Ethical Travel

We should all be Ethical & Responsible Travelers 

Paula Pins the Planet Blog mission is to encourage ETHICAL TRAVEL by giving back to the local communities, helping to protect our environment & practice animal cruelty-free tourism.

As it is great that more people are travelling than ever, it is also bringing negative impact in our Planet:

Overtourism - Exploitation - Animal Abuse - Pollution - Emission - Environment Degradation 

As a World Traveler, I believe that it is my responsibility to treat each place I visit with respect to the culture, religion, customs and to give back to the local communities by making choices for homestay and to eat at local restaurants, not participating on any source of animal cruelty, and to help protect our Planet for our future generations.

We all can have a great impact on the Planet in a positive way, by making good choices while on the road - Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s a good choice though, so I am here to share some stories, because just like you, I am constantly learning and educating myself on the best choices I can make during my traveling around our home, our Planet!

"I believe my love for traveling includes caring about our Planet and our environment and not practicing any source of animal abuse, respecting people and their culture and learning from them"

- Paula Martinelli -

Responsible and Ethical Travel guides 

Ethical tourism in Halong Bay, Vietnam

By Paula Martinelli | Jun 16, 2020 | 5 Comments

  Vietnam has seen a major tourism increase over the last decade, and visitors all over the world have one thing in common: taking a cruise to the UNESCO Heritage …

SAPA, Vietnam: Ethical Travel Guide

By Paula Martinelli | Apr 28, 2020 | 11 Comments

ETHICAL TRAVEL IN SAPA AND WHY I RECOMMEND BOOKING AN INDEPENDENT HOMESTAY Trekking and homestay in Sapa with a local H’mong hill tribe was the top of my bucket list …

People of Tibet – Faces of a strong spirit (Photojournalism)

By Paula Martinelli | Mar 24, 2020 | 34 Comments

Have you ever wondered what a proud and strong spirit looks like in the face of adversity? Travel to Tibet through my pictures and stories of these religious, devoted, compassionate, …

Love Letter to Dalai Lama

Tibet- The truth behind the occupation, my personal letter to Dalai Lama

By Paula Martinelli | Mar 19, 2020 | 28 Comments

The lessons learnt from my trip to Tibet – The truth behind an occupied country

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Ethical & Responsible Travel – 15 Tips every world traveler should follow

By Paula Martinelli | Feb 25, 2020 | 20 Comments

  Ethical and Responsible tourism can be a very sensitive and confusing topic, but with these simple 15 Travel Tips every world traveler should follow, we can all encourage ethical …

Nepal – An authentic Homestay in a rural village

By Paula Martinelli | Aug 7, 2019 | 7 Comments

Homestay – A humble experience to get out of my comfort zone I truly believe that any trip offers the opportunity for us to live outside our comfort zone – …

Nomadic Matt shares 9 travel skills to become a savvy traveler

By Paula Martinelli | Mar 31, 2019 | 10 Comments

Matt Kepnes is one of the top travel experts and the founder of one one the most successful travel blogs in the world, Nomadic Matt. In this interview Matt shares …

Cambodia – 10 Lessons on Ethical Traveling

By Paula Martinelli | Mar 19, 2019 | 4 Comments

Lessons learned from my trip to Cambodia and how we can all be responsible travelers The smiling faces that welcome tourists display the optimism and contentment of a people grateful …

Nepal Culture – 30 Essential things to know before your trip

By Paula Martinelli | Jan 21, 2019 | 13 Comments

My best description of Nepal is a place that offers an explosion of contrasts between the chaos in the cities and the peaceful mountains. This combination can make Nepal tricky and complex…

How to do an authentic Homestay with the Black H’mong in Sapa

By Paula Martinelli | Aug 27, 2018 | 12 Comments

Find out if homestay in Sapa experience is for you While trek and homestay with the Black H’mong in Sapa was one of the best experiences of my life, I …