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Top 10 travel faux pas to avoid this year

 

As Beyoncé is blasted for posing with tigers, take a look at the bucket list items you should definitely cross off your list in 2015 

Our friends over at responsibletravel.com have revealed some of the most popular ‘bucket list’ travel experiences that are, in fact, big holiday no-nos. So we’ve emptied our bucket list – and refilled it with experiences that are not just sensational – but sustainable.

1. Ride an elephant

Kanchanaburi’s Tiger Temple may be one of the easiest places to see these exquisite big cats up close, but its description as a sanctuary is sadly misleading. Responsible Travel used to organise tours there, but removed it from their website some years ago after learning that, rather than conserving these highly endangered big cats, the Tiger Temple has participated in their illegal trade, and keeps the tigers chained, without shade, in 40 degree heat.

There have also been reports of tourists being mauled, so it’s not just the safety of the tigers which is under threat – especially as young children are allowed into the enclosures to pet and sit on the backs of tigers.
 
11. Write a bucket list
… One more thing we’d scratch off our bucket list is… Bucket Lists. Rather than just ticking off the ‘big experiences’ desired by thousands of other travellers, why not create your own adventure wishlist – with activities like training to be a warrior in Mongolia, staying in an Andalucian yurt or learning traditional craft skills in Scotland. Unusual holidays top our list every time.

For more information and ideas for sustainable holidays, visit: responsibletravel.com

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