Category Archives Traveling Responsibly

We travel because we love to explore the world. And, sometimes, when we stop and think about it, we realize it would be a tragedy if future generations didn’t get to enjoy it. That’s why a lot of travelers are embracing the concept of sustainable travel. Sustainable Travel International defines “Sustainable Travel” as an initiative to protect local communities across…

You’re traveling, and one of the very first questions you’re going to ask is “how’s the weather there?” And the answer to the question is “not as stable as it used to be.” Scientists assure us that global warming is real, and we can see it more and more frequently as extreme weather sweeps around the globe, whether it’s in…

Earth Day – the day set aside to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s environment, is less than three weeks away – April 22nd. There are plenty of ways to honor the occasion; community clean-ups are obviously popular. And it’s a great opportunity for a weekend ecotourism getaway. Ecotourism focuses on socially responsible travel, personal growth, and environmental sustainability.…

Spring Break is upon us. Students everywhere are giddy with excitement. Parents everywhere are convincing themselves that what they don’t know can’t hurt them. We all know that your week in Cancun, or heaven forbid,  Vang Vieng in Laos, will not be the healthiest week of your life. And that’s fine. It’s what Spring Break is all about. But there’s…

Nominations close in less than four weeks for ecotourism lodges you may have visited that demonstrate outstanding achievement in responsible tourism. There are awards in thirteen categories and all are judged on their commitment to conserving cultural heritage, preserving local environments and contributing to the sustainable livelihoods of local people. Since 2004 members of the public have nominated over 10,000…

Study abroad programs offer increasing numbers of college students the opportunity to be immersed in a new culture, learn a foreign language and travel around the world.  According to recent studies, study abroad programs also afford them the opportunity to increase their alcohol consumption.  In a study following 177 overseas scholars, University of Washington researchers found that students doubled how…

We don’t need more motivation to keep blogging in 2011, but we got a jolt when we came across a recent survey of international travelers published in The Journal of Travel Medicine (Volume 17, Issue 6, pages 387-391, November/December 2010). Researchers surveyed over 1,200 international airline passengers in Boston’s Logan Airport to gauge their “Pre-travel Health Advice Behavior”. The results…

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) has published its 2010-2011 Travel Green Guide, a lengthy listing of eco-tour companies and lodge owners in all corners of the world. There are more than 200 entries to explore if your New Year’s resolutions include visiting venues that connect you with healthy environments. It’s free, and it also includes directories for eco-tourism professionals, associations,…

As we start thinking about summer vacation plans (ok, I am a little behind schedule here), I thought it might be helpful to post some links to a couple of interesting articles I read recently. The first introduced me to the word “mancation,” a term that is new to me, but supposedly coined back in 2002.  My first reaction to…

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