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Ecotourism in Costa Rica Can Help You Be a More Sustainable Traveler

  • Darryl Lewis
  • 2 November 2015

Vacations can be escapes from work and other stresses, but shouldn’t be escapes from our values. Ecotourism in Costa Rica and other countries can help you shore up efforts to be green.

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The Joys of Sustainable Travel

  • Philip Boxall
  • 8 August 2015

As many parts of our world become more and more accessible, so too does the importance of traveling and exploring in a way that respects local cultures and environments. Unfortunately, some travelers think “sustainable travel” is about limited options, but there are many more fun activities and options available. Here are a few.

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Every Rhinoceros Matters, Whether #JustOneRhino or Another

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 24 January 2015

This is our contribution to the #JustOneRhino fundraising campaign. It benefits the ambitious and very expensive Rhinos Without Borders goal of translocating 100 rhinoceros from South Africa to Botswana by mid-2015. Click here for more about the #JustOneRhino campaign, including how you can make a donation and be in the running for $30,000 in raffle prizes!

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When You Travel to Cuba (It’s Possible!), Help Keep Its Nature Intact

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 September 2014

Cuba has been taunting me for two decades. And i’m not alone; Americans now travel to Cuba in record numbers. With re-loosened travel restrictions now allowing for “purposeful” and “people-to-people” contact, it’s possible to go. While you’re at it, why not help protect the country’s nature and culture!

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A Pictorial Journey and Photography Workshop in Morocco

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 18 September 2014

When you go to Morocco, don’t make the same mistakes I did. Learn how to capture the country’s special light, and with it your impressions of a place that will surprise you. When I was there, I met the woman I eventually married. I deeply wish I had taken more pictures and that they were more evocative and of better quality. I wish I had taken a photography workshop in Morocco.

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The 2014 New York Travel Festival – A Transformative Experience

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 22 April 2014

The Travel Word applauds the New York Travel Festival, which, like more and more other major travel shows, is embracing the value of travel that is as much about the visitor as it is the host. Here is an overview of the 2014 NY Trav Fest, as well as a list of its panels focusing on travel with a conscience.

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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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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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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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