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Is It Ethical to Visit Countries with Human Rights Violations, by Sarah Dohrmann, Condé Nast Traveler

Pegi Vail, Once a Backpacker, Now Studies Them, by Diane Daniel, New York Times

Backpacker, Go Home: How Tourism Is Ruining Everything, by Lewis Beale, The Daily Beast

La Vanguardia, “La Contra” featured interview with director Pegi Vail by Ima Sanchis (in Spanish)

Travel + Leisure, Should Times Square Keep It’s Visitor Friendly Pedestrian Pavilions?by Samantha Shankman

Gringo Trails director Pegi Vail featured in “The Ultimate Bucket-List Travel Guide“, Wall Street Journal

Conscientização na Bagagem (in Portuguese) by Patrícia Santos, Com Ciência

The Appeal of Mass Tourism in the Age of Authentic Travel, SKIFT’s inaugural podcast featuring Gringo Trails Director Pegi Vail and Fred Dixon, CEO of New York’s tourism marketing organization NYC & Company

New York Times, Room for Debate “Smaller Footprints on the World’s Welcome Mats” Travelers Can Choose to Make a Difference Debate, Pegi Vail, Debater

Trail Knowledge: Making the World a Better Place, One Trip at a Time” Q&A with Pegi Vail and Costas Christ, Virtuoso Life Magazine
Reisen Wir Unsere Welt Kaputt? Travelbook
Our Split Personality, by Arnie Weissmann, Travel Weekly
7 Ways “Gringo Trails” Teaches Festivalgoers to be Thoughtful Travelers by Laura Baker-Finch, Cultivora
The 2014 Traveler 50: World’s Smartest Cities, The City to Watch in Africa by Pegi Vail
Night On Earth: Gringo Trails radio interview with She Fah Szetu, BFM Malaysia 
Gringo Trails review by Phillip Vannini, Visual Studies 29:3
4 Films that Can Prevent Destinations From Making Epic Tourism Mistakes by Doug Lansky, Skift
Gringo Trails/Interview on Director Talk
Gringo Trails Film Review by Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
Gringo Trails Film Review by Joshua Brunsting, Criterion Cast
‘Gringo Trails’ Explores the Complicated Business of Tourism by Cynthia Fuchs, Pop Matters
Trouble in Paradise by Brooke Lefferts, Today Show online
Filmmakers Explore Tourism’s Toll On Our Planet by Sandra Guzman, NBC News
Round Out Summer by Valarie D’Elia, NY1
Doc Gringo Trails Argues Why Backpackers Aren’t Too Different From Regular Tourists by Diana Clarke, Village Voice
Film Review: Gringo Trails by Eric Monder, Film Journal International
Tourists Gone WildNational Geographic Traveler
New York Times Fall Film Preview by Anita Gates
National Irish Radio program RTE 2fm Tubridy
Berliner Zeitung Was Backpacker Anrichten Können by Katharina Klöber
TVNZ TV One Good Morning live show, Gringo Trails director discussing film
Spiegel Online “Dokumentarfilm “Gringo Trails”: Vom Fluch des Reisens” by Eva-Maria Träger
Are Tourists Destroying the Planet–Or Saving It, by Nicole Eigbrett, RoosterGNN
F“Is the Party Over?” ‘Gringo Trails’ Shows the Destructiveness of World Travel” by Brooke Lefferts, Fox
National Geographic Weekend radio, Gringo Trails producers in conversation with host Boyd Matson.Podcast available here
Huffington Post, Travel section, Who Ruins the World? Travelers? by Adedana Ashebir
Green Global Travel, Bret Love’s Q&A with Gringo Trials director
Gringo Trails review by Luis Vivanco, Visual Anthropology Review, Vol. 30, Issue 1
la Repubblica, Italy, article (in Italian) by Simone Cosimi
CNN Travel section: “Don’t Go There? Film Chronicles Destruction of Travel” by Zoe Li
Love it to Death, by Arnie Weissmann in Travel Weekly
Article by Tamar Willerfort in Calcalist (Israel)
Gringo Trails and director interview featured in Globo (Brazil) article by Flávia Mantovani
Weather Channel article and interview by Stepanie Valera
Jan 18, 2014: Gringo Trails director live, 1st hour, on Rudy Maxa’s World nationally syndicated radio show, podcast available here
Gringo Trails director featured on Al Jazeera America’s Consider This TV program with Antonio Mora
Gringo Trails in Sunday Essentials article, A Wake Up Call on How to Travel Better by Michael Soncina
Gringo Trails director interviewed by host Andrew Patterson on RadioLIVE New Zealand, link to interview: RadioLIVE NZ
Gringo Trails featured on CNN CNN Travel, “Is Tourism Destroying the World article by Zoe Li. CNN TV interview with Isha Sesay on CNN TV’s Connect the World
Trail & Error” article on Gringo Trails by Kate Whitehead in South China Morning Post
Planet in Focus Film Review: Gringo Trails, by Francis Mckay in Cinema Axis
FERN TV interview with Fernando Fernandez
CP24 NEWS live interview in Toronto, 10:20PM with Director Pegi Vail by Jee-Yun Lee and Kyle Christie
NOW Toronto, Glenn Sumi gives Gringo Trails 5/5 N’s (Stars) in his Movie Review: “Tourism Trap”
Outside Magazine article by Mary Catherine O’Connor: “‘Gringo Trails’ Illuminates our Travel Footprint
Blog post by Deborah Dunn at Conde Nast Traveler “Film Festival Shows the Good, The Bad, and the Strange of Tourism”
Gadling (AOL) article by Pam Mandel “Gringo Trails: What Are Travelers Doing to the Places They Visit?”
We are thrilled to have signed with ICARUS FILMS for our North American Distribution! Press release here
GRINGO TRAILS Director Pegi Vail is the September featured profile on Rolf Potts’ Travel Writers series, discussing GRINGO TRAILS, traveling, and filmmaking.

