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9 Travel Destinations to Experience (Sustainably!) in the New Year

What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2018? Should you focus on making the world better? Should you focus on making yourself better? Why not do both at once, by participating in sustainable travel! Through sustainable travel, you can now explore the world while also ensuring that your trip benefits locals, their economy, and their environment. So, if you’re thinking about doing…

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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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How To Be #MoreThanATourist This Summer

This summer, Visit.org is inviting travelers from around the world to share moments when they learned from locals, not through volunteering or service work, but through serendipitous interactions. Between July 14th and August 4th, head to our Facebook page and tell us about an interaction with locals that made you feel like more than a tourist. The 3 stories with…

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Culture

No Irish Need Apply At The LES Tenement Museum

This post was originally published on 10milesbehindme.com by Erin Faherty.  Editor’s Note: You can book a tour with the LES Tenement Museum with Visit.org, which connects travelers with unique, meaningful cultural experiences with local non-profits. I’ve wanted to go to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum since Katie and I took a tour of the Lower East Side with Jeff from Walks of New York this spring. On that…

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COTORCO: Conserving Sea Turtles In Costa Rica

Animals are our co-habitants on Earth who can’t advocate for themselves. That’s why they need humans to do the job for them. The world is lucky to have animal conservation organizations that dedicate their resources to conserving animals. Visit.org is proud to feature COTORCO, a sea turtle conservation organization based off of the coast of Costa Rica! When was the…

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Environment

Exploring Green Spaces on The Lower East Side

Green Map NYC and Visit.org came together to create unique tours that highlight Lower East Side neighborhoods. Green Map, a nonprofit organization located in 65 countries around the world, encourages individuals to participate in sustainable community development. “Mapping the unique environment of New York City is our way of helping you connect with great resources for green living” – Green Map The Visit.org team…

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Responsible tourism

Smartphone-Safe Traffic Lights Demonstrate How to Modernize City Culture

Last year, Germany voted the portmanteau “smombie” as its Youth Word of the Year. What’s a smombie? Well, it’s a smartphone zombie: someone so absorbed in their smartphone that they stagger around their city “like the undead,” oblivious to everything else happening around them. According to the Guardian’s recent article exploring the phenomenon, a recent study of 14,000 pedestrians in…

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Five Ways To Not Be A Tourist

Traveling to a country with a culture that is unfamiliar to you can be eye-opening, overwhelming, incredible, and sometimes uncomfortable. Your giant backpack, cry for help at the train ticket machine, and map-fumbling don’t exactly help you blend in, either. Here are some tips to look like, and hopefully be, less of a cliché tourist. Observe everything Traveling to a…

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What Is Slow Travel?

In today’s world of fast trains, plains and automobiles, it seems as if we can fit any and every travel plan into our jam packed schedules. However, the truth is that we have lost our sense of time. “We believe that we can add meaning to life by making things go faster. We believe life is short — and to compensate, we must move…

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Spiti Ecosphere: Empowering Local Economies in India

An interview with Ishita, the founder of Spiti Ecosphere, social enterprise supporting the livelihoods of local communities through sustainable, ethical ecotourism, and conservation and development projects in the Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India.    by Chris Samuel, Visit.org country leader India.   1. When was the organization established and what conditions in the community led to the formation of your organization? We started working in Spiti…

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