Can ‘responsible travel’ really help to alleviate poverty?

Can ‘responsible travel’ really help to alleviate poverty?

Earlier this year I wrote about what a great opportunity 2017 presents having the full force of the UN behind the idea of Sustainable Tourism for Development. That article was well received (thanks!) and everyone seemed supportive of the rationale and sentiment. The point of the initial article was about...

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Book three and you join free!

Book three and you join free!

Calling all social butterflies! Are you the one always organising day trips, group outings and hosting dinner parties every other week? Tracking your packed calendar on five different devices? The one who always remembers everyone’s birthdays? The glue that holds the crew together? It’s time you got rewarded for all...

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The best of Thailand’s secret street eats

The best of Thailand’s secret street eats

No disrespect to all those five-star restaurants out there, but we think the best food doesn’t have to be fine dining — sometimes the greatest meals of your life happen right out on the street, from a push-cart vendor with no name and no address. And when it comes to...

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“I don’t do groups.” How to go your own way on an Urban Adventure

“I don’t do groups.” How to go your own way on an Urban Adventure

Let’s face it, as much as we love group travel (ahem, let’s clarify that: small group travel), we know that not everyone shares our passion. Sometimes you just want to do your own thing. Or sometimes you already have a built-in group of travel pals and you’d rather just tour...

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12 city surprises you can find on a Locals on Tap tour

12 city surprises you can find on a Locals on Tap tour

You’ve arrived, you’ve unpacked, you’ve battled your jet lag. So what’s next? Do you check out Shanghai’s local beer scene? (Yes, there is one!) Or soak in Lima’s bohemian vibe? Instead of turning to Google or that dog-eared guidebook from the ’90s, turn to local experts. Connect with in-the-know locals...

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What is Urban Adventures all about?

What is Urban Adventures all about?

At Urban Adventures, we firmly believe local travel is one of the best ways we can support responsible tourism. In fact, we believe it so strongly that we’ve made it our entire business. All our tours are run by local experts, not some faceless corporate team located halfway around the...

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It’s not what you know. It’s who you know. Introducing… Locals on Tap!

It’s not what you know. It’s who you know. Introducing… Locals on Tap!

Pop quiz. You’ve just arrived in a strange new city. What’s your next move? Do you: (a) Reach for your guidebook? (b) Awkwardly try to make friends at the bus stop (or, God forbid, on Tinder)? (c) Join a small group of travellers and a friendly local host for a drink in a cool...

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Private tours around the world!

Private tours around the world!

Book a private tour with Urban Adventures! Are you on the prowl for a tour that just pops out at you and screams, “Book me!”? A tour that ticks all the boxes and makes your travel dreams a reality? Maybe you have a penchant for neo-classical architecture and want to...

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International Women’s Day 2016: #PledgeforParity

International Women’s Day 2016: #PledgeforParity

Wait. Gender parity still isn’t a thing? Nope. Which is why this year, the theme for International Women’s Day, happening on March 8, is #PledgeforParity. Why? Well, because the World Economic Forum has predicted that the global gender pay gap won’t close until 2133 — that’s right, it’ll be another...

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We’ve won gold at the World Responsible Tourism Awards!

We’ve won gold at the World Responsible Tourism Awards!

Today is World Responsible Tourism Day, and we are beyond excited at today’s news: Urban Adventures has won a World Responsible Tourism Award! We won gold in the category of “Engaging People and Culture,” which honours the best examples of holidays that celebrate local people, traditions, and ways of life....

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