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Responsible Travel

Why Don't We Ever Discuss the Carbon Impacts of Flying?

Megan Epler Wood | Posted 09.21.2016 | Business
Megan Epler Wood

Flights over 1000 miles long are responsible for over 80 percent of the greenhouse gas impacts of air travel. While environmentally aware individuals ...

What Is Responsible Travel?

Veronica Morrison | Posted 04.20.2016 | Travel
Veronica Morrison

The problem is, a lot of travelers don't understand what responsible travel means. There are a lot of misconceptions out there that make responsible travel seem like an extreme or unrealistic effort. 

Going Local - Experiences and Encounters on the Road

Nicholas Kontis | Posted 03.17.2017 | Travel
Nicholas Kontis

Some might say that I've been blessed. Born on perhaps the world's most enchanting island of Santorini, Greece, only to be brought to America's cultur...

The Side Of Mexican Immigration That You Need To See

Raul Roman | Posted 10.22.2016 | Impact
Raul Roman

What these immigration stories have in common is a set of universal values that has always inspired Americans. These Mexican families embody the hope that moves us to dream a better life for ourselves and future generations. Hope and courage. So when you look at the pictures, you can probably see yourself.

Should You Be Going on Safari in Zimbabwe?

Elizabeth Gordon | Posted 06.02.2015 | Travel
Elizabeth Gordon

The issue is very controversial and one major result is that I am hearing more and more people advocating a boycott on travel to Zimbabwe. Before taking a stand on the issue, I decided to speak with some of my contacts in Zimbabwe.

Confessions of an Ecotourism Pioneer in Costa Rica

Ethan Gelber | Posted 03.03.2014 | Travel
Ethan Gelber

The contrast between the imagined urban cacophony below and the tranquil urban removal is part of what makes the latter so glorious.

Doing Good With Book Bags and Saplings in Malawi

Ethan Gelber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ethan Gelber

Like all illustrations of generosity at the interface between social enterprise and social good, it involves people who opened their hearts, minds and wallets to the unlikely, who rallied around common causes and who improved everyone's lives.

Service and Travel: The Call to Delight in One Another

Ariel Bleth | Posted 06.01.2013 | Travel
Ariel Bleth

I think it is time to admit it: I'm nearly a professional volunteer. I haven't always been. For a long time I managed my impulse toward service in a way that allowed me to keep my normal life pragmatically rolling along steady, even occasionally service-oriented.

WATCH: The Lure Of The Open Road

Ethan Gelber | Posted 03.05.2013 | Travel
Ethan Gelber

In 2007, at the happy-long-road-ahead age of 23, Englishman Tom Allen launched into the world. He headed out of his village with plans to "cycle a lap of the Earth." Three and a half years, 12,000 mapless miles and 32 countries later comes the film Janapar.

Why You Should Still Skip Myanmar

Kip Patrick | Posted 04.12.2013 | Travel
Kip Patrick

The recent influx of visitors has allowed hotel and tour operators to charge a premium for mediocre products and services, meaning travelers won't get much for all the crisp, unfolded U.S. dollars they're required to spend.

See Africa Like You've Never Seen It Before

Milkshake | Posted 08.11.2012 | Good News

UNITE does not send clients to tourist traps. Instead, they visit UNITE's partner organizations -- all of whom are working in the fields of women's health, education and microfinance -- in places most tourists would never venture.

What Is Travel Philanthropy?

Elevate Destinations | Posted 06.13.2012 | Travel
Elevate Destinations

In an age of increasing awareness of world issues and global needs, there has been a recent surge in travel philanthropy or, more simply put, using travel as a means to give back. Well-intentioned people who truly want to make a difference simply don't know where to begin, or whether or not their efforts will really have an impact.

Sun, Sea, Sand and Dictators

Ben Colclough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Ben Colclough

Should we, as tourists, visit and support the same nations beset by corruption and human rights abuses? In doing so are we prioritizing personal gain over political pain?

6 Things We Get Wrong When We Travel

Ben Colclough | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Ben Colclough

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.

10 Smart Travel Ideas That Do Good | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

Can travel make us better people? Can it make the world a better place? Is it possible to make a positive contribution to a community just by having t...