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Off-the-Grid Vacation Homes: Live Simply & Sustainably

Travel is all about getting away from life’s usual hustle and bustle, and one of the best ways to get away from everything is by staying in an off-the-grid vacation home.  Living off-the-grid in any capacity...
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How the Tiny House Travel Movement is Changing Everything!

The tiny house travel phenomenon is one of the most curious and captivating trends in the sustainable movement. But just what are tiny houses, and why are they fast becoming a social movement?  Put simply, this...
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Conservation Story Behind Uakari Lodge in the Brazilian Amazon

The link between conservation efforts and tourism in the Amazon became stronger after Rio Earth Summit in 1992. By then, the Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development was expanding its impact around a special floodplain forest area of...
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Empowering Your Child to be an Ambassador for the Environment – Putting Concepts into Action!

A few months ago, for our Spring Break, our family traveled to the Hawaiian island of Maui.  We chose Maui for a few reasons including the chance to experience Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ambassador for the Environment program,...
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Interview with Hopineo Founders – Now Spreading Sustainable Solutions in West Africa

Last year, I had the opportunity to meet game changer Florie Thielin of the Hopineo initiative, which endeavors to use the principles of the sharing economy to promote sustainable tourism.  In exchange for sharing best practices and...
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Madagascar Responsible Travel: Making a Difference in Local Communities

Across Africa, the transformational abilities of tourism have proven invaluable in helping to repair the relationship between people and planet. Sustainable certification standards, like those instituted by South Africa’s Fair Trade Tourism, have ushered in...
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Green Weekend Getaway to the Edge of the World, Fogo Island

As our plane landed at St. John’s Airport in Newfoundland, where we were ultimately headed to Fogo Island, we could hear the sound of joyful clapping and exhilarated Yahoo’s throughout the plane. That was a...
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Columbia University Climate Science Ecotourism Adventure

Looking for a unique way to ‘pay it forward’ and add to your resume with your sustainable travels? The Columbia University climate science program applies responsible tourism practices with practical scientific research.  The Bidoup Field...
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The Case for a Car-Free Island Vacation: Mackinac Island’s Grand Hotel Experience

The more I travel, the more I appreciate, downright relish, the unhurried feeling of a pedestrian zone, where locals and visitors alike can only traverse by foot or bicycle (or maybe by an old-fashioned horse-drawn...
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Practical Marketing Solutions – One Sustainable Hotel At a Time

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Florie Thielin at the Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Conference in Quito and learning more about the Hopineo initiative. It’s a deliciously simple, but an impactful...
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