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Broke Fordwich – Winemaking the Local Way in the Hunter Valley, Australia

  • Francesca Baker
  • 31 March 2014

In the Hunter Valley of Australia, Broke Fordwich is where the winemaking community has a local and natural feel, but the wine is no less delicious because of it. Here there is respect and responsibility for working within the limitations of the surroundings abundance, and the knowledge of the effect that it will have upon a finished product, is striking.

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Hiking in Guatemala’s Mountains of the Ixil Region

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 23 March 2014

Central America’s steep and often volcanic terrain abounds with hiking opportunities, but the higher-elevation scenery of the Ixil region in Guatemala offers an exciting chance to escape from the usual lowland tourist trails. The best point of departure is Nebaj, the main city in the Guatemalan department of El Quiché.

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Responsible Travel Week 2014. It’s On Right Now, So You’re Not Too Late

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 13 February 2014

This week, from February 10 to 16, 2014, is Responsible Travel Week, the sixth annual online unconference focusing on responsible travel. It’s free to take part, and there’s no jet lag, as all events occur online and around the world through local events organized by participants. Look for (and use!) the #rtweek14 hashtag.

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Zip Lines in Costa Rica: A Sustainable Alternative to Deforestation

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 3 February 2014

Rainforests deserve all the positive notice they can get, even including when seen from zip lines in Costa Rica suspended between towering first-growth trees. That might seem like an odd logical leap, but all efforts to conserve existing forests and regenerate degraded lands merit a closer look. This is especially true in places like Costa Rica.

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Petrópolis, Brazil: Strong on History and Nature

  • Alexandra Branscombe
  • 14 January 2014

Lacking the aggressive tourism practices found in Rio de Janeiro, Petrópolis is delightfully free of pressure. Visitors here find a more wholesome and native Brazilian experience, whether it involves walking the same cobblestone streets that the Brazilian imperial family once did or gazing out at the Atlantic Rainforest from the top of a mountain.

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Alto Hotel – Carbon-Neutral in Melbourne, Australia

  • Francesca Baker
  • 7 January 2014

Melbourne is one of the greenest cities in the world. Well on target to carbon neutrality by 2020, it has won numerous accolades. Green walls surround buildings, recycling bins are everywhere, and trams and city bikes are normal ways to commute. Located in the very heart of the city, is Alto Hotel, the region’s first carbon-neutral hotel.

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Happy New Year 2014 – A Ployglot’s Pleasure

  • The Travel Word
  • 1 January 2014

Here it is: ‘Happy New Year’ in as many languages as we could assemble. If something’s missing or not quite right, please let us know so that we can correct it next year!

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Something in the Water and Air: Costa Rica’s Pura Vida – A Portrait of Glenn Jampol

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 18 December 2013

This is the first in a series of portraits, long and short, of some of the people I met and places I visited during a recent trip to Costa Rica. Like Glenn Jampol (the focus of this article), the subjects were chosen as noteworthy examples of Costa Rica’s distinct pura vida.

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Something in the Water and Air: Costa Rica’s Pura Vida

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 16 December 2013

My decision to visit Costa Rica was certainly heavily influenced by the country’s reputation as a world leader in sustainable tourism, but also by its unmuted colors, unblunted fragrances and flavors, unchecked natural abundance, and unrestrained and emotive faces. In other words, it has something to do with its mysterious Pura Vida.

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Preserving Nature in Nicaragua: Ecotourism at Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 11 December 2013

Nicaragua’s southern Pacific coast is often considered to be purely a surf destination, but an altogether different type of ecotourism escape awaits travelers at the secluded and exclusive bungalow community of Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge.

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