The massive influx of tourists seeking disconnection through relaxation, comfort and holiday packages, has caused the homogenization and degradation of many destinations. In authoritarian or semi-authoritarian countries this disconnection is also fomented by local governments, keeping tourists away from the social and environmental problems local communities face. Tourists are expected to stay on the routes of mass tourism and holiday attractions. Such is the case of Laos.
Have you ever come up with a bright idea while travelling? A simple idea that could contribute to the local community or to the protection of a remote place? This is how we felt when visiting the fishponds next to the villages of Armash, Surenavan and Yeraskh in Armenia.
Sleeping in a guesthouse is not enough to support local communities in the region of Svaneti, Georgia. You’ll need to be a really adventurous traveler if you want to make a change in a region threatened by unsustainable tourism and hydropower projects.
Back in 2005 when 15 square kilometres of public property, an area the size of 2000 soccer fields, were privatized for 800’000 euros, almost nobody knew about the Ulcinj Salina. After the new owner tried to sell the same area for 300 times higher price civil society started to discover the real value of nature at the salina. Is it too late?
Interview with Kenan Muftić, professional dog trainer, mountain guide and chief technical advisor of Via Dinarica