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Articles

July 30, 2021

How to Fight Against Human Trafficking in Tourism and Beyond

Many of the world’s challenges can seem so overwhelming that people default to inaction. They dismiss these issues as “too big to solve” when in reality, there are resources out there and ways to make a difference. Human trafficking is one such problem.

June 18, 2021

Celebrate Sustainable Gastronomy Day with a Side of Food Sovereignty

Food is an integral part of experiencing other cultures, especially for travel lovers. But as you relish the local flavors of your destinations, do you think about how the food was made, who made it, and how it ended up on your plate?

May 20, 2021

To me, if we care about social justice, it’s impossible not to care about the environment and non-human animals as well. These issues are so interconnected that it makes no sense to me to advocate for one cause and not others.

March 24, 2021

Travel may be on pause, but practicing mindful trip planning doesn’t have to be. With countries closing their doors due to a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, why not reflect on what travel could be if we only stopped to think about our impact on the world around us.

July 11, 2021

Rethinking Tourism in an Overcrowded World

We were living so frugally in many other ways and saw vacationing as our main indulgence, only to realize that the couple of round trip flights we would take over our summer holidays would blow most of the carbon savings we had accrued through our other high-impact actions all year. 

June 10, 2021

Love is Love. At Home And When Traveling.

June is a big month for marriage equality in the US. The historic Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges legalized gay marriage on June 26, 2015, and on June 12th, we celebrate that Love is Love. Loving Day is the anniversary of another historic Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, in which the court held that states could not prohibit interracial marriage.

May 17, 2021

Decolonizing museums

Today is #InternationalMuseumDay. When traveling, museums are usually at the top of the list of places you are told you must see. These houses of antiquity and culture are famous for their collections, but museums are not neutral institutions and it is imperative for visitors to recognize this fact when frequenting any sort of museum during their travels. Museums have found themselves in some contentious arguments recently, centering on the concepts of museum “neutrality” and decolonization.

June 20, 2021

World Refugee Day

On June 20th 2021, we gather to raise awareness for the millions of refugees around the world who are subjected to unjust conditions, forcing them to flee their home and encounter greater losses in resources, often barely meeting what we all deserve: basic human rights and dignity.

June 10, 2021

I took a risky step to start a nonprofit when the global tourism industry was brought to a standstill and businesses and organizations were struggling to survive, but I firmly believe that this unintended pause was the best time for us to reset, reflect on and rebuild from the unsustainable and unjust systems that negatively impact local communities, economies and ecosystems around the world. 

April 22, 2021

What to do on Earth Day and every day

Recycling, turning off the lights when you leave a room, conserving water, switching to reusable bags, making a birdhouse, planting a tree, or cutting down on your screen time and connecting with nature all have a positive impact on the environment and should be encouraged, we’re reducing the issue of climate change into an overly simplistic idea. Here are a few common misconceptions about climate change and what we should do to protect our planet.