As we welcome in the New Year many people like to set themselves resolutions for the year ahead, but what could travelers do differently in 2016?
Whenever we travel we are effectively ambassadors for our nations and cultures. In many places locals are left with a bad taste due to the bad behavior of tourists, but there are a number of ways in which you can ensure your visit is seen in a positive light.
Sustainable travel is a major way in which we can help locals appreciate tourism. To ensure the communities benefit from your stay, support locally-run businesses rather than international companies that funnel profits out of the country.
Reduce your carbon footprint by offsetting any emissions incurred on your trip. Every airline offers the opportunity to make a donation to emissions offset schemes before booking, so give a few dollars back to the environment rather than opting out.
On a more local level, it is important tourists enter and leave an area without leaving any trace of themselves behind. Take all your waste with you on hiking trips and take responsibility for its proper disposal.
Support organizations that work in the area you are visiting. Whether that means dropping in to volunteer for a day or simply engaging with them on social media, every little action can have a huge effect on people.
Engage with locals in order to maintain a connection between local communities and tourists. While no one is expecting you to become fluent in Swahili for a two-week trip to Kenya, taking the time to interact with guides and other staff makes a huge difference to other people’s perceptions.
Bucks County has plenty of history and activities to explore, but if you are in town and looking for something fun to do, check out the Bucks County Ale Trail. Once a year, Bucks County breweries participate in the Bucks County Ale Trail. Guests can download a virtual passport from visitbuckscounty.com. This passport allows visitors to check-in at breweries to earn points toward a free t-shirt. You may even find your new favorite beer or brewery.
With more than 6,000 islands total, with 227 inhabited, in Greece, the selection is overwhelming. Which one is perfect for your next vacation?
Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh is the first hotel in Cambodia to partner with ecoSPIRITS, a company pioneering the world’s first low-carbon method of packaging and distributing high-end spirits.
Sweet Amalia Oyster Farm is a unique dining destination in Newfield, New Jersey. The aquaculture hand harvests its own oysters on site. In addition to delivering oysters to local restaurants, Sweet Amalia also operates a market and restaurant.
Prepare your taste buds for the trip of a lifetime in Greece. About 100 Greek products — from wines, cheese and fruits to honey and oils — earned a Protected Designation of Origin from the European Union, and the country’s most beloved dishes include Greek Choriatiki salad, tzatziki, souvlaki and moussaka, with its layers of eggplant, potato, minced meat and bechamel. And those are only a few of the many highlights.
During the spooky season, fans of haunts and scares should visit Laredo, Texas, to discover the haunted heritage of the 266-year-old city. Visitors are able to embrace the story of La Llorona, witness apparitions of spirits walking through Laredo and the movement of objects in homes and buildings in the historic district. All these phenomena make for an uneasy stroll through the city’s oldest neighborhoods.