Masiphumelele Township By Bicycle: Getting Up Close

Mother and Son at Masiphumelele Township - Cape Town, South Africa

This is a story about visiting a South African township by bicycle, where people and life and answers to questions are up close and personal.As we rode to the end of our visit, a big white van, way too clean, rolled passed us in almost slow-motion like you might expect in a movie. From the side windows, faces peered out, their eyes snagging on us. Others pressed … [Read more...]

Travel and Your Values: The Power of Deliberate Spending

Responsible Travel

A few dollars here, a few dollars there. Does how you spend your money when you travel really matter? Is it possible to align your travel approach and spending decisions with your values?In the first part of this series, The Importance of People in Travel, we explored the relationship between people and the travel experience and we spoke of serendipity and human … [Read more...]

Tourism, It’s the People’s Business

Burmese Mother and Child - Toungoo, Myanmar

In pursuit of the iconic, sometimes we lose the people. Then we need to come back. Here are a few thoughts on the often overlooked importance of people to travel and the connection between travelers’ experiences, their spending decisions and the impact on the communities they visit.So much ink is spilled, understandably so, on the budget aspect of travel -- how … [Read more...]

The Good Global Traveler: 17 Actions You Can Take

Learning a New Skill - Zikra Initiative, Jordan

Travel holds tremendous potential. For the traveler, it offers a path to experience, education and personal transformation. For local host communities, it provides a means to economic benefit and cultural exchange. It’s this magic “travel equation” that among other things first inspired us to quit our jobs for the road over five years ago, and to this day … [Read more...]