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Kerala: the thing about houseboats

Kerala is famous for its sleepy and mysterious backwaters – and visitors can experience the mysteriousness up close, by staying on a traditional rice barge or ‘kettuvallom’ that has been turned into a houseboat – complete with ensuite bedroom, a viewing deck and colonial dark wood furniture. 1,334 more words


Hiking the Sierra Norte, Mexico

This is eco and ethical tourism at its very best. Many villages in parts of the Sierra Norte are well set up for hiking and there is no need to book in advance for guides or accommodation. 252 more words


I Will Never Go On An Elephant Ride Again

Before Phuket, I was naively excited and eager to sit atop elephants. It was number one on my list of activities in Thailand. I would look at photos and read stories about the different experiences people have riding them. 594 more words

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An Ethical Elephant Encounter in Thailand

After landing in Bangkok for our first time ever we had a whole host of unanswered question about how we’d spend the next four months traveling around South East Asia. 899 more words


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How to Make (and Keep) a Traveler’s Hippocratic Oath

First, do no harm.

It’s an oath sworn by physicians and a pledge that every traveler should make as well. As guests in the places we visit the very least we can do is respect our hosts by not hurting their country or their people. 1,187 more words


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Wonderful World: Hanging out with Elephants

This wonderful world is brought to you by the Elephants of Cambodia.  On my four-month trip through South East Asia, it wasn’t hard to see the abuse elephants have to go through in the tourism sector.  139 more words


Visiting Rocinha – Rio’s Largest Favela

Favela tours are increasingly becoming a popular activity while staying in Rio de Janeiro.  The history and cultural significance of these mini-communities go beyond the very essence of just being “slums.”  Rio favelas originated in the late 19th century as former slaves – who had no neither land ownership nor work options – started settlements in these neighbourhoods.  1,957 more words