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What is Sustainable Tourism & Why is it Important?

Buzzwords like ‘sustainability’ and ‘sustainable tourism’ can be opaque to the average person. If you’re confused, you’re not alone. Thankfully, the concept of sustainability is pretty easy to understand. In short, it all centers around sustaining resources or avoiding the depletion of resources — whether environmental, economic, or cultural. That said, sustainability can be seen across many sectors. There is sustainable fashion…

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Culture, Fun Facts, Human rights, Responsible tourism

How Social Impact Travel Supports Indigenous Peoples

There are 370 million indigenous peoples living around the world, representing 5,000 different cultures. According to the United Nations,  indigenous peoples are those who have “retained social, cultural, economic and political characteristics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live.”  In fact, every August 9th the United Nation celebrates International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples….

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Visitor Experience: Trekking Sapa, Vietnam & Making an Impact

After working for seven years in the corporate world, my boyfriend and I decided to take a break and travel to Asia — which led us to Sapa, Vietnam. Our Sapa, Vietnam Packing List We packed our bags, did research, and collected tips from friends and family — but the list was not yet complete. And then on my last…

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Fun Facts, Inspiration, Travel tips

5 Best Staycation Tips

Going on a vacation is one of the best ways to explore new places and have some time to relax. But, who says you need to travel the world to experience something new? That’s where a staycation comes in. A staycation allows you to enjoy all the benefits of a vacation without venturing too far from home. When is the…

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Inspiration, Responsible tourism

How One Visit.org Customer Made a Lasting Impact in Ethiopia

Retired American doctor, Peter Schwartz, was looking for a meaningful way to spend the free hours of his five-day stay Ethiopia. He had been invited to speak at a medical ethics conference, and wanted to interact with local culture in an immersive and authentic way. After some internet research, he stumbled upon Visit.org’s Addis Ababa Food Tour. The tour, like…

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Impacters, Team

Q & A with a Visit.org Ambassador: Lourdes Chuquipiondo

Lourdes Chuquipiondo, from Peru, is the founder of placeOK blog and one of our ambassadors. Let’s meet her!   When did the blog start, and how? We launched it in February 2013. We had the idea during a trip to Argentina to celebrate my sister’s 15th birthday. Walking through the Mar del Plata streets, my sister Nicola and I realised…

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Tips for Traveling with Friends

July 30 is the United Nation’s International Day of Friendship. This day celebrates the importance of friendship and particularly, its ability to build bridges between different communities. This week Visit.org is celebrating our friends near and far. We love to share our passion for social impact travel. So, who better to travel, and make an impact, with than your friends? While…

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Responsible tourism, Travel tips

You’ve got to go to Togo

Although Togo is one of the smallest countries in Africa, it is still referred to as the “land of small miracles” to some and to others “miniature Africa”. And this isn’t because of stuff it’s lacking, but rather what it’s packing. Why Togo? In Togo you can find beaches, on the Gulf of Guinea, lined with coconut and palm trees….

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