How To Support Local Women During Your Travels

On this International Women’s Day we look at the importance of investing in women and offer some practical ideas on how travelers can seek out organizations, tours, and businesses that directly invest in or support the well-being of women. In this way, the travel decisions and spending choices we make can make a big difference to support local women, their businesses, their communities and ultimately our collective future.

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Oaxaca Food: A Culinary Travel Guide

Oaxaca Street Food

What is Oaxaca food? Which Oaxacan dishes should you seek out and what sort of flavors and spices might you find when you visit this city and region in southwestern Mexico? We spent two months living in Oaxaca to find out and explore Oaxacan cuisine. This Oaxaca Food and Culinary Travel Guide guide shares our favorite Oaxacan street foods, traditional dishes, snacks, drinks, and desserts, plus where to find them in this beautiful culinary city.

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Travel for Social Impact and Activism

Social Activism in Travel, city walk in Delhi, India

As we witness the evolution and integration of social impact in travel, we find more travel experiences charged with a kind of social purpose and activism. In this way, otherwise marginalized groups like single mothers, homeless children, human trafficking survivors, and victims of acid attacks have new opportunities to tell their story and find employment in tourism. As innovation and access to these types of experiences grows, the tourism industry may increasingly become a force for social change. Here’s how and why.

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How Do You Know Your Travel Money Stays Local?

Local Impact of Tourism

When you travel, is there any way you can “follow the money” to ensure that whatever you spend on your trip stays local and benefits the communities you visit? This article offers a few ideas on how to do that and highlights some movements and methodologies afoot in the travel industry that might help.

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A Favela Tour in Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro: How to Do One Respectfully and Responsibly

Planeterra Vidigal Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro

In this piece, we explore the nature and meaning of favelas in Brazil and the ethics of favela tours. Through conversations with residents and community leaders in Vidigal favela in Rio de Janeiro, we consider how community-driven favela tour experiences can create positive social impact and reduce the exclusion and separative otherness of marginalized communities.

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