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The Responsible Traveler’s Guide to Southeast Asia

Let’s talk about socially responsible travel in Southeast Asia. Although there are general ethical principles guiding responsible travelers anywhere in the world, there are specific considerations for travelers in Southeast Asia. From the dark side of animal tourism to choosing ethical activities to spending money wisely — it’s a complex situation. Let’s jump into activities […]

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6 Reasons to Travel This Summer

Despite the half-meter of snow on my doorstep and the five layers of clothes I need to wear to leave the house, spring is here and summer is on its way (I hope). And summer means sunshine, flip-flops, and travel! Ready to shake off those winter blues? Start planning some summertime escapes — sustainably of course […]

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An Open Letter: How to Find Compassion and Kindness Through Travel

One reason that I love traveling is because of the new perspectives that I gain on a daily basis. It doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing—being in a different culture and out of my comfort zone gives me a deeper understanding of unfamiliar things and it keeps me rooted in compassion. And let’s […]

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5 New Ways to See the World While Making it a Better Place in 2017

New year, new travel plans. The first thing that typically pops into my head come January is, “Where will I go this year?” I always find myself daydreaming about my next destination and getting side-tracked by photos from far-off lands that pop up in my Instagram feed. And once I finally decide on where to go, my […]

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5 Ways to Include Sustainable Travel in Your New Year’s Resolutions

This is one of my favorite times of the year. It sounds cliché, but it’s usually the only time when I am at home for more than a few days, so I really look forward to the holidays and spending time with my family. In my house, this means making cookies, quoting Elf at least fifteen times […]

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How One Organization is Working with Orphanages in India for Long-Term Solutions

Orphanages are a controversial subject in the international volunteering industry. Over the past decade, stories and reports have highlighted poor practices in the industry, sketchy volunteer programs, and enough issues to give anyone pause. The fervor started over the orphanage scene in Cambodia, but spread to questionable tours in Africa and now fears grow for how expanding tourism […]

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The Psychology & Ethics of International Volunteering

The ethical landscape of the international volunteering industry is complex. It’s a twisting network of ideologies, methodologies, and different approaches to development and aid. It’s also the cornerstone of any discussion on volunteering. There’s an automatic trope in the West that volunteering is inherently “good.” This is sold by the media, by colleges, and by […]

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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 […]