It is the holidays, where are you heading off to this time?


As 2018 approaches, TDE is very lucky and excited to have a new IYOR2018 intern, Talia Wong, to help us with a series of articles and posts for the next 3 months! Thank you Ria, Wild Singapore and the rest of the IYOR2018 team for making this possible! Here’s Talia’s very first post of the series:

It is the holidays, where are you heading off to this time?

Short getaways and long-haul travels are increasingly turning into an everyday conversation starter among people today. Almost every day, it seems like at least one person we know or heard or seen on social media is packing up and going overseas – be it for business or leisure. A few days ago, Changi Airport celebrated their new record of 60 million passengers received, a 10 million rise from 5 years ago. Built to accommodate a progressively mobile generation, Singapore has already braced itself for more international arrivals and domestic departures with the recent opening of Terminal 4 in late October this year.   

Along with the advancement of transport technology and the Internet, people have become more digitally connected and mobile. A booking is just a screen tap away. This is particularly so for the millennials born in the early 1980s to early 2000s who currently make up 1.8 billion of the world’s population, the largest and youngest generation with disposable income. Now that more people are digitally savvy, educated and mobile, many of them are on the search for enriching, soul stirring personal experiences that speaks to their values and interests which are usually found overseas.

Consequently, we see the rise of niche tourism sectors such as ecotourism, voluntourism, adventure tourism, photographic tourism and the list goes on.  

Travelling has become a part and parcel of our lives and a privilege many of us feel entitled to. However, we often fail to note what goes on behind picture perfect postcard visuals circulated by travel agencies, hotels and more significantly today, travel influencers on social media. We are left desiring and consuming more of what is shown to us that we forget how damaging the tourism sector can be environmentally and socially.  

Over the next 3 months, we will be covering a 4-part series also known as BRASS: be responsible, be aware, be smart and be sensitive. Each theme will run the course of 3 weeks here at The Dorsal Effect.  2_Photo2

We start off the series with the tourism sector and how it ties in with The Dorsal Effect’s aims with responsible ecotourism and then linking it to the issue of trash and pollution which comes along with irresponsible behaviour. After which, the topic of consumerism will be broken down into 2 segments on the supply and demand side: (i) sustainable seafood industry (ii) consumers. Lastly, we should not and did not forget about the local community and how they play a vital role in filling the gaps of responsible tourism.

We hope that you’re looking forward to digestible, information-packed and engaging articles that we’ll be sharing on our socials.

And as Kathy puts it, “(A)wareness should be empowering and not disillusioning.

Till then!


Neo, Elizabeth. “Changi Airport Hits Record 60 Million Passengers In 2017.” Channel Newsasia, 2017,

TAN, AUDREY. “‘Voluntours’ Growing In Popularity In Singapore.” The Straits Times, 2017,

“Young And Ready To Travel (And Shop).” Nielsen.Com, 2017,


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