Soul Travel Blog - A responsible travel and sustainable travel blog.

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Hi, and thanks for visiting my corner of the internet! Soul Travel Blog is all about making travel sustainable in a way that is easy for us as travellers!

My name is Ellie, you can find out more about me and the mission of Soul Travel Blog here.

Get started by reading my latest blog posts or visiting my Sustainable Travel resources section. Happy reading!

Get started with the latest & greatest from the Blog:

Discovering the Real Desert in Rajasthan.

Sand and sun stretched before me, as far as my eyes could see. Dotted with huts, buildings and endless scrub, I'd left any romantic visions of mountainous sand dunes and empty desert at home. After all, this is India and not Arabia. Spotless and dramatic sand dunes...
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Chandelao Garh: Staying in a Rajasthani Village. 

Chandelao Garh is the home of former generals of Marwar (as the region of Jodphur, Rajasthan, was once known). The main part of the house was built in 1744 and has been well looked after to retain its charm and beauty.

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February Summary & March Travel Plans

This is my monthly summary post with high points of the month, not-so-high-points and what’s next for Soul Travel Blog. Recapping February.  February has been a month of contrasts in more than one sense. Contrasts of deserts to mountains, contrasts of the worst vs the...
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Finding Sustainable Places to Stay.

The quest of finding sustainable accommodation, eco-friendly places to stay, or a "green hotel" can sometimes feel like looking for a needle in a haystack.  The challenge can begin with knowing what to look for. Do I google "Sustainable Hotels", "Eco friendly Hotels"...
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Should I Visit Dharavi Slum in Mumbai?

“City tour, see outdoor laundry, slum tour??” Were the cries of hopeful / would be travel agents that greeted me on my recent wanderings around Mumbai. There are a few parts of the world that seem to have become famous for the insights that they offer into the living...
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The Rise of Sustainable Hotels in Mumbai?

India, and her biggest city at that, may not seem like the obvious choice for sustainable travel, or for sustainable hotels. Finding sustainable hotels in Mumbai might sound like an unlikely prospect. India certainly has challenges with the state of her environment...
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The Places I can’t not Visit in 2017.

Soul Travel Blog is not a political blog. And yet now, more than ever, when we travel we can't escape politics. The two topics are knotted messily together, impacting the innocent or curious traveller. One of my strongest motivators for starting this blog, and for my...
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January Summary and February Travel Plans.

This is my monthly summary post with high points of the month, not-so-high-points and what’s next for Soul Travel Blog. Recapping January.  I left the sunny (and tragically overdeveloped) beaches of Vietnam in the first week of January and made my way to India---where...
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Watergates in Vietnam: Was Revisiting the Mekong Delta Worth It??

Since I started travelling to further-flung places about a decade ago, I've often felt a reluctance to go back to the same country or place twice.  I first visited Vietnam in 2006. I remember long, slow train journeys---of the best kind---and waking up to blood red...
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Night Train to… Bangkok.

One of the highlights from my trip to Thailand in 2015 was the train travel around the country.  So I knew that when I returned in November last year, that it wouldn't be long until I'd find myself back on the rails. When it comes to Train Travel in Asia, there are...
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December Summary, Top 2016 Travel Moments & January Travel Plans.

This is my monthly summary post with high points of the month, not-so-high-points and what’s next for Soul Travel Blog. Recapping December.  December always feels like a natural point to review the year and all that has come before, because of the approaching new...
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Freedom Re-found: Walking the Elephants Home.

I woke up early to the sounds of trumpeting mixed in with calls of the resident roosters from my village homestay.  The elephants had come up to the village from the forest---something they don't normally do. But today, they had an appointment: with the vet. I'd come...
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Reverie Siam Resort, Pai: The Ultimate Chill Out Spot.

"It's next to the gramophone!"  It's not exactly a sentence that is often helpful while travelling around Asia. Welcome to Reverie Siam Resort in Pai. A resort styled on the roaring twenties, that somehow seamlessly blends jazz into the rolling hills of Mae Hong Son...
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What Happens when Responsible Travel Goes Wrong?

Editorial Disclosure: Visit.Org hosted me on this experience, as part of my role in their Ambassador programme. As always, all expressed here are my own and represent the views of Soul Travel Blog. For more information on what type of organisations I work with, you...
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What this Paradise Island can Teach us about Responsible Travel.

Beaches don't get much better than this one.  As the turquoise waves gently lick the white powder shoreline, I look around to see most of the other groups of day trippers to the island have vanished. Either taking a rest in one of the small palm hut shelters, or...
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