Tag Archives: responsible tourism

The people who created the beautiful Bivouac, Yorkshire

I wrote a blog a few weeks ago about the people I meet in this field of ‘responsible tourism’, and how sometimes, it is the they who make us want to visit a place. Their stories, their commitment, their love … Continue reading

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Hiking in the heat

I was recently asked to contribute to an article on ‘Dangerous Places to Visit’. I politely declined, as warzone voyeurism or ‘extreme’ excursions are not really my thing. I did ask them if they would like an article on my … Continue reading

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Urgent appeal to keep Goa ‘going with the flow’

If you love Goa, then you have a chance to take action to preserve its most vital resource – water. There are so many injustices going on with relation to water that the majority of tourists don’t have any idea … Continue reading

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The people I meet

I remember pitching a column idea to some editors a few years ago, on one of those ‘if you don’t ask you don’t get’ sort of days. It had the working title of ‘The People I Meet’.  My aim was … Continue reading

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All inclusive holidays – the way to a ‘better world’?

Since leading holiday company, First Choice decided to make 100 per cent of its holidays ‘all inclusive’ packages this year, it has grabbed the headlines. An all inclusive holiday is one where flights, accommodation, food, drink and entertainment are paid … Continue reading

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World Water Day – tips for tourists

This International World Water Day (22 March 2012), tourists are being urged to remain water aware while on holiday.  The call comes from campaigning groups Tourism Concern and Water Wise, who have produced a set of water-saving tips for tourists … Continue reading

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Do punters give a toss about responsible tourism?

‘Responsible tourism? Ha! Does that mean not dropping your litter as you walk through the rainforest?’ was the scathing reaction of a friend when I told her that I was taking on an Msc in Responsible Tourism Management six years … Continue reading

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Looking back at my top ten

As my four years of writing a regular column for The Irish Times comes to a close, I just wanted to share some of my favourites with you. In no particular order, these are some of my top trips and … Continue reading

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Who is responsible?

[This article was published in The Irish Times following the dramatic enquiry into  phone hacking and News International in July 2011] Many of us have spent the last two weeks watching the dramas of international organisations unfold. As we learn … Continue reading

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Don’t let child abuse travel

Most of us know that tourism is one of the biggest industries in the world.  However, travelling with the sole purpose of paying money for sex is also a form of tourism, and a multi-million dollar side of the industry … Continue reading

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