Should You Visit Haiti? What You Need to Know Before You Go
International travel to Haiti may very well be having a moment. According to the World Bank, from 2004 to 2014, the number of international travelers arriving in Haiti increased nearly 263 percent. Despite devastating setbacks like the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew this year, Haiti is working hard to add itself to the list of must-visit Caribbean destinations. So should you go? And how can you visit ethically?
Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.
Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The pretty colours are a mask for the challenges facing the Jalousie slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The neighbourhood of 50,000 sits on a secondary fault line and is without any water or sanitation system. (Chuck Bigger)
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