With ethical tourism in mind and our hearts in the right place, we convince ourselves that we are contributing to communities in far-flung destinations. We tell others that travel has enlightened us and has allowed us to experience other cultures. We say we are doing something good, pat ourselves on the back and oftentimes put no more thought into the subject. Yes, it creates jobs and provides a (sometimes) steady influx of money to towns that may direly need it. But tourism also brings with it corruption, pollution, over-development, westernization, exploitation, and a cycle of dependence.