible tourism.

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How to Be a Responsible Family Travel Champion: Top Tips

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 21 August 2017

We asked experts to share their top tips about making responsible family travel decisions. Here’s what they had to say.

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Off-the-Beaten-Path Family Travel

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 23 May 2017

Off-the-beaten-path family travel — is it appropriate as more and more parents travel with their kids in search of powerful learning experiences?

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Simple and Unique Steps to More Sustainable Travel

  • Kacey Bradley
  • 27 February 2017

While traveling is a wonderful thing, it can be pretty hard on the environment. We have to take precautions to limit our impact. Here are some simple steps to more sustainable travel that anyone can take.

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Family Travel Must Stand Up for Families and #StopOrphanTrips

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 22 May 2016

As part of the monthlong #StopOrphanTrips blog blitz, traveling families should take a stand and call for an end to orphanage tourism. Nobody likes to be played for a fool, but that’s what’s often the case when you visit, volunteer at or contribute to an overseas “orphanage.”

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The Joys of Sustainable Travel

  • Philip Boxall
  • 8 August 2015

As many parts of our world become more and more accessible, so too does the importance of traveling and exploring in a way that respects local cultures and environments. Unfortunately, some travelers think “sustainable travel” is about limited options, but there are many more fun activities and options available. Here are a few.

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A Life-Changing Experience Challenge in Ghana

  • Jiah Ham
  • 27 July 2015

The author first heard about the Experience Challenge through colleagues who had participated in an earlier trip. The story she brought back from her time in Ghana with AfriKids’ Blue Sky Travel Ltd. was one about people. And it was one she was not prepared for emotionally.

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The Brutal Truth About Voluntourism – And What to Do About It

  • Andrew Motiwalla
  • 13 July 2015

Not all volunteer travel experiences are bad, so it’s up to the industry to tell the truth about voluntourism and start weeding out the bad apples. Only by creating a set of standards that can guide travelers toward organizations doing voluntourism right can the industry transform its reputation.

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The Fight Against Human Trafficking: A Visit to the Indian Border with Maiti Nepal

  • Christine T. Mackay
  • 25 May 2015

A donor trip to Nepal bears witness to the work of Maiti Nepal in its fight against human trafficking, the heartbreaking tragedy of which is enormous in a country suffering from poverty, illiteracy and now recovery from major natural disaster.

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The Homestay Initiative in Malawi: Appreciating Local Culture

  • Alice Tilton
  • 23 February 2015

The Responsible Safari Company and Youth for Development and Productivity are designing a Homestay Initiative through which guests can experience authentic village life in Malawi. With that in mind, I decided to experience a village homestay in Malawi myself.

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