Posts tagged ethical travel
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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spring + summer suitcase edit: what to pack for a European summer + ethical brands to shop

Flying to Europe this summer? Imagining yourself sunbathing in Positano or sipping wine in the south of Portugal? Hoping to wake up in Romania or wander {once more} around Greece? Quit picturing it, book your tickets like I did, and pack your bags! This post contains some of my favourite brands and their takes on the season’s wardrobe essentials.

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trekking in Laos: everything you need to know before hiking the Nam Ha Biodiversity Conservation Area in Luang Namtha, Laos

Luang Namtha Province in northwest Laos is filled with natural landscapes and cultural diversity, making it an ideal place for ecotourism. Especially since it is home to the Nam Ha Biodiversity Conservation Area and various outdoor tourism initiatives.

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Tam Thanh Mural Village: the painted fishing village near Hoi An you cannot miss

While doing my Hoi An research, I came across an article about a small fishing village about 40-minutes by hired car from the city filled with hand-painted murals down its many tiny alleyways and side streets. Sounds pretty perfect, right? So, I mentioned it in passing to my travel companion at the time who had no clue it existed. I then called to hire a driver, and we were off! I put together this post to give you all the insider details.

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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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Nahm Dong Park: the secret oasis you never knew about in Luang Prabang, Laos

An eco-tourism haven, Nahm Dong Park is an oasis you’ve probably never even heard about right outside the city limits of Luang Prabang. Don’t worry, I knew nothing about it either! Until one day, paint fumes of a newly renovated office space dizzying my head and fingers hurting from whipping out writing work, it was suggested that I hop on the back of a motorbike and head to Nahm Dong.

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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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