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How to Identify If You’re Staying in an Eco-Lodge

As the climate crisis hits, more people are striving to travel consciously and reduce their environmental footprint. Likewise, more businesses are wanting to reduce their impact on the environment. Arguably this is somewhat exciting; however, some companies within the tourism sector try to play on this promoting their businesses as 'eco-friendly'. When travelling, you may see the case of many forms of accommodation claiming to be environmentally conscious and use...

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Tribal Farming in Zambales

What comes to your mind when you think of the Philippines? Maybe Duterte, tropical islands, fresh fruit or volcanoes? One unique thing about the Philippines is that it’s home to 14-17 million indigenous people who belong to 110 ethnolinguistic groups, according to UNDP.  The Philippines has this beautiful and precious indigenous culture.   On the island of Luzon, there is the Zambales province. Inside of this province is the rural village of...

An Insight into the Ukranian Folk Dance of Hopak

A particular unique reason to visit Ukraine is to observe its magnificent ancient folk dance known as ‘Hopak’. Its name comes from the Ukrainian verb hopaty which means ‘to leap and stamp feet’. What’s special about Hopak is that it’s only performed by males and has been done so since the 16th Century.   Its birth occurred around the 16th Century as Ukraine underwent a long struggle to gain independence against the...

How Many Elephants Before It’s Too Late?

“Passion is contagious, people buy into a passion. I believe collective passion has the power to make a change in this world.” This is what the inspirational Holly Budge concluded with at her TEDxBrighton talk. She provided an empowering call to action daring conservationists, scientists, politicians, educators and storytellers to make a positive change to our planet.   How Many Elephants Budge, a wearer of many hats is broadcasting this propelling argument to...

River Nila Experience, Kerala India

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]River Nila connects culture and traditions. It is a river many people have a passion for; locals and travellers. The nostalgic feeling follows from the community to community located on the riverside. To understand Kerala on an intimate level it’s best to discover through its music, costumes, traditions, scents and sunsets. Therefore by doing this, we become closer to gaining knowledge about its history, get to share the story and...

Sunset in Nepal

5 Reasons Ethical Travel is More Important Than Ever

All of a sudden, travel has vastly changed overnight. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to look at our planet from another perspective. Given this drastic change, 2020 may not be the optimum year for travel like years we have experienced prior. However once the borders open up again and restrictions are lifted, travel will resume. While this may be frustrating, what we can do now is utilise our time...

Travel Around the World through Food

Times are changing; the way we think, communicate and behave is changing. Just because we're stranded at home in the Covid19 pandemic, does not stop us from roaming other routes. One route, in particular, you can explore is by recreating familiar continental dishes or even experience them for the first time. Travel through the minds and tastebuds of a local and devise some tasty delicacies. If you can't visit the...

Bring Thailand to your kitchen and make Tom Kha Gai

A taste tingling coconut flavoured, sweet and spicy thick curry-like soup consisting of succulent chicken is known as Tom Kha Gai. Is your mouth watering yet? This dish derives from the South of Thailand with an influence from Laos. It’s referred to as a staple dish for local villagers who use fresh coconuts to produce their own coconut milk. Our partners allow their travellers to participate and make this dish....

The Gift of Presence

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Why homestays are the best way to experience authentic Filipino warmth and hospitality   The following post is written by Tom Graham, co-founder of MAD Travel, an Ethical Travel Portal partner. It is an edited extract from his book, “The Genius of the Poor,” which recounts the author’s one-year journey living in the communities of a local NGO, Gawad Kalinga. Last year, the venue for my Christmas celebration was a glitzy night club...