Travel tips

Unique Destinations that Deserve More Visitors: #7 Bulgaria

If you’re looking for an off-the-beaten-path European tour, you might want to consider visiting Bulgaria, its capital of Sofia, and the charming Plovdiv Oldtown. This ancient country has been around since prehistoric times, and has lots to offer in terms of culture and history. Because it suffered political unrest in the 20th century, this beautiful country has not been on every…

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Animals

Libearty and Justice for All

Read on to learn about one of the largest animal welfare projects in Europe, the Libearty Sanctuary Zarnesti. On a rainy day in Transylvania I ventured off to the sanctuary in hopes of meeting some European brown bears on behalf of Visit.org. During the hour long bus ride to the sanctuary from nearby Brasov, I kept wondering if we’d actually…

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Environment, Inspiration, Travel tips

What to do in Puerto Princesa: Hike Cleopatra’s Needle

Palawan, Philippines is an island very well known around the world for its white sands and turquoise waters. But here also lies a city within a forest. Just a few hours’ drive from the popular resort of El Nido, Palawan’s capital of Puerto Princesa is home of 88,000 hectares of pristine unprotected forest, the center of this large forest is…

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Impacters

PRODESTUR: Helping People and the Environment in Peru

Andrea Ledesma works at PRODESTUR developing and consulting for tourism initiatives. She is currently working with the Association of Ecotourism Circuits of Lomas de Paraíso to implement an initiative promoting the conservation and environmental protection of the district of Villa Maria del Triunfo in Lima, Peru through tourism. Read on to learn about this inspirational project. What led to the creation…

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Environment

ECOFILTRO: An Impact Visit to Guatemala

Visit.org ambassador* Charlie Marchant visited our partner organization ECOFILTRO in Guatemala. ECOFILTRO supports local communities by creating and selling clay pots which serve as water purification filters, providing clean water to populations that did not previously have access. The project gives many low-income families and rural communities access to one of the major conditions of life.   Could you tell…

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Travel tips

Travel Checklist: What to Pack for a Long Trip

So, that’s it! Congratulations! You decided to go on a backpacking trip all around the world. You’re excited about leaving, but here comes the worst part: deciding what clothing to pack for a long trip crossing different climates.   Well, as I am actually crossing the Americas, backpacking from the southernmost to the northernmost point of each continent, I’ve decided to share my travel…

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Culture

5 Ways to Support Sustainable Fashion through Travel

One of the perks of traveling sustainably is being exposed to other, innovative ways of impacting communities. For instance, a sure way to benefit locals is to support their businesses. This week, Visit.org celebrates ethical fashion. As such, we encourage travelers to indulge their desire for clothing and jewelry in a way that creates solid livelihoods for those in need, while coming away with…

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How Photography and Travel Can Change the World: Photographers Without Borders

Visit.org has joined forces with Photographers Without Borders to bring professional photography to more do-good organizations around the globe. Photographers Without Borders is a not-for-profit organization based in Toronto, Canada and a registered charity in the United States with 501(c)(3) status. They consist of over 500 photographers, have worked in over 30 countries and have completed over 100 projects to…

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Responsible tourism, Travel tips

What is Social Impact Travel?

Are you dreaming about your next holiday? Dying to escape the daily grind? Or just got itchy feet that need a good scratch?!   Whatever kind of trip tickles your fancy, you may have heard of numerous ‘tourism terms’ under the umbrella of Social Impact Travel such as: Sustainable Tourism, Responsible Tourism and Eco-Tourism. In this post, we want to…

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How Tourism Supports Indigenous Mapuche Artisans in Chile

Paula Vlamings visited the Chol-Chol Foundation in Chile, which allowed her to contribute to a project that promotes sustainable economic development for hundreds of indigenous artisans in the Mapuche community. Let’s get to know a little more about Chol-Chol through Paula’s experience. Paula is part of our ambassador program*. 1. Could you tell us a little bit more about your…

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