The Bali I dreamed of growing up was not the Bali that exists today--all thanks to the careless acts of tourists.
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.
Australia still carries an image of a largely untamed landscape and extreme wilderness. In that way it still goes hand in hand with our view of the Arctic regions, much of Africa and the Amazon. Maybe it's an 'A' thing? Anyway, unfortunately Australia hasn't avoided the seemingly relentless march of habitat loss, destruction and the problems caused by changing environment.
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