Even the most Zen of travellers knows that keeping your spirits up in bad weather can be challenging. Especially if you are cold and wet, physically tired, mentally exhausted, or experiencing any other common travel-related ailment. Yet more often than not there are hard-won views, memorable experiences or at the very least, an important lesson to learn to make continuing on worthwhile. This was the case when we went trekking Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains in the rain.
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I am sharing some lessons about responsible travel in Cuba that I have learned in honour of Responsible Travel Week 2015, both as an expat and a traveller.
I recently experienced some challenges while trying to travel responsibly in Cuba and will use it as a case study to illustrate some ways to practice responsible tourism below.
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After a peaceful first day driving and animal watching in Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda, Philip and I were excited to explore the park both by boat and by foot.
We started the day with an early morning game drive and then headed toward the boat launch where we had crossed the river the day before. As we went to eat our packed lunch under a tree, our driver Bosco warned us to “watch out for the baboons!” How could baboons be so bad? We thought naively.
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Few things can harsh your Zen while travelling worse than dealing with massive crowds. Safaris in Murchison Falls National Park
are much less busy than the crowded parks in other parts of East Africa so we were keen to add it to our itinerary on our trip to Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.
After a long drive from Entebbe, which included the requisite car troubles which left us stranded in sleepy Masindi for a couple hours while our driver sorted things out, we finally arrived at our place to stay for the night just outside the park.
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As travellers venture out to enjoy the many sights and scenes the wide world has to offer, it is important that they to try to give back while on the road. Many tourist destinations are such because they are home to something special or rare. This is the case for the rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda.
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2014 was a banner year for us at Zen Travellers. Hard work, and deliberate and consistent budgeting meant that we were able to make one of our biggest travel dreams come true: a five week adventure in East Africa.
I had been dreaming of going back to Africa since my first time there in 2010. I had spent 5 months working in West Africa, and a month in Morocco touring around after my contract was over. The experience was incredible, but I still wanted to see the Big 5 on safari, watch the Great Migration, track gorillas in the jungle and watch more majestic African sunsets.
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“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.” – Martin Buber
Travellers know this to be true: there is a special type of satisfaction that comes with feeling like you’ve “discovered” something. Zanzibar is famous for white sand beaches, calm clear waters featuring fishing boats with romantic white sales, and a lush countryside ripe for growing fragrant spices.
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