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Author Archives: James Draven

Where to stay in Beirut

Lebanon

Where to stay in Beirut

Beirut is re-living its 1960s heyday as a place of showy opulence, and nowhere is this more evident than in its crop of shiny new hotels

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Are favela tours ethical?

Travel Talk

Are favela tours ethical?

‘Slum tours’ in South America are increasingly popular, but do they benefit local people or is favela tourism just exploitative?

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Guatemala: The evil saint

Guatemala

Guatemala: The evil saint

Maximón is not your average Catholic Saint; one prays to him for material gain, and for revenge. He’s known as a drinker, a smoker, womaniser, and trickster — and even in death, he’s hoodwinking visitors

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Sherpas and the ethics of Everest

Nepal

Sherpas and the ethics of Everest

Often overlooked and rarely adequately rewarded, Nepal’s ‘people of the east’ have been helping adventurers up Mount Everest for a century, but at what cost?

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Are turtle hatcheries unethical?

Travel Talk

Are turtle hatcheries unethical?

With six out of seven species of sea turtle classed as endangered, you’d think all conservation organisations are half-shell heroes. But for some, it’s more about the greenbacks than the turtles.

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