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Top 10 Tourist Destination Countries in Asia East & Southeast

These are Top 10 Best Holiday Destinations in Asia According to Travel Poll 2009 By Smart Travel Asia. Top 10 Tourist Destination Countries in Asia. Top 10 M...
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The Rights and Wrongs of Slum Tourism

The Rights and Wrongs of Slum Tourism | travelling | Scoop.it
Researchers are heading to Dharavi, Mumbai, to study the impact of slum tours on the residents.

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Ana Cristina Gil's curator insight, November 6, 2013 8:36 PM

I don’t find nothing right about tourist visiting the slum, I feel that the tourist are violating there privacy. They are human being not some historical landmark. If the tourist are not helping this people why are they going? If you are going to visit this places do it because you want to help them, not because you think is interesting their way of living.

Cam E's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:57 AM

Moral questions are always fun. Personally I don't think going to see slums is all that exploitative in itself, but I would make a distinction between guided tours that cost money, and self-directed tours though. In a guided tour you are paying money to walk through a community and view what life is like for those people, but in a self-directed tour you are just another person walking down the streets and viewing whatever you stumble upon. There are plenty of tours within neighborhoods of different economic value the world over, but these tours are scrutinized because the people touring are as wealthy, or less wealthy, than the people living there. I don't think that a poor community changes this dynamic in an immoral way, as the perceptions of which group is superior come from the own minds of those who feel uncomfortable with it.

 

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 10, 2014 9:41 AM

This article rises in interesting question.  Are tours of slums exploitive or beneficial to the slum dwellers?  On the one hand the tours could feel like exploitation and the tourist is viewing attractions at a “zoo”, on the other hand it brings people far removed from slum life in contact with it and can change people’s point of view on the slums.  It can be beneficial if the tour guides donate money to the slums or jobs are sought by slum dwellers to become tour guides.  The question is should slums be hidden away from view or opened up to tourists so that they can see the hardships first hand.  I think that this is an issue that is not clearly black or white; there are many shades of gray involved in this issue.

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Dubai: holiday like a star in the lap of luxury

Dubai: holiday like a star in the lap of luxury | travelling | Scoop.it
Discovering Dubai's luxury hotel Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa and the highlights of the city in the United Arab Emirates
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A kind of holiday you're dreaming of...? or not at all? 

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The Names Behind The States

The Names Behind The States | travelling | Scoop.it

An infographic of the etymology and cultural origins of the names that made the United States of America.


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Seth Dixon's comment, May 6, 2013 3:21 PM
@Carly, Texas is also inaccurate...
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The Names Behind The States | @scoopit via @APHumanGeog http://sco.lt/...

Aulde de Barbuat's comment, May 18, 2013 7:08 AM
quite interesting, thanks. Unhappily, the link seems broken..Do you happen to have another one?
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Beauty Among The Ruins: See Some of the World’s Most Beautiful Abandoned Places

Beauty Among The Ruins: See Some of the World’s Most Beautiful Abandoned Places | travelling | Scoop.it
A tired screenwriting trope is to use abandoned places as settings where one’s gory horror scenarios might unfold--the house nobody has been inside for years, the decrepit mental hospital kids dare each other to sneak into.
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