As a biologist, I feel privileged to be travelling because the information I learned and read about during my undergraduate degree is able to come to life for me from the pages of my lecture notes and textbooks.
Since I have the privilege of being able to travel, I am also able to freely write about my adventures and observations of the natural world. However, after many instances of anger, disbelief, disgust and sadness, I feel that I have an ethical/moral obligation to write about my experiences with the darker side of travel. This darker side of travel includes observing gross animal rights violations, habitat destruction, and anthropogenic disturbances of nature and wildlife. Essentially, this portion of Bio on the Go’s blog will focus on advising people on responsible and sustainable travel.
Though there is so much natural beauty in the world, there are still ugly things that hide in the shadows and occasionally pop up. If anything can hinder or altogether stop these tourism attractions and businesses from operating it’s awareness and education.
I’m hoping that by informing people of places to avoid and by providing responsible and sustainable alternatives to products made from endangered or illegal materials and unethical tourism attractions we can hinder and eventually stop these kinds of businesses from thriving.
In order to change the world, you need to see every part of it: the good, the bad, and the ugly. So, with that in mind, here is the Black List: