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10 simple ways to minimise plastic while travelling

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Do you justify your plastic use by tossing it in the recycling bin? Unfortunately, it’s not a long-lasting solution. With 300 million tons of plastic produced around the globe every year, and only 85 per cent of the world’s plastic…

20 responsible travel resolutions for the new year

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Given the UN has named 2017 the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and all, there’s really no better time to start thinking about how to make more responsible and sustainable travel decisions. Scroll down for 20 resolutions worth taking on board for…

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…

What is sustainable travel and why should you care?

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Sustainable travel is arguably the biggest buzz term in travel right now, but there are still loads of travellers out there scratching their heads about what this actually means. So I’m going to have a crack at breaking it down…

How to plan a gorilla-spotting trip

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Brought back from the brink of extinction following a catastrophic decline in numbers since the species was classified in 1902, mountain gorillas are one of the world’s rare conservation success stories. Numbering less than 900 in the wild, however, these…

50 ways to travel more sustainably

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It’s fair to assume that most travellers would prefer to travel responsibly rather than irresponsibly. And to travel responsibly, is to travel sustainably. But what does that even mean? Does it cost more? Does it suck out the fun of…