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Pun Pun Organic Farm near Chang Mai, Thailand, combines local culture and farming with permaculture-inspired philosophy.
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What Is Permaculture? (And How You Can Volunteer To Help Sustainable Agriculture)

Growing populations and shrinking resources strain the environment and stress its human inhabitants. Developed in 1978, permaculture aims to better prepare people for an uncertain future by embracing sustainable living. At the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, dining halls serve food grown in student-started gardens on campus. Volunteers re-build areas demolished […]

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Expat Beth Williams Shares Her Top Cultural Immersion Tips For Japan

Have you ever dreamed of not only visiting Japan, but truly immersing yourself in the local culture? Travel blogger and insatiable nomad Beth Williams of Besudesu Abroad had the opportunity to live with a family in Japan while she studied for a degree in Japanese Language and Culture. She sat […]

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The treehouse room at Rainforest Boutique Hotel
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Ethical Travel: 3 Sustainable Stays In Kerala, India

Known as “God’s Own Country” for its diverse ecosystems and landscapes, India’s Kerala is the perfect destination to explore Mother Nature. It’s also a worthwhile place to learn how to respect her, beginning with the carbon footprint you leave when traveling. The following Kerala accommodations are committed to sustainability as […]

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Child wastepicker. Photo courtesy of Keith Bacongco.
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The International Issue Of Child Street Vendors

Before I take any international trip, my friends and family become overwrought with “helpful pieces of advice” for me. Most of it is usually common sense like not doing drugs in alleyways or leaving hundreds of dollars unattended on tables; however, one piece that stood out to me before embarking […]

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How Rhino Poaching Is Funding Terrorism (And How You Can Help Stop It)
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How Rhino Poaching Is Funding Terrorism (And How You Can Help Stop It)

Something 50 million years in the making is on track to be wiped out in a matter of a few decades. The rhinoceros — essentially the world’s last dinosaur — is being relentlessly hunted and slaughtered for its horn. Comprised of keratin, just like your hair and fingernails, rhino horn […]

Ethical Travel: Should You Visit Thailand’s Long Neck Women Villages?
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Ethical Travel: Should You Visit Thailand’s Long Neck Women Villages?

For some tourists, seeing the giraffe-like, long neck women Kayans may seem like just another stop on a Thailand adventure of a lifetime. Many tourist agencies stop by these hill villages between jeep rides through snake-infested jungles and tours of elegant temples. Visitors pile out for a quick photo opportunity […]

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Culture Enthusiast Jennifer Doré Dallas Tells Us How To Get Off The Tourist Trail In Southeast Asia
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Culture Enthusiast Jennifer Doré Dallas Tells Us How To Get Off The Tourist Trail In Southeast Asia

Planning a trip to Southeast Asia? Avid traveler and blogger at Moi, mes souliers Jennifer Doré Dallas of  tells us where to  eat like a local, ways to stay safe and how to get off the tourist trail to experience and have an authentic cultural experience in Southeast Asia. 1. Please […]

Vietnam, Coast, Hoi An, Woman selling fruit and vegetables at a market.  Photo courtesy of VBT.
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Food Travel: Top 14 Culinary Experiences To Savor In 2014

Dive into local cuisines and cultures with the top culinary experiences of 2014. The best way to experience exotic customs is by feasting on local produce, savoring regional spices, clinking glasses for a “cheers” with the national beer and sitting down to share a meal. This article features off-the-beaten-path locations […]

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Lahmacun. Photo courtesy of Dominik Schwind.
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Adana, Turkey: A Mecca For Spicy Food Lovers

Located in Southern Turkey, Adana is one of the most agriculturally productive areas in the world. As such, history buffs can see remnants of ten ancient civilizations while visitors feast on fresh regional dishes. The city is situated on the beautiful Seyhan River, 30 kilometers (19 miles) inland from the […]

The Hornbill Camp: Where Bird Sanctuary Meets Organic Plantation In India
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The Hornbill Camp: Where Bird Sanctuary Meets Organic Plantation In India

“The Western Ghats are a very important place in India. It’s home to the richest bird life on the Indian Peninsula as well as thousands of Ayurvedic plants.” I’m at the Hornbill Camp, taking a tour of the onsite organic plantation with Chris and John, two interns from England. Kerala […]

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