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The Elephant In The Room: Why You Shouldn’t Go On An Elephant Trek In Thailand.

Elephant trekking is a popular tourist activity in Thailand, one of the more popular ‘bucket list’ activities in the gap year industry in fact, but there are many reasons why riding an elephant is irresponsible and wrong, and why you should scratch riding an elephant off that list immediately.

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TBEX Dolphin Tours Cancelled In Cancun.

The boycott of TBEX has had a resounding success, with Cancun finally pulling any dolphin experience as part of any pre or post TBEX experience!

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How To Make Your Gap Year Responsible, Ethical And Sustainable.

Ethical and sustainable tourism has become a big issue in the tourism and gap year industries in recent years, and this trend will only continue to grow as travellers and tourists paradigms shift toward a more responsible model of travel. So how exactly do backpackers make sure their travels are responsible, ethical and sustainable?

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Wildlife Tourism Ethics And Practices Debate, A Response To TBEX.

A few nights ago I took part in an online Google hangout with a number of other speakers to debate the ethics and practices of captive marine animals and wildlife tourism. If you missed it, the full archived version can

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Why I Won’t Be Attending TBEX Cancun.

TBEX Cancun is supporting unethical captive dolphin tourism, and I cannot condone that or support it.

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A Photo For Facebook? You’ve Just ‘Liked’ Animal Abuse.

If you have ever wanted to take a selfie with a tiger or cuddle a koala for a profile pic, then well done, you’ve just contributed to animal abuse.

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Wildlife Tourism On Your Gap Year, The RIGHT Way.

Everyone loves seeing wildlife on their travels, but by doing so you may be causing the animals you love a lot of harm, whether you meant to or not. Find out how to see wildlife on your gap year, the RIGHT way.

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