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 – 2019 Guide

By Paula Martinelli | Sep 17, 2019 | 3 Comments

Halong Bay is a perfect example of overtourism – But it is not all bad news! How to describe a perfect vacation in Vietnam without thinking about a cruise in …

SAPA, Vietnam: 2019 Ethical Travel Guide

By Paula Martinelli | Sep 12, 2019 | 7 Comments

Ethical Tourism in Sapa and why I recommend booking an independent homestay Ethical travel is about creating better places to live and better places to visit – These 7 steps …

Love Letter to Dalai Lama

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

By Paula Martinelli | Sep 4, 2019 | 28 Comments

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

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 – …

Interview with travel expert Nomadic Matt

By Paula Martinelli | Mar 31, 2019 | 10 Comments

Insights and inspiration from a Travel Expert: Nomadic Matt When I got the opportunity to interview Matt Kepnes, the founder of one of the top travel blogs, Nomadic Matt, I …

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 – Travel guide for Culture

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…

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

By Paula Martinelli | Jan 20, 2019 | 11 Comments

An amazing photojournalism opportunity Have you ever wondered what a proud and a strong spirit looks like in the face of adversity? Travel to Tibet through my pictures and stories of …

ETHICAL & RESPONSIBLE TRAVELER – A complete guideline every world traveler should follow

By Paula Martinelli | Dec 2, 2018 | 7 Comments

While the big question for some people is, “How can I change my life while traveling the world?”, for me this questions has become, “How can I make a difference …

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 …