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...]

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...]

Sustainable Tourism and GSTC: One of Our New Projects

GSTC logo

We’d like to think that we live our lives and travel according to a set of values, key among them respect -- respect for other cultures, respect for the environment and respect for the complexities and nuances of the economic realities that face a growing planet. Until now, we just never labeled those values or the behaviors attached to them as “sustainable.”So … [Read more...]