Responsible Travel Stories

Learn more about responsible travel from the experts
 

Click on a blue location marker and read tales of responsible travel from all over the world. The articles are written by some of the world’s most acclaimed travel writers, sharing their unique insights.

Volunteer Tourism in India

India. Nowhere else on Earth is quite as addictive. And volunteering in India can be an amazingly rewarding experience for visitors, but there are a number of important considerations to take into account before rushing off and signing up with the first volunteer organisation you come across.

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African Parks – Conservation Trailblazer

Managing 15 parks in Africa, African Parks’ holistic approach takes it well beyond traditional conservation models. Its success is largely based on support and investment in local communities. It is setting new standards in conservation and poverty alleviation in Africa.

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A Traveller Tackling Gender Discrimination

Where do culture, religion and gender discrimination cross over? This is probably a question we have all had at some point. When we are travelling questions relating to gender can become quite significant to our day-to-day. Great advice about gender issues when you travel.

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Ethical Travel and Empowering Women

My desire to help out women is based on an understanding of women’s roles in many of the communities where I travel. It is the case that women are often the family caretaker, reinvesting 90% of their income into families, compared to men’s 30%.

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The Responsible Wildlife Traveller

Sadly, tourism has not always been a boon for wildlife. Animals are often exploited and left mentally and physically scarred, all in the name of ‘entertainment’. But if you follow some simple guidelines you can avoid contributing to the exploitation of animals when you travel.

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Sustainable Fishing in the Maldives

With fish stocks under threat around the world, responsible fishing and sustainability within the seafood industries are critical to many local communities. International Pole & Line Foundation explain their work in the Maldives and their Responsible Tourism Initiative.

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A Checklist for Travelling Sustainably in Africa

The tourism industry is uniquely placed to help with many of the issues afflicting local communities in Africa. Travel, at times, much maligned for its impact upon local cultures, can play an invaluable role in preserving both ecosystems and traditional ways of life.

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Sustainable Tourism and a Remote Island

St Helena is one of the world’s remotest islands, but with the opening of its new airport, tourism is set to become a major economic boost for the island. Can it become a sustainable source of income while protecting the island’s natural habitats?

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Eco-Tourism in Kenya

The term ‘eco-tourism’ has fast become a travel industry buzz word but what exactly does it mean? There’s a common misconception that eco-tourism is about nothing more than wildlife-watching tourism in conservation areas. Stuart Butler explores some of Kenya’s best eco-tourism options.

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Overtourism and the Solutions

They say: ‘Travel is supposed to be about the journey not the destination.’ Nothing could be more true, but somehow I feel that this culture of travel is dying fast. It seems like travel has instead become about bucket lists and ticking off highlights…

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Caribbean Leatherback Turtles

The presence of the leatherback turtles has helped Grande Riviere tremendously, transforming it from a poor, rural village into a vibrant, self-sustaining community, creating a rare balance in a place where people and nature live side-by-side and eco-tourism is used to benefit both.

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South Africa Walking Adventure

The Cederberg Heritage Trails were founded in 2007. A community-based initiative aimed at providing employment opportunities to the local communities who have farmed this harsh landscape for generations, it has a variety of routes and durations.

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Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park

The mighty Zambezi River is famous for its frenetic coursing of Victoria Falls, but there is a quieter, calmer side to Africa’s fourth-longest waterway. It is found in the Lower Zambezi National Park – it is utterly beautiful but it is also increasingly vulnerable.

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Responsible Travel: Sri Lanka

There is still plenty of jungle in Sri Lanka, but also increasing amounts of concrete; indeed, overdevelopment is perhaps the biggest tourism-related challenge facing Sri Lanka today. The effects on the island’s once pristine coastline have been particularly devastating.

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Zakouma – raw, wild Africa!

Situated just south of the Sahara Desert and above the fertile rainforest regions, Zakouma National Park is the last intact central African savannah ecosystem. Visitors are essential for ongoing conservation efforts and the park has admirable responsible tourism ambitions.

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Myanmar’s Allure

Myanmar (formerly Burma) is currently in the midst of abrupt and very significant change, and tourism is going to be one of the things that probably changes Myanmar the most in the coming years. Whether those changes are for good or are for ill will depend on how responsibly tourism is managed.

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Cultural Tourism in Tanzania

Safaris and beaches are the top attractions in Tanzania. The main aspect of cultural tourism – meeting local people – tends to be an afterthought for many tourists. So how do you best arrange a valuable, responsible, cultural interchange as part of a tourist itinerary?

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Making Good Choices In Samoa

Responsible travel, it seems to me, is about making the best choices. This means opening up your experiences on the road and giving everyone involved a richer experience: So you engage with local people instead of just racing past them clutching your luggage and an itinerary.

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Telling Africa’s Stories

Increasingly, over the years, the stories that matter to me focus on Africa’s forgotten peoples – indigenous peoples, traditional peoples – whose fraught relationship with the modern world threatens their very existence. I have stumbled upon many wonderful projects that help such people.

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Rethinking Wildlife Experiences

Sometimes it’s not obvious when bad practices have crept into mainstream tourism. When visiting Asia, you’ll likely be offered an elephant ride or the chance to feed tiger cubs. But before you say yes, you really ought to think twice before taking part in wild animal experiences.

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