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Dead or Alive: The Promise of Tourism for Shark Conservation

  • Brad Nahill
  • 19 March 2013

When many people hear the words “shark” and “tourism” in the same sentence, the first thing they think of is how to avoid them. Unfortunately these people are missing the opportunity to witness and learn about one of nature’s truly astounding creatures and come away with common sense ways to avoid danger and have a great experience while contributing to shark conservation efforts.

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The Best Local Travel Pictures of 2012

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 January 2013

With another year of pictures under our belt, it’s time again to spotlight our Photo of the Year – an image that most captured the imagination of The Travel Word team and a group of external judges. Like our Photo of the Year 2010 and Photo of the Year 2011, we believe this year’s winning image truly captures the imagination, a glimpse of something uncommon in a very familiar place.

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Way Off the Beaten Path: A Homestay on the Togean Islands of Indonesia

  • Stephen Lioy
  • 11 December 2012

In a country like Indonesia that falls squarely on many tourists’ radars for its all-inclusive resorts and organised bus tours, I instead remember the Togean Islands as a place where the most serious decisions I made included “SCUBA or snorkel?” and “Should we walk across the beach for a warm beer or the island for a cold?” It was a place where, unlike most of the island paradises of my memory, paradise lived up to my ideals.

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The Last Sea Turtle Refuge: Padre Ramos Estuary, Nicaragua

  • Brad Nahill
  • 5 December 2012

A wide beach on a warm clear evening may be the most relaxing setting on earth. We enjoyed it before setting to work in Padre Ramos Estuary, El Savador, one of the world’s most inspiring sea turtle conservation projects. Our motley group of international sea turtle experts was there as part of a research expedition to study and protect one of the world’s most endangered turtle populations: the Eastern Pacific hawksbill sea turtle.

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Photo of the Week: San Blas Star Fish, San Blas Islands, Panama

  • Wallace Faria (Photo)
  • 15 July 2012

Home of this starfish, the San Blas Islands stretch away from the coast of Panama like a spray of sand flicked from a foot. None but the largest warrant an appearance on the Google map of the area, but switching to a satellite view reveals the tell-tale white specks and turquoise circles of an archipelago made up of almost 400 distinct bodies.

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Photo of the Week: The Gros and Petit Pitons of St. Lucia

  • Solar Tours & Travel (Photo and Text)
  • 17 June 2012

The Gros and Petit Pitons are the most recognisable natural landmarks on St. Lucia, and have been for centuries. Their steep, towering sides are instantly recognisable from miles around and, indeed, from far out at sea. It’s amazing to think that sailors might have felt a huge sense of exhilaration upon spying the Pitons, knowing that they were almost safe on dry land.

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Photo of the Week: Caxadaço Beach, Ilha Grande, Brazil

  • Nélio Ricardo Aguiar (Photo and Text)
  • 3 June 2012

Caxadaço Beach sits prettily on the south coast of Ilha Grande, Brazil, gently curving around the tranquil and clear waters of a beautiful natural harbour. The bay itself is masked from the sea by the large rocky outcrop, seen in the photo below, and the landward side soon gives way to thick jungle vegetation.

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How Exactly Do Tourism Dollars Support Conservation?

  • Joe Ascanio
  • 11 May 2012

As conservation tourism becomes more and more popular, how can travelers be certain where and how their money is being spent? One well-known wildlife conservation tourism project, called SEE Turtles, is clearly outlining exactly how travelers’ dollars contribute to the sustainability of conservation projects and surrounding communities.

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Photo of the Week: Beached, Jericoacoara, Brazil

  • Wallace Faria (Photo and Text)
  • 11 March 2012

Jericoacoara is old fishing village located in the northeast of Brazil, more precisely in the state of Ceará, west of its capital city of Fortaleza. The village appeared to the world in 1994, after the ‘Washington Post’ newspaper chose the beach as one of the 10 most beautiful in the world. Because of this, Jericoacoara became a famous tourist destination for international travellers.

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Trans-Oceanic Slow Travel: Booking Aboard Cargo Ships

  • Anna Rice
  • 6 March 2012

In July of last year, my boyfriend and I set out on a slow travel adventure around the world. We had one rule – no flying. Overland, we had many options – walking, cycling, riding buses, taking a train – but what about crossing the oceans? Many people are simply not aware that numerous cargo ships offer passenger cabins.

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