How To Be An Ethical Traveler

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May 25, 2019

1.4 billion tourists traveled the globe last year.

It's great that record numbers of people now have the interest and the means to see the world, right? Well, maybe not for everyone — over-tourism is ruining some of our favorite places on earth. Maybe it’s time to think more carefully about where and why we go places.

What does that mean for your next trip?

This show was produced in partnership with AFAR Magazine, whose May/June 2019 issue on ethical traveling inspired this episode.

A cruise ship in Norway
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Journalist Elizabeth Becker, the author of "Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism," breaks down how we got to this moment in global tourism, and how we might nudge nations, companies and ourselves to become more responsible travelers.

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10:55
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Dave Eggers – the writer and founder of McSweeney’s – has been all over the world. Along the way, he developed his own personal code of travel ethics.

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04:11
Illustration By George Wylesol (AFAR Magazine)
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Unless you walk or bike to your next vacation destination, you’ll probably have to burn some fossil fuels to get there. Blogger Kathryn Kellogg is a guru of zero-waste living. She has a few tips on how to reduce your impact on the environment when you travel. 

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07:13
Helping hands while traveling. Illustration By George Wylesol (AFAR Magazine)
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What’s the most uncomfortable you’ve ever been on a trip? Anu Taranath is a social justice facilitator and teacher, used to having difficult conversations about race, identity and privilege. She says those are issues that come up all the time when Americans travel abroad

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13:15
Traveling in Canada
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Barry Lopez is an anthropologically-minded travel writer with deep interests in environmentalism and human nature. "To the Best of Our Knowledge" executive producer Steve Paulson asked Lopez why he travels, and how he writes about the people he encounters.

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12:06
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May 25, 2019