Quotes about the film:

“Anthropologist Pegi Vail uses her academic background to excellent effect in her feature-film debut” —Hollywood Reporter

Gringo Trails depicts in sometimes shocking images, the bad, the ugly and yes, the good sides of tourism,  sparking much needed discussions about what it means to be a traveler” —National Geographic Traveler

“what tourists can and should do better” —Der Spiegel

“Beautifully edited; restrained… an undeniably powerful indictment.”Slant Magazine

“A gorgeously crafted piece of documentary filmmaking.”CriterionCast

“a film more than a decade in the making by American anthropologist Pegi Vail, looks at the effect of the unplanned or mismanaged growth of the tourism industry in developing countries.” —CNN International

“…absorbing look at how tourism has altered the ecology, geography and culture of some of the world’s most beautiful and remote areas…the cleverly edited and beautifully shot film ends on a hopeful note with the emergence of sustainable models.” —NOW Toronto

“Whether you’re an armchair traveler or you’re working through a bucket list of exotic destinations, it’s an important and moving film.” —Outside Magazine

“a fascinating and beautifully shot documentary called Gringo Trails about what happens to those faraway beaches, jungles, cultures after the crush of tourists arrive. It’s playing at the American Natural History Museum on Saturday, October 19, and should be required viewing for all thoughtful travelers.” —Conde Nast Traveler

“a thought-provoking documentary…that largely de-romanticizes a travel subculture that thrives on romanticized self-perception…but it’s not an anti-backpacker film. In fact, it ends on a hopeful, prescriptive note” —Travel Weekly

“It’s a compelling but tragic story: how all over the world we’re destroying the places we love by the very plentitude of our love, how pristine beaches and verdant rain forests and even remote deserts are being overwhelmed by great swarms of backpacking tourists. Pegi Vail is a genius at coaxing out all the small stories that add up at last to her terrible heartbreaking vision: the plague of too much us.” —George Green, writer/founder,  The Moth

“If you love to travel, and want to do it responsibly, see this wonderfully nuanced, funny film that shows the joy and horror of travel, and gives you a visa to some possible solutions.”  —Pamela Yates, documentary filmmaker