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Irene Lane
Sustainable Greece is making news – and not just because BlogTrotters last year featured its successful sustainable tourism practices in support of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, but because the Greek Millennial generation is choosing to incorporate sustainability into their careers.  In Greece, this generation is...
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Did you know there is a certification behind the value of carbon offsetting your vacation?  Since 1997, Green-e has set the standard for renewable energy in the United States and Canada as well as the standard for certification (and decertification if not continually compliant) of carbon offset programs, clean energy programs, and individual consumer brands that want to attract...
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Before departing for a family vacation on the Cayman Islands a couple of months ago, the overwhelming recommendation we received was to visit magical, fascinating Stingray City. For the uninitiated, Stingray City is a tourist attraction located in an area just to the north of Grand Cayman. Completely surrounded by open water, the natural and...
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Ecotourism
I’m constantly being asked What’s the best eco destination? and my answer is always It’s the destination that has placed emphasis on tourism that benefits local communities. Thankfully, unlike a decade ago, there are more examples of communities stakeholders that are banding together to discuss sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, youth education, as well as cultural and...
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Cuevas de Acsibi
Where are you going again?  Salta, I said.  It’s a province of Argentina that’s in the northwest of the country bordering Chile, Bolivia, and Paraguay, continuing my explanation.  Oh, that’s nice! Why?  Because given its position at the foot of the Andes Mountains, the area is filled with natural wonders, many of which are still undisturbed. And, I...
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Hiking from Chinchero to Urquillos
One thing that strikes you when hiking through Lares Valley toward Machu Picchu in Peru (besides the effect of the altitude on your body) is the rugged beauty of the terrain. With its varying shades of browns, tans, and greens punctuated with bright blue skies and an eerie stillness to the air, you can’t help...
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Seaside Village in Crete
What are the first thoughts or images that come to mind when you think of Greece?  Is it its beautiful clear waters and beaches?  Strikingly blue skies?  Its whitewashed buildings?  Music and dance?  Its history?  Contributions to philosophy and our political process?  Its delicious and healthy food?  Perhaps, is it all of these combined images...
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Logans Pass Continental Divide Glacier National Park
This past July, my husband and I biked through one of our nation’s most iconic parks, Glacier National Park. Just one year earlier, the park was ravaged by fire caused by persistent drought in the region.  Yet, this summer, signs of recovery – in the form of lots of sightings of bears, cougars, bald eagles...
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Bulgaria Girl near Belasitsa Nature Park
My first impression upon crossing the border from Macedonia to Bulgaria was of the sweetness of both the air (its smell of hyacinths) and people of Bulgaria.  Over the days, almost like a slowly blooming flower, I then began to discover its stunning vistas, burgeoning wine industry (not to mention their fantastic walnut liquor), variety...
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Green River Whitewater Rafting
Last month, I, along with my 11 year old son and some other family members, embarked on a multi-day whitewater rafting and camping adventure along the Green River that connects Colorado and Utah.   We considered ourselves to be relatively experienced for this trip given that I had participated in two days of whitewater rafting...
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