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Travel the Slow Road

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | July 28th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living, Personal Growth | tags: Eco Travel, eco-travelers, family memories, family-travel, family-vacations, holiday, journey, nature travels, nature trips, road trip, Slow Travel, tourist, travel, traveler, travelers, travels, trip, trips, vacation

Sometimes the detour makes the trip.

“The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”
~G.K. Chesterton

Slow has become a four-letter word in our accelerated culture. And yet … when it comes to travel, how can we possibly expect to truly experience a place at a breakneck pace? How can we savor a blur?

My husband and I are currently planning a mini-break. With three kids, three dogs, three cats (see a pattern developing here?), we’re lucky to escape at all, but we’re working toward a three-day getaway.

But as we plan, we’re recalling our most memorable trips, hoping to recapture whatever made them great.

And we discovered the common denominator: In every instance that we remember as truly outstanding, we were doing something other than what we had planned … and we were taking our time.

5 Rules to Reinvent Your Next Road Trip

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | July 6th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: Eco Travel, green trips, road trip, travel, travelers, trip, vacation

Road Trip Queen: That’s me. Give me a car, a map, a debit card and some new discoveries to satiate my quest for novelty and you’ve got the makings of a happy traveler here. I’ve logged over 150,000 miles on road trips across North America, so I think one could safely say I’ve learned a thing or two about how to do it right.

If these remaining weeks of summer are tempting you to hit the highway in pursuit of some relatively cheap freedom, here are my top “road rules” to make your trip the best it can be.

Eco-Travelers: Help World Wildlife Fund Protect the Planet

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | January 26th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: 50th anniversary, animals, charity, conservation, donation, Eco Travel, ecology, endangered-species, energy, environment, extinction, facebook, fundraiser, natural-habitat-adventures, nature, pollution, preservation, renewable, resources, sustainable, threatened, travel, trips, water, World Wildlife Fund

Kodiak bear fishing for salmon

Anyone who has ever watched a brown bear fish, or an elephant wallow in a water hole, or a curious sea lion come face to face with a snorkeler, knows that one of the highlights of eco-travel is close encounters with wildlife in natural settings.

Could Plastic Water Bottles Be Better for Nature Enthusiasts?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | December 29th, 2010 | 12 Comments
topic: Detox, Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: bottled water, carbon emissions, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, China, Churchill, CO2, crude oil, Eco Travel, eco-friendly, environment, environmentally friendly, fleece, garbage, Great Pacific Garbage Patch, health, hiking, landfills, nature, nature enthusiasts, oil, pet, plastic, plastic bottles, polar-bears, polyethylene terephthalate, recycling, reusable, stainless steel, stainless steel water bottles, tap, toxins, travel, waste, water bottles

Polar Bear in Chuchill

In the ten years since I’ve been embarking on nature travels, I’ve seen a lot of outdoor gear evolve. Hiking boots, thermal undergarments and GPS units are just some of the items that have undergone striking advances.

But the one essential piece of outdoor equipment that has gone through a gamut of changes, caused the most controversy and been the most intriguing is the water bottle.

Collared, Banded and Tagged: Are We Overtracking Wildlife?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | October 26th, 2010 | 5 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: bird banding, Eco Travel, elk, endangered-species, environment, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, Natural Habitat, nature, radio collaring, radio telemetry, research, tagging, Terry Tempest Williams, tracking, travel, whooping cranes, wild animals, wildlife, Wisconsin, wolves, Yellowstone National Park

Ever since they were reintroduced to Wisconsin in 1995, I’ve wanted to see an elk in my home state. Last month, my dream was realized when I spotted three of them during a trip to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin’s Northwoods. One evening, while driving slowly up and down the forest roads at dusk, my husband and I saw three elk crossing the pavement ahead of us.

Five Islands That Insist You Leave Your Car — and Your Cares — Behind

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | October 7th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: Avalon Bay, bed-and-breakfast, bicycle, boats, Boothbay Harbor, California, car-free, Catalina Island, Chesapeake Bay, coast, Eco Travel, Fire Island, fishing, Great Lakes, hiking, horse-drawn carriage, hotels, islands, kayak, lobster, Los Angeles, Mackinac Island, Maine, Michigan, Monhegan Island, New York, ocean, Sailor’s Haven, seafood, Sunken Forest, Tangier Island, trip, vacation, Virginia, wharf

Avalon Bay, Catalina Island

Avalon Bay, Catalina Island. Credit: Catalina Chamber of Commerce

Though eco-travelers may be enthused about renting greener cars or making their road trips more environmentally friendly, sometimes it feels best to leave the car behind altogether. To that end, I’ve put together this introductory list of “car-free islands” in the U.S. There’s no better time than fall to discover them, when summer crowds have flocked back to the mainland, and these idyllic isles welcome slower-paced travelers yearning for a serene getaway.

Are Animals Taking the Blame for Our Bad Behavior?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | September 27th, 2010 | 6 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: animals, Bryce Canyon National Park, buffalo, camping, Coyote, Eco Travel, environment, Glacier National Park, grizzly bears, hiking, hoodoos, Idaho, Katmai National Park, Montana, national parks, nature, Paiutes, wildlife, Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

There are many Native American stories regarding the stunning red, orange and white hoodoos in Utah’s Bryce Canyon National Park. The Paiute Indians call the park Unka-timpe-wa-wince-pockich — which means “red rocks standing like men in a bowl-shaped canyon.” According to one of their myths, a long time ago a group of people moved into the area and made Coyote angry with their bad behavior. Coyote put a curse on the people, turning them to stone. The canyon’s hoodoos are these Legend People.

Speak up for Green Travel

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | August 25th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: carbon emissions, Eco Travel, eco-travelers, environmentally friendly, green-travel, survey, sustainability

Picture of the Earth

Eco-travel is a rapidly growing sector of the travel industry. From cruise lines to rental cars to adventure tour providers, many businesses are trying to capitalize on a perceived consumer desire for a greener on-the-go experience. Hotel guests are encouraged to re-hang their used towels. Cruise ships recycle millions of plastic bottles each week. Tour operators offset carbon output for the individual guests on their trips.

Back to Nature: 5 Reasons to Go Backpacking

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | August 5th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: adventure, backpacking, camp, camping, Eco Travel, environment, nature, travel

On Christmas morning in 1969, I opened a large package to find a new light-blue Jansport backpack, sized just right for a second-grader. I wasn’t too excited by my present then, but on its inaugural outing the next summer — a gentle 5-mile round-trip along the Baker River in Washington’s North Cascades — I began to discover the gifts that wilderness camping could bring.

8 Ocean Dwellers to Meet on Your Next Eco-Adventure

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | June 3rd, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Eco Travel | tags: adventure, alaska, earth, Eco Travel, fish, mexico, ocean, sea lions, snorkling, south america, whales

humpback whale breaching in Alaska

I finally saw Disneynature’s new film, Oceans, the studio’s follow-up to last year’s acclaimed Earth, an equally dazzling visual tour-de-force. If it’s still on a big screen near you, dash out and see it while you can. Then, consider the suggestions below for an offshore vacation to awaken your eco-sensitivity.