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Family Travels: A Parsi in Iran, sustainable travel with kids


Travel has never been as popular or as easily accessible as it is today. As more and more people travel, there is – and increasingly so – a need to inculcate ‘responsible travel etiquette’. Our travels are, after all, increasing our collective carbon footprint and, more often than not, contributing to the slow destruction of the places we visit.     
The recent vandalization of a pillar, by two teenagers, at the World Heritage site of Hampi makes one wonder - what sort of young and future travellers are we raising and setting an example for? It’s time we instilled in our children a love for responsible travel so we asked Nitisha Agrawal to share a basic checklist and with this, we’re happy to start our section for travelling with kids.
 
We’re more than thrilled to feature our new destination – Iran. In a beautiful extract from what originally went out as a Christmas letter to friends and family, an Indian Parsi writes about a return to the land of his ancestors with a road trip through Iran. Khushroo Engineer's journey with family and friends takes us from the poet Hafiz’s mausoleum in Shiraz to Persepolis, an Armenian church with frescoes to rival the Vatican, a Fire Temple with female priests, across the great Iranian desert, and more.
 
This is our first newsletter of the year so we wish you and your family much travel, music, love, laughter, peace and merrymaking, or as the Parsis in India would say, ‘Majja ni life!’ (A life full of fun!).  And of responsible travel, of course.
 



STARTING YOUNG: Raising responsible travellers
Are we raising our kids to be responsible travellers? Conscious and sustainable travel needs to begin at home - Nitisha Agrawal of Children of Tribe shares a checklist for planning, packing and travelling. Read more




INSIDE IRAN
"We are Parsi-Zoroastrians. Our ancestors fled to India from Persia almost 1400 years ago..." In this beautiful extract from a Christmas letter, Khushroo Engineer writes about a return to his roots with a road trip through Iran. Read more


FROM THE ARCHIVES...



DANCING CAMELS AND CASH COWS
"Every year over 50,000 heads of cattle, camel and horses congregate in Nagaur, Rajasthan, to be bought, sold, danced, pranced or sometimes, just for fun." Travel Purist revisits Ashima Narain's evocative photo story as the Nagaur Cattle Fair 2019 comes to a close. Read more


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