Ecotravel/Ecotourism

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Train Travel

By now everyone knows that travel = carbon dioxide, the primary guilty party when it comes to global warming. How can we better balance our desires and needs to get from one place to another, and still minimize the carbon footprint we make on the planet? By taking the train, of course! The benefits of […]

March 30th

Luggage with an Eco Conscience

For the eco-conscious traveler, choosing green luggage saves pollutants from entering the air and environment. It also supports merchants and producers who use organic fabrics, sell locally, believe in fair trade, and don’t utilize sweatshops or child labor. Conventional Luggage Alternative Options Luggage with a Conscience Luggage—An Environmental Weight On Our Shoulders The standard suitcase, […]

March 30th

Eco Cruising is a Breeze

Cruises are getting greener thanks to new technology and industry interest. An industry-wide shift towards cleaner tech hints of a future propelled by hydrogen-powered ships.  Hydrogen is made from water and releases water vapor and electricity, not carbon. A hydrogen future is not the only green thing setting sail for this industry… The Ocean Conservation […]

March 30th

Lighter Land Travel

If you plan on traveling long distances and need to rent a car, request a hybrid. According to Fuel Economy, the 2008 Toyota Prius gets an average of 46 miles per gallon.  Most standard vehicles get around 20 miles per gallon. To get the best gas mileage, be sure to: Inflate your tires Get regular […]

March 30th

Tips for a Greener Flight

For many travelers, traveling by plane is the most economic and efficient way to get from here to there. Unfortunately, plane travel releases massive amounts of carbon into the air and environment. Here are a few simple ways to reduce your airbound carbon footprint… Carbon Offsetting.  Many airlines such as British Airways and online travel […]

March 30th

Selecting Eco-friendly Accommodations

In the past the hotel, lodging, and travel industry was renowned for what many perceived as a startling lack of concern for the environment—the excessive consumption of energy and water alone could make the socially responsible tourist forgo these wasteful accommodations. Fortunately, visionaries in the industry recognize the importance of being green and many companies […]

March 30th

Local Ecotravel

Ecotourism frequently conjures up images of untouched, exotic corners of the Brazilian rainforest or unimaginably pristine coves on the coast of South Africa. Local eco travelers can create a similar experience closer to home, without adding tonnes of carbon to their travel footprint… The Closer to Home, The Greener You Go In very basic terms, […]

March 30th

International Ecotouring

International travel has long been considered a luxury.  The pricey plane tickets, the time it takes to cross time zones and oceans, and the expense of transportation and accommodations all add up to an intimidating sum. The recent rise in eco touring opportunities gives international adventurers unique alternatives when it comes to learning about a […]

March 30th

Eco Friendly Air Travel of the Future

The airline industry’s rapid growth over the last several years has made long-distance travel more accessible to us now than in the past.  The downside is that the more we travel, the more we increase our carbon footprint.  The next time you plan a vacation that involves boarding a plane, consider what you can do […]

December 18th

Ecotourism and Adventure Travel

Are you an avid adventure-seeker with an international travel bug?  Maybe you’d love to fly to foreign, exotic places or set sail on a cruise ship to maximize your vacation’s relaxation potential?  Maybe you’d like to travel while you help the world become a better place. If you’re looking to have a great time and […]

December 18th

Ecotravel and Green Vacations

Vacations consist of more than congested jet airliners and smog-filled cities.  While tourism is often pointed to as a big contributor to global warming, it’s important to understand that travel wears many faces.  There will always be a place for those who like to bake on the beach and lounge at the resort, but The […]

December 18th

Eco Tourism Africa: A Real Adventure!

Eco tourism is big business in Africa and there are many tourism companies claiming to promote it.  Although some companies are greenwashed, there are many that are legitimately working to promote environmental responsibility. One such company is Natural Habitat Adventures, which is the first carbon neutral travel enterprise established.  Being carbon neutral means that a company has paid to […]

October 22nd

Eco Tourism Belize: A Beautiful Natural World to Explore

Belize has a wonderfully unique, yet fragile ecosystem that natives are anxious to preserve.  With the recent boost in tourism to this country, Belize has established BETA, or the Belize Eco Tourism Association, with a code of conduct designed to reduce the impact of visitors on the environment. This code of conduct commits its members to […]

October 22nd

Eco Travel Mexico

Mexico offers a kaleidoscope of natural wonders, from the Caribbean ocean to the mountains.  Preserving this natural heritage is a must and there are several eco travel companies dedicated to this cause. One such firm is Ecocolors, which offers tours throughout Mexico, including the Yucatan Peninsula.  Ecocolors has a strict code of ethics for its customers, which […]

October 22nd

New UK Magazine Challenges Travelers to Go Green

Are you a confirmed green living advocate?  What about your vacations?  Jamble Magazine is challenging all who care about the earth to make their next vacation one firmly rooted in environmentally friendly ideals.  Jamble challenges the idea that taking a green vacation means staying in a hut in the middle of nowhere, and instead, encourages […]

October 22nd

Pamper Yourself: Try A Green Spa

If you love being pampered and you’re committed to being green, you’re in luck.  With the rising U.S. trend of green spas dedicated to the use of natural materials in both their buildings and their treatments, there’s no reason why you can’t indulge in relaxing, luxurious treatments that also pamper the planet . . . One of the top-rated […]

October 22nd