Tread Lightly: How to Minimize Your Impact and Travel Responsibly

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With the prices of airfare as cheap as ever, there’s never been a better time to escape the rushing monotony of ‘real life’ and jet off to a tropical island paradise, climb a mountain, go on safari or explore the ruins of an ancient civilization. Every corner of the globe is so accessible that we’re spoilt for choice on where to travel: and the question of how we should travel is often not addressed. Travelling and experiencing a different culture first hand is an important way to learn more about both ourselves and the world we inhabit, but a great number of tourists and travellers tend to disregard the impact that their travels have on local environments.

The ‘travel destinations’ that we head to on holidays or for extended trips are in fact, someone’s home. The impact of what you do and how you spend your time whilst travelling is felt long after you leave, so it is important that as responsible travellers, we respect the natural and often delicate balance of the places we visit and experience.

Tourism can have incredible benefits to local communities and indeed whole countries, but this economic gain should not be at the expense of culture or environment. By embracing a few simple principles, it’s easy to experience everything that a country has to offer without having a negative impact on the communities or environment of the areas you visit, maintaining the culture and natural beauty for generations to come. Continue Reading…

A Guide To Backpacking In Indonesia – Part 1

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Why Indonesia?

Widely regarded as being one of the cheapest destinations to visit in the Southeast Asian region, Indonesia is unsurprisingly a magnet for backpackers. Its location along the equator and warm year-round climate ensures large numbers of travelers visit the country at all times of the year, while the local people are also thought of as being among the most friendly and hospitable in the world. Although good weather and friendly locals are important factors in making Indonesia a popular choice for backpackers, they merely scratch the surface of this fascinating country. Continue Reading…