Eco Tourism

Beyond The Ski Slopes - Connecting With People and Place In Colorado

Justin Francis | Posted 19.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

Responsible tourism may not seem to go hand in hand with the USA, particularly when its most shouted-about tourism offerings are often Disneyland and Las Vegas. And yet over the last couple of years, we've been looking more closely at this vast country, and have pulled out the hidden hideaways, cycling and hiking trails...

Saving Japan's Dolphins - Is Boycotting Travel the Answer?

Justin Francis | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Justin Francis

Calls to boycott the country until it stops the hunting and the infamous Taiji dolphin drives are frequent, but is this the best course of action for travellers anxious about animal welfare? Should we boycott Japan, or should we instead focus our attention on supporting an, albeit slowly, turning tide of change?

Authenticity and Responsibility - Tiny Tobago Shows Tourists The Real Caribbean

Justin Francis | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

White sand and turquoise sea. Check. Tropical sunshine. Check. Rum. Check. On the face of it you could be forgiven for thinking that Tobago is just another Caribbean hideaway, a beach break for lovers of sun, sea and sand.

Tigers vs Chinese Medicine - Can Tourism Swing the Fight?

Justin Francis | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

There are only around 3000 tigers left in the wild worldwide. To put this into context that's less than the number of tigers in captivity in the US - a figure and comparison that I find shocking.

Is Cambodia's Biggest Tourism Draw Also Its Downfall?

Justin Francis | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

Think of Cambodia and the vast majority of us picture Angkor Wat, the vast complex of temples tucked away in the far north-east. It is Cambodia's UNESCO World Heritage calling card, its number one tourist destination, but could it also be its downfall?

Northern Lights nd Northern Rights: Tips For Responsible Tourism In Lapland

Justin Francis | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

Yes the lights are green, but environmental concerns should not be the only ones on our mind if we head off in search of the Northern Lights this winter. Of course, limiting our impact on the fragile Arctic landscape is important, but to truly connect with these places we need to understand, respect and help preserve the cultural traditions and the people which have shaped them.

Less Screen, More Green: Digital Detoxing and Eco Tourism

Paola Bassanese | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Paola Bassanese

Are we humans or robots? With our constant obsession with technology, are we losing sight of the bigger picture?

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

Justin Francis | Posted 15.10.2014 | 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 29.09.2014 | 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 26.08.2014 | 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.