Sustainable Travel

World Tourism Day and Being a Respectful Traveler

World Tourism Day and Being a Respectful Traveler

Today is World Tourism Day! Did you even know that was a thing? To be honest, I didn’t. It turns out that the day was created in 1980 to create awareness about tourism and its social, cultural, and economic value. This year the World Tourism […]

Understanding the Differences Between Sustainable Tourism and Eco Tourism

Understanding the Differences Between Sustainable Tourism and Eco Tourism

The travel industry is one of the largest in the world and is expected to continue growing in the upcoming years. In 2016, international tourist arrivals grew by 3.9%.  With this growth comes the realization that tourism has the potential to benefit communities through conservation […]

Socio-Cultural Issues: Affect Change Through Sustainable Tourism

Socio-Cultural Issues: Affect Change Through Sustainable Tourism

Of all the components of Sustainable Tourism, which I discussed in an earlier post, I will probably spend most of my time on this blog addressing issues pertaining to socio-cultural issues, not because I think they are more important than environmental and economic issues, but because […]

The International Year of Sustainable Tourism: What Does it Mean for You?

The International Year of Sustainable Tourism: What Does it Mean for You?

The UN has declared that 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. If you’re like most people, you may be wondering what that means? What is sustainable tourism? How does tourism connect to development? And most importantly what does it mean for […]

Beyond Unique Escapes: Sustainable Travel in Siem Reap

Beyond Unique Escapes: Sustainable Travel in Siem Reap

When I was in Cambodia, I spent a day with Beyond Unique Escapes, a local tour company in Siem Reap that offers responsible, community focused tours across Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. I like to read up on tour companies before I book because I always worry […]

The Remaining Hutongs of Beijing

The Remaining Hutongs of Beijing

I exit the metro station at the Nanluguxiang stop and look around, searching for a sense of direction. A silver fence separates me from multiple lanes of traffic. I stare at the bicyclers, part in wonder and part in admiration.  Traffic rushes by, leaving a […]

Our Role in Helping Others

Our Role in Helping Others

“Do you give back to the communities where you film?” asked a woman during the Q&A portion of Anthony Bourdain’s show on Saturday. “What find of fucking monster do you think I am? Of course, I give back,” he quickly retorted. After the laughter quieted, […]