Month

January 2012
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What does the term “obtained a qualified third party eco-certification” really mean to travelers? Is it a “green” seal of approval? Does it mean that a tourism supplier is also operating in a sustainable, responsible, local and eco manner too? In a newly released Greenloons Consumer Guide to Eco-Certifications, we explain that lure of playing...
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Egypt has always captivated me not just because of the uprising that started one year ago today, but because a few generations of my family years ago lived in Alexandria, Egypt located north on the Mediterranean Sea. I grew up with stories about pashas, long walks along the Corniche, and, of course, huge family Sunday...
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Ten years ago, my husband and I went to Thailand for our honeymoon. While we were enthralled by the vibrancy of Bangkok and the lushness of Phuket, environmental responsibility was definitely not the first adjective that came to mind during our travels – instead we could describe Thailand’s phenomenal food, extraordinarily friendly people, scarily bad...
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You cannot go very far today without seeing the words green, sustainable and eco attached to attractive marketing slogans and photos for ecotourism vacation destinations.  And, within the tourism industry, where surveys have indicated that consumers are willing to pay a premium for a product when they are aware that an organization is environmentally conscious,...
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It’s that time of year when winter doldrums turn to revelry and fun in New Orleans. Considered to be the biggest free show on earth, Mardi Gras or “Fat Tuesday”, signifying the last celebration before Lent, will be held this year on February 21. But Mardi Gras is not the only day of festivities. The...
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We had visited Thailand twice before, but on our last trip in December we wanted to experience something different, going local and getting away from the overdeveloped tourist centres. Having been recommended a Thai holiday villa called Gecko Villa, we booked a week with them.  Connecting directly through to the northeastern city of Udon Thani...
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Swimming along the shore of Alonissos Greece
Like many of us during this time of year, I love taking the time to reflect on how well my plans compared to reality, and, more importantly, how grateful I am for the little surprises that came along the way in 2011. One such surprise was during our family trip to the small Aegean island...
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