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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.

Will Carnival Cruises Get Safer?

AP | Posted 05.13.2013 | Travel

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In a story March 12 about a cruise conference, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Carnival Cruise Lines owns th...

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...