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World Travel Market: fringe networking
no responses - Posted 11.08.13

I’m pleased to see fringe events that have grown up around the World Travel Market, including the Responsible Tourism Networking night, which is now in its eighth year. It’s organised by Sally Broom of Tripbod and Raj of Social Tours. Aside from being an excuse for a few drinks in good company, it’s a platform for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas in front of an audience of potential partners and fellow travel enthusiasts.

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‘Stolen Bansky’: from north London to Miami
1 response - Posted 02.23.13

  When I moved back to north London last summer, I noticed a new sign had appeared by the exit of my nearest underground station. Scrawled on a white board, tube station staff had written directions for those who wanted to find their way to the area’s new – and only – Bansky mural: a […]

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A homeless woman’s birthday wish
2 responses - Posted 12.24.12

The above video shows a man taking a little time out to celebrate a homeless woman’s birthday in Colombia.

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People-to-People: pre-internet Couchsurfing
no responses - Posted 10.16.12

Over the last couple of months, I turned detective. I long had the idea to re-visit Jim Haynes’s fantastic People-to-People series from the early 1990s and, finally, this summer I was in Europe with time to take on a new project. “Why do you have a little book about Poland in your hand?” my editor […]

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How ‘local’ became travel’s biggest buzzword
no responses - Posted 10.04.12

A few months ago, I stood behind a group of 15 or more tourists waiting for the cable car to the top of one of Rio de Janeiro’s most popular attractions, Sugar Loaf mountain. The group was mostly from the US and UK, with the average age probably around 19. An American girl was leading […]

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AirBnB buys Crashpadder
no responses - Posted 03.22.12

The growth of AirBnB from Jan 2011 to Jan 2012 “Untold thanks to our incredible community. It’s been emotional. @airbnb, it’s over to you..” So read the last tweet of the UK’s biggest peer-to-peer accommodation site, Crashpadder. And that’s it. Over and out. They’ve sold up to ever-hungry AirBnB for an undisclosed sum. “As part […]

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Going Local is ‘hot’
5 responses - Posted 03.09.12

Elle Magazine has named GoingLocalTravel.com as number three on its ‘hot list’ of ten websites that explore new trends in tourism, namely looking at ways travellers can stay in the homes of locals and bypass the traditional hotel.

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AirBnB: Should you warn your neighbours?
no responses - Posted 01.12.12

There is an interesting article on the Betabeat site this week looking at how AirBnB users could be upsetting their neighbours. It’s a question worth asking. People using the phenomenally popular site to rent out their own self-contained house, that’s one thing. But giving a stream of people the keys to an apartment block with […]

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Bolivia’s Death Road is no joke
2 responses - Posted 01.08.12

All across Bolivia you see backpackers wearing their “I survived the Death Road” T-shirts. It refers to a mountain biking trip you can take down the terrifying Yungas Road, nicknamed El Camino de la Muerte. It’s a ‘must-do’ for many on the stereotypical circuit around the country. The trouble is lots of people – mainly […]

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The Buenos Aires trees that “cry”
4 responses - Posted 11.17.11

A weird things happens sometimes when you are out for a walk in Buenos Aires. All of a sudden, rain drops start to land on you from nowhere. Is it the start of a passing shower, or one of the city’s full-on, drench-your-bones storms? You look up to check out the clouds. Nada. Not a […]

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Vicky Baker has written 213 entries since joining Going Local Travel

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