Social impacts of travelling are important but can be complex. Here are some thoughts on how one might be an ethical traveller.
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.
The Asian monsoon season presents inconveniences, challenges and major disruptions. Our climate is changing. How might future events such as flooding affect you and your community?
After travelling to Myanmar last month I reflect on what it will mean for Myanmar to develop. Will it be necessary to compromise nature and people for the sake of development?
The student's caring bespectacled eyes beckoned me, "Teacher! Come and have some of my lunch. Please!" Dishes of vegetable, chicken and rice were quickly exhibited. "Oh thanks! But, I already have my lunch," I replied. Some two hours later, having changed out of my teacher's uniform, I was wandering through school carrying a small backpack. "Teacher! Where are you… Continue reading The Guilt of Privilege
“Through falling leaves I pick my way slowly Talking aloud – eases my mind… Doo doo doo… Dee dee dee… Nature – enter me…” (Nature [abridged] – lyrics by Wayne Mason, 1969) The iconic kiwi hit 'Nature' which was made famous by Fourmyula in the late 60s, conjures images of New Zealand native bush and the… Continue reading “Nature – enter me”