A while back a friend sent me an article written in The Spinoff entitled "We need to talk about voluntourism". 'Voluntourism' or volunteer tourism, is based upon the concept of doing something good while travelling, and has been gaining popularity in recent years. NGOs connect people wanting to give something back with projects (usually) in so-called developing countries. This may include assisting with construction, conservation and environmental projects, teaching English and the oft sought after orphanage tourism. While it is often possible to help for long periods of time - months or years, tourists often dedicate part of their holiday to a project, say a few weeks.
50 Shades of the USA is an honest and compelling read, flooded with vivid impressions of the land and urban scapes Anna rides through. I recommend this un-put-downable book for not only the adventurous at heart, but for anyone that wants to be inspired to take a fresh approach to life and to reach seemingly insurmountable goals.
What is an ethical traveller? I my last blog I posed a series of questions and dilemmas I had encountered during my recent trip to Myanmar. Here are some thoughts on how one might be an ethical traveller. To me, being this means aspiring to travel in both a social and environmentally responsible manner.
During my most recent sojourn to Myanmar, I thought about what it means to be an ethical traveller. As a person who strives to live a responsible life - both environmentally and socially, is it possible to continue this as a tourist? While on holiday, these aspirations don't disappear for me, but the challenges are sometimes different and the boundaries between 'right' and 'wrong' become blurred.
Children are spending less time in nature than ever before, becoming more sedentary and not having opportunities to intimately interact with nature. Spending time in nature is important for everyone, especially children. It's also critical if we want to cultivate ecologically minded citizens who respect nature and understand the necessity for both protecting and enhancing it.
After my recent trip to Southern Myanmar, I discuss the ethics of travelling to country with current conflict.
Exploring reasons for deciding to travel to Myanmar and what I discovered about the people, culture and food.