2017: The UN’s – and my – Year of Sustainable Tourism
Being the Change / Community Tourism / Responsible Travel Tips

2017: The UN’s – and my – Year of Sustainable Tourism

2017 is the UN’s Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, and today, 27th September, is World Tourism Day. It’s inspired me to look back over the year so far, and reflect on some of my top sustainable tourism encounters and achievements, working with animals, companies and NGOs from across the globe. Continue reading

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: new story published by Bradt
Community Tourism / Creative Writing / Ecuador / Latin America / Uncategorized

Where Everybody Knows Your Name: new story published by Bradt

“Where everyone knows your name” is now published by Bradt Travel Guides. The tale takes place in tiny Wimbí, an Afroecuadorian village along the farthest reaches of the Cayapa River, as it snakes its way through the Chocó rainforest. Separated from the Amazon by the Andes, the Chocó is remote, barely explored, and bloody hot. Continue reading

The Batwa – Uganda’s First People
Africa / Community Tourism

The Batwa – Uganda’s First People

The Batwa – Uganda’s “first people” – were nomadic hunter-gatherers who developed advanced hunting and trapping methods. Their profound knowledge of the forest allowed them to harvest honey, fruit and roots to use produce food, medicine and shelter. But when the forest became a national park, the Batwa were moved out. Now, the Batwa Trail is their only chance to return to their ancestral home. Continue reading

Namibia: Into the world of the Himba
Africa / Community Tourism / Namibia / Photo Gallery

Namibia: Into the world of the Himba

It’s appropriate that reaching the Himba involves such an arduous journey across Namibia. Arriving at the settlement, I realised life here was as far removed from my own as I could imagine, and the punishing journey was first test at leaving my comfortable, western lifestyle to enter another, more primal world, where human movements are dictated by nature, and not the other way around. Continue reading