There are many things we don’t want to see on our travels – but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
Piles of rubbish near resorts and places we visit.
The plastic polluting our seas and killing marine life.
The hotel staff that could have prevented the exploitation of children for sex ... but did not.
The child deliberately maimed by gang leaders or forced by their own families to beg to attract traveller bucks.
The teenage child prostitute with nowhere else to go.
The overcrowded destinations that are no longer a pleasure to visit.
The hotel concierge-recommended tourist trips that mistreat elephants in India and Thailand.
The camel rides in Egypt, or the donkey rides in Petra that no animal can possibly enjoy.
The traditional cultural heritage of bullfighting in Spain that is a cruel and vicious slaughter of animals.
NOW Message: Small actions can provoke worldwide change. Travellers have enormous power to help make a difference in the destinations we visit or reside. We can influence the way countries and companies treat their citizens, foreign workers, indigenous people, wildlife and the environment.
Plan your travel with a responsible travel operator who will help travellers make an informed choice; read up on the rights issues faced by people in those destinations; listen to what people there have to say but never put them, or yourself, in danger.
Let’s be a part of the solution and inspire others to make a difference. Tell us what you saw and your positive actions.