I was raised by a hippie dad who instilled a love of the great outdoors, but my 11-year-old daughter proudly declares she hates mud, swamps and forests. This called for something drastic: I bought tickets to the land Down Under. Australia had changed my life, why not hers?
Ogden, Utah is poised to become a popular year-round tourist destination for outdoorsy types who seek an alternative to Colorado’s saturated ski resorts and sky-high tourist towns. It features miles of hiking and mountain biking trails and two ski resorts, tucked into the valley of the Wasatch Mountains. But Ogden faces the same challenge as many nature-centered towns—how to best enjoy the natural world without exploiting it.
Andros Island, the least-developed and largest of the 700 islands and cays that make up the Bahamas, is just a 10-minute plane ride away from the mega-resorts, golf courses and party vibe of tourist-oriented New Providence Island. Andros supplies fresh water and workers to its high-profile neighbor, but has retained most of its natural resources and beauty.
To support the 13 elephants they’ve given sanctuary to, plus a large staff of trainers, a South African couple opened Camp Jabulani, an exclusive, luxury safari lodge that balances the impact of tourism with the demands of conservation.
Planning your next vacation? How about Nicaragua? Or Cambodia? What about Borneo? All of these destinations have thrown their names into the tourism market, thanks in large part to ecotourism, which the New York Times called "the buzzword of 2006." Here are 10 top rules for getting the best out of your ecotourism experience.
Every so often we need to interrupt our regular lives and go off and live in a tent. I don’t say this for the usual benefits associated with camping—the simpler living and getting close to the outdoors, though those things go far in renewing our perspective. More importantly, we need to spend time away from home, constructing a shelter at night, taking it down in the morning and moving on, because that gets us close to a truth we usually deny. We are merely passing through this life.
The Sadie Cove Wilderness Lodge, only 10 miles from the fishing village of Homer, Alaska, was world’s away from the rat race I was leaving behind….
New England’s coastal towns are some of America’s oldest, and few have a more storied or colorful past than Mystic, Connecticut in the southeastern part of the state. Wedged roughly half way between Boston and New York City, Mystic Harbor is filled with sailboats and surrounded by gently rolling hills and quaint, historic buildings.
Handspan Adventure Travel is using tourism to improve quality of life & environmental conditions for the most isolated, at-risk of Vietnam’s Hill Tribes.