Tag: ethics

Travel and Travel Blogging Are Political; Oman and Charlottesville

We interrupt this series of trip reports for another kind of post… I recently got into a dispute with a travel blogger who I don’t know why I even follow how unsophisticated and uninformative her writing is.  What spurred it was her tweeting about how Oman is on her “bucket list”, with a mention of
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Two and a Half Days in Johannesburg – Apartheid Museum, Neighbourgoods Market, Soweto Township Tour

This is part 17 of my series exploring my March 2017 trip to South Africa and Namibia, which started here. I really had no idea what to expect of Johannesburg. Lots of folks had suggested it was skippable, or the kind of city you can breeze through in a day.  I ended up having three nights
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Thoughts on Abu Dhabi, Part 2: Ethical Travel, LGBT Rights in the UAE, and Why One Blogger Should Be Ashamed of Himself

I have spent most of my professional life thinking about issues of injustice and inequality. When I travel, I try not to let these concerns dominate my thinking. I remember a speaker I heard in college, some noted activist whose name I can’t recall, who made the point that people working in social justice fields
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Presidents Day in Abu Dhabi: Introduction and Etihad Coach IAD-AUH

On Christmas day, there were mistake fares on Etihad, allowing for pretty cheap flights from the US to cities in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. A flight on Etihad’s Washington-Dulles to Abu Dhabi nonstop could be had for as low as $270. Nonetheless, I wasn’t planning on jumping on the deal. I had Budapest
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Why I’m Not Blogging About the Rest of my Israel Trip

Why I’m Not Blogging About the Rest of My Israel Trip It’s been a few weeks since my last post about my June trip to Israel. I had had a post on what we did in Jerusalem almost all written, including a discussion of the Light Rail, which I found fascinating. And then that day,
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Of US Airways Credit Cards and a Serious Ethical Deficiency in the Points Blogosphere

My day (and sometimes night) job is as an attorney.  Although we get a terrible rap and are accused of being unethical, the reality is that most good lawyers (and many bad ones) actually think about ethics A LOT.  We have to take a separate ethics exam before we get our license, and many jurisdictions
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The Most Morally Bankrupt Miles Blog Post Ever? Begging for First Class

Things have been crazy with a new job and a new schedule.  Hope to finish trip reports soon.  But today, another blogger posted something that may be the most morally bankrupt post ever, and it compelled me to take a break and stay up later than I should. Some background first….  Etihad Airways is the
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Trip Report: Heading home on Aeroflot’s New Business Class, TLL-SVO-JFK: a Decent Airline and a Terrible Government

Finally, the last post from our June trip.  Whoops. Our trip home had us flying from Tallinn to Moscow, and Moscow to JFK on Aeroflot. As a Skymiles business class redemption, it was pretty much the only option out of Tallinn.  Though Estonian Air codeshares with both KLM and Air France on flights to Paris
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Don’t Believe Everything You Read on Blogs: American Airlines is Not the Second Coming of Jesus Christ

If you are a regular reader of a few of the major travel/points blogs, it would be understandable if you thought two things: (1) every two or three days, there is an AMAZING credit card deal you would be a fool not to sign up for, and (2) American Airlines is the most amazing air
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Why There Are Some Places I’ll Never Go: Human Rights, Social Responsibility and Travel

A break from my never-ending Asia Trip Report series for something a bit more serious…. This morning, two different bloggers posted about traveling to places with atrocious human rights abuses, so that they can stay in fancy hotels and take pictures for their blogs.  Lucky acknowledged that the United Arab Emirates has practices that are
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