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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 2014 New York Travel Festival – A Transformative Experience

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 22 April 2014

The Travel Word applauds the New York Travel Festival, which, like more and more other major travel shows, is embracing the value of travel that is as much about the visitor as it is the host. Here is an overview of the 2014 NY Trav Fest, as well as a list of its panels focusing on travel with a conscience.

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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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Video Spotlight: Hanoi in Slow Motion, Vietnam

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 19 October 2012

This week’s video spotlight is a beautiful video portrait of what you find when you look beyond the plain facts about a destination and its major tourist attractions. The little visions are both inspiring and wonderfully revealing about the local life in Hanoi, Vietnam’s political centre and a prime tourist spot.

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When Cooking Becomes an Experience… in Burkina Faso

  • Polona Vida Čeligoj
  • 8 June 2012

Kafuli – which in the local Dioula language means ‘a gathering of different people’ – is a local grassroots organisation in Burkina Faso running a variety of projects, from foster parenting to programs in education, fair-trade agriculture and responsible tourism. Yes, you heard right – it’s small but it actually runs all of these projects.

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Slow Travel Practitioner: A Ski Bum in Fernie, British Columbia

  • Mike Cotton
  • 24 February 2012

Ski bums are fine practitioners of slow travel. They are neither the tourists who pass through for weekend getaways, nor the weathered locals who have seen a lifetime of winters. Somewhere in between, ski bums stop and stay long enough to make temporary lives for themselves in a town. Like Fernie, British Columbia.

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A Brief but Relaxing Break with Friends in Pirenopolis, Brazil

  • Renan Rigo
  • 9 January 2012

The Cerrado is a vast tropical savannah that is one of the biggest and most diverse of Brazil’s ecosystems. Not far from the big city of Goiania lies the special jewel of the Cerrado: the historic city of Pirenópolis. It’s the right place to go when you want to escape the hectic big city and it was the destination we had chosen for a brief holiday among friends.

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Seven Surprising World Beers: A Tribute to Oktoberfest

  • Kamran Marwah
  • 24 October 2011

Beer is the ultimate social drink and there’s no better time to enjoy it than in October, a month during which, all over the world, the old, the young, the fat, the slim, the good, the bad and the ugly all come together for ‘Oktoberfest’-inspired beer-appreciation marathons. In a tribute to Oktoberfest, The Travel Word brings you a selection of seven surprising brews from different parts of the world.

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The Inside Word… on Fes, Morocco

  • Akim Elanbassi
  • 12 September 2011

With so many destinations in the WHL Group’s ever-expanding network, we have an incredible wealth of local travel information at our fingertips. Through the Inside Word, our local partners – all travel experts – share their top tips on what to do, what to eat, where to party and where to shop in their neck of the woods. This month, we wander the ancient byways of Fes, Morocco, one of the holiest cities in the Islamic world.

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Appealing to Travellers’ Better Nature Doesn’t Work? Try Changing the Meaning of the Words. We Did!

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 1 April 2011

There’s a lot of niche labels in the ‘alternative’ tourism space. It’s a glossarial minefield, a curatorial briar that some people see as just a whole lot of split hairs. More importantly, this kind of nature- and people-conscious travel still represents only a fraction of the overall tourism industry receipts. Today, however, in a travel-and-tourism first expected literally to turn the industry on its head and mainline the marginal, the WHL Group announced a sweeping shift in paradigm.

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