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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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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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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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Hopineo West Africa Tour
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 providing specific recommendations for how responsible hotels and tourism boards can enhance their efforts, Hopineo provides access to experienced sustainability...
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Petra
My journey to Jordan began in 2005.  Having never travelled to the Middle East, the first time I looked at a map of where Jordan was, I was a little unsure what to expect. However, within moments of arriving at Queen Alia Airport, I felt welcome and happy to be there. Ten years later and...
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Monte Rufeno Olive Picking
As we walked along the short trail back from the olive grove in Lazio, I began to smell fresh mint and other aromatic herbs underfoot, wildly growing on the side of the farmhouse, and instantly felt transported to a simpler time when families had to grow their own food and raise their own livestock to...
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Fogo Island Edge of the World
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 surprise to me because other than taking overseas flights to Athens, Greece (where it’s common to clap and make the...
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Wild Atlantic Way Scene
There’s so much that surprised me during my trip to Ireland last October from the people (extraordinarily friendly souls who have a penchant for going out of their way to help others) to the vistas (there’s a reason people call it the Emerald Isle) to the music (celebrating humanity’s full range of emotions from sadness...
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