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Posts Tagged ‘Maureen Valentine’

Our Favourite Farmers’ Markets from Around the World

  • WHL Group
  • 18 September 2012

To culminate our agritourism theme, The Travel Word asked everyone in the WHL Group network about their favourite farmers’ markets. The answers we received are as varied as the places they identify, but they all have some common roots: shoppers and vendors love to meet locally to exchange their fresh goods in the open air. Which one of these is most like the farmers’ market where you live?

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What Is Experiential Travel? Here’s What We Think

  • WHL Group
  • 11 June 2012

Today’s traveller seeks experiences. More than the amenities and creature comforts, more than the attractions and canned entertainment, more than the must-sees and photos, the real-life experiences are what compel people to travel. Here are reflections from the WHL Group about what the buzzword ‘experiential travel’ means, and our own favourite memories of it.

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What is Tourism’s Biggest Threat to the Environment?

  • WHL Group
  • 18 April 2012

In honour of Earth Day – scheduled this year for Sunday April 22 – and our focus this month on ecotourism, we’re thinking about our planet. We’re thinking about the human activities that have the most harmful impact on it, especially the one we love most – travel. We’re compelled to ask: What is tourism in its worst form, environmentally? Even in its best form, can the cost to the earth of tourism ever really be offset?

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What is Slow Travel? Here’s What We Think

  • WHL Group
  • 7 February 2012

“Slow down.” This is the simple message of the Slow Movement. In today’s high-speed world of fast food, jet planes and instant communication, we are losing touch with ourselves, with each other, and with the earth, says the Slow Movement. Like ‘slow food’ and ‘slow media,’ ‘slow travel’ is a part of the movement. And here’s what the WHL Group staff thinks about it.

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Sacred in Morocco: the Fes Music Festival

  • Maureen Valentine
  • 31 May 2011

Morocco is the perfect place for a travel itinerary that takes in a musical event like no other. Every year, the World Sacred Music Festival in Fes promises a diverse range of musical acts and fills the famous Fes medina (aka Fes el-Bali). It’s a unique celebration of cultural exchange and rhythms, a gathering of musicians (in 2011, from June 3rd through June 11th) from all corners of the planet for tantalising feasts of music, culture and, of course, mouthwatering Moroccan food.

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Buen Viaje the Green Way with Taxi Ecológico in Barcelona

  • Maureen Valentine and Pedro Martinez Herreros
  • 29 April 2011

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH. Taxi Ecológico in Barcelona came into being as a direct result of the progressive need for more environmentally conscious transfer services in Catalonia, Spain. The desire was simple: to create a sustainable taxi business that would rely on earth-conscious transportation alternatives while also working to improve our global environment.

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Our Favourite Earth Day Videos

  • WHL Group
  • 21 April 2011

In honour of Earth Day, staff at WHL Group took a moment to think about our planet. Today, we can travel the world in a way that we never could before — virtually, online. Although there is no replacement for seeing the wonders of nature live and in person, digital media such as online video delivers powerful and inspiring messages. Here are our top picks of videos of ‘earth moments’ that move us.

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A WHL Group Salute to Women and Travel

  • WHL Group
  • 8 March 2011

Women’s economic, social and political achievements over the past century are certainly reasons to celebrate. At The Travel Word, we are no less proud of the strong women in our network, so as our part in commemorating the accomplishments of women and the International Women’s Day that marks them, in addition to our recent focus on articles about and by women, we’ve collected a series of photos of the women in the WHL Group family.

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Tales from a Female Hitchhiker in South America

  • Maureen Valentine
  • 1 March 2011

Hitchhiking certainly isn’t the safest way for women to travel – and I hope if I ever have a daughter that she never does it – but I must say that I have had nothing but positive experiences. Some of my most rewarding travel moments were when I was vulnerable and looking for a little help from a soon-to-be-friend.

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The Laid-back Local Life of Curitiba, Brazil

  • Maureen Valentine
  • 14 February 2011

For travellers in search of the good life in Brazil, the city of Curitiba is the natural choice. Over the last few decades, it has transformed itself from a provincial capital into one of the most important economic centres in the country. Today, Curitiba has almost 2 million inhabitants and is considered a model Brazilian city, especially for its outstanding public transportation and creative solutions to urban challenges such as waste management.

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