Should you feel badly about taking a favela tour?

Should you feel badly about taking a favela tour?

There are tours, and then there are tours. So-called “slum” tours (or, in Rio de Janeiro, favela tours) are a constant topic of debate in the tourism industry. Should they exist? Can they be done ethically and with sensitivity? Or do they exploit rather than support? There are two ways...

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9 ways your travels are harming the planet… and how to fix them

9 ways your travels are harming the planet… and how to fix them

One of the greatest things about travel is getting to see the planet; unfortunately, there are some aspects of travel that can harm the very thing we’re going out to explore. Carbon emissions, animal exploitation, water waste — there are a lot of eco-unfriendly factors that you could be contributing...

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10 ways to travel like a local anywhere

10 ways to travel like a local anywhere

No matter where you go — from New York to Hanoi — travel can be a lot more rewarding when you dive head first into the local way of life. Here are 10 ways to put a local twist on your next trip. 1. Learn a few key phrases When you...

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How to be an ethical coffee drinker

How to be an ethical coffee drinker

It used to seem obvious that tea was the most widely consumed drink in the world, after water. But with coffee shops popping up all over the place and the twitteratti debating the merits of flat whites and cold brews, you might be forgiven for thinking that coffee has overtaken...

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How we celebrated World Responsible Tourism Day

How we celebrated World Responsible Tourism Day

It was World Responsible Tourism Day this week (November 5th), and we celebrated in the Urban Adventures Toronto office with a full-on #localsknow party, co-hosted by our good friends at Intrepid Travel and Exodus. Featuring great guest speakers from local Ontario businesses Southbrook Vineyards (Canada’s first biodynamic winery) and The...

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Dos and Don’ts of Photographing Locals (or How Not To Be a Jerk Photographer)

Dos and Don’ts of Photographing Locals (or How Not To Be a Jerk Photographer)

Scenery shots are great, but the best photographers know that to truly capture the essence of a destination, you need to showcase its people. From the cigar-smoking mulattas on the streets of Havana to the pho sellers of Hanoi to the children playing in the streets of Delhi, these are...

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Make Us Drool for World Responsible Tourism Day 2013!

Make Us Drool for World Responsible Tourism Day 2013!

Here at Urban Adventures, we love responsible travel. From using local tour guides to preserving local culture and customs, we support all forms of travelling responsibly. November 6th 2013 is WTM World Responsible Tourism Day, and we’re going to have a little fun showing our support…and we want you to...

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