Clarissa Caldwell

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9 years 8 months ago

World Responsible Tourism Day aims to promote sustainable travel around the world. World Travel Market (WTM), with the help of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), will support this event in London. World Travel Market is an annual event for travel professionals that coincided with World Responsible Tourism Day.

The 2009 World Responsible Tourism Day, supported by BBC World News, welcomed over 1,500 sustainable travel enthusiasts. One highlight of the event was Virgin Holiday's Responsible Tourism Awards, presented by...


9 years 8 months ago

&Beyond Africa is an eco travel company committed to the land, wildlife and people of Africa. This year, Condé Nast gave &Beyond one of their Traveler World Savers Awards. The eco travel company was also named Africa’s Leading Responsible Tourism Company at the 2010 World Travel Awards. &Beyond believes that eco travel is a vital part of the African economy, and essential for protecting Africa's future. &Beyond has a...


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After 9/11, the travel industry shifted and shrunk. Most noticeably, security became a hassle, and the TSA began to treat passengers as the new enemy. In response to subsequent attacks, ticketed passengers were told to remove their shoes, and then their liquids. The liquid thing has never made sense: with three 3-ounce containers, there is enough liquid to make a bomb. So why the 3-ounce rule? In 2004, David Forbes (of Forbes Security), published a report stating that the security changes in the airport were about show not substance....


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Air and car travel often fatigues the body and brain, and yoga can restore balance.  The travel industry has noted yoga's popularity, and yoga has become a standard amenity in a handful of mainstream hotels. Because weary journeymen will pay a high price for a good stretch, little studios have begun opening inside hotels around the world. The yoga-hotel trend is in line with "experiential travel," in which lodges and tours focus on the overall experience of a guest, rather than just the silkiness of the sheets.

At Kimpton Hotels,  guests can ask for a tote bag, which includes a mat, a strap and...


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"Sustainable travel" has become a buzz-phrase in the last few years, right along with "responsible tourism." Neither of them have a very clear definition. They have become coveted keywords on travel sites, and they are pasted here and there without much meaning. Eco travel could indicate kayaking or saving turtles, or, perhaps, a trip to a lodge beside a mountain stream.

Sustainable travel, according to general Internet consensus (currently showcased by Wikipedia), means that we leave a place in better shape than we found it. According to some, sustainable travel also generates employment for local people. And, it's a "positive experience" for the...


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To promote sustainable travel, Prince Charles boarded the Royal Train last weekend, to carry his eco-friendly message from Glasglow to London. The Royal Train, which is powered by bio-fuel, completed its first journey in September 2007, with the Prince of Wales and the Green Fuels Ltd. managing director,...


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Peter Gostelow's bicycle travel itinerary covers 25 countries in Africa and over 25,000km. He's on The Big Africa Cycle, raising funds for to fight against Malaria.

Malaria still kills an estimated 1 - 3 million each year.  90% of deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa. Researchers have shown that malaria can actually cause poverty in a country, due to the way the disease impacts economic growth (costs include lives lost, medical care, government expenditures, labor patterns, and so forth).  As Gostelow points out: Malaria can be (almost completely) prevented by...


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Volunteer travel often comes with a big price tag and a long-term requirement. Annoying, yes, but volunteers are a liability, and unless someone has particular skills already, the programs need to train the individual, pay for insurance and so forth. However, if you're willing to work a little harder to coordinate your trip, there are some free volunteer travel options for short-term stays.

WWOOF

WWOOF, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, has grown substantially since it began in the UK in 1971. In exchange for work, WWOOF hosts...


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Travel abroad for health care procedures has grown substantially in the past few years, and ethical concerns surrounding this trend have grown as well. Medical tourism benefits the host country by boosting the economy, but it can also have unexpected and dangerous consequences on local healthcare systems.

Who's traveling for medical procedures? Mostly people from first world countries, such as Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Japan and the United States. The expense of health care in these countries, as well as the large population and relatively high wealth, has lead to the...


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Ship travel isn't very eco-friendly, and getting to the beach by land or air is the more environmentally friendly choice. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that a typical cruise generates 21,000 gallons of sewage in a single day, as well as 1 ton of garbage and 6,400 gallons of oily engine water. Cruise ships incinerate about 80% of their garbage, and the rest...


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