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The Rise of Dark Tourism

A global travel trend that’s hard to swallow, dark tourism takes travellers to places that are identified with tragedy, suffering, death and destruction. These are destinations such as war zones, nuclear blast sites, genocide prisons, tombs – places that are eerie, dangerous, scary and often bizarre. Dark tourism takes us to places which are considered taboo […]

Does Volunteering Really Support NGO’s?

VOLUNTEER TOURISM, otherwise known as voluntourism and a form of charity tourism has exploded in popularity.  While it’s nice to be able to give back to those we deem less fortunate (it is a “feel good” activity, after all), we should also take a step back and ask if you’re doing more harm than good.  […]

Why are there so many different lists for the 7 Wonders of the World?

6 of the original Ancient 7 wonders of the world have been largely destroyed or have disappeared. New authors have attempted to redo the list based on present day observations. The Original 7 wonders of the world are now known as The 7 Ancient Wonders of the World but are essentially the original list. They […]

A Mile in Serey’s Shoes – Cambodian Rural Life 1/2 Day Experience

Wow, where to begin. I’ve been following the work of Free to Shine since January 2018 after seeing founder Nicky Mih, speak at an event in London. She is a compelling public speaker, and each time I have met Nicky since then, I have been so moved by her passion and dedication to her mission to keep […]

Angkor Wat & the temples of Angkor

Located in the Siem Reap province of Cambodia, this UNESCO World Heritage site was once the centre of the Khmer empire that ruled Southeast Asia before the civilisation went extinct. The city was then reclaimed by the jungle and found by western explorers in the 1800’s, and after extensive restoration in the 20th century Angkor […]

Scars of the Khmer Rouge: S21 & The Killing Fields

To understand present-day Cambodia you really have to understand its recent dark history. WARNING: This blog contains sensitive subject matter that WILL BE upsetting.  It is difficult to understand how we as human beings can do this to each other and what scares me the most is that we don’t seem to learn from these […]

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