Posts in ethical travel
a responsible food tour in Seville: how Devour's Triana tapas tour is helping culture thrive

In this post, you’ll find all the details about what I ate, what you can expect on a tour, and what the mission of Devour Tours is. I’m sure by the time you get to the end of this bad boy, you’ll be booking your own tour with Devour in no time. I’m basically plotting a way to get back to Spain just simply to eat more with them.

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Orange Robe Tours: culturally appropriate tours that give back in Luang Prabang, Laos

In Luang Prabang, there are more social enterprises, non-profits, and giveback-businesses than you might believe for such a small town, and that number only seems to be growing. Cafés like Saffron, textile shops like Ock Pop Tok, and tours like Orange Robe Tours all add to the Luang Prabang community.

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how responsible tourism can help support minority communities in northern Laos

Laos is home to an estimated 42 ethnic minority communities. Most travelers get glimpses of Khmu, Hmong, and Lao Lum culture, but very rarely do people journey up north where the Akha, Oma, and Lanten people live. During my trip to Luang Namtha Province with Luang Namtha Tourism, I was given the unique opportunity to learn more about these ethnic minority cultures in Laos in an initiative with the tourism board to broaden the economic opportunities of these communities through the tourism industry.

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the ultimate safari guide to Udawalawe National Park in Sri Lanka: how to book, what to pack, + the cheapest way to get there

Udawalawe National Park is the third most visited national park in Sri Lanka, offering safaris for tourists looking to catch a glimpse of exotic wildlife in its natural habitat. Most people feel overwhelmed by the safari options available from the seemingly hundreds of travel agencies and tour companies that exist. That’s why I made this guide. In this post, you’ll find all the details to a Sri Lankan safari at Udawalawe National Park, which I hope helps you get all the answers you’ve been searching for so that you can plan the experience of a lifetime!

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the case for slow travel: 7 perks of traveling slower + longer

Since many people are planning their travels for the new year, and because I have a lot of slower, elongated travels booked for 2019 myself, I thought I’d explain my reasoning for my travel-style preference. This post is for all of us, myself included, to remember that slow travel is full of benefits!

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a dairy doing good: Laos Buffalo Dairy in Luang Prabang, Laos

For such a small little town in the middle of a country no one talks much about, there are a number of social enterprises doing big things in Luang Prabang. One of these important businesses is Laos Buffalo Dairy.

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learning about Laos through art: handicraft workshops with Backstreet Academy

Laos is ethnically diverse and has a rich cultural heritage that truly stands out. So much can be learned about a culture through the art its people create. The 49 ethnic groups that make up Laos all have varying ways of weaving, sculpting, and cooking. I felt extremely lucky that I got to learn about Lao culture through handicraft workshops— the work it takes, the precision and the craft.

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from farm to table: a tour of Living Land Farm with Backstreet Academy

Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? Maybe you make the effort to buy organic fruits and pesticide-free vegetables? But what about your rice? Do you know where it comes from? I didn’t. More than that, I didn’t know how much work it was to grow it, harvest it, and get it on my plate.

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close encounters: an intimate non-riding experience with the Mandalao Elephant Conservation Project

I pull another leech off my leg as Lan, my guide, sprays it with a lemongrass and water mixture he carried in a fanny pack. “You just donated blood to nature,” he says, laughing. I’m unbothered by the little leech. I’m walking in the jungle of Laos on a day when the heat isn’t insufferable…next to elephants. And all thanks to the conservation efforts of Mandalao.

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playing with fire: Backstreet Academy's Hmong vegetarian cooking class

Waking up early is easy for me, but it’s made even easier knowing I have a local guide courtesy of Backstreet Academy waiting to whisk me off in an electric tuk-tuk to a village in order to learn how to cook traditional Hmong vegetarian dishes.

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hotel highlight: the Qbic Hotel in London, England

Planning a more environmentally responsible trip to London? Surrounded by world famous street art and just steps away from the easy-to-navigate Underground lies the eco-accommodation you've been searching for-- the Qbic Hotel London City. With perks like complimentary bikes, shelves stocked with board games, and free cocktails for those looking out for Mother Earth, Qbic is the perfect base for any conscious young traveler looking to visit England's capital city! 

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