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Community-Based Tourism in Northern Vietnam

Community-Based Tourism in Northern Vietnam
Adventurers come to us looking for authentic experiences in and amongst local communities and cultures. One of the best ways to achieve this is through community-based tourism and we've been working really hard to support many of these fledgling projects throughout the world.   What is community-based tourism? It's tourism in which local residents (often rural, poor and economically marginalized) invite travelers to visit their communities. The residents earn income as land managers, entrepreneurs, service and produce providers, etc. Part of the income is set aside for projects which provide benefits to the community as a whole. Community-based tourism enables travelers to discover local habitats, wildlife, and celebrates and respects traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. The community becomes aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will foster community-based conservation of these resources. These projects become a healthy way for communities...
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The TAP Challenge

What is the TAP challenge? Well let me first explain what TAP is, TAP stands for Travelers Against Plastic. A non-profit that encourages travelers and tour operators to travel more sustainably by simply traveling with a reusable water bottle. Wildland Adventures is a co-founder of TAP and a strong believer in creating sustainable travel options that leave little or no impact on the destinations we visit. As travelers we have a global responsibility to protect the people, places and cultures we visit. There are thousands of ways we can all live a more sustainable lifestyle, but it all starts with the right habits. One simple way to start is by always using a reusable bottle, when you travel and while at home. It just makes sense! I think in just a couple of years people are going to look back and wonder what the heck were we thinking wasting all...
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Guest — Grettel (Usha)
Costa Rica has great drinking water in most areas. I took the pledge to never again get single-use water bottles on my local trav... Read More
Friday, 19 April 2013 01:04
Guest — Kurt Kutay
What a great challenge. I'm going to do the same on my upcoming trip to Africa, although I'm not going to the Sahara desert or the... Read More
Thursday, 18 April 2013 20:44
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Better Ways To Celebrate Earth Day

  Earth Day is a great reminder of all the gifts nature offers us and how we must strive for minimum impact in the sacred lands we visit.  Sometimes it the most direct solution is the best! Here are a few, simple, eco-friendly ideas to consider when traveling to celebrate and give back to our amazing planet. Plant a tree! You've heard it before, but what more direct way to help the cause. This is something that can be easily done at any of the ecolodges you stay during our trips and I’ll be happy to coordinate it for you.  Learn about the culture, the environment and how to protect them.  Read about the destination you are choosing to visit, take a sustainability tour at any of your ecolodges, learn about local endangered species.  Then, get closer to the local culture by participating on community activities and donating school supplies at very low-income...
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Guest — Kurt Kutay
Grettel is such an experienced travel expert, living in Costa Rica the world's preeminent ecotourism destination. She's such a big... Read More
Friday, 19 April 2013 04:13
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Why travel to Nicaragua?

  Travel to Nicaragua and enter the Land of Lakes and Volcanoes: a place where local guides will help you discover this region’s grand Spanish colonial heritage, quaint rural villages, friendly native peoples and lush landscapes. Despite its tumultuous political history, the people of Nicaragua have a lasting commitment to peace and prosperity – something they openly share with our travelers, especially families. Nicaragua is also the perfect place to get in touch with your inner-explorer: discover the colorful architecture (and history!) of Leon and Granada, hike one of Nicaragua’s 40 volcanoes, kayak along the shoreline of the largest freshwater lake in the Americas or join one of our naturalist guides to search for monkeys, birds and other wildlife in the rainforests and cloud forests. Why travel with Wildland Adventures to Nicaragua? The Guides: We work with the best guides in Nicaragua, young enthusiastic professional bilingual guides who are very...
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How to be a Good Traveler

  We here at Wildland Adventures feel traveling is a privilege and that travelers have the responsibility to be good global citizens when they travel. With that said here are some tips from our staff on how to be a good traveler. Go with the flow - Turn every delay or deviation into an opportunity; bonding with locals over a long delayed flight in Argentina could result in an invitation to share dinner and drinks at a friend’s house later or a political demonstration blocking the path of a pre-arranged city tour can provide valuable insight into the socio-economic issues present within a country that aren’t addressed in a guide book. Try everything once - Almost seven years ago I (Kirsten Gardner) sat in a tiny, smoky hut in a remote Burmese village and watched three women chop apart a chicken, tossing bones, skin, entrails, feathers and all into a bubbling...
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