Are we okay continuing to shop, until they drop?

Are we okay continuing to shop, until they drop?

When travellers head out to markets in search of souvenirs, they often don’t know if the goods they’re buying are made locally or responsibly. Instead of supporting touristy markets selling mass-produced imported goods, Urban Adventures wants to highlight the independent artisans who are preserving local culture — and through that,...

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How to be an ethical coffee drinker

How to be an ethical coffee drinker

It used to seem obvious that tea was the most widely consumed drink in the world, after water. But with coffee shops popping up all over the place and the twitteratti debating the merits of flat whites and cold brews, you might be forgiven for thinking that coffee has overtaken...

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Best snacks under $5 around the world

Best snacks under $5 around the world

As any traveller knows, eating well doesn’t require dropping a ton of cash at a high-end restaurant. Sometimes the best meals come from street food snacks, food court stalls, and mom-and-pop shops where the food is cheap and the flavours are rich. We asked our guides around the globe to...

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The world in your home: How to build the ultimate international wine collection

The world in your home: How to build the ultimate international wine collection

Wine is a great excuse to travel the world. Many of my best travel memories — and photos — are from touring wineries in some of the world’s great wine regions. But wine is also a splendid way to have the world come to you. Think of a wine rack...

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Ramadan kareem! Stories of devotion from around the world

Ramadan kareem! Stories of devotion from around the world

I’ve spent five years living in the Middle East (based predominantly out of Cairo but also doing lengthy stints in Turkey and Morocco), and so non-Muslim travellers often ask me if Ramadan is a good time to visit the Islamic world. From my own experience, I can say with some...

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Read this post, take better photos

Read this post, take better photos

When you put in the time, effort, and money to travel somewhere, it’s only natural to want to document the experience in order to relive it down the road (and — let’s be honest — it’s fun to show off a little on Instagram). But not all photos are created...

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Ethical gift ideas for responsible travellers

Ethical gift ideas for responsible travellers

If it’s better to give than receive (and we think it totally is), then these gift ideas might just be the best gifts you could ever give someone. That’s because you won’t just be giving something to a loved one, you’ll also be giving something back to the community that...

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Holiday celebrations around the world

Holiday celebrations around the world

‘Tis the season to celebrate! It’s that time of year when we start thinking about Christmas, New Year’s, Hannukah, King’s Day, the solstice, and how we’re going to fit into our pants after all those holiday dinners. But because we realise that all around this great big world of ours no two celebrations...

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The positive side of hosting (half of) the world

The positive side of hosting (half of) the world

As the Pan / Parapan Am 2015 Games approach, host-city Toronto is buzzing with conversation. Some of it’s good, some of it’s bad, and most of it is about the expectation that getting around the city in Games time will be triple the hellish nightmare it already is. We don’t...

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Is it safe to travel to Greece right now?

Is it safe to travel to Greece right now?

As someone who is Greek, lives in Athens, and works in the travel industry, I have been asked a lot lately about whether it’s safe to travel to Greece right now. Greece is a country with deep history; a history of great deeds, courage, and enlightenment, but a culture that...

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