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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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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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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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São Paulo, Brazil, Shares Its Bustling Metropolis with whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 18 December 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND PORTUGUESE. It’s easy to see why São Paulo, Brazil, with its gleaming skyscrapers and modern infrastructure, is thought of by many travellers as a concrete metropolis. São Paulo, however, has so much more to offer than meets the eye, especially to people who attend the 70,000 events it hosts per year as one of the world’s biggest event destinations, and to the business travellers who account for 60 per cent of the city’s foreign visitors.

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Worth the Journey: Far-Flung Lodges of the World

  • WHL Group
  • 9 December 2012

In today’s hyper-connected and quickly globalising world, a retreat into remoteness can be the finest amenity that travel has to offer. But where can you turn to really get away from it all? And when you get there, will you still have somewhere to spend the night? We’ve searched our WHL Group network for the most far-flung lodgings we could find. Far more than hotels, these unique places to lay your head offer a full travel experience.

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Off the Beaten Track: My Amazon Story

  • Juan Paredes Goicochea
  • 26 November 2012

The Amazon is one of those ‘must go’ places that ordinary people dream of and seasoned travellers brag about having visited. It is the ideal escape if you are looking for something exotic, adventurous, contrasting and genuine. And now I promote a local, responsible and sustainable approach to travel in the Amazon with a focus on authentic local experiences, nature-based activities and sustainable practices, all aligned with what I consider to be a basic yet meaningful travel philosophy – “it is all about the people.”

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Photo of the Week: A Chincheros Farmer in the Sacred Valley of Peru

  • Mary Moses
  • 23 November 2012

When in Peru, no visit to Cusco is complete without time in the nearby area of the Sacred Valley (Valle Sagrado). With Inca fortresses and ruins, bustling local markets, stunning countryside and small pueblos of indigenous communities, the Sacred Valley is just outside of Cusco, but feels worlds apart. This picture was taken during a visit to a local Chincheros community.

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Our Favourite Local Suppliers in the World of Travel

  • WHL Group
  • 11 November 2012

In travel, experiences are made possible through the input of many businesses and people. The WHL Group works to keep the travel “product” as locally based as possible. We partner with in-country experts like tour operators who, in turn, work with local service providers like lodges, restaurants, drivers and guides.

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The Eco-Friendly Region of Bonito, Brazil, Adds Green to whl.travel

  • whl.travel
  • 29 October 2012

THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND PORTUGUESE. The tropical town of Bonito is one of the more out-of-the-way destinations in Brazil. For that reason – as well as the crystalline lakes, scenic rivers and rushing waterfalls – it is a great place for outdoor activities like hiking, cycling and horseback riding. It is also a top spot for snorkeling and diving.

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Q&A with Courtenay Rooks of Paria Springs in Trinidad and Tobago

  • Adventure Travel News
  • 16 October 2012

Courtenay Rooks – adventurer, naturalist, conservationist, ecotourism expert, TV host and family man – has long desired to develop ecotourism in Trinidad and Tobago. This is fueled by his exploring, hiking, diving, mountain biking, birding, surfing, snorkeling, adventure racing and kayaking while studying natural history for over 35 years in many far-flung places, but mostly Trinidad and Tobago.

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