Posts Tagged ‘sustainable travel’

Can Agritourism Save Small-scale Farming?

This article originally appeared on The Travel Word. To view, click here. September, 2012.

agritourism-benefits-harvest-in-Lijiang-China-450x337Agritourism is great fun for travellers. It’s a chance to experience rural life in a new place and get in touch with local people. It’s a way to reconnect with your food sources and return to the roots of production. In some cases, it’s an opportunity to get your hands dirty and pick your own fresh produce.

For those who are still not convinced that a farm tour or farm stay is for them, there’s another side of the story – the supply side. Agritourism brings great benefits to small-scale farmers all over the world. Researchers and policymakers hail this eco-friendly form of tourism as a useful tool for rural development.

Here are three ways that agritourism helps small-scale farmers sustain themselves.

To keep reading, click here. September, 2012.


09 2012

Six Sustainable Travel e-Newsletters Worth Opening

Impressed with a website? One good way to subscribe to new content is to sign up for its e-newsletter.  Dynamic sites send e-newsletters as a unique composite of recent articles and updates, thoughtfully organized and laid out with care.

In the field of sustainable travel and tourism, e-newsletters can keep you informed and up-to-date with the latest news and trends. They’re free and easy to subscribe to, they’re sociable and easy to share, and if you get bored, ‘unsubscribe’ is always just one click away.

Here are a few e-newsletters for those who want to keep their finger on the pulse of sustainable travel and tourism:

TravelMole’s VISION on Sustainable Tourism

TravelMole is an online community and comprehensive news source for the entire tourism industry.  The sustainable tourism section is called VISION, edited by Valere Tjolle.  To subscribe to this weekly newswire, first sign into the site by creating an account and then edit your profile settings to choose to receive the VISION newswire.

The International Ecotourism Society’s Digital Traveler

TIES Digital Traveler newsletter

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) is a non-profit headquartered in Portland, Oregon.  One of the world’s oldest and most established ecotourism networks, TIES has been advocating for a more sustainable tourism for over 20 years. To sign up for the monthly newsletter, click here.

The Ethical Traveler newsletter

The Ethical Traveler newsletter

The Ethical Traveler is a non-profit organization on a mission to “empower travelers to change the world.” It first caught my attention with its annual lineup of “The World’s Best Ethical Destinations“, which is compiled based on a blend of factors. Subscribe to their e-newsletters by submitting your email address to the “join our alliance” field in the site’s header.

The VolunTourist Newsletter

VolunTourist newsletter

This newsletter is published by, an online resource for information and research about voluntourism, oriented toward both travelers and industry professionals.  Subscribe to the quarterly newsletter here.

Tourism Review

Tourism review newsletter

Tourism Review is a media and communications resource for the global travel and tourism industry.  Their articles cover industry news, travel news, and more Top 10s than you can count. In addition to the weekly newsletter, they also publish a monthly e-magazine with at least one article on ethical tourism. Subscribe to the Tourism Review weekly newsletter here.

WHL Group’s The Travel Word newsletter

Full disclosure: I recently took on responsibility for the newsletter at The Travel Word. I mention this newsletter in hopes of gaining a few more subscribers, but mostly because it makes the list as a great sustainable travel resource for both industry operators and travelers.  The Travel Word showcases the best of what responsible local partners worldwide have to offer, in their own words.  To subscribe to the monthly e-newsletter, click here.

Good e-newsletters like these ones consistently deliver engaging new content.  They save you a trip to the website itself, and of course, they save trees as a 100% digital news source.

*Tip: Be sure to ‘enable images’ on e-newsletters for the full effect.


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