Moral Compass

In this column, I’ll discuss the ideas behind ethical travel. I’ll share stories from my own experiences—the ones I’m proud of and the ones I learned from. I’ll talk about budget travel, and how to create a balance that’s both financially and socially responsible. I’ll give readers a glimpse into the social issues, environmental concerns, culture, and economies of the countries we visit. I’ll speak to being a respectful guest in someone else’s home—going where you’re invited, appreciating the culture in front of you, and traveling in a way that does not only enrich yourself. 

  Art by Eli Miller

Art by Eli Miller

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barcelona: how to travel to go where you are (really) not wanted

Over-tourism is destroying the famous Catalonian beach city. But if you’re still set on visiting, it might be a buzzkill to find thousands of residents protesting your arrival. Here's how to (hopefully) avoid that.

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mexico: is haggling and bartering for goods actually ethical?

There’s obviously some merit to being able to successfully snag a good deal, but I was in a country where “inflated” prices were still considerably cheaper than anything I’d ever find in the States...

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Thailand: The Karen Long Neck Villages are creepy real-life westworlds

When visiting Thailand, you may think a trip to see a so-called long-neck tribe village is a bucket list must, until you realize you've stumbled upon a cultural zoo reminscent of a real-life Westworld. 

Can travel be both financially and socially responsible? 

Traveling the world comes at a price, but a growing number of us know that sometimes you must pay a little more to maintain your moral compass while traveling abroad.

how to travel AS AN american (when being american isN'T COOL)

Though travelers are not ambassadors for their country, to the rest of the world they represent the average citizen, and now more than ever that role comes with a certain responsibility for Americans.

is teaching english overseas ethical or JUST FANCY exploitation?

Inexperienced, foreign teachers meet wealthy locals who don't care about learning English. Is this glorified babysitting role actually doing anything for your host country?