WASTE NOT, WANT NOT
Ihope you had a blissful Eid break this week – and for those of you who worked while the rest of us relaxed, shopped or ate a buffet at your restaurant, thanks.
Summer’s arrived, and if that doesn’t quite mean long, lazy days, the schools being out often means fewer cars on the commute and a better chance at finding a parking spot close to your building entrance – and that’s what summer’s really all about, right?
The months ahead mean travel for many of us – heading home for some, including many of the readers who wrote in to tell us about the attractions of summer in their beloved hometowns. (The monsoon, chai and snacks make frequent appearances.) For others, it’s about new experiences. For that, look no further than page 56: Friday’s writer Melanie takes us on an evocative tour of Cambodia, which is becoming more and more accessible to tourists, even as it takes steps to preserve its incredible sites for generations to come. Cambodia is not alone in its struggle to balance allimportant tourist dollars with the need to take care of the reason people are visiting in the first place. If so many tourists visit a place that it becomes damaged or unpleasant, that’s clearly a problem. But then again, as more and more of us finally have the means to travel, does that mean we should we miss out because we didn’t get there first? It’s a real struggle for the world’s tourist hotspots, including Peru’s Machu Picchu, which from next month introduces restrictions on access to the site. Find out how on page 53.
A lot of the issue is about being responsible. This summer, Rome has banning eating and drinking near the Trevi Fountain (the fine is over 200 Euros!) because there is so much litter left by tourists. I can’t have a gelato because other people are litterbugs? Not cool.
Speaking of responsibility, deputy editor Mrinal Shekar zeroes in on the issue of food waste – something we are likely all guilty of. You wouldn’t believe the environmental impact throwing away tonnes of food has – globally, it creates nearly as much CO2 as China. There’s also a humanitarian aspect. But change is coming – find out how hotels, supermarkets and government are bringing it about right here on page 18.