A Spellbound Tale of Volunteer Tourisms Misleading Magical Experiences

This article highlights the dark side of the growing ‘voluntourism’ movement, paying particular attention to ‘orphanage tourism’ and the work of JK Rowling’s  Charity ‘Lumos’, as well as offering some useful suggestions of how we can repair some of the damage!    Written by Kirstyn Bowe a student at Plymouth University – Academic member. Volunteer tourism, once considered “a form of […]

Mexico: The Impact of Trump’s Proposed Wall on Tourism

This post discusses Mexico, Tourism and President Trump. It was written by Nicole Bergstrom  a seasoned traveler and freelance journalist. After 20 years working in the corporate world, she started a new career path by combining two of her passions, writing and traveling.  To read more see her blog @ www.nicolethetravelscribe.com Donald Trump appears to have an issue […]

Earth Day and Tourism – 9 Ways Travellers Can Help the Earth Right Now

Earth Day and Tourism In the words of environmental activist and actor Leonardo Dicaprio, “Climate change is real. It is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating.” The environment is a top global priority that can be supported through […]

Can Cultural Tourism help bring peace and stability to our diverse civilizations?

Can Cultural Tourism help bring peace & stability to our diverse civilizations? Cultural Tourism, a well-established tourism niche, is typically an interesting and fun opportunity where one can take exotic photos, have moments of “oohs and aahs”, and experience something different to one’s own culture. The host’s role is to dress up into something that […]

Stolen Stories! – Yana Spencer

Stolen Stories! – Yana Spencer Yana Spencer is a journalist and women’s right activist, currently based in SE Asia. She runs Tamu Bakery, a social enterprise which empowers women survivors of gender-based violence through the power of baking. Hundreds of women around the world have benefited from her innovative baking therapy sessions.   Every woman […]

Residents in control: locally owned Favela Tours in Brazil

Residents in control: locally owned Favela Tours in Brazil In the first of a series of stories from Brazil about slum tourism, Elisa Spampinato shares her positive experience with Museu de Favela, which she came across whilst doing field research in Rio de Janeiro. Located on Cantagalo Hill in the centre of Rio de Janeiro, […]

From Paradise to Profit

This Post was written by Rachael Brink, student and travel blogger. Read more about her opinions & experiences @ www.thetravelingkid.net.   About 25 kilometres off the coast of Cambodia lies Koh Rong, one of the country’s largest islands.  A two-hour ferry trip south from Sihanoukville lands tourists on the white sand beaches of Koh Tuich village, […]

The 1 billionth passenger: A cause of concern or celebration?

( Although this article was written in 2012 it is still just as topical today- Christy Hehir presents her hope for a more consumer-led tourism that will threaten the mass tourism industry and give rise to a more local and democratic industry.) 2012 is set to see the 1billionth passenger – and whilst this is a […]

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