Fearless Solo Travel: Backpacking Tips for the Ladies

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Traveling solo can be daunting and dangerous, especially if you’re a woman. But it’s also one of the most rewarding things you can do, especially at a time like this. They say that backpacking is the province of men, but that paradigm has been shaken for quite some time now, and more and more women are feeding their wanderlust to their heart’s desire. If you think about it, female vagabonds are the living, breathing proof that we can do anything, a striking contrast to what society’s perception of us: dependent and incapable. Nevertheless, safety is a priority when you travel …

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Go Zero Waste When Traveling with These Tips

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Traveling is a fun, rewarding, and oftentimes, enlightening experience. But one thing you’ll realize along the way is how much waste and carbon footprint you’re leaving. That is not to say, however, that you’ll be a better steward of nature if you travel less and stay at home more. It’s all a matter of being mindful of our actions and making a commitment to leave minimal impact on the environment. Whether you’ve just started a nomadic lifestyle or been at it for years, going zero waste is a worthy cause and philosophy to live by. To help you transition, allow …

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Exploring Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam’s Storied, Pulsating Capital

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Vietnam conjures up harrowing images of war and demonstrations. At a young age, I already had a rough sketch not only of the brutal conflict in Indochina, but also the one waged at home. Naturally, as the big history buff that I am, I find myself booking a flight to Ho Chi Minh, with the intent to uncover treasures of the past. Formerly known as Saigon, and still fondly referred to by most locals as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh is like any other bustling metropolis at first glance. On my first day, the roar of cyclos greeted me along with …

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6 Places to Visit for Sustainable Travel

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Responsible ecotourism is fast becoming a popular way for environmentally-conscious people to travel. From what was once a loose concept, it has evolved into a legitimate conservation movement that organizations and governments worldwide lead. Operators used to designate “eco-conscious” to just natural and cultural heritage sites, but it now covers any destination where the flora, fauna, and culture are primary attractions. Today, with the growing prevalence of travel, eco-tourism serves as a guiding principle for the preservation of the natural environment and cultural integrity of the local people. People visit places with the objective of observing, immersing, admiring, and ultimately …

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5 Ways to Travel Responsibly

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As someone who’s lived on the road for six years, I’ve been lucky enough to explore all kinds of places and know many cultures in depth. But traveling is as unsettling and awakening as it is exciting. Beyond the façade of dazzling beaches and exotic spots lie the harsh reality faced by the host community. As tourists, we can spend days or weeks in a place oblivious to the day-to-day struggles of locals. We indulge in food, adventure, and freedom without realizing that certain groups of people might be feeling chained to that same place. In some cases, while tourism …

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