It’s time for a new approach to travel

When I overcame a flying phobia, I resolved to make up for lost time by visiting as much of the world as I could.

So in the course of a decade, I logged over 300,000 miles, flying everywhere from Buenos Aires to Dubai.

I knew intuitively that my travels would “make me a better person” and “broaden my horizon,” as the clichés have it. But I’ve come to believe that travel can, and should, be more than a hobby, luxury or form of leisure. It is a fundamental component of being a humanist.

At its core, humanism is about exploring and debating the vital ideas that make us who we are. We study music, film, art and literature to do just that. And while it’s important to explore these ideas in our own communities, people and places that are not like us have a role to play that’s just as crucial.

This is where travel comes in. It’s what sent me packing to see some of the places I have spent so long reading about. And it’s what compelled me to write “The Importance of Elsewhere: The Globalist Humanist Tourist,” in which I wanted to make a case for a new approach to travel.

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5 Things People Don’t Tell You About Travel Photography

It’s the number one question I get asked, whether it’s in conversation or on social media: “How do I get into travel photography?” And I always try to tell them the truth, and that while it’s amazing and an incredible job to get into (and there are many reasons why it’s so rewarding), travel photography is also very challenging, and has its difficulties, much like any job.

Yes, you get to travel and see some of the best places this world has to offer and work with some amazing brands and clients. But traveling and constantly being away from home can have its issues and downsides you have to prepare for before you jet set.

My hope is that these truths will prepare you for the realities of the job.

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort teams with Autism Speaks to host The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson

LEGOLAND Florida Resort partnered with Autism Speaks to host more than 15 children on the autism spectrum for a 30-minute swimming lesson inside the water park’s LEGO Wave Pool in an effort to help break a Guinness World Record.

The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson is an event designed to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching kids to swim and help prevent drowning. LEGOLAND Florida Resort is one of hundreds of facilities in more than 20 countries on five continents participating in the event over the course of 24 hours.

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How To Travel Responsibly In An Age Of Overtourism

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Travel writers of the world rejoice! If our goal was to get people on the road, we’ve done the job. People are moving around this planet at unprecedented rates. They’re basking on beaches, exploring National Parks, and trekking to the farthest reaches of the globe. They’re sharing their homes via AirBnB, filling up campgrounds months ahead of time, and living in vans from South America to Swaziland. Cool, right?

In many way, yes. The idea of more and more people traveling — made possible through the constant lowering of airfares; inspired by scores of “influencers” (plus travel stars like Anthony Bourdain, Eddie Huang, and Action Bronson); and spurred on by our current emphasis on iconic experiences — is, in theory, the best of things. If travel is the natural enemy of bias (via the most fun type of exposure therapy ever invented), then more people traveling is exactly what we need right now. On the road, the importance of multi-culturalism is apparent in a million ways large and small every day.

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Going green: Can we travel the world without killing the planet?

They come in the form of small cards, rocks or pieces of wood — the hotel reminders that guests can choose to skip having their towels and sheets washed every day, in a bid to save water and energy. Over the years, they’ve become expected as a base level for a hotel or lodge to show that it’s interested in being environmentally responsible. Guests even notice when, after they have hung their towels to avoid daily washing, they’re still replaced with fresh ones.

How much effect do these hotel linen programs really have?

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Travel Like a Royal at These 18 North American Castles

Belvedere Castle; New York, New York.

It seems that everyone is caught up by Royal Fever these days. But, if your travel plans preclude a long-distance trip to Europe, there are plenty of castle-like buildings to explore in North America. Sure, only two of them have actually housed royalty, but the scope and magnitude of the rest make them well worth a visit.

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