Eco Tourism

Ecuador's Eco-Ethos Sets the Standard For Responsible Tourism - But Is It Under Threat?

Justin Francis | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

Ecuador's underlying ethos is a good one, one which could provide a blueprint of responsibility and sustainability for the rest of the world to follow. But as oil demands increase, the emphasis on environmental protection faces huge threats.

Tourism May Be Booming, But Burma Is Not Yet Fixed

Justin Francis | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

After decades of isolation, three years ago Burma (Myanmar) opened its doors to the world, and on arrival we realize we are literally a world apart. Burma is exquisitely unique, a time-warp completely untouched by Westernised culture. Ironically, this is what entices Westerners to travel there.

Easy to Idealise, But for More Rewarding Travel We Must Face Up to Cuba's Realities

Justin Francis | Posted 26.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

There aren't many places on earth with such a sense of romance and nostalgia as Cuba; a land lost in time, untouched by the ravages of commercialism and capitalism, a ticking time bomb to be visited now before the wider western world explodes into its crumbling streets

The World Cup Will Come and Go, But Responsible Tourism in Brazil Must Be Here to Stay

Justin Francis | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

The size of Brazil means you don't have to look hard to find responsible, authentic experiences away from all inclusive high-rise hotels and cavernous cruise ships. The North-East's Chapada Diamantina, a vast, relatively undiscovered region of mountains, crystal clear rivers, waterfalls and caverns, boasts some of the country's best hiking trails, Cadomblé celebrations...

How Travellers Can Take on Tourism's Greatest Challenges

Justin Francis | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

Sponsored by the Oman Ministry of Tourism, the Awards were founded as a way to inspire change in the way we travel by highlighting memorable holidays that celebrate and protect people and places. To do so, travellers are asked to make their suggestions of holidays in 11 key categories tackling some of the biggest contemporary issues in tourism.

Tourism Could Save Borneo's Threatened Orangutans, But Cuddling Them Wont

Justin Francis | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

Borneo. Just the name conjures up images of remote river expeditions through steamy rainforest in search of the most famous of its inhabitants, the orangutan. And despite opening up to tourism significantly in recent years, vast tracts of this island (particularly the Indonesian state of Kalimantan) are still a lost world in tourism terms

Dolphin and Killer Whale Marine Park Shows No Longer on the Average Brit's Travel Bucket List

Justin Francis | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

Ethical considerations are the overwhelming reason for the respondents' decision - 75% of the initial non-supporters felt it was 'wrong to keep whales and dolphins in small tanks', whilst a further 19% said they 'don't support or attend any zoos'.

Keep It Real and Do It Right: Is Responsible Tourism the Key to Madagascar's Future?

Justin Francis | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Justin Francis

Responsible tourism is not a one-sided deal. Not only is it better for Madagascar's wildlife and better for the Malagasy people, it also leads to a much more enriching and memorable holiday experience for you. In return for shouldering the responsibility for ensuring your holiday brings benefits to communities and environments...

Five Best Eco Hotels in Asia

Mark Hodson | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Hodson

South East Asia is one of the world's most beautiful regions, with its spectacular coral reefs, abundant wildlife and rainforests dating back 130 million years. Unfortunately, it's also a part of the world developing fast under the pressures of consumerism, rising populations and intensive farming.

Traveling the Backwaters of Kerala

Ben Dalton | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Dalton

The backwaters of Kerala maintain their lurid greenness despite the overhanging grey, Soviet sky of monsoon season. They are deathly still, like a bath that has been run and then forgotten. Our boat - a sort of floating Family Robinson tree house - leaves little trace behind it as it ambles down river.

That's Why Mums Shouldn't Go to Iceland (Or Dads, Kids... Indeed Anyone)

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

After a two year voluntary ban, Iceland has resumed commercial whaling - against international opinion and against the mandates of the International Whaling Commission, which Iceland doesn't recognise.

Buy Souvenirs or Learn New Skills?

Andrew Matthews | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

One of the immutable laws of travel is that once removed from their country of origin almost all souvenirs become ugly and pointless. Paella dishes look authentic in Spanish kitchens. Get it home to wherever home is, give it five days and it's living in the attic or on its way to the next car boot sale.

Planet Appetite: Sustainable Tourism in Catalonia, Spain

Rupert Parker | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The County of Berguedà in Catalonia, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, is leading the way in Spain in promoting Eco-Tourism - hotels, camping sites and restaurants already sport the EU Ecolabel. Organic food and wine are also on the menu.

Responsible Tourism in Amsterdam

Andrew Matthews | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

By 2020 Amsterdam aims to be the world's first smart, sustainable city. And from waste management to green energy, bio-fuel to organic gardening and brewing, vintage clothing to intelligent, ethical recycling, the city and its people seem to be on track to realise their ambition.

Low Impact Lanzarote - A Guilt-Free Holiday Guide

Andrew Matthews | Posted 20.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Matthews

As far as natural advantages go it's fair to say Lanzarote lucked out. The fourth largest and most eastern of Spain's Canary Islands, Lanzarote's also the oldest and flattest. So the wind, rain and humidity that affect its neighbours leave Lanzarote relatively unscathed.

Socotra: A Jewel Of Biodiversity in the Middle East

Bhanu Bhatnagar | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Bhanu Bhatnagar

Socotra. The name conjures images of the exotic and unknown, an island paradise, with breathtaking beaches and a truly alien landscape. Where is this place, you might ask. The answer is Yemen.

Can We Bring Back the Wilderness?

Green Futures | Posted 01.12.2012 | UK
Green Futures

Across the globe, from the Aral Sea to the arid Sahel, ambitious programmes to revive and recreate degraded ecosystems are challenging the assumption that once destroyed, nature is gone for good.