CULTURE

Best sustainable adventures beyond the beach in Mauritius

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Tourism in Mauritius is an overwhelmingly commercial beast, but there are some incredible low-impact experiences to be had across the island. Mauritius Conscious – the country’s first dedicated sustainable travel agency – kindly hooked me up with some of the…

The ultimate low-impact guide to exploring Mauritius

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It’s best known for its turquoise seas and crystalline beaches, but Mauritius has so much more to offer travellers looking for an authentic, sustainable travel experience on the island. And I’m not just talking about waterfall lookouts. Whether you’re planning…

Why you should still travel to Myanmar (responsibly)

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From the ancient temples of Bagan to the iconic fishermen of Inle Lake, Myanmar is one of Asia’s most alluring cultural travel destinations. Yet the continuing Rohingya crisis has led some travellers to question whether it’s ethical to visit a…

Why every traveller to Jordan should do a homestay

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What first springs to mind when you think of Jordan? The ‘lost’ city of Petra? Maybe the Dead Sea? Fair enough – these are classic Jordan travel experiences for good reason. The highlight of my visit to Jordan, however, was something I…

Feynan Ecolodge: Do yourself a favour and stay here in Jordan

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It would be an understatement to say that I was a little bit excited to be staying at Feynan Ecolodge. Nestled in Jordan’s stunning Dana Biosphere Reserve in the nation’s central-west, this idyllic, ultra-sustainable (and completely off-grid!) luxury ecolodge has…

5 of the best: social enterprises in Luang Prabang

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I recently spent a sizeable chunk of time in Luang Prabang, one of my favourite cities in Southeast Asia, to research a guidebook. A 1995 Unesco listing has helped this northern Lao city retain much of its Franco-colonial charm, but…

6 reasons to take that trip to Alaska right now

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To fall back on an overused but oh-so-apt cliché, Alaska really is one of the world’s last great untamed wildernesses. I’ve been lucky enough to visit this vast, gobsmackingly beautiful state twice – the first time on a road-trip through the southeast…

How to travel sustainably in Phuket

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It’s no secret that Phuket is no longer the unspoiled tropical paradise that first started luring international travellers to its shores in the 1970s. Yet thanks to its still-beautiful beaches, choice of good value hotels, excellent food and convenient air links, Thailand’s favourite…