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Category Archives: News and Analysis

Regenerative Travel Is the Next Phase of Responsible Tourism

From far-flung expeditions to deep fireside chats, travel has the power to change us. When done well, it can also positively change the places we visit—a fact I learned during a recent safari in southern Tanzania. As a wildlife enthusiast, I often plan my trips around local fauna. Sure, I follow responsible wildlife tourism guidelines, […]

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Anti-Native American Slur Officially Scrubbed from All Federal Place Names

The U.S. government has completed its removal of the word “squaw” from the names of hundreds of mountains, lakes, and valleys that sit on federal land. The process began last November, when U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland officially declared the term derogatory, and ordered the agency to scrub its use from all federal landmarks and […]

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Mount Kilimanjaro’s Getting the Internet—And That’s a Good Thing

On August 16, Tanzania’s tourism department launched broadband internet service on Kilimanjaro. Cue the handwringing. People don’t fly all the way to Tanzania, and spend $2,500 or more on a guided hike, just to listen to their phones buzz, am I right?  Every time there’s news of high-speed Internet, or even cell phone service, reaching […]

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Why National Parks Keep Flooding This Summer

On August 8, Joshua Tree National Park announced that its southern entrance, as well as a five-mile stretch of Pinto Basin Road, between Porcupine Wash and Turkey Flats, was closed due to severe flooding caused by monsoonal rains. Vehicles were damaged. Visitors had to be evacuated. Though the roads were cleared and reopened just two […]

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A Hiker Tried to Burn a Spider. He Allegedly Sparked a Wildfire Instead.

There are some safety tips every adventurer should know: always tell someone where you’re going, pack extra layers of clothing, and never try to kill a spider with a lighter—you might start a wildfire. A man is accused of doing just that during a hike east of Springville, Utah on Monday. Cory Allan Martin, 26, […]

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A Shooting at a Campground in a Popular Iowa State Park Has Left Four Dead

Three people were killed in a shooting Friday morning at Maquoketa Caves State Park in Iowa, and the alleged gunman appears to have shot himself to death, state officials say. Located in eastern Iowa, the park is one of the state’s most popular attractions for experienced spelunkers and casual hikers alike. It covers 370 acres […]

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Key West Doesn’t Want Your Big Cruise Ships

Two years ago, when the pandemic hit and the world went into lockdown, the cruise industry was devastated by COVID-19 outbreaks, as some ships were stranded for weeks offshore with sick passengers. Almost overnight, the industry, with millions of workers and customers, was shut down, the boats dropping off the face of the earth like […]

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Hawaii Is Cleaning Its Beaches with a Renewable Resource: Tourists

Hawaii is known for its miles of powdery white, otherworldly black, and even red- and green-sand beaches. Kamilo Beach, on the Island of Hawaii’s southeast coast, boasts blue, green, purple, and pink hues. But the colors here are not natural—they come from plastic fragments mixed into the grains of sand. This stretch of shoreline is a […]

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