Tags archives: travel-ethics

Do it for the Gram: The Ethics of Climbing Roofs in Santorini

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If you Google 'climbing roofs in Santorini', you'll find two things: Stunning photographs, and tales of adventure and beauty. If you read those tales, you'll most likely find some sort of advice on the best spots for the Instagram shot. But as I quickly discovered this summer, there's more to these shots than meets the eye. Is it an Ethical Dilemma? [...]

The Ethics of Totalitarian Tourism: A Weekend in North Korea

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This month, American passport holders can no longer travel to North Korea. After a recent increase in missile tests including an alleged hydrogen bomb - the irreversible weapon of mushroom cloud notoriety - the UN has increased sanctions against them. Before all this escalated, last April, I ran the Pyongyang (half) marathon. I’d become fascinated while l[...]

Is it OK to visit Disaster Sites like Chernobyl?

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When my boyfriend said ‘Let’s go to Chernobyl’, I heard ‘Let’s explore abandoned spaces’. Saying yes was a reflex and gawking at disaster porn a compulsion. But planning a trip is never so simple. When I agreed, I entered into a labyrinth of safety concerns and ethical debates that required me to reflect on the role of responsible tourism in a capitalist eco[...]

Why I decided not to boycott the Faroe Islands

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There is one thing about travel blogging that really annoys me - and that is that by sharing your thoughts and tips on the Internet you apparently give permission to people to judge you and tell you what they think of you. Don't get me wrong, I'm all up for constructive criticism, that's not what I mean. But I never gave anybody the permission to judge me re[...]