Photo of the Day: A Lesson from Bhutan

by Beth Whitman (February 5th, 2010)

Bhutan’s culture and environment are in a precarious situation. The country wants and needs to increase their tourism, yet they are desperately trying to hold on to their most valuable attractions – their culture and pristine environmental resources. My tour operator in the Kingdom provides some wonderful advice and insight on the country. I’ll be […]

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Where Have all the Clunkers Gone?

by Beth Whitman (September 28th, 2009)

I was almost sucked into the excitement of the Cash for Clunkers program. I test drove a Smart Car and briefly considered trading in my ’99 Jeep Wrangler for one. Turns out I didn’t like the way the Smart Car shifts gears and abandoned the whole idea. (Go test drive one if you don’t know […]

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Are You an Ugly American? (or Swede, or Brit, or…)

by Beth Whitman (April 19th, 2009)

I was interviewed for an article that ran on last Friday about the sad behavior of some travelers resulting in them being labeled as Ugly Americans. I’ve seen obnoxious behavior the world over by tourists from North America to Israel and by backpackers and the well-heeled. No group of people are immune to it […]

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Ethical Travel – Have You Sinned?

by Beth Whitman (March 23rd, 2009)

I’m not a perfect traveler. As a vegetarian, I’ve turned down chicken after the poor bird was ceremoniously killed in a remote Vietnamese village on my (and my traveling companion’s) behalf. I’ve hugged a male Indian friend and only realized afterward how incredibly uncomfortable he was with my display of (very innocent) affection. And I’ve […]

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