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Vacation Ideas
off-the-grid style vacation home
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 is a great way to practice a self-reliant, sustainable lifestyle, but did you know you can build an off-the-grid vacation...
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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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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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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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