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Ben Colclough

Ben Colclough

Posted: November 18, 2010 10:38 AM

6 Things We Get Wrong When We Travel

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Years of traveling has left me over-sensitized to other travelers wrong-doings. Our vacations are precious but the world would be a better place if we were a little more aware of our impact on it. I spend a lot of time on the ground with the local guides that Tourdust works with and am privileged to have seen through their eyes what we do wrong. Here are the six worst sins.

Shutting ourselves off in all-inclusive resorts
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Not all all-inclusive resorts are bad, but too often they breed cultural division and resentment. Wouldn't you resent it if a resort was built in your backyard and fenced off with 12ft high security barriers? Whilst you struggle with poverty and crime, tourists fritter the equivalent of your whole year's rent on a bottle of imported champagne. Segregation is alive and well and it certainly isn't healthy. The result? Witness the appalling treatment of a British couple renewing their marriage vows in a Maldives resort.
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