Doesn't travel traditionally mean seeing the sights, visiting the main monuments, eating in a few well-known restaurants and stopping by the beach?
Often, not at all - we want so much more out of our travel adventures.
If you're anything like me, you'll want to understand your destination from every point of view: cultural, historical, religious, gastronomic, artistic, political, social, environmental...
If buying souvenirs at the corner shop doesn't cut it anymore, you may be ready to sample a new kind of travel.
Women on the Road NEWS: Contents for Issue #20
New Kinds of Travel
Traditional travel survives, but new kinds of travel are becoming popular. I'd like to give you an overview - you've probably heard of most of them, but a few of them may come as a surprise.
- Disaster tourism - think Hurricane Katrina or the Asian tsunamis
- Volunteer work overseas - for a meaningful travel experience that helps others
- Cultural exchange - immerse yourself in another culture, live like a local
- Following pilgrimage routes - spiritual journey with travel to sacred sites
- Climate change travel - see a place before it disappears forever
- Pro-poor tourism - it benefits the poor locally
- Fair trade tourism - a bit more specific, it benefits those who actually own the land or belong to the culture you're enjoying
- Agrotourism (or agritourism)- experience agricultural life first-hand
- Heritage tourism - travel to experience a place's culture or heritage
- Reality tourism - for some, a form of sustainable tourism that connects travelers with local communities (or according to other definitions, travel to unpleasant truths) - the term exists, but it's not as defined as it should be
- Ghost tourism - for those who like it haunted
- Community-based tourism - when local residents (often rural, poor and economically marginalised) invite tourists to their communities - if they stay overnight
- Themed travel - travel with a theme... Aztec art, horses, great railway journeys, Tuscan food, WWI monuments - you name it
- Geocaching - combines treasure hunt with outdoor travel - be careful, this one's addictive!
- Polar travel - travel to the North or South Pole, or near them (Norway, Russia, Antarctica, Greenland...)
- Culinary tourism - when food is at the center of your journey (Naples for pizza, Perigord for foie gras, Burgundy for wine) - a good example is trying out cooking schools in Europe
- Literary tourism - a cross between themed travel and cultural tourism but about fiction and its authors: Paris according to the Da Vinci Code, Shakespeare's Venice, Gatsby's mansion
- Movie tourism - visit great film locations
- Sustainable tourism - travel that is low-impact on the environment and local culture
- Slow travel - experience each destination in depth and take your time to savor it
- Marxist travel - journey to former places of communism like Cuba, China or Viet Nam, looking for remnants of the Cold War
- Dark tourism - places linked to grief or death, like Ground Zero or Nazi death camps
- Educational travel - don't just visit, learn to cook, paint or breathe
- Religious tourism - travel to sites of religious importance - houses of worship, miracle sites
- Slum tourism - if you want to see how the majority of the planet lives
- Star gazing tourism - searching out clear skies to try to see what's beyond them
- Adventure travel - exciting travel, where you can expect the unexpected
Can you add to this list? If you have other new kinds of travel you'd like to share, please let me know by simply replying to this email and I might write a page about it on the website - so you can share your ideas with everyone else!
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Cause of the Month
Indoor Air Pollution Affects Poorest Women Most
It's a little-known fact but 1.5 million women die each year - mostly in Africa and Asia - because they breathe in fumes from traditional fuels used for cooking or heating.
Not only does smoke kill but it leads to breathing problems among the poorest and most vulnerable - usually women and children in poor countries.
Where does this smoke come from? Biomass such as twigs, leaves or wood gathered by the women of the world. Biomass doesn't burn completely and much of it is converted to toxic waste such as small particles of carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, among others.
In terms of global disease, indoor smoke ranks tenth - and third in India.
Even though escaping smoke causes a whopping 5 percent of outdoor air pollution, no one is listening. There isn't enough information, scientists say, so meanwhile, women continue to die.
For more information on poverty and indoor air pollution, please try the following websites:
Partnership for Clean Indoor Air
World Health Organization
Energia - International network on gender and sustainable energy
Practical Action - Campaign for international action
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Next Month in Women on the Road NEWS?
Follow the festivals - a look at some 'can't miss' festivals from around the world - and when to go there.
And now, about my travel writing course...
I had promised my Travel Writing Magician free ecourse to you by this month's issue. I've worked non-stop to get it to you and although the course is just about ready, life and the technology just got in the way. No matter how late I stayed up I haven't been able to finalize it - and I really want it to be worthwhile and perfect for you!
So please, stay tuned, and it'll be with you... soon, soon!
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Happy travels! Leyla