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Walkability and Journeying on Foot: An Interview with Jonathon Stalls

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 21 October 2013

Expert wayfarer Jonathon Stalls is on a mission that is anything but pedestrian. He advocates for civic and personal wellness through walking. From his home base in Denver, Colorado, he organizes community walks through his social enterprise, called Walk2Connect, and lobbies for more pedestrian-friendly urban planning. He calls for a return to the mode of travel for which we are built, challenging those around him to slow down and experience life at a pace of three miles an hour.

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An Interview with Rob Greenfield, Bicycle Traveler and Sustainability Advocate

  • Wes Zolecki
  • 9 July 2013

Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, traveler and environmentalist who has decided to do more than just talk about being “green” and “sustainable.” Instead, he has chosen to do something tangible and measurable: He is riding a bamboo bicycle “Off the Grid Across America” and raising awareness for sustainability and money for not-for-profits along the way.

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Sustainable Design and Adapting Tourism Architecture in Jordan and Morocco

  • Michael Soncina
  • 18 April 2013

While attending this year’s Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference (ESTC), attendees were fortunate enough to listen to a fantastic panel discussion led by Muna Haddad, from the Baraka Consulting Agency, on conducting tourism in a crisis situation. She gave interesting examples of realities and perceptions of life in her home country of Jordan, and how communication channels like social media disrupt reality and create illusions that can have an enormous effect on a destination.

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The Old Travel Show Is Dead, Long Live the New York Travel Festival

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 11 April 2013

On April 20 and 21, 2013, the New York Travel Festival casts its inaugural spell on the New York metropolitan area. Conceived of and given shape as something more inspiring and more anchored in place than the typical travel event, it aims “to reinvent the consumer travel show.”

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New York State Tourism: Why Frack with a Good Thing?

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 12 November 2012

Preserving the natural heritage of New York State is good policy for supporting and promoting outdoor tourism in the long run, but other interests are often at play. Here in New York, we are currently in the midst of an ongoing battle that pits the gas industry against conservationists over whether or not to allow hydraulic fracturing, also called “fracking,” a controversial technique that uses chemical additives for extracting gas buried under deep shale formations.

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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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Investours Delivers Authentic Travel Experiences That Support Local Artists

  • Corrina Jacobs
  • 24 September 2012

Investours brings together socially responsible travellers visiting Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, with local artisans who have applied for loans to grow their small business projects. Each Investours tour visits a local artisan’s workshop, helping visitors to gain an intimate perspective on local culture, daily life and the challenges of operating a small business.

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Authenticity, Giving Back and the Awkward Case of Indigenous Tourism

  • Daniel Kreuger
  • 15 August 2012

Travel industry trend watchers have lately observed that, with the ideas of ‘authenticity,’ ‘giving back,’ ‘participation,’ and ‘engagement’ resonating with travellers, there are new alliances developing between the adventure tourism industry and the world’s indigenous communities. I believe these consumer and industry trends are encouraging.

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Hitchhiking via Private Jet!? One Traveller Says: Why Not?!

  • The Travel Word
  • 23 July 2012

A veteran master of creative schemes for travelling on the cheap, New York-born wanderer Amber Nolan has a new strategy she calls ‘Jet Hiking’, or hitching rides aboard private jets and small planes. Her ambitious goal? To touch down in all 50 U.S. states and rediscover her own vast and unusual country, and get to know the locals who live there.

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