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Are You an Eco-Traveler? | 5 Steps to Plan Your Next Adventure

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | January 6th, 2014 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living, Green Tech | tags: eco-friendly, eco-friendly trips, eco-friendly vacations, ecotourism, environmentalism, green-travel, guidebooks, natural-habitat-adventures, trip, vacation

Ecotourism. It’s a term travel marketers love, but what does it really mean?

Ecotourism involves more than just exploring nature or viewing wildlife, which on its own does not always contribute to the welfare of a place and its inhabitants.  Indeed, some destinations, such as the Galapagos Islands, are at risk of being ‘loved too much.’

At its heart, ecotourism involves “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people,” according to the International Ecotourism Society.

With this in mind, consider whether your travel plans include the following principles and practices that are central to ecotourism that makes a positive difference:

6 African Safari Eco-Camps to Take Your Breath Away

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | April 5th, 2012 | 4 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: African safari, Botswana, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, camping, conservation, Eco Travel, ecotourism, elephants, endangered-species, Gorilla Forest Camp, Great Plains Conservation, green-travel, Himba tribe, Kalamu Star Bed Camp, Kalamu Walking Trail, Kenya, Leleshwa Camp, lions, Masai Mara game reserve, mountain gorillas, Namibia, National Geographic, natural-habitat-adventures, night sky, Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, sea turtles, Serra Cafema, South Africa, stars, summer vacation, The Last Lions, Tigers, treehouses, Uganda, wildlife safari, Zambia, Zarafa Camp

Elephant at Zarafa Camp, Botswana

If you’re contemplating an African safari, no doubt it’s the extraordinary wildlife that’s top draw. But many safari camps and lodges are highlights in their own right. While most are not for the faint of budget, they are peerless when it comes to enhancing the “trip of a lifetime”!

As more safari operations “go green” by committing to environmental and community sustainability, the selection of alluring eco-minded camps and lodges continues to grow. Here are six that will have you online in a heartbeat to secure your deluxe tent beneath the stars — or at least daydreaming about it.

Travel That Gives Back: This Earth Day, Plan a Voluntourism Vacation

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | April 21st, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Giving Back, Green Living | tags: africa, agriculture, Aisa, Baja Peninsula, Belize, Bifengxia Panda Center, building projects, Cape Coast, charity, China, community development, conservation, Cotton Tree Lodge, Earth Day, elephant sanctuary, endangered-species, environmental education, environmental protection, europe, GAP Adventures, GeoVisions, Ghana, giving back, Global Volunteer Network, Go Abroad, Go Eco, gray whales, green-travel, Grupo Tortuguero, i to i Volunteer & Adventure Travel, Institute for Field Research Expeditions, International Student Volunteers, international trips, kids, Lonely Planet, Magadalena Bay, mexico, NGOs, nonprofits, Organic Chocolate Farm, Panda Conservation Adventure, ProWorld, recycling, sanitation, sea turtles, service work, Sichuan province, south america, Sri Lanka, Sustainable Harvest International, teaching, volunteer vacation, volunteering, voluntourism, VolunTourism.org, waste management, wildlife, youth

Measuring a sea turtle

As Julio hauled the net into our skiff, we spied a green sea turtle ensnared in the mesh. In this case, we were happy to see our captive: Julio is the Magadalena Baykeeper on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, and part of his job is working with Grupo Tortuguero — the world’s foremost sea turtle conservation group — to capture, study and release endangered turtles in order to help ensure their future.

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.

Ecotourism: The Real Deal or Greenwashing?

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | August 13th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: eco, Eco Travel, eco-conscious, eco-friendly vacations, ecotourism, green-travel, greenwashing, responsible travel, traveling, vacations

ecotravel-photo

“Eco” as a prefix has gained some potent marketing cachet for all sorts of goods and services in recent years, not least for travel. Nearly every jungle accommodation in Costa Rica seems to bill itself as an “eco-lodge,” for instance, and ecotourism is promoted as an important, even essential, means of protecting species and habitats.

One Flight = HOW Much CO2?! Slashing my holiday footprint …

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | December 3rd, 2008 | 5 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: air travel, carbon-footprint, climate change, green-travel, holiday travel

I did the math in my head. We have one car that barely gets driven, a TV and DVD player that get unplugged when not in use, plus a diet free of meat — and I have to admit that I was feeling a bit overconfident when I plugged my numbers into the carbon calculator at www.carbonfootprint.com.

Rules of the Road Trip

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | August 20th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: green-travel, healthy-eating, organic food

I just got back from an 11-day visit to my mom’s house in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Normally, this visit is call for an orgy of cheese-laden enchiladas, deep-fried sopaipillas smothered in honey, and chips and salsa with every meal. But, since I was with my toddler daughter, I had to exercise restraint. And, being away from our own well-stocked refrigerator and regular routine made me realize how easy it is to let a vacation mood (even when you’re staying with family) interfere with your best-intentioned eating habits.

Welcome: Let’s Explore the World

Wendy Worrall Redal by Wendy Worrall Redal | March 19th, 2008 | No Comments
topic: Eco Travel | tags: green-travel, wp

Welcome to Gaiam’s eco-travel blog. I am delighted to host this virtual journey toward a fresh and conscientious engagement with the world’s wonders.  We’ll explore ways to travel more lightly upon the land, look at new developments in “greening” travel, and discover intriguing destinations, ecologically minded lodgings and enticing eats. I’ll share a mix of news blurbs and personal stories, and invite you to join in with your own reflections and helpful information for fellow travelers.