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Dec 12, 2022Liked by Stuart McDonald

Great stuff Stuart and i very much look forward to reading your future contributions. This is certainly to be encouraged and you certainly have my support

I have always headed straight for the food markets and local restaurants not for ethical reasons just I love the food. I don’t think I have ever knowingly or willingly eaten at anything else as never crave western food. I have been taken by Thai friends to some of these new coffee chains that are cropping up and certainly enjoy the coffee but having long boycotted Starbucks in the west walking past these places is not hard. Luckily there are more local coffee shops opening up.

Now I would love more homestay recommendations they can be hard to find but staying with a local family can be really rewarding especially if stop a few days - never really understood those who stop just the one night go out in the evening for drinks and hardly even interact with their hosts. As someone who frequents the budget end of hotels then most of the ones I say will be locally owned

Slow travel is something I strongly believe in my philosophy has always been to stay at least 3 or 4 nights if I like the place and perhaps a week but then every now and then I will get the first train or bus out. I would rather make several visits to a country than try and do the whole country in one trip

I am afraid though there are times when an internal flight tempts me these days especially if the alternative is a long ferry trip. Old age is getting to me

100% support even if now and then I transgress

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Dec 11, 2022Liked by Stuart McDonald

I'm all in on this idea and support it 100%. Great to see change...real, practical change. Up the subscription price, it's worth it

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Dec 11, 2022Liked by Stuart McDonald

That's great. That will make our own attempts at ethical travel much more successful when we can get that info and be reminded to think about it. I’d love to get more information on how to travel without flying, once youkve done that initial flight. And all those extra little things we can learn from spending more time in fewer places, which is how I prefer to travel these days. Have a good time in Hue, one of my favourite places. I hope to get there next year too.

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Dec 11, 2022Liked by Stuart McDonald

Thank you Stuart. For your on going efforts. To encourage us all to think of consequences. I’ve appreciated your integrity with Travel/Couch Fish.

Travel on. Travel well.

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Dec 11, 2022Liked by Stuart McDonald

Like your thoughts and agree that we all have to take as much personal responsibility as possible to lessen impact - I will be keen to follow your journey and hope this thinking broadens!

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Dec 11, 2022Liked by Stuart McDonald

Bravo, Stuart! What a lot of thought has gone into the future of couch and travel fish. I’m sure it will produce interesting results - more power to your pen I mean laptop!

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These all sound like thoughtful and well thought out changes. Congrats on being so forward thinking!

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