This article was published by The Guardian, UK, in February 2008. If you're looking for a fair trade holiday, or want to know a little more about taking a break that helps sustain the communities through which you travel, you might want to check it out.
Here's an excerpt:
In other developing countries, there are lots of holidays that qualify, informally, as fair trade, but to find them you have to do the homework. One option is to stay in locally owned accommodation, such as homestays and community-run lodges, where the money you spend goes into the hands of local people. Another is to visit some of the Fairtrade coffee farms and tea plantations whose workers are opening up their homes to tourism to supplement their meagre income. Most are small-scale farmers who are passionate about their countryside and culture, and welcome you into their life.In Ghana, one of the places that would come closest to qualifying as a fair trade destination would be Green Turtle Lodge. Check them out here.
Lodges at Green Turtle. Photo courtesy of Green Turtle Lodge.