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New Social Enterprise Opens in Bagan, Myanmar

A new partnership between Friends-International and the Myanmar Youth Development Institute is bringing vocational training opportunities to the youth of Bagan, Myanmar with the creation of Sanon, Bagan’s first socially responsible restaurant. For those of you who haven’t heard of Friends-International, it’s a social enterprise working toward providing a better future for marginalised children and youth, […]

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5 Reasons You Should Visit Iceland Now

For such a small country, Iceland bursts with adventures. Known as the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland is full of just that — from volcanoes to glaciers, hot springs to snowy waterfalls, it’s a land of extremes. Visit during the summer and experience 24 hours of daylight. Or walk along Latrabjarg Cliffs and feel like you’re […]

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6 Easy Ways to Spend Locally & Create Meaningful Travels

Planning a trip is exciting. I love thinking about all the adventures — or the relaxation! — and scoping out the possibilities. Traveling creates a blank slate. You’re unburdened by the familiar and comfortable, you are free to do whatever you please. You haven’t yet found your favorite café nor your favorite used book store — it […]

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7 Apps Using Technology to Promote Sustainability & Change

Some of the best harmonies between technology and sustainability occur when everyday people are given the tools to make small changes in their daily lives. When combined, the impact of those two things has enormous potential. It’s all about the people power. These new apps do just that; they allow anyone with a smartphone to […]

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Barcelona — Urban Responsible Tourism Done Right

I can’t quite put my finger on what makes Barcelona my favorite city. The cobblestone streets winding between architecturally stunning buildings along the Mediterranean. The looming Pyrénées forever in the background, looking over every movement. Or perhaps the extraordinary, intricate Gaudí-inspired murals covering any once-blank surface. The locals are friendly and the weather is splendid. And the wine and the […]

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36 Beautiful Quotes About Volunteering & Travel

A good quote can serve of a handy reminder for why you’ve set out on a course in life. These ideas can also serve as a gentle nudge to reconsider and reframe how you see the world. There are many reasons to volunteer and serve, but the profound and underlying truth under them all is that […]

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How Responsible Travel Impacts Fairtrade Tea in Kenya

Few activities are older and more deeply rooted in tradition than tea. Thousands of years ago, tea was an auspicious and expensive treat — royalty sipped tea over important discussions. Over time, as it became more accessible, new variations arose. Tea is now an essential part of almost every culture across the globe. Tea has become an international symbol of […]

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5 Reasons You Should Visit Nicaragua Now

Nicaragua was the first country where I really lived abroad, and it holds a special place in my heart. I gush about it to anyone who will listen, even today, years later. As I write this post, I continually turn my laptop around to show my roommate various photos of my adventures. Photos are always followed by […]

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The 8 Behaviors of Responsible Travelers

“Responsible travel” is a buzzword these days. Pair it up with “sustainble tourism” and you have the magic words that hotels, tour operators and businesses are throwing around to catch onto a trend. It’s a good trend, at the heart. Travelers are becoming increasingly aware of the need for an integrated, responsible approach to travel. But […]

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Volunteer Story: Navigating India’s Complicated NGO Landscape

When I decided to move to India and live there, I went simply because the country had always intrigued me. Plus, the idea of moving there excited me. My friends are accustomed to me packing up and shipping out without a fully formed plan. Newer acquaintances, however, are a little confused, to say the least. “But when will […]