Ethical tourism: this is how to respect human rights while traveling

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What human rights are violated in the tourism industry? According to tourism expert at Friends of Nature International, Cornelia Kühhas, the following human rights violations occur in the tourism sector: staff working under poor working conditions, women and children being (sexually) exploited, and tourism projects being realized at the expense of the local population. As […]

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African food: what do you eat on your trip? Choose local and sustainable!

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Prejudices surrounding African food When you travel in Asia, you imagine yourself in a culinary paradise. But anyone who thinks of Africa does not immediately think of high quality cuisine. In part, this is because of the preconceptions that still surround Africa and African food. When you think of food in Africa, you may think […]

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The drawbacks of mass tourism and how to avoid it

Stumbling over rolling suitcases, being unable to see the sight through all the cameras and long lines for attractions. These scenes are not a rarity in tourist spots. Not necessarily what you are looking forward to when you finally go on your long-awaited vacation, right? Let’s dive a little deeper into the major drawbacks of […]

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The Lunatic Express: An Insane Train Track Across Kenya

A time of power and danger During the Scramble for Africa (no, not an egg dish, but the colonial race for Africa) many European countries tried to control as much of Africa as possible. Great Britain too. In order to have a direct connection to the fertile land around Lake Victoria, the British started building […]

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Prejudices About Africa

When you ask elementary school children what to think of when they hear the word “Africa,” the following terms will probably sound: Elephants! Lions! Heat! Poor children! Thirst! Because yes, when we used to have no patience for dinner we were all told: ‘You’re not hungry, you just have an appetite! In Africa, there they […]

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Our Impact On Local Communities

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Present on the ground Picturing a dusty office in the Netherlands with dreamy photos of idyllic beaches on the wall, where we make bookings behind our computer screens while the rain taps on the window? Not for us, we don’t do it that way! We are on the ground on the African continent, and not […]

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SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL TO AFRICA

Sustainable travel with Charlie’s Travels: where did it start? In 2014, Charlie boarded a plane to Africa. With a neatly trimmed beard and his diploma under his arm, he flew to Kenya to do an internship with an African provider that allows you to transfer money online. He was having a great time, but something […]

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Everything wrong with orphanage tourism

1. The disgusting statistics of orphanage tourism Let’s start with some handy figures that can shed some light on the context of orphanage tourism. No one knows exactly how many orphanages there are in East Africa because many are not registered. What we do know is that in 1992, 2,900 children were in orphanages in […]

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Did You Know That Plastic Is Not Allowed In Kenia?

Are you breaking the law? Then you can get up to €33,000 fine and four years in jail. Since the introduction of the plastic ban in Kenya, the introduction of plastic has been severly repressed. Are you breaking the law? Then you can get up to €33,000 fine and four years in jail. So no […]

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