Posts Categorized: Responsible Tourism

7 things I learnt in Mongolia

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When Sue and I were planning our Trans-Mongolian adventure, it was the ‘Mongolian’ part of the trip that excited me the most. Despite this, I didn’t really know what to expect. Here are a few Mongolian facts and tales of adventure that I learnt along the way (for Mongolian visa details and what to do when… Read more »

8 things you didn’t know about bear bile farming

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Have you ever heard of bear bile farming? I hadn’t until a chance encounter with an Animals Asia representative at TBEX Bangkok. After that, I was hungry to learn more about the bear bile trade and the work they are doing to stop this abuse. Here are 8 things you didn’t know about bear bile farming, but will… Read more »

Win a Christmas Hamper from Wanderlust People!

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COMPETITION CLOSED: CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR LUCKY WINNER @LORISEXTONLEAL!! We’ve teamed up with Wanderlust People to give you the opportunity to win a Christmas hamper with a difference. Wanderlust People are kindred wanderlusters who bring home authentic, global treasures and do so in a way that genuinely respects and uplifts the craftspeople and cultures that produced them. Their products uphold traditional craftsmanship,… Read more »

Stolen passport, how to cope: Guest Post

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I’m a bit of a travel snob. I’m the person that secretly (but loudly) judges you when you do a travel tour. What’s that you purchased six Lonely Planet books on special? Bless. What? You haven’t had surprise meat prepared on a random island off of New Caledonia? That’s cute. All hail Sue the Queen of #authentic travel!… Read more »

Lake Baikal Photo Series

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One of my favourite stops on the Trans-Mongolian was at Irkusk, one of the largest cities in Siberia and the best place to access Lake Baikal. The lake is stunning and the enormity of the largest freshwater lake in the world can’t really be described, especially in winter – instead, here is my Lake Baikal… Read more »

5 unusual things to do in St Petersburg

When you visit St Petersburg there are the standard must-see tourist attractions – the Church of the Saviour on Blood, the Hermitage Museum, and Winter Palace. But what are the most unusual things to do in St Petersburg? This was the first city on my big Trans-Mongolian adventure which took almost a month as I… Read more »

Szeged in a day

Szeged, a stopover

Szeged is the perfect city for a stopover when you have been travelling around Europe on rickety old buses. It’s a great place to stop, relax and smell the paprika (which coincidently was created in Szeged). We were lucky enough to experience this while attempting to get to Romania. They don’t make it easy for… Read more »

World Elephant Day

Elephants are beautiful and majestic creatures with wise faces and sad, soulful eyes. For generations they have been used by man as an instrument of war in battle, a form of transport, slave labour in forestry, targets for hunters, and sources of entertainment for unknowing (or uncaring) tourists. World Elephant Day, 12 August, aims to increase awareness… Read more »

London street art – Shoreditch

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Thanks in large part to Banksy, street art has boomed in popularity in recent years. For tourists flocking to Brick Lane in Shoreditch, London in search for a curry, their journey on the tourist trail will inadvertently show them a creative side to London that bursts with colour.   Shoreditch is an international community with restaurants… Read more »