Please Trip Responsibly

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A pool at the Al Maha desert resort in the United Arab Emirates (makz/flickr)

Martha Honey is the co-director of the Center for Responsible Travel and author of Ecotourism and Sustainable Development: Who Owns Paradise?. She talks with us about what happens when your vacation meets your ethics. We discuss the latest thinking and give advice on how to travel in a way that's environmentally sustainable, culturally sensitive and economically beneficial.

This special show on Travel first aired on July 2, 2014 and was re-aired in its entirety on August 22.


Martha Honey

Comments [5]

Mary from New Jersey

The german tourist who called about the "gypsies" in Paris was not speaking figuratively. There are hordes, yes hordes, of Roma who stalk tourist prey in the highly trafficked tourist sites. One early morning, while waiting to get into the Louvre, I was suddenly surrounded by about 20 Roma children, literally surrounding me in a swarm. Little hands were everywhere on my person picking and clutching at me, my pockets, my handbag,etc. It was pretty frightening because no matter which way I turned I could not evade them. Fortunately, some Parisian adults who were witnessing the event from afar came to my rescue and scattered the small mob. When traveling in cities where there are known to be Roma populations, I now carry money on my person safely pinned to my clothing. No more handbags or exterior pockets.

Aug. 22 2014 11:50 AM
Mia from Manhattan

I was in Thailand on a business trip a few years ago and went with friends living in Bangkok on a day trip to the Tiger Temple out by the River Kwai (it's about a 90-minute drive from Bangkok). You could pay a donation to the temple and have a chance to walk next to the tigers living there and be photographed with them down in a quarry area. We did and in the end we felt awful - the large tigers you sit down next to for your photos had obviously been drugged. We were disgusted with ourselves for contributing to this exploitation of these animals, and we were sickened when stories came out later alleging that the Tiger Temple is actually involved in the illegal tiger trade to China. Even if that's not true - DON'T GO! It's wrong to support a place that drugs animals that way.

If you want to have a really joyful and guilt-free animal experience, sign up for one of the "walking with the lemurs" tours at Duke University Lemur Center in Durham, NC. It's a famous (non-invasive) study facility for these really unique and beautiful primates, who are gentle and as curious about you as you will be about them, and you'll have chances to see them up close without doing any harm. I've been there at least 10 times and I am happy to see how it has thrived over the years and continues to do great work in Durham and in Madagascar (home of the world's lemurs, where they are endangered). I don't work there, or have any financial interest in the place, but I do admire and respect their work.

Jul. 02 2014 01:38 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Learn as much about the history and culture of the destination before you go. And don't be a crisis-exploiting, proselytizing, self-glorifying missionary.

Jul. 02 2014 12:00 PM

I would not go to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup because of the numbers of migrant workers who have died while building infrastructure and stadia for the event.

Jul. 02 2014 11:51 AM
bryan from downtown

Just wanted to say; Sacre Cour, (I'm not certain of the spelling either)mean 'sacred heart' and is atop a mountain in Clichy in the North of Paris, were the artist community was in the impressionist period.
The stained glass windows are, I believe, by Marc Chagall. One may overlook all of Paris from its step. . If in Paris, do visit The Sacre Cour!

Jul. 02 2014 11:11 AM

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