Friday - - Editor’s Letter - Natalie Long Editor nlong@gulfnews.com

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.

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