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Adventure Travel
Water trek from La Gaulette to Ile aux Benitiers © Mauritius Conscious
I first landed in Mauritius three years ago and, I haven’t left ever since.  My friends and family back in Mexico think that the green-blue waters and year-round perfect weather allured me to stay. “You are lucky”, most people say.  And indeed I am; not because of the promised paradise Mark Twain once wrote about,...
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LittlePetra_Jordan
Have you had some trepidation when thinking about traveling to Jordan? After visiting more than 46 countries, may I say that your fear is unwarranted as visiting Jordan this past May was one of the best travel experiences I have ever had!  As a result of being at the junction of Europe, Africa, and Asia, Jordan...
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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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Azores
Lots of people have a very mainstream view of ecotourism, imagining the same old destinations when the word ‘sustainable tourism’ comes to mind. But the real hardcore eco-warriors of the world, who are more informed on such issues, know that ecotourism can occur practically anywhere. You can make a difference at all corners of the...
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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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Rock Climbing Outside Skopje
When I was four years old, my family moved from Athens, Greece to Lausanne, Switzerland so that my father could pursue a career opportunity. Thinking that it would be a fun adventure, my parents decided to drive to Switzerland through Yugoslavia.  All I remember from that mid-1970s road trip was seeing lots of mountains. However,...
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