Tags archives: responsible-travel

4 questions to ask yourself before taking a photo with an animal while traveling

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I never swam with dolphins as a kid. And it killed me. It seemed that ALL (said with the whiny tone of eight-year-old Emily) of my friends had a pastel-framed photo with a shiny, smiling dolphin, hung prominently on their refrigerators with a Sea World magnet. My jealousy was palpable. My classmates were up-close and personal with beautiful creatures I’d onl[...]

The Privilege and Prejudice of Travel

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So it seems that I am the first of us Travelettes who went to China. As in China, that is not Shanghai or Hong Kong. As the first, writing about it seems an honor and a responsibility and quite frankly I don't really know where to start. China is huge and diverse so it was obvious from the beginning that a 6-day trip to two cities would never do it justice. [...]

Gringo Trails - a Documentary

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I stumbled across this today on Vagablogging and really felt like I should repost here and share. Gringo Trails is a documentary in production about backpackers and their impacts on the places they visit. Pegi Vail, an anthropologist at Columbia University, explores these impacts on locations in Thailand, Mali, and Bolivia. Though the segment on Bolivia h[...]

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