This edition of Responsible Traveller looks at the concept of ‘travel like a local’.

I recently had the privilege of travelling to Manila in the Philippines as a media delegate for the ASEAN Travel Forum… having spent a few days doing the corporate thing, a few of us decided to explore the city on local transport – we experienced the sights, sounds and smells of urban Manila as we travelled like a local! As a Durbanite, a visit to the bush is a pretty local thing to do – this time I get to do it in luxury at the wonderful Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge . Here we experience fine hospitality, wildlife and the success of a conservation and community initiative. It is so good when you see tourism and local communities working together for the benefit of all.

We follow Katarina and a group of travellers as they hike the mighty Fish River Canyon… we get to feel the pain, the exhilaration, and almost taste the ice cold beer that greets them on completion of their epic adventure! We read about the feeding habits of the Great White Shark, tour Stellenbosch like a local and meet Andries – nature lover, tour guide and now business man. We also get to check out the Longlist for the African Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 and look forward to the announcement of the finalists and winners at the Awards Ceremony to be held at WTM Africa in April 2016.

I am always inspired by the wealth of experiences that travel offers – the people I meet, stories they share and the general love of life and humanity that travel encourages. And the best way of doing this it to travel, and experience the destination, like a local… and to choose travel that makes a difference.

Enjoy the read… and be the difference.

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