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overtourism around the world

Traveling to Places That Need You (Instead of Overtouristed Ones)

There’s a travel term you’re going to be hearing a lot of in the coming year: “overtourism.” I know this because I’ve been hearing it a lot at tourism conferences over the past year and the intensity is increasing. The term
A porous border travel story

A Nice Little Travel Romp Through Hated Countries and Trouble Spots

The new issue of Perceptive Travel is out and the title of this post could have gone a lot of ways. Like “3 Pariah States, 1 Civil War Zone, and a Good Place to Get Robbed.” Or “2 Destinations That Used
Using a water purifier for sustainable travel

What Does It Take to Be an Eco-Friendly Traveler?

I have been writing about eco-friendly travel since back when I was doing magazine stories pre-internet. All along on this blog I’ve done regular rants on the evils of single-use plastic water bottles that mostly end up in our waterways. So
shopping in Bhaktapur puppets

Beaten but not Broken: Bhaktapur in Nepal

Bhaktapur is the site of one of the oldest kingdoms in Nepal, one of three major city-states in the Kathmandu Valley. It thrived and functioned as a prosperous kingdom and for a while was the main capital of Nepal, with some
Thai cooking ingredients

Get a Local’s Perspective for a Richer City Experience

If you’re landing in a new city and don’t know a soul who lives there, how can you find the memorable neighborhoods and locals’ restaurants or food stalls? In these cases one sure way to save some trial and error time