10 Steps to Becoming a more Responsible Traveler


10 Steps to Becoming a more Responsible Traveler


Lucky for us, we live in a day and age not just when travel is at an all-time easy but has become so easy that we have the luxury of trying to see the world responsibly, considering the planet, its people, its forests and its animals. We should encourage others to do it as well.


Responsible travel gives us adventures so much more memorable than another run-of-the-mill trip to Disneyland or wild weekend at an all-inclusive resort. Responsible travel takes us down new pathways and uncrowded streets. It puts us in a seat next to a stranger, serves us food we’ve never tried, and teaches us to interact with the world in a real way, not just as a vacation spot.


So, for those who are new to responsible travel, but ready to get on board, or those looking to further climb onto the bandwagon, here are ten steps that can make a huge difference in getting there and staying there, wherever there may be, a little more responsibly.

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Londolozi Sunset

Back Where We Started

Revisiting the Place That Changed My Life


It’s a strange feeling to return to the place where your life’s dream was born. Reflections of the past, observations of the present, and hopeful visions of your future all seem to collide in a rush of inexplicable emotions.


When I think back to my life-changing experience in South Africa in 2000, there’s no way I could’ve predicted how deeply that trip would transform my life and career.


I’d never even heard the word ecotourism, much less understanding how vital it would be to a country trying to transform itself after the end of apartheid. But when I saw its principles in action in Kruger National Park, helping to conserve wildlife and providing much-needed jobs for local people, I knew I had to find a way to make writing about the benefits of ecotourism the focus of my work.


Realizing that dream would ultimately take 10 years, including a painful divorce, an increasingly frustrating freelance writing career, and finally meeting the love of my life, who shared my passion for transformative travel adventures.


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Summer Travel Essentials Guide

Summer Travel Essentials Guide


Summer travel is a time-honored family tradition. By the time this year’s season ends on September 22, we’ll have spent more than a month of it abroad! In the process, we’ve learned a lot of tricks that make the process easier. Our Summer Travel Essentials guide covers 40+ products that can help make your vacation adventures a bit more enjoyable, whether you’re a galavanting globe-trotter or a close-to-home staycationer.


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Fjords of Norway: Sognefjellet National Tourist Route

Our Epic Fjords of Norway Road Trip


Summarizing a road trip through the Fjords of Norway is a slippery slope of clichéd superlatives. “Jaw-dropping,” “awe inspiring, and “mindblowing” are the first adjectives come to mind. But the most often-used word during our week-long trip through western Norway was simply “WOW!!!”


If you’ve used social media, you’ve likely seen stunning scenery from the Fjords of Norway in your Facebook or Instagram feed. With mountains, waterfalls, glacier, and brilliant blue-green water seemingly everywhere you turn, you don’t need to be a professional photographer in order to capture images that will give your friends a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out).


Pictures may be worth a thousand words, but for me Norway proved to be that rare place where pictures (or words, for that matter) simply cannot do it justice. There’s just no way to explain the unparalleled grandeur of it all, or how small you feel when surrounded by it on all sides. So we created the following video in an effort to give you a taste of our emotionally overwhelming experience…


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Responsible Travel in Nepal

Q&A with Responsible Tourism Expert

Megan Devenish of Exodus Travels


Historically speaking, Responsible Tourism is a relatively new concept. The word Ecotourism wasn’t created until 1990, while Responsible Travel, Sustainable Travel, and Green Travel are all more recent variations on the same theme.


As result, our ideas of what constitutes Responsible Tourism have changed rapidly over the past decade. Once considered a bucket list experience for nature-lovers, tourism practices such as riding elephants and swimming with dolphins are now considered exploitative and unsustainable.


Fortunately, as Responsible Travel continues to grow, more and more industry professionals are choosing to specialize in Responsible Tourism. Megan Devenish is a former volunteer coordinator who became passionate about RT while working in Cambodia and Vietnam. Looking for ways to make a positive impact on the destinations she traveled to, Devenish wound up getting her MSc in Responsible Tourism Management and becoming Responsible Tourism Manager for Exodus Travels.


Now the 42-year-old, UK-based company has been long-listed for the World Responsible Tourism Awards, which will be given out at World Travel Market in London later this year. We recently spoke with Devenish about what Responsible Tourism is, why it matters, and how Exodus Travels’ Responsible Tourism policies impact travelers and locals alike.

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Egypt- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Madagascar- Ring-tailed Lemurs at Anja Reserve
Morocco- A Journey into the Atlas Mountains
South Africa- Londolozi Game Reserve Safari
South Africa- Kruger National Park
South Africa- South Africa- Zulu Memories
Tanzania- Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

How To Get To Antarctica w/out Doing the Drake
The Haunting Beauty of Icebergs
Penguins of Antarctica
Taking the Polar Plunge
Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
Whales of Antarctica
Borneo- Sabah Ecotourism Attractions
India- Ranthambhore National Park
India- Tibetan Culture In Ladakh
Laos- The Pastoral Paradise of Muang Ngoi
Malaysia- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Malaysia- Orangutan Conservation at Sepilok
Nepal- Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
Taiwan- Top 5 Eco Activities in Taipei
Thailand- Top 5 National Parks
Australia- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Australia-Kangaroo Island
Australia-Maria Island
New Zealand- Kapiti Island
New Zealand- Tongariro National Park
New Zealand- Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions
Tahiti- First Impressions
Tahiti- Photo Gallery
Tahiti- Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour
Tahiti- Moorea, Tiki Village Theater
Tahiti- Pearl Diving in Bora Bora
Tahiti- Ruahatu Marine Sanctuary, Bora Bora
Tahiti- Swimming With Sharks in Bora Bora
Tonga- Eua Island Eco Activities


Churchill- Into the Wild of Manitoba
Churchill- Polar Bear Fight
Churchill- Polar Bear Photo Gallery
Churchill- Tundra Wildlife

America’s Best Volcanoes
AL- Fishing Mobile Bay
AL- Mobile Carnival Museum
AK- Denali National Park
CA- Hiking The John Muir Trail
FL- Sanibel Island Eco Activities
FL- Crystal River, Swimming with Manatees
FL- Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
GA- Barnsley Gardens
GA- Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta
GA- Best Christmas Light Displays
GA- Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events
GA- Jekyll Island Eco Activities
GA- Weekend in North GA Mountains
GA- Top 5 Eco Attractions in North GA
HI- Hawaii’s Big Island
HI- Hawaiian Mythology
HI - Top 5 Kauai Nature Attractions
LA- Lafayette Cajun Food Tour
LA- Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday
LA- Voodoo Museum
MT- Hiking Glacier National Park
NC- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Asheville's Top Ecotourism Attractions
NC- Greensboro Travel Guide
NC- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
NM- Top 5 Eco Attractions
NY- Going Green in NYC
TX- Sea Turtle Rescue, South Padre Island
WV- Outdoor Adventures
Yellowstone- Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone- Lamar Valley
Yellowstone- Grand Canyon & Hayden Valley
Yellowstone- Upper Geyser Basin
Yellowstone- Lower Geyser Basin

Cancun- Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
Cancun- Swimming with Whale Sharks
Riviera Maya- Monkeys, Pyramids & Pottery
Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
Riviera Maya- Tulum & Coba