Your tourist dollars matter. If you want your money to support countries that protect their cultural heritage, environment, and human rights, check out The Developing World’s 10 Best Ethical Destinations.
Every year, Ethical Traveler conducts a study of developing countries, evaluating their records on environmental protection, social welfare, and human rights. These destinations may lack the glamour of Paris or Berlin, but they are wealthy in natural wonders and intriguing cultures. Here are this year’s best places for travelers interested in doing a little political activism as they wander:
Argentina impressed the judges with its recent environmental initiatives, particularly an imaginative new way to protect its glaciers.
Barbados scored high for environmental protection, and was lauded for organizing the Caribbean Green Economic Conference for 2011.
Lithuania has made significant progress in reducing child mortality rates, as well as effectively fighting human trafficking.
Palau took decisive action to protect its marine wildlife, declaring its waters a dolphin, shark, and whale sanctuary and urging an international ban on shark finning.
Uruguay has the highest level of human development in Latin America and was the first country to allow gay marriage. It also has seriously stepped up the monitoring of pollution by its pulp mills.
Some people like to travel by train because it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of an airplane.
I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”
“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” —Everyone following you on Instagram
A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.
Comedian Greg Davies
Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.
Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.
My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me everything you know.”
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” —Alcohol
@yoyoha (Josh Hara)
My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?
A: A mechanic.