I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute to a new book, “Adventures Less Ordinary: How to Travel and Do Good“, edited by Ethan Gelber. I am honoured to be counted amongst the “expertise of leading voices advocating for … Continue reading
My paper with Xavier Font entitled ‘Volunteer tourism, greenwashing and understanding responsible marketing using market signalling theory‘, was published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism in January 2014. Click the link to download a copy from the Taylor & Francis … Continue reading
“Voluntourism” is the intersection of international volunteering and tourism , also called variously “volunteer tourism”, “volunteer holidays” and “volunteer travel”. It is “the practice of individuals going on a working holiday, volunteering their labour for worthy causes”  such as … Continue reading
…thanks to Tourism Critic on Facebook for posting this poem by Malaysian poet Cecil Rajendra, first published in the book “Bones & Feathers” in 1978. Rajendra read this poem at a tourism conference in Manila in 1980, where it was … Continue reading
Unsurprisingly, there’s a great deal of interest in volunteering abroad from the student community, whether as a constructive way of spending gap year travel abroad, CV-boosting experience or altruistic desire to support others less fortunate. And so The UCLU European … Continue reading
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So I’ve finally bitten the bullet. After 17 years working in tourism, 13 in online travel marketing and development (mass market, mass media, online travel agencies and specialist tour operators), 6 years in Responsible and Volunteer tourism, 3 years of … Continue reading