How our partner LivelyHoods is changing lives in Kenya

How our partner LivelyHoods is changing lives in Kenya

“I was not lucky enough to pursue my education dreams. My parents were poor and could not afford school fees for me. They also just never bothered with education since they themselves were never schooled, so they didn’t know the importance.” This is the story of Ann Nyongesa, a sales...

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Meet: Sergiu, our local expert in Bucharest

Meet: Sergiu, our local expert in Bucharest

Learn more about our guides around the globe — everything from what makes the perfect day in their city, to how they landed in tourism, to why they love working with Urban Adventures. On how he became a tour guide… It all started three years ago when Bucharest Urban Adventures...

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Urban Adventures named Innovator of the Year for responsible travel… twice!

Urban Adventures named Innovator of the Year for responsible travel… twice!

We are honoured, humbled and oh-so-happy to report that Urban Adventures has been named Innovator of the Year by not one, but two associations honouring the best in the travel industry. In late December we were presented with the 2017 New Innovator in Travel Philanthropy Award at Tourism Cares’ Hearts...

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Impact Statement 2017: Our responsible business highlights

Impact Statement 2017: Our responsible business highlights

The United Nations declared 2017 the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, with a call for tourism businesses to better support local economies and to help foster a better understanding of different cultures. At Urban Adventures, we have always believed in the importance of sustainable tourism, but we took...

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Beyond the stroopwafel: Where to taste Amsterdam’s multicultural flavours

Beyond the stroopwafel: Where to taste Amsterdam’s multicultural flavours

Amsterdam is a bright city. I am not talking about its iconic housing along the canals, but rather the people who occupy them. The locals. Despite the city’s relatively low population as a capital, it is home to more than 180 nationalities, making this one diverse city. And to really...

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Community tours changing lives in rural Myanmar

Community tours changing lives in rural Myanmar

The ancient city of Bagan is one of the biggest tourist draws to central Myanmar. Visitors spend their time meandering around the sandy landscapes on e-bikes, exploring temples and ruins of former glory, and climbing up to vantage points for stupa-dotted sunrises and sunsets. It’s an epic travel experience that...

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Can ‘responsible travel’ really help to alleviate poverty?

Can ‘responsible travel’ really help to alleviate poverty?

Earlier this year I wrote about what a great opportunity 2017 presents having the full force of the UN behind the idea of Sustainable Tourism for Development. That article was well received (thanks!) and everyone seemed supportive of the rationale and sentiment. The point of the initial article was about...

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What it’s like to visit Kisenyi, the largest slum in Kampala

What it’s like to visit Kisenyi, the largest slum in Kampala

Our Kisenyi Slum tour is run in partnership with Slum Aid Project, a local non-profit organisation dedicated to improving living conditions in Uganda. One traveller tells us about her day meeting the community members benefiting from the program. It was hard to digest. Uganda is known as the ‘Pearl of...

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This Kenyan social venture is taking people from slums to sales

This Kenyan social venture is taking people from slums to sales

When you’re walking through the dusty Nairobi slum of Kawangware, the general bustle of the place overwhelms you. But local woman Grace Njeri lives in the neighbourhood and she’s got work to do amid the chaos. She recently signed on as a sales rep for the social enterprise LivelyHoods and...

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How a local group is fighting poverty in Kenya, one pig at a time

How a local group is fighting poverty in Kenya, one pig at a time

It’s our first day in Nairobi, and we’re on our way to market to buy some fat pigs. Except this time, we won’t be going home again and doing a jig. Instead, we’ll be delivering them to some ‘grandmas’ on the outskirts of the city, as part of Urban Adventures’...

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