Cultural Tourism

Bulldozing Over Cultures in China

Thursday, June 4, 2009
Bulldozing Over Cultures in China

We’ve already been informed that The Mindful Tourist is one of the many websites blocked by the Chinese government (and quite frankly, we feel honored.  Thanks, China!), and we don’t think our  discussing the latest cultural catastrophe the Chinese are committing will make them change their minds. While we sit fretting over the new... »

Why to Watch TV on Vacation

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Why to Watch TV on Vacation

Why spend your valuable time on vacation watching the boob-tube? True, you don’t want television-watching to get in the way of going out, seeing the sights, meeting people, and working on that all-important tan (skin cancer prevention advocates: no emails please). But when you have some down time, instead of turning on your computer... »

Point Break LIVE!: The San Francisco Treat

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Point Break LIVE!: The San Francisco Treat

Local theater (or theatre, if you must, dahling) is a great way to experience local culture – be it the show itself if its topic is local, your fellow theater-goers, or even the neighborhood if the venue is not located in a typical tourist section of town. Our last experience in local theater was... »

The Top Five Things I Didn’t Expect From China

Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The Top Five Things I Didn’t Expect From China

We are very jazzed that Katie Lewis, the Nomadic Reporter, has written a guest post for the Mindful Tourist.  Katie is currently living in China and has some HI-larious anecdotes and observations from her time there.  We love how Katie takes the good with the bad and just lives.  Read on:       I... »

Sustainable Tourism at its Finest: Protect the Cinque Terre

Friday, April 24, 2009
Sustainable Tourism at its Finest: Protect the Cinque Terre

With all the reading and research that goes into this blog (don’t laugh, we’re being serious!), it is rare that we come across something that immediately prompts us to start planning a trip complete with dates, travel arrangements, etc.  We read magazines, books, websites, and blogs all touting truly amazing places around the globe... »

Crete is Much More Than Just Beaches

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Crete is Much More Than Just Beaches

We recently read this descriptive and informative article by Jane Foster of the Observer, about Crete and some out-of-the-way destinations there.  Some villagers in the small town of Vamos decided to form a co-op, fixing up stone cottages to be used as guest houses, and offering cooking lessons in a renovated oil press, communal... »

Calling Poverty Tourism by its True Name

Monday, April 20, 2009
Calling Poverty Tourism by its True Name

With the popularity of Slumdog Millionaire, we began to see more and more articles about poverty or slum tourism.  Since it left a bad taste in our mouth, we did a little research (also known as sitting on our arse and websurfing) here and there but couldn’t bring ourselves to write a post about it… until... »

Dry Tortugas National Park: If You’re in the Area, We Say “Go, Go, Go!”

Saturday, April 18, 2009
Dry Tortugas National Park: If You’re in the Area, We Say “Go, Go, Go!”

We recently found out about a hidden gem in southern Florida called Dry Tortugas National Park.   We would venture that you’ve never heard of it either.  Contrary to the most popular national park, Great Smoky Mountains, this one is difficult to get to and surrounded only by water, far from the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge... »

A Tourist’s Role in Archaeological Ethics

Thursday, April 16, 2009
A Tourist’s Role in Archaeological Ethics

Remember the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan?  This was in spring of 2001, before most people had heard of the Taliban.  We remember it well and were horrified watching video of these incredibly amazing and larger-than-life sculptures that had stood for centuries being blown up by tanks and anti-aircraft weapons.  This is... »

Playa del Carmen’s Alternative Alltournative

Monday, April 13, 2009
Playa del Carmen’s Alternative Alltournative

While Cancun is more associated with the spring break, beer-swigging crowd (a Ft. Lauderdale south of the border, if you will), its neighboring city of Playa del Carmen is more low-key and offers some unexpected ecotourism and socially conscious tourism experiences. When we went to Playa in 2000, the company Alltournative was only a... »

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