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Posts Tagged ‘Cynthia Ord’

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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The Thermal Greenhouse Town of Hveragerði: Iceland’s Offbeat Hotbed

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 29 April 2013

The town of Hveragerði, Iceland, just 45 minutes outside the capital city of Reykjavik, was built over a volcanic magma chamber, capitalising on the abundance of steam and hot water rising from the ground. Here, superheated groundwater can reach temperatures of 392°F. Resourcefully, Hveragerði residents have put their thermal endowments to use in a number of creative ways.

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Video Spotlight: Vincent Urban in South America

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 14 March 2013

Over time, travel memories become the kind of seconds-long fragments mastered by Vincent Urban, the videographer behind this South America clip. Each one is a slightly extended snapshot, detached from chronology and name. Urban and his crew use the same technique in their short films on Asia and New York, rendering their travels as cinematic versions of fading recollection.

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Microfinance Tourism: How to Turn Travel Cash into Microcredits

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 21 January 2013

What is poverty? To Mohammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi father of microfinance and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, poverty is the lack of control over capital. His answer to poverty is to harness the entrepreneurial spirit of the poor through low-interest microloans, mostly to women. Today, anyone can join the microfinance movement and offer capital to the poor through crowdfunding sites like the Geotourism Development Foundation or Kiva. Travellers can now also connect with borrowers in person through innovative microfinance tours.

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Where Would You Like to Be for the End of the World?

  • WHL Group
  • 20 December 2012

This Friday, December 21, 2012, marks the end of the 5,125-year-long Mayan calendar. It’s a date that has had some new-age astrologers speculating about the possibility of cataclysmic world events, possible even a doomsday scenario. Just what are some of the best places to hide out for the end of the world? We sat down with WHL Group staff to hear their thoughts about where to they’d like to be during the earth’s final hours.

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What Not to Flush While Travelling

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 19 November 2012

It’s true. Tourists place a disproportionate amount of stress on a place’s vital systems. Compared to many local populations, we use a lot of fresh water and energy, we generate a lot of waste and we spend a lot of time on the roads and runways. The question is: How can we curb our impact on local facilities? If in doubt, don’t flush paper.

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How Do You Meet Locals While Travelling?

  • WHL Group
  • 4 November 2012

A major highlight of travel is always the people we meet along the way, especially local inhabitants. Local people burst the tourist bubble and offer valuable insight and access to incredible experiences. They are a traveller’s best inroad to a place. Just what are some of the best ways to meet locals while travelling? We sat down with the staff of the WHL Group to tease out their thoughts about how to infiltrate local life.

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What Is the Opposite of Local Travel?

  • The Travel Word
  • 31 October 2012

The concept of “local travel” is still sometimes misunderstood. It’s about shifting your travel values so that your are mindful and supportive of local people, the local environment, local culture and local economy. Local travel can also be defined by what it is not. So we’ve asked the staff at The Travel Word to think about the opposite of local travel. What is the very antithesis of local travel? Here are our thoughts.

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Can Agritourism Save Small-scale Farming?

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 4 September 2012

For those who are not convinced that a farm tour or farm stay is for them, there’s one side of the story they may not have considered – the supply side. Agritourism brings great benefits to small-scale farmers all over the world. Researchers and policymakers hail this eco-friendly form of tourism as a useful tool for rural development. Here are three ways that agritourism helps small-scale farmers sustain themselves.

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When Travel Mishaps Turn Experiential

  • WHL Group
  • 29 June 2012

By the looks of glossy travel magazines and flashy vacation websites, things can only go right on the road. But anyone who has practiced the art of travel knows it’s not always lollipops and rainbows. The staff at The Travel Word has had its fair share of travel mishaps. We found that some of our richest travel stories started with a mini-crisis and ended with a mega-experience.

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