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The Malawi Connection: When Doing Good Does Good

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 19 September 2013

This is a classic feel-good tale featuring an especially unlikely cast of characters: an African travel company, a UK-based handmade-bag manufacturer, a doctor, a boatbuilder, a community-based organisation in Malawi and the people on the shores of Lake Malawi it supports, especially the kids of a primary school.

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Birds, Trees and Wildlife: Ecotourism in Mauritius

  • Angie Aspinall (text) Richard Aspinall (photos)
  • 13 November 2012

The natural history of Mauritius makes a strong case for conservation. After all, it’s an island where many native species have already become extinct, most notably the Dodo. Our principal reason for visiting was to learn about the nature conservation work being carried out. We learned that if your idea of a holiday in Mauritius has been all about lying on a beach in the sunshine, think again! Mauritius is a dream destination for ecotourists.

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Photo of the Week: Boat Building the Traditional Way in Malawi

  • Kate Webb (photo and text)
  • 17 August 2012

Local fishermen on the Lake Malawi use traditional methods to build wonderful wooden fishing boats that can last for over 25 years. One boat builder, Joseph, has also engaged in community development and environmental protection.

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Short-Term Voluntours – Can You Really Make A Difference?

  • Leanne Haigh, Acacia Africa
  • 6 July 2012

Voluntourism has generated a growing feel-good factor to travel by creating opportunities for the everyday traveller and not just the career-minded charity worker. But the question remains: Can you make a difference when you’re a short-term tourist? Although the debate appears to be ongoing, it’s not essential to be on a three-month sabbatical if you want to give something back.

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Irresponsible Tourism and the Forest Fire in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

  • Marcela Torres
  • 6 February 2012

Vast areas were destroyed by a fire that forced the closure of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park between December 29, 2011, and January 4, 2012, and caused permanent environmental damage in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Unfortunately, it was not the first time that a fire has started as a result of a tourist’s irresponsible conduct.

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Global Basecamps Ilkurot Village Community Projects Promote Education for Maasai Children in Tanzania

  • Ali Dempsey
  • 3 February 2012

Global Basecamps, in collaboration with Maasai Wanderings, contributes to a variety of ecotourism and community outreach programs in Tanzania. In 2004, Maasai Wanderings visited a Maasai village called Ilkurot (which means “dusty place”) just north of Arusha, and saw that the schools were in desperate need of supplies and repairs, and there was no nursery school.

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Happy Earth Day 2011

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 22 April 2011

Today, April 22, is Earth Day. If you have not yet heard of Earth Day, it is an annual commemoration of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970 and it ‘has inspired and mobilized individuals and organizations worldwide to demonstrate their commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.’

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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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Travel Across Costa Rica the Greener Way with Il Viaggio Travel

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 3 February 2011

A dazzling combination of unspoiled national parks, verdant and mountainous cloud forests and famously active volcanoes – not to mention pounding surf and gorgeous beaches – has made Costa Rica one of the world’s top destinations for ecotourism. Of course, attaining world recognition as a ‘green destination’ would not have been possible without the important efforts of local tourism professionals like Il Viaggio Travel, which has been at the forefront of ‘green’ initiatives in Costa Rica by providing reliable, comfortable and environmentally friendly transfer services.

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Sarinbuana Ecolodge in Bali, Indonesia: A 2010 Responsible Tourism Award Finalist

  • Melissa Cornejo
  • 4 October 2010

Less than one month remains before winners are drawn for Wild Asia’s 2010 Responsible Tourism Awards, a competition that celebrates the noble efforts of small- and medium-sized hotels and tour operators in Asia for their focus upon responsible tourism practices. The fourth of six finalists to be visited by the Wild Asia team is the Sarinbuana Ecolodge, a small accommodation located in a rainforest village in the northwest of Bali, Indonesia.

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