Responsible Travel

Seven Gorgeous Places To Visit Before They're Altered By Climate Change

Marianne Stenger | Posted 16.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Marianne Stenger

Although climate change probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you're planning a trip abroad, the reality is that many parts of the world are under threat from rising sea levels, higher temperatures and extreme weather events.

It's Time For UK Ecotourism To Move From Niche To Mainstream

Sophie Tanner | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Tanner

It seems that this could be about to change; an exemplary programme of UK wildlife conservation holidays, designed by Wild Days to support the work of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB, the National Trust and the RSPB, proves that there is a sustainable model for successful ecotourism in the UK.

How Can We Democratise Tourism?

Justin Francis | Posted 13.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

We have various hypotheses about the possible benefits of these trips - in time we'll try to research and prove them but in the meantime it's my personal belief that travel can have a transformative effect, that it can foster a greater understanding of other cultures and to open our eyes to the possibilities in the world.

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...

Is Travel Writing in the National Press Truly Independent or Influenced by Advertisers?

Justin Francis | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK
Justin Francis

I think its striking how little critical commentary we see in travel writing compared to other popular sections of the paper.

Travellers Should Always Show Respect

Liz Jarvis | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Jarvis

Travel doesn't just broaden the mind, it enriches it. If you're visiting sites of cultural significance, temples or churches, it's basic, surely, that you show appropriate reverence.

Catalonia - Beyond the Bright Lights of Barcelona

Justin Francis | Posted 27.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Justin Francis

Spain's north-east corner holds a secret. Technically, it's not Spain. At least that's what you will be told again and again by the Catalan people, fiercely protective of their independence and identity. It's a region of incredible individuality...

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 31.08.2016 | 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

Volunteer Stories: South America Ethical Adventure Trail

Frontier | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Our journey in Peru began on the beach of Máncora. Here we cruised the town in motorcycle taxis, sunbathed on the beach, and enjoyed fresh ceviche. Continuing south by bus, we landed in the Miraflores distric of Lima. This was the perfect place to recharge before heading up into the Andes Mountains.

The Gap Year Dilemma: To Volunteer or Not Volunteer

Kerry Law | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Kerry Law

With the A-level results in and university plans either scrapped or confirmed, the gap year exodus is soon to begin. Many young people will be seeking out character building volunteering projects in third world countries, determined to 'give something back' before years of hard study (and hard partying) take centre stage. But how informed a choice can anyone make about the volunteering trips on offer?

How To Avoid Culture Shock When Volunteering

Frontier | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Culture shock is defined as 'the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes', and can be particularly affecting if travel itself is an unfamiliar experience. Yet travel is a means of experiencing new things and meeting new people; it's a way to find yourself as well as a discovery of the unknown.

Only 3 Days Left to Nominate - All Ends on Friday!

Lara Solomon | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lara Solomon

The race is almost over for this year's 10th World Responsible Tourism Awards hosted at the World Travel Market and sponsored by the Sultanate of Oman Ministry of Tourism.

Ten Ways to Travel Responsibly

Maria Sowter | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Maria Sowter

Responsible travel is having an awareness of the global community in which we live and employing this awareness on a local scale. It is a type of travel that involves an ethos of being culturally aware and environmentally responsible, as well as conscious of the economic factors that we contribute to as travellers.

World Responsible Tourism Awards: A Special Year for Water Conservation

Lara Solomon | Posted 23.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lara Solomon

During the tourist season, Majorca needs to import water transferred by tankers from the mainland to meet demand from its 2 million visitors. The Travel Foundation explains an increase in the occurrence of droughts is now putting added pressure on popular tourist destinations such as the Caribbean islands.

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.

Anticipating Irresponsible Tourism - Has Burma Got It Right?

Rooksana Hossenally | Posted 08.03.2013 | UK
Rooksana Hossenally

In the last year, country has seen rapid development of its infrastructure (the country now has over 200 hotels), a surge in tourist arrivals and a first visit from Obama; the growth of Myanmar is an upward curve hereon. In the first six months of 2012, international arrivals increased by 30% compared to 2011 (Ministry of Hotels and Tourism).

Seven Reasons to Take a Responsible City Break

Lara Solomon | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Lara Solomon

Visiting a city usually means that everything is within walking distance, so you can get out and explore on foot. Better for the environment and also I think more fun, since you can stop at coffee shops/bars/stores en-route!

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.

Adventure Industry Drives Corporate Responsibility

Will Ross | Posted 19.11.2011 | UK Lifestyle
Will Ross

As companies look to boost their corporate responsibility profiles, they need look no further for inspiration than to blueprints set by the outdoor in...