Justice tourism: what is it and why does it matter?

Justice tourism: what is it and why does it matter?

Travel is a double edged sword. On the one hand, it is a wonderful privilege, with great potential for positive change in host communities. But it can also be an incredibly negative force - a capitalist practice that inflicts violence and oppression behind the scenes.

If you read our recent post Travelling well: how to leverage your privilege for good, you will already be familiar with some of the things you can do to make sure your vacation has a positive impact. Here we’ll go into more detail about justice tourism and ecotourism, what these terms mean, and why they’re important.

Travelling well: how to leverage your privilege for good

Travelling well: how to leverage your privilege for good

Tourism is fun! But there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Though it’s uncomfortable to think about, it’s possible that your vacation could support violence and oppression in ways that you might not see at first glance. The following is a guide to how you can leverage your privilege as a tourist to create cultural exchange and mutual benefit, and avoid participating in exploitation.

10 things you need to know about Thailand before you go

10 things you need to know about Thailand before you go

Thailand is a country of many contradictions. It has the richest royal family in the world, and some of its poorest citizens. It has remote rural mountain villages where communities live by subsistence farming, thriving cities, and blissful island beaches. It has so much to offer to travellers, but it can be overwhelming, and you’ll find that the stereotypes about Thailand are hopelessly one dimensional and flawed.

To help you enjoy your time here to the maximum, here are some handy tips, practical and cultural. After all, a little homework never hurts…

Thailand Temple Etiquette: Everything You Need to Know

Thailand Temple Etiquette: Everything You Need to Know

Buddhism is deeply ingrained in Thai culture, and the most visible signs of its prominence are the glittering temples that are to be found in every settlement.

No holiday in Thailand is complete without a visit to these important holy places. But unless you are well versed in Buddhist practices and principles, it can be hard to be sure if you are avoiding offence.

Follow these simple steps to ensure that you are being a culturally aware and respectful visitor…