How can the products you buy make a difference on a faraway island? Find out first-hand on 15-day Meet the People Tours with a fair-trade company, Traidcraft, and tour operator Skeet Skedaddle. The trip combines sightseeing on the island of Luzon with an in-depth look at the Filipino fair-trade scene and the inspiring islanders behind it. You'll begin in Manila with a tour of Intramuros, the historic walled city, and visits to successful fair-trade organizations. As you make your way south into the Bicol Region, explore the rainforest reserve at Quezon National Park, watch the sun set over the towering Mayon Volcano, cruise a river filled with fireflies and swim in a whale-shark feeding ground. Along the way, get an inside view of island life through visits with fair-trade pineapple farmers, a behind-the-scenes tour of a cassava cooperative, dinner with community leaders and a one-night stay with a local family. You might even see how the Philippines is a lot like home -- and how buying fair-trade means supporting your new friends. meetthepeople.skedaddle.co.uk
At Isla Secas Resort, it's just you and 13 other guests (if that) on a 16-island archipelago. Here, your getaway can be as adventurous and secluded as you want, but luxury touches (like dinner waiting for you in your private yurt suite) make it the best of both worlds. Islands photographer Jon Whittle experienced it all first-hand — here's how you can do it too.
Islands’ staffers beg for trips. Occasionally, an island begs for a staffer. In this case, call it a Z thing. Staff photographer Zach Stovall arrived on Zanzibar and felt like he stepped into an Indiana Jones movie. He loves those movies. Maybe that explains why this gallery, originally slated at ten images, ballooned into an epic adventure. Follow his trip’s highlights and plan yours with our Do’s and Don’ts Zanzibar travel guide.