Support Local Businesses, but Who Gets to be the Local?

Responsible Tourism, responsible traveler, Tourist Money, travel

Gita Natalia

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, local as an adjective means “from, existing in, serving, or responsible for a smallarea, especially of a country

If you travel to another country and you have this passion to be an impactful traveler, the simplest thing you can do is track where your tourist money goes to avoid what is called the ‘Tourism Leakage’. It simply means that a huge chunk of your tourist dollar leaves the country to where you travel instead of doing its magic to the locals. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, 70% of tourist money in Thailand ended up leaving the country. That is also 80% of the Caribbean’s and 40% of India’s tourist money that left their countries instead of contributing to the local economy.

Why does this happen? World Travel & Tourism Council stated that the multinational company is mostly responsible for…

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Going Solo and the social stigma attached to it

Backpacking, solo, Solotravel, vacation, wanderlust, zostel

Compass N' Diaries

Traveling solo can be one of the most exciting and eye-opening experiences. It offers ample opportunities for self-reflection, self-reliance, growth and boundless freedom.

It can also be horrible and tiresome, especially if you’ve never traveled solo before. And also attached to it, is the social stigma.

The Social Stigma

Its not you, its them – The Society! It always wants you to be one of them and looking down upon you condescendingly. Solo travelers are actually seen as Introverts or reticent people who are wanderers. Though 2019 did brought in a wave of people traveling solo. So much so that businesses and places now offer special crafted packages for Solo travelers.

You can never explain the travel to your family or friends. Here are some of the questions I get to answer every time I say the holy word “Solo”:

  • Why Alone?
  • So there’s a secret friend, ah?
  • Are you…

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Unpopular Opinion: You Don’t Have to Travel

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Oh GOODNESS Graceious

I have met many well travelled blithering idiots.

The kind that think your life is worth much less if you didn’t move to America for a summer, travel the Asias with a caboodle of college buddies. If you didn’t enlighten yourself mid train ride across Western Europe, country by country growing ever wiser. The kind of folk that did will remind you with an insightful quote under a picture of their arse on a beach in Australia that Life is a book, and if you don’t travel, you read only one chapter. And to be honest, that’s simply untrue.

Your currency is not worth less if you are happy where you are, or unhappy where you are right now but can’t yet manage to get out of there. Screw the pressure to fuck off to Canada for a year. The pressure to go far, for a long time. The pressure…

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Walking Alone in a Foreign Place

introversion, introvert, lifestyle, quebec, summer, vacation

Olivia Marisa

As unsafe as it sounds, there is something inspiring about wandering around a foreign town (in the daylight) by yourself. Although there are hundreds of tourists much like yourself bustling around you, it emits a peaceful atmosphere. You’re able to zone out on the strangers and focus in on the beautiful architecture or incredible landscapes or calming sound of waves crashing against the shore. When you are able to wander around by yourself, your experience deeply involves the relationship between you and the foreign city that you’re in, and I strongly argue that that experience is essential to enjoying your excursion to the fullest.

I have recently taken a trip to the East Coast of Canada, starting in Charlottetown and making my way over to Toronto. Prior to this, I hadn’t been past Winnipeg, so this was quite exhilarating for me. Although I loved relaxing on the white beaches and…

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HEADS UP BOOKLOVERS! HERE’S A MUST VISIT STREET IN HANOI, VIET NAM!

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BORED WRITER

The beautiful Hanoi is the capital city and the biggest among the five municipalities of Viet Nam. Hanoi city offers many exciting and beautiful sights. From their night markets to their temples and museums, Hanoi has almost everything for every wanderer like me.

One of the many things that amazed me during my days in Hanoi is their book streets. Yes, bookworms! They have book streets. There are few streets in Hanoi where they were lined up with small bookstores. The tour guide pointed out one of them in which all the stalls on that street sell photocopies of books. Yeah! I know they are illegal, but isn’t it interesting to have an entire street that sells those? No worries, though. There’s also a street who sells the publisher printed books.

Another one of the book streets that caught my attention is located at Pho 19 Tháng 12 street.

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What to do on long layovers?

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Zolas Blog

I have an international trip coming up, the flight back has a 10.5hr layover in Miami overnight. Can I leave the airport to go sleep at a hotel? Do I have to claim my checked bags or do I leave them at the airport? What happens in these situations?

I’m a US citizen.

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Staying in a Capsule Hotel

Fun Stuff, Japanese Culture, Osaka, Travel

PAT GOES TO HYOGO

Nightlife in Japan is ruled by an incredibly powerful force, one that many seldom dare reckon with– the last train. If you miss your last train home, usually around midnight, the choices are slim: you can either take a taxi at exorbitant prices, or stay out, hopefully intoxicated, till the first train about 5 hours later. You could also get a hotel, but that’s a little too expensive for most people. $100 just for a bed to sleep in for 8 hours? No way!

Or, you could stay in a capsule hotel for about 1/3 of the price.

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Instead of rooms, capsule hotels are made up of individual Space-age-looking pods, essentially human-sized drawers containing nothing but a bed, and perhaps a small TV on the roof your capsule. A typical one measures maybe 6.5 feet (2m) long by 3 feet (1m) tall. There’s just barely enough room to sit up…

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How To Guide to Planning Vacations…and Enjoying It!

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For many people, a large deterrent of going on a vacation is the lengthy planning process. For me, it’s nearly the best part! I love the excitement of looking up new cities, checking flights, scouring the web for ideas, finding the best restaurants and booking tours and activities. There are so many recourses now, it truly doesn’t take much effort to plan a vacation.  Below, I’ll list some of my favorite websites to use and a timeline of the process. If you are tired of the same old all-inclusive resorts and cruises, learn how you can plan the trip of a lifetime below!

Pinterest

  • I love looking up travel destinations on my Pinterest app. I pin info on activities, locations, travel photos, budgets, clothing and apparel choices, etc for each destination I go. You can even create separate boards for each city you’d like to visit, if you want to…

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