25 Nov 2020

COVID-19: In Transit

In February 2020, we published a story about Batu Batu, a resort in Malaysia with a heart for marine conservation. Little did we know that holidays were about to become pipe dreams, as COVID-19 unleashed its full weight on the world.

With travel off the cards, and a pandemic to fight, we at Our Better World put stories about travel in the backseat while stories about COVID-19 relief came to the forefront, as seen in our HumanKind series.

Nine months on, the pandemic in many parts of the world has not abated, depriving communities reliant on international tourism of their means to survive. The United Nations estimates that the tourism industry faces US$1 trillion in losses due to COVID-19, and some 100 million jobs are at risk.

The Better Traveller has always featured people and organisations that do good for their communities and the environment, while delighting travellers. Now, despite their hardships, these organisations remain resilient and true to their mission, and are finding new ways to carry on. And these are the stories we want to share over the next few months, so that you too, can make a difference by supporting their efforts.

For example, instead of hiking through the Himalayas with a locally-owned trekking enterprise, you can now buy carbon credits to support their reforestation programme, which generates income and does the environment good. Instead of unwinding in a home stay with hill tribes in northern Thailand, you can order meals in Bangkok cooked with ingredients harvested by the same tribes, creating income for them.

Through our stories, take a different kind of “trip” with us: discover how those in the travel for good space are finding new ways to support communities. And don’t forget to bookmark them for future trips. When borders reopen, we can all be better travellers.

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Seeking nature? Let the Orang Asli be your guide

Seeking nature? Let the Orang Asli be your guide

Connect with Malaysia’s indigenous cultures through Native and their Orang Asli guides

/29 Sep 2021
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Preserving palaces — and livelihoods — in a pandemic

Preserving palaces — and livelihoods — in a pandemic

Terrapuri’s restored palaces takes you back in time while breathing new life into a sleepy seaside town

/04 Aug 2021
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Feed Bali cooks up hope amid COVID-19

Feed Bali cooks up hope amid COVID-19

A cooking school in Bali shut their doors when the pandemic started. But a new mission has them fired up: feeding Balinese in need

/09 Jun 2021
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An ikat collective weaves its way through knotty times

An ikat collective weaves its way through knotty times

COVID-19 has cast a pall over the tapestry of empowerment woven by Watubo, but the collective is steadfast in its vision of ikat that lifts lives

/25 Mar 2021
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Two women and a man stand before a house with thatched roof in Mollo, Indonesia

Rural adventures go virtual in a lockdown

From running a virtual tour to launching an online store, two rural communities in Indonesia find new ways to cope when tourism income dried up amid COVID-19

/15 Feb 2021
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This circus with a social mission is helping the arts and livelihoods survive the pandemic through global support.

In COVID-19, Phare circus keeps the lights on

This circus with a social mission is helping the arts and livelihoods survive the pandemic through global support

/22 Jan 2021
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A river in the Himalayas in India

Guiding the way to a greener Himalayas

Amid COVID-19, a community of mountain guides in the western Himalayas reclaims eco stewardship of their land through a carbon offset programme.

/27 Nov 2020
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Amid a travel shutdown, Local Alike is fostering connections and support to faraway destinations through food

Travel in a pandemic - through your taste buds

Amid a travel shutdown, Local Alike is fostering connections and support to faraway destinations through food

/27 Nov 2020
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A resort's eco push in COVID-19

A resort's eco push in COVID-19

Batu Batu resort makes hay while the sun shines, raising funds for conservation when tourism dollars dried up amid COVID-19 shutdown

/25 Nov 2020