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Happy eco-campers: protecting wildlife in Cambodia

Happy eco-campers: protecting wildlife in Cambodia A new eco-tourism camp keeps a remote forest safe from poaching, and offers a laid-back stay with creature comforts The path to Preak Tachan ranger station, in Botum Sakor national park, Cambodia, snakes through dense, silent forest. It crosses bubbling rivers and clearings where luminous butterflies flit around gargantuan hanging vines and tall wild grasses. It’s The Lost World, Indochina-style. I half expect a dinosaur to come crashing through the foliage. The 1,712 sq km park – in the Cardamom mountains in the south-west of the country – is home to rare wildlife such as the pileated gibbon, Asian elephant, clouded leopard and Bengal slow loris. But with the triple challenges of poaching,…

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Why I only take one holiday flight a year

Why I only take one holiday flight a year There is no longer any doubt that we need to reduce the number of flights we take to help tackle climate change – and make any trip we do go on count In the Netherlands they say vliegschaamte; the Swedes say flygskam; and the Germans Flugscham. The words all mean “fly shame”, or the guilt that travellers experience when they fly off somewhere knowing they are contributing to climate change. In contrast, the British have little or no flight shame. We take 70 million flights a year, our aviation industry is growing fast and our government wants more runways (pdf ) for even more flights, scuppering any chance of meeting…

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10 of the best ethical travel companies

10 of the best ethical travel companies One way travellers can make a positive contribution to their destination is by holidaying with a company that puts something back into the local community One of the first carbon-neutral tour operators, Intrepid has invested more than £2.5m into grassroots projects globally and donated 100% of profits from a season of trips to Nepal to help rebuild after the 2015 earthquake. The first company to drop elephant rides from its trips, Intrepid is a leader on child protection, uses local guides and aims to double female tour leader numbers by 2020. On its 15-day Kathmandu to Delhi trip, guests stay at Madi Valley homestay, which it helped set up with WWF (from…

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10 of the best ethical holidays: readers’ travel tips

10 of the best ethical holidays: readers’ travel tips Trips that respect the environment and benefit local people make for particularly enriching breaks, as our picks from Belfast to Costa Rica show I was amazed to discover that it is possible to enjoy the extreme beauty of Ladakh while treading lightly and investing locally. Plastic-free co-operative shops that would be the envy of Brighton and Bristol abound in the capital, Leh. At shops like Dzomsa on Old Fort Road you can fill up your water bottles, scoop bulk fruit, nuts and herbal teas into paper bags and pick up unpackaged, locally made soap and knitted goods – the sun-dried Ladakhi apricots are wonderful. We trekked for eight days through…

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10 of the best sustainable hotels in south-east Asia

10 of the best sustainable hotels in south-east Asia In Thailand, Vietnam and across Asia, these eco-lodges and hotels are recycling, composting and reclaiming to reduce their impact on the environment Yes, some of the structures are made form recycled shipping containers. And yes, recycled paper is used as insulation to keep the buildings cool. Inverter air conditioners and LED lights save energy and refillable glass water bottles for guests eliminate the need for plastic, while composted waste keeps the garden green – and the mojitos minty. But what is really remarkable about The Yard (a reference to both the greenery and a play on the Thai word for “relatives”) is its location at the heart of the galleries,…

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Healthy holidays and a sunscreen rethink: top five travel trends for 2019

Healthy holidays and a sunscreen rethink: top five travel trends for 2019 Rising eco-awareness, wellness breaks and a farewell to passports … we look at changes in the world of travel for the year ahead Last October, Club 18-30 holidays staggered off into the sunset, aged 50. To the relief of Mediterranean resorts that had spent decades dealing with the carnage caused by epic drinking challenges, it appears that buckets of warm sangria – or worse – have lost their appeal. We have entered the era of the healthy holiday, driven by young people who want to be sober enough to take a flattering selfie. The rise of ‘ego travel’ was cited by Thomas Cook when it retired the…

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Crisis in our national parks: how tourists are loving nature to death

Crisis in our national parks: how tourists are loving nature to death As thrill seekers and Instagrammers swarm public lands, reporting from seven sites across America shows the scale of the threat Just before sunset near Page, Arizona, a parade of humanity marched up the sandy, half-mile trail toward Horseshoe Bend. They had come from all over the world. Some carried boxes of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets, others cradled chihuahuas and a few men hid engagement rings in their pockets. But just about everyone had one thing at the ready: a cellphone to snap a picture. Horseshoe Bend is one of the American west’s most celebrated overlooks. From a sheer sandstone precipice just a few miles outside Grand Canyon national…

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‘There is hope here’: Fukushima turns to tourism after nuclear meltdown

‘There is hope here’: Fukushima turns to tourism after nuclear meltdown The region may forever be associated with catastrophe, but some residents want the world to know that life goes on Even now, almost eight years after a deadly earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the disaster’s physical legacy is impossible to avoid. The shells of gutted homes stand in barren rice paddies that lay in the path of waves that killed more than 18,000 people across three prefectures in north-east Japan – including 1,600 in Fukushima – on the afternoon of 11 March 2011. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Justin McCurry in Fukushima Tweet

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Fixing the Fells: the campaign to save the paths of Scafell Pike

Fixing the Fells: the campaign to save the paths of Scafell Pike Lake District repair team fear funds to protect route up England’s highest mountain will fall short as crowdfunding deadline looms At the busiest times of year, the stream of human traffic on the Brown Tongue path never ceases – not even at night. The route used by 100,000 people every year – as the most direct way to the top of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain – is one of the most heavily walked paths of its type in the world. But its popularity has come at a high price. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Carey Davies Tweet

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Thailand bay made famous by The Beach closed indefinitely

Thailand bay made famous by The Beach closed indefinitely Visitors flocked to Maya Bay on Ko Phi Phi Leh island after it was in Leonardo DiCaprio film One of the world’s most popular beaches, made famous by the 2000 film The Beach, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, is to be closed indefinitely to allow it to recover from the damage caused by millions of tourists. The golden sands and crystal blue water of Maya Bay, ringed by cliffs on Ko Phi Phi Leh island, has become one of Thailand’s most-visited tourist destinations since it shot to fame as the movie’s location. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Bangkok Tweet

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