Astrotourism

Buzzwords Astrotourism = Astronomical tourism There are plenty of star parties, festivals, telescope tours and more at International Dark Sky Places. Some say the best part of parks can only be experienced after dark. Look up and there’s a galaxy to behold. Embedded Tweets Astrotourism is taking off! If you're a casual observer or dedicated …

Irresponsible Tourism

Buzzwords Irresponsible tourism = Not responsible tourism Key Links https://www.facebook.com/groups/irresponsibletourism This is a whistle blowing, campaigning and discussion forum for anyone who is concerned about irresponsible tourism and who wants to draw it to the attention of others and the media; or to discuss what can be done about it. Many are now beginning to …

Touring Bird

Photo: Farrukh Touring Bird – https://www.touringbird.com – helps city travelers explore, compare, and book experiences via Google. Header: Travel – it’s all about the experience. Instagrammable places? Check. Self-guided, set your own pace treks? Check. As a new initiative, the offerings are limited to a handful of cities, mostly in the USA. What is offered …

European Ecotourism

Poster: 2018 Conference During the 2002 Ecotourism Summit several European leaders were hopeful that ecotourism could be protective of rural wilderness and respect urban nature. This Planeta.com guide is a work-in-progress. Key Links Facebook: European Ecotourism Conference European Ecotourism Network Questions To the organizers and participants – Will the conference have live and recorded video? Is …

Slow Travel

Photo: Monte Albán, Oaxaca Think smart, travel slow – Tagline, Planeta.com Take time to enjoy the experience, visit people and savor places. Slow travel is a breath of fresh air for everyone who has “been there…done that” and wants something deeper. Our suggestion: take a deep breath and slow down. Get to know the locals …

Positive Travel Bias

Buzzwords Newly (2018) coined term from Robert Reid @reidontravel: Positive Travel Bias. We’ll be exploring this further and updating this essay. Writing in Transitions Abroad, Reid writes: Of the dozen types of cognitive biases — e.g. “confirmation bias” is the tendency to agree with people who agree with us — there’s one bias that strikes …

Travel Ban

Buzzwords Travel Ban = Restriction and banning visitors June 26, 2018 Breaking news: The US Supreme Court upholds travel ban. The state of Hawaii, three of its residents, and a Muslim-American group challenged the new restrictions. The most recent travel ban blocked the issuance of visas to people from Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Sudan, and …

How to be a Responsible Traveler

Global tourism has matured and offers options for travelers wishing their journeys to be as eco-friendly, people-friendly and place-friendly as possible. While there is no standard definition that used by locals and visitors alike, most travelers simply want to have a good trip that causes no harm and most locals want to please visitors who are …