Edition 1 – 2017

Filed in 2017, Uncategorized by on March 31, 2017

Welcome to another edition of Responsible Traveller.

In this edition we celebrate Travel in Africa…

And more specifically responsible tourism in Africa. A visit to Africa is on many people’s
bucket list, with it’s glorious weather, azure blue seas and safari opportunities. Many
young people choose Africa for a ‘gap year’ , feeling the need to ‘offer their services’ in
some manner. Which is all well and good, if the ‘some manner’ is chosen wisely. The
‘where’, and ‘who with’ needs to be considered even more so. We feature a number of
responsible conservation volunteering options and revisit the wise words of the late Paul
Mediema about Voluntourism. Paul was a stalwart in this industry and he will be sorely
missed, but his legacy lives on in the company and cause he loved… Calabash Tours and

Responsible Traveller digital mag has the privilige of once again being a media partner
for WTM Africa – and proudly feature it’s Responsible Tourism programme: the speakers
and panelists, programmes and topics of discussion as well as the complete Long List
of nominees for the African Responsible Tourism Awards. Compiling this edition has
once again made me exceptionally proud to be part of this change for good within the
tourism industry.

But as I have said on numerous occasions, the responsibility of being a responsible
traveller lies ultimately with the person travelling and the choices they make. It’s about
choosing to not waste water, to switch off when you leave the room, to stay, shop,
experience and eat local… thereby providing employment and contributing to the local
economy. By choosing to have conversations with locals and experiencing the ‘real’
destination, you add value and return home with irreplaceable memories.

Enjoy the read… and be the difference.

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