There has long been controversy about ‘voluntourism’: an industry which caters to (mostly) Westerners and places them on volunteering programmes in developing countries. The industry offers those on a ‘gap yah’ the promise of making a difference to the deprived lives of others. On the surface, if a volunteer is flying to the other side … Continue reading Making a difference in developing countries: voluntourism vs. tourism
Famous travel blogger Nomadic Matt recently wrote a blog post on how to stop animal abuse in the tourism industry. As someone who’s deeply interested in the ethical dimension of travel, I was glad to see the post. He describes the scale of abuse, which depends on tourist money, and offers suggestions on ways to … Continue reading A response to Nomadic Matt’s post on animal abuse in the tourism industry
Backpackers might be some of the most frugal people you’re likely to meet. Whether it’s saving to travel, or booking flights and accommodation, or spending habits while on the road, budget travel for backpackers means valuable travel. The less you spend back home, or on accommodation and food whilst travelling, means travelling for longer, or … Continue reading The ethics of haggling in a developing country
In terms of transport, flying is without a doubt the most environmentally damaging way to travel. The Environmental Transport Association (ETA) tells us that just one return flight from London to New York produces a greater carbon footprint than a whole year’s personal allowance needed to keep the climate safe. With constant warnings from climate … Continue reading Can you reconcile environmentalism with flying?
This is a question which interested me when I started noticing how in many countries, multi-day hikes often rely on the use of pack animals to carry gear and supplies. This isn’t always the case, of course. For example, during my 3-day hike up Mount Rinjani, superhuman porters were employed to carry 20kg+ loads, while … Continue reading Is it cruel to use pack animals for trekking?
My previous blog posts have mainly focused on my impressions of the countries I've visited and experiences that stood out in some way, for whatever reason. I haven't been blogging recently, perhaps due in part to feeling that this way of writing no longer interests me, but also because of other factors: exhaustion, laziness, travelling … Continue reading Are we travelling ethically and responsibly?