Posts tagged voluntourism
The Impact of Our Travels (Part 5)

When it comes to the value of good intentions, there are a number of quotes illustrating the harm that can be wrought by those who mean well. The passion to make a difference, no matter how noble, is a raw and untapped energy whose power is about as limitless as its potential. Lightning without the guidance of a proper channel can be utterly destructive but, in the proper hands, the source of illumination.

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The Impact of Our Travels (Part 4)

An underlying concern that goes hand-in-hand with the issues of the Savior Complex is the lingering impact of a traveler's visit. Here, impermanence can often be dismissed as disregard. It's simple enough, with the perceived insincerity ascribed to the traditionally introspective tourist outlook, to breathe life into the perception that the average visitor cares little for the daily struggles and long-term issues faced by their hosts. They might even forget them altogether once they've returned home. This is a false assumption.

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The Impact of our Travels (Part 2)

"Voluntourism" isn't the only recent addition to the traveler's lexicon. The phrase "Savior Complex" has also become the subject of heated debates regarding the appropriate role of travelers in the communities they visit and the consequences left in their wake. Critics of voluntourism also ask, rightly so, whether or not the short-term benefits of such visits will amount to much in the long run. Good intentions aside, is it all really worth the hype?

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Traveling Deeper

In Part 2 of his reflection on a recent "Cruise for the Caribbean" with Carnival's Fathom Travel and Princess Cruises, MJ relates a personal story to the meaning of Fathom's call to action: #TravelDeep

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