How to take responsible travel portraits.

Meeting local people is one of the great highlights of any travel experience and most travellers will want to photograph the interesting faces they encounter on the road. The problem is though, how to do this without annoying and offending the very people you want to remember. It always amazes me how so many people…

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Elephant welfare and your travels

Who doesn’t love to see elephants during their travels? Their majesty, their walk, their amazing trunks, their intelligence … and the delightful antics of baby elephants. In recent years, a whole industry has developed around operators offering travellers an elephant ‘experience’. Sadly, many of these experiences are not positive for the elephants and their welfare…

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Maiboud learns to COPE.

This story just in from Cooperative Orthotic Prosthetic Enterprise (COPE) in Laos. Since 7th April 2009, Maiboud’s main challenge has been to be both mother and father to her two children. On that day, Maiboud’s husband was taking her to the office when a truck crashed into their motorbike. Maiboud was in hospital for 3…

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How to be a Responsible Traveller

Travelling is one of modern life’s great privileges. To be able to venture to far-flung parts of the world is something we’re all incredibly fortunate to be able to do. But we’ve got to look after the places we visit. The cultures, the people, the environment and the traditions are delicate and deserve nothing less than…

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Pollinate – lighting up India

Nasimi, just never gives up. She and her family are refugees and arrived in India five years ago, with little but the clothes on their backs. Since they left Bangladesh, they have called a cramped tent without electricity in one of India’s slums “home”. But they are resourceful and hopeful people. They have helped themselves by setting…

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Local Heroes

French philosopher Auguste Comte coined the word altruisme meaning self-sacrifice for the benefit of others in 1851, and soon after it entered the English language as altruism. It evolved into the slightly less extreme meaning of loving others as oneself. Whatever your definition it seems to be a consistent theme when discussing the founders and directors of many…

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