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Hi, am Dr Hayley Stainton

I’ve been travelling, studying and teaching travel and tourism since I was 16. Through Tourism Teacher I share my knowledge on the principles and practice of travel and tourism management from both an academic and practical perspective.

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Spring vacation: What is it + why do we have it?

Spring vacation, also known as spring break, is a popular phenomenon in the USA. But for those of us who are based elsewhere in the world, it is often an unknown concept. In fact, for many of us, it is something that we see only in the movies or on our favourite TV...

10 must-see Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK

There are many must-see Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the UK. Whether you are exploring the UK from overseas or looking for the perfect staycation, there are plenty of rural tourism destinations to keep you busy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In this...

The shocking truth about elephant riding in Thailand

Elephant riding in Thailand has become somewhat controversial in recent years. When I first went backpacking back in 2011 it was a right of passage to climb onto an elephant's back and to be paraded along the street. But nowadays, things are very different. Society...

6 reasons why you should NEVER swim with dolphins

You should never swim with dolphins in captivity. This in an unethical form of wildlife tourism that is cruel to the dolphins. Yes, you might get some cool photos, heck- you can even get these printed onto a key ring or the mug that you use for your morning coffee...

Volunteer tourism: Everything you need to know

Volunteer tourism is a growing industry. A type of niche tourism, it attracts people who want to gain valuable experience, 'do something good' or enhance their CV. But what exactly does volunteer tourism entail? The volunteer tourism industry has been substantially...