Responsible Tourism

Can Responsible Tourism Change Our Attitude to Strangers for the Better?

Justin Francis | Posted 07.07.2017 | UK
Justin Francis

Today marks the start of a new era for responsible tourism. Today at Responsible Travel we re-launch our website and go head to head with the mass tou...

Another Animal Has Died Just Because A Tourist Wanted A Photo

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK

A swan has reportedly died after a tourist dragged the animal from a lake so she could take a selfie with it. Photos have emerged of a woman, belie...

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

Justin Francis | Posted 17.02.2015 | 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 08.02.2015 | 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 02.02.2015 | 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 20.01.2015 | 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 27.12.2014 | 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?

Gestures to Avoid Using Abroad

Frontier | Posted 23.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When we don't speak the local language, most travellers rely on gestures to express ourselves in a foreign country. These can be particularly helpful when you have lost your phrasebook and urgently need to communicate something to a local. However, it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with other countries' customs before embarking on a trip..

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

Justin Francis | Posted 20.12.2014 | 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.

How to Avoid Hurting Animals With Ecotourism

Frontier | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK

What does it means to be a responsible tourist and why someone should consider their trip from an environmental perspective, and try to ensure what they do abroad and how they get there is sustainable?

Responsible Tourism Rewards Families Who Discover the Real Sri Lanka

Justin Francis | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

The world is waking up to Sri Lanka. Evocatively described in Paul Theroux's 1975 travel journal, "The Great Railway Bazaar", it is once again captivating the imaginations of wanderers around the globe.

Can Responsible Tourism Address Poverty In India Without Reinforcing Tired Clichés?

Justin Francis | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

Our latest 2 minute travel guide is also our most ambitious. How do you coax and cajole the immense nation of India into a short paragraph? How do you summarise the hugely diverse landscapes, people, cultures, cities, towns and villages into an 8 page mini-guide?

Oman's Interior Gives Up the Secrets of Authentic Arabia

Justin Francis | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

The Arabian States have always fostered a romantic notion in the hearts of travellers. Fuelled by Wilfred Thesiger's beautiful descriptions of the desert-dwelling Bedouin in the 1950s and the adventures of Lawrence of Arabia, it's a culture and landscape we find evocative and beguiling.

Elephants: To Ride or Not to Ride

Justin Francis | Posted 04.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

In our pursuit for adventure are we unwittingly fuelling an ongoing demand for more elephants to be illegally captured from the wild, with dire consequences? With no more than 45,000 Asian elephants left in the wild, are there better ways that we as tourists, could appreciate and help conserve these incredible animals?

Keep It Real and Do It Right: Why South Africa's Culture Is More Than a Safari Afterthought

Justin Francis | Posted 16.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

So go to South Africa and explore its wilderness and wildlife - it's stunningly beautiful - but definitely don't consider its culture an afterthought. However, each province and its people has such a unique heritage, such a complex, fascinating story to tell that trying to taste every flavour of this rainbow nation in one trip will simply water everything down.

The Khmer Spirit - Not Your Typical Cambodian Holiday

Alexandra Chalat | Posted 26.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Chalat

I travelled with Spirit of Soccer's founder, Scott Lee, and his five talented coaches to Poipet, located on the Thai-Cambodian border. As we rumbled up the narrow road, flying past huts squatting on stilts above stagnant swamps, and old ladies selling rice stuffed into roasted bamboo straws, he tells me that this region sits in the middle of the 'T5 mine belt'.

Jessica Elgot

'Children Aren't Tourist Attractions' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK

Arriving in the crush of Kathmandu, Lucy Frankenburg wanted to do something worthwhile with her month in Nepal's capital. Her husband Guy Selby had bo...

The 'I' of the Tiger

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Tigers are dying and they will become extinct if we don't do something now. So what's the 'I' of the Tiger? It means everyone, in every country, every one of you, can do something to help, something right now.

New Headline Sponsor Announced for 2013 World Responsible Tourism Awards

Lara Solomon | Posted 09.07.2013 | UK
Lara Solomon

The Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism has cemented its commitment to responsible tourism by becoming the headline sponsor of the 2013 World Responsible Tourism Awards.

Tips for Choosing the Right Volunteering Project

Maria Sowter | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Sowter

Responsible travel that includes volunteering can the most rewarding kind, allowing the traveller an extended period of time to get to know and give something back to a community or cause.

World Responsible Tourism Awards to Champion Child Protection in Tourism

Lara Solomon | Posted 28.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lara Solomon

The protection of children from labour and sexual exploitation in tourism is a serious problem, too rarely mentioned in the press or considered by holidaymakers when seeking new experiences abroad.

Amazing Treehouses in Costa Rica

Lara Solomon | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lara Solomon

In 2012 the Nature Observatorio Amazing Treehouse won the Best Innovation in Responsible Tourism Award as part of the World Responsible Tourism Awards...

16 Tips for Travelling Responsibly

Lara Solomon | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Lara Solomon

I don't know about you, but it is so easy when you visit beautiful places to forget about the impact that your trip has on the local community and environment. Responsible travel is about a more authentic holiday experience that enables you to get a little bit more out of your travels, and give a little bit more back to the destination and local people.