Voluntourism and Green Tourism Are Here To Stay

Travel businesses could flourish even in today’s down economy if they sell the right experiences. At the national Tourism Futures conference in Australia, trend spotter Daniel Levine told attendees that tourism businesses need to tap travelers’ growing desire for social responsibility and self-improvement. He sees a “seismic shift” in travelers’ attitudes. The focus now is […]

Keeping Vountourism's Good Intentions in Check

Voluntourism, the red-hot travel niche, has attracted its share of industry self-regulation in hopes that its good intentions do not get exploited. Planeterra, the non-profit arm of GAP Adventures dedicated to the development and support of small communities around the globe, recently released a checklist that voluntourist or tour operator may want to consider before […]

Great Trips that Give Back

Think you have to pull up your sleeves and work on building orphanages in rural Africa or teach children devastated by poverty and AIDS in southeast Asia to give back when you travel? Not so. Responsible travel and travel philanthropy is all about giving back to the people and places you travel to AND there […]

Sustainable Tourism: More than “Go Green”?

Photo by joka2000 The Partnership for Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC Partnership), a coalition of 32 organizations is working together to create an increased understanding of sustainable tourism practices and pushing for the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles. Recently, Erika Harms, the Executive Director of UN Foundation and a key figure behind the global […]

Travel Giving: Dos and Don’ts

The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) has released a guide helping travelers figure out how to minimize “unintended consequences” of giving while on vacation. Travelers’ intention to help, interact and learn are all good, but sometimes “misguided contributions can perpetuate cycles of dependency, cause corruption, burden communities with unwanted or inappropriate donations, and require recipients […]