Travel Dilemmas

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Should I ride an elephant?

Should I ride an elephant?

An elephant ride is a popular tourist activity, especially in Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal and other parts of Asia. It is also becoming popular in some regions of Africa. The appeal of such treks is clear – the elephant is the ...

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Should I take part in Spiritual ceremonies?

Should I take part in Spiritual ceremonies?

It is becoming common on holidays of many kinds for tourists to be invited to take part in ‘spiritual experiences’. These may range from visiting sacred sites to being invited into a ‘sweat lodge’ or an ayahuasca ceremony. One quick ...

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Should I volunteer overseas?

Should I volunteer overseas?

The desire to travel and experience new cultures around the globe is essentially a good thing, and so is the desire to volunteer; people who volunteer generally hope to do something they will find interesting, something they will learn from and something ...

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Should I fly?

Should I fly?

In 2013  Tourism Concern’s fundraising team of trekkers took the train rather than plane from London to their destination Marrakesh,  to reduce the environmental impact of the trip. But was this ethical and should we be encouraging tourists to stop flying ...

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Should I buy animal souvenirs?

Should I buy animal souvenirs?

Souvenirs, trinkets, knick-knacks and gifts that we purchase during our travels often act as a lasting memory of a holiday. These keepsakes come in all shapes and sizes and remind us of fond travel memories that may have otherwise been ...

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Should I haggle for goods?

Should I haggle for goods?

Haggling is a normal part of shopping in many countries but people should haggle with humour – making it a friendly exchange rather than driving a hard bargain. Although many tourists will come home with tales of how they hammered down the local vendor by a ...

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