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Video Spotlight: Local Voices from Costa Rica

When you travel, one of the easiest and most meaningful things you can do is meet the locals.  To the best of your ability – no matter what the language barriers – strike up a conversation. Find out their story, their culture, their way of life. During our last trip to Costa Rica to film our […]

Local travel suppliers have new direct-sales service through Your Holiday Promotion, free through September

With a view to becoming the largest and most trusted holiday clearinghouse on the web, Your Holiday Promotion, a new service for special travel deals and offers, now connects local travel- and leisure-sector merchants directly with travel agents and independent travelers. Unlike most travel sites, Your Holiday Promotion is not a commission-earning middleman, but a […]

Going local in the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Peru

During a trip to Cusco in Peru, I was lucky enough to take an Urban Adventure tour with Intrepid Travel. Their Sacred Valley Tour takes you to the famous area and allows you to have a very local experience – visiting a market, tasting Chicha beer, trying local village activities, and eating typical foods. In […]

Swiss valley votes against millions in gold to protect mountains

This month we were inspired to learn that the residents of a remote Swiss valley community have voted against receiving tens of millions of pounds each in favour of preserving their cultural heritage and environment. The incredible vote was cast by the valley’s 450 inhabitants in April (2012) after it was discovered that their area […]

Responsible (and local) tourism for travellers

What is Responsible Tourism? How do I do it? Why is it different to ecotourism, sustainable tourism or any other -ism tourism? How will it benefit me? And how will it benefit the people I visit? [Editor's note: This impressive slideshow touches on a lot that is at the heart of Local Travel, especially the […]

Why all travel is local… and why conscious hosts will be indigenous

While I also subscribe to the importance of the journey and, where possible, would prefer to travel slowly and savour the transition from the familiar to the unknown, most times I have to fly. Then I stop being a traveler and, instead, become a producer of air passenger miles and carbon; a unit of yield […]

For Earth Day 2012, help commit a ‘Billion Acts of Green’

Since the very first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, over 20 million Americans from all walks of life have contributed to major environmental accomplishments, such as pressuring government leaders for the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws. Today, the Earth Day Network […]

An eye on local travel: Burma and Berlin

Slow Travel Berlin presents A Celebration of Creativity, Culture & Cuisine – April 22, 2012, 12pm-6pm On 22nd April 2012, Slow Travel Berlin will take over Kreuzberg’s 100–year-old covered market hall Markhalle IX for a day of local creativity, culture and cuisine. The morning will be given over to a selection of free tours that […]

Another way to travel is possible: Discover sustainable and responsible tourism

Agrotravel Turismo Responsable was established with a vision for a different kind of tourism than what is mainsatream in Spain. It sees the principles of responsible tourism as the best way to travel. At Agrotravel Turismo Responsable, we believe that tourism should have qualities that contribute to the sustainable social, economic and environmental development of […]

Why aren’t more bloggers writing about responsible (and local) travel?

Most mainstream newspapers and magazines today give periodic lip service to the evolution of travel, acknowledging that more and more travellers consider themselves ‘ecotourists,’ but not really giving their readers enough to feed their ethical penchants. Hamstrung by shrinking budgets, market-deaf advertisers and cumbersome bureaucracy, major travel media look like they’re being outpaced by the […]