Go green, you say?
Why, yes, of course. In this day and age there’s no reason not to go green by choosing eco-friendly options when you are planning your next trip or vacation. It’s easy to do the right thing while seeing the world if you know what to look for in terms of offsetting carbon emissions for air miles, booking green hotels and rental homes, and patronizing tour operators and other vendors who pay attention to sustainability.
Here are some ideas about where to go next while keeping a clean, green conscience…
It is possible to stand in the midst of a rainforest in Belize, surrounded by dripping trees and the cries of howler monkeys, and think that you’re in a particularly unspoiled corner of Costa Rica. Or maybe Brazil, before that country’s air was choked with smoke from burning trees and the ugly scars of clear-cuts. Possibly because of its small population of 200,000 scattered among 8,876 square miles of coastline, mountains and dense forests, Belize has escaped the headlong development that has marred so much of Latin America’s natural beauty. Even its largest metropolis, Belize City, is home to no more than 60,000 people.
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.
In just two decades, Freiburg, Germany, a sleepy 12th century village, has transformed into a progressive 21st century city that’s being called the world’s first eco-municipality.
In the Year of the Reef, Bonaire Offers Great Diving and Protected Coral In stark contrast to the runaway American-style construction on neighboring Aruba (McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, a water-intensive golf course and numerous American hotel chains), the island of Bonaire, in the Netherlands Antilles off the coast of Venezuela, remains a quiet getaway and […]
The Road Less Traveled: Riding the Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike
Visiting the homespun Chalalan Ecolodge in Bolivia.As we sped up the Tuichi River in a motorized canoe, scarlet macaws squawked by overhead; capybaras at the water’s edge defied my perceptions of rodents; and tapir’s footprints blemished the spotless sands. This was going to be no ordinary visit to the Amazon.
The Virgin Islands" Maho Bay puts conservation first.
Desert Oasis: Finding Nature and Community in Israel’s Eco Kibbutz
When traveling in Asia, with so many ancient and sacred sites such as temples and forests, it’s especially important to be respectful and preserve the places you visit.
A Greener Blue Lagoon Fiji's Turtle Island, the Setting for Brooke Shields' Blue Lagoon, Good for the Soul, Good for the Planet
Turtle Island Resort in Fiji — where Brooke Shields and company filmed the movie Blue Lagoon — goes green with solar power & hydroponic gardens…
Sleeping on a little boat, eating fresh acai and listening to locals is all part of the "community-based tourism" offered by Project Baggage in the Brazilian Amazon.
There’s no better way to get around Denmark’s capital and to see the sights than than by riding a bicycle…
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.
Traveling can be a challenge for those trying to lead an eco-friendly life. From room deodorizers and potpourri to non-organic breakfasts and sheets that reek of bleach, the typical overnight stay can seem so toxic you’d almost rather stay home. But no more. Over the past decade, there’s been a welcome rise in eco-friendly bed-and-breakfasts.
Ecuadoran Ecotourism Tries to Protect an Ancient Land Threading down the Capahuari River in an eight-passenger motorized canoe, tourists stare in awe at the dreadlock vines dipping into dung-colored waters along the river’s edge. Electric blue butterflies tickle the air and turtles slip from mottled logs. The only break in the wall of green comes […]
Thank Nutmeg for Grenada’s Unspoiled Beauty Grenada Board of Tourism Grenada is a relative newcomer on the tourism bandwagon, which explains why this lush, unspoiled Caribbean nation is such a well-kept secret. But not for long. As soon as nature lovers discover its rainforest hikes, white-sand beaches lapping warm turquoise seas, and private coastlines with […]
Millions of us anxiously await our summer vacations, but does getting out of dodge for some rest & relaxation have to mean forcing Earth to pay a toll?
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.
Carbon-neutral cruises by companies like Ecoventura offer a personal, planet-friendly view of the Galapagos Islands.
Sustainable Slopes: Aspen Skiing Company Makes the Environment Its Business
We set out to explore the more unexplored parts of Costa Rica, from a colorful city to a rainforest eco-lodge accessible only by boat.
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….
There’s much more to Mobile, Alabama than its rich cultural history, given the unusual ecosystems in and around town and lots of opportunities for adventure
Rediscovering Sierra Leone: Ecotourism Blooms in West Africa
Trail of the Whale: Tracking Gray Whales with EarthWatch in British Columbia Citizen Scientists Play Crucial Role in Research
EarthWatch volunteers are acting as citizen scientists in helping researchers uncover why grey whale numbers are way down along the coast of BC.
With hundreds of species going extinct every day in the world’s tropical rainforests, eco-travelers need to see Peru’s cradle of the world’s biodiversity while there are still intact tracts. Posada Amazonas, an eco-lodge along the Tambopata River deep in Peru’s Amazon basin, provides the ultimate jumping-off point to learn about the region’s wildlife and ecology, while also helping the local indigenous community make a sustainable living.
Eighty miles northeast of Guangzhou, Crosswaters Ecolodge & Spa — China’s first eco lodge — is a fusion of five-star comfort and eco-ambience…
Even the most remote trails in Nepal are littered with bright orange Kodak film boxes and granola bar wrappers. So what’s a solitdue-loving ecotourist to do? the best bet these days is to buy a ticket to Australia, where the population density is among the lowest in the world and the Outback offers thousands of square miles of untrampeled wilderness.
Next Time Don't Just Watch the Whales, Study Them Last year, Muriel Horacek spent two weeks camping in a cave in China as she monitored an endangered species of monkey. She has also radio-tracked cheetahs by airplane over Namibia, taken water samples from a rowboat in a German lake, and in St. Croix caught the […]
It is peaceful on Nonsuch Island, a 14-acre nature preserve at the eastern entrance to Bermuda’s Castle Harbor. Migratory songbirds flit through canopy trees, their calls disturbed only by the distant and distinctly incongruous whine from a motorcycle track on the mainland. With its Bermuda palmetto, olivewood and cedar forests, scuttling Sally Lightfoot crabs and nesting Bermuda petrel seabirds just offshore, the island represents a rare opportunity to experience Bermuda as its first visitors saw it.