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Vacation Ideas
The tiny house phenomenon is one of the most curious and captivating travel and living trends in the sustainable movement. But just what are tiny houses, and why are they fast becoming a social movement?  Put simply, this is part of a push to downsize our living spaces and to give up our regular-sized homes in...
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Eduardo Coelho Pousada Flutuante Uakari Floating Lodge
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 the Amazon – more specifically the 1,124,000 hectares between the Amazon and Japurá Rivers that houses endemic species such as...
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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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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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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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Ambassador for the Environment
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, which is affiliated with three of Ritz-Carlton’s Resorts (Maui, Grand Cayman, and Puerto Rico), and to better understand how the...
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Horse Blog
While I know my son was having a wonderful time at his summer camp in New Hampshire, I was still so glad to be able to have this extended road trip with my daughter, utilizing AirBnB properties along the way. During part one of this two-part series, I talked about our adventures from Georgia up...
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AirBnB Inspired Road Trip
As my son was packing up for another season at his summer camp in New Hampshire, I realized I had to do something to make these weeks special for my daughter too. So what better than a grand AirBnB inspired road trip! My daughter and I love animals and have been especially interested in raising...
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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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