In summary: while volunteering in a hostel in Kyrgyzstan, we were struck by a majority of travelers interest and enthusiasm for horseback treks without any prior experience or taking a picture of themselves with an eagle on the arm... Our mood: not really ok
Because we like to read, get informed, talk in numbers (also simply talk), debate, exchange ideas…
And because we like to share our little reflections so that greater reflections can be born!
"Cars pollute more than flights" and "we pollute less by flying once a year than our neighbor who takes his car every day". Fake news, truths?... After two years on the roads, we wanted this time to know more: studies reports, calculators, calculation methodologies... As good scientists, we screened all the data found to make them speak - and tell you why, from now, we won't take flight anymore!
Since a few months, we see appearing everywhere in the media articles and reports with catchy title: "he made the World Tour without money", "she crossed Europe with 0 €". Is traveling without money a real or false good idea? This is the sensitive question we asked ourselves ... A real question, which gives pause!
During our trip, we asked ourselves several times this question: "Should we boycott over-frequented places?" Indeed our way of traveling tried to be the more responsible possible, but is it really responsible to visit a place that suffers from mass tourism? We wanted to put our thoughts here, bringing both our personal and documented lights on the subject, in order to bring out some answers... but especially solutions!
In summary: a new phenomenon is emerging in South Asia: "Western white" tourists would beg to partially finance their trip, either by selling postcards, busking to locals, or by brandishing a highly touted sign. These beggars of a new kind are called Begpackers, a word game between beg (begging) and backpacker (backpacker). Our mood: angry! ... against some begpackers and the media!