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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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SA Luxury Expeditions Reviews Responsible Travel in Peru

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 3 September 2013

The Travel Word caught up with Nicholas Stanziano to talk about Peru, travel in Peru and SA Luxury Expeditions reviews of how tourism can support the burgeoning middle classes in urban Peru.

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Morning Alms in Luang Prabang, Laos: Religious Tradition Turned into Tourist Spectacle

  • Cindy Fan
  • 8 April 2013

Tak Bat or morning alms is a living Buddhist tradition in Laos that has become a tourist attraction on the must-see/do list of Luang Prabang. It is indeed a beautiful sight. But over the years, as more and more travellers discover Laos, the Buddhist tradition has turned into a spectacle of disruptive, disrespectful tourists who act like they’re on the It’s a Small World Disneyland ride full of animatronic dolls in bright ethnic costumes.

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Preserving the Tribal Custom of the Ibans, Once the Headhunters of Borneo

  • Oshin Chin
  • 14 October 2012

Ibans are the native people of Sarawak and the dominant ethnic group in Malaysian Borneo. Today, their headhunting days are long gone, but they have succeeded in preserving many tribal customs, rituals and traditional beliefs. These are clearly visible during their harvest festivals, weddings and unique art and crafts such as Pua Kumbu, the Ngajat dance and the Iban tattoos.

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May I Take a Picture of You?

  • Marcela Torres
  • 10 October 2012

Meeting people from other countries and cultures is part of the magic of traveling. We often encounter charming people that share their traditions with us and we can’t resist the temptation of capturing that moment with our photographic cameras. This enthusiastic impulse, however, may sometimes cause an unexpected negative reaction.

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Video Spotlight: 5 Days in Tibet

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 24 August 2012

Tibet is the mythical country of the world’s highest plateau, a dream destination of many travellers. 5 Days in Tibet by James Spradlin takes you through its capital city of Lhasa, mountains, lakes and Buddhist temples to reveal beauty and serenity, but also the everyday reality of the place. This video is more than merely pretty imagery of an exotic place. It transfers emotions, hints at stories, makes your mind wander.

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Seeking Positive Changes: Biodynamic Farm Internship at Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, Costa Rica

  • Antonio Marxuach
  • 22 August 2012

Here at Luna Nueva, we are preparing ourselves to be conscientious cultivators, dedicated to the seed, defenders of the soil. Farming in the biodynamic tradition empowers us with tools for healing and restoring the earth. Walking these grounds awakens one to the vitality of a living Earth and the necessity of maintaining an open dialogue with Her.

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Video Spotlight: Rock Art with Aboriginal Elder Willie Gordon

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 10 August 2012

Head out in the open to tropical North Queensland in Australia, where Willie Gordon, an Aboriginal elder of the Guugu Yimithirr people, offers fascinating insight into the ancient culture of his ancestors. See how indigenous tourism can help local communities to preserve their culture and get a glimpse of what you might experience if you set out discover Aboriginal Australia.

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Aboriginal Tourism in Australia: 2012

  • Karolyn Wrightson
  • 8 August 2012

Environmentalists say Australia’s Great Barrier Reef was saved from destruction because tourists saw its value and lobbied for protection. No such worldwide lobby exists for the worlds oldest surviving culture. Like the reef, though, one of the best opportunities for the survival of ancient Australian Aboriginal lore is for tourists to call for its preservation. For that to happen, Aboriginal groups must teach tourists about their culture, an act that not only helps the outside world learn, but helps them pass the traditions down to their own children.

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National Holidays: Experiential Travel at Its Best

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 July 2012

The (northern hemisphere) summer holiday season is now well and truly upon us, complete with major celebrations. Independent travellers with a particular penchant for direct, deep and engaging discovery – something sometimes called experiential travel – of new lands and cultures often wrap their travel plans around these happenings. Here are some of our favourites.

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