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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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Cambodia Calling! The PEPY Ride Is a Trip of a Lifetime

  • Amy McLoughlin
  • 4 November 2013

The PEPY Ride is an annual 1000-kilometre cycling extravaganza across Cambodia, run by PEPY Tours, an award-winning social enterprise. It is a unique opportunity to explore far beyond the tourist traps, by experiencing authentic cultural exchanges and expand one’s minds through learning about global development from experts. Best of all, every journey funds a dynamic program of education and youth empowerment projects for rural Cambodian students.

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An Interview with Rob Greenfield, Bicycle Traveler and Sustainability Advocate

  • Wes Zolecki
  • 9 July 2013

Rob Greenfield is an adventurer, traveler and environmentalist who has decided to do more than just talk about being “green” and “sustainable.” Instead, he has chosen to do something tangible and measurable: He is riding a bamboo bicycle “Off the Grid Across America” and raising awareness for sustainability and money for not-for-profits along the way.

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Sustainable Development and Ecotourism in Maldives

  • 17 June 2013

A combination of Maldives’ ever-increasing popularity and its desire to meet tourist demand could have potentially damaging consequences to the country’s delicate ecosystem. In an attempt to head off some of the worst, the government has been introducing sustainable development measures and ecotourism practices.

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Giraffe Awe and Wild Things on Safari in Botswana

  • John Ord
  • 4 June 2013

Lists of species names and photos simply cannot capture how raw and transcendent it is to be in the wild in Africa. But some sightings are worth the effort because they are almost spiritual. We witnessed a tower (herd) of giraffes move at full gallop across the landscape in the early evening. It was simply otherworldly.

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The Thermal Greenhouse Town of Hveragerði: Iceland’s Offbeat Hotbed

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 29 April 2013

The town of Hveragerði, Iceland, just 45 minutes outside the capital city of Reykjavik, was built over a volcanic magma chamber, capitalising on the abundance of steam and hot water rising from the ground. Here, superheated groundwater can reach temperatures of 392°F. Resourcefully, Hveragerði residents have put their thermal endowments to use in a number of creative ways.

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The Dark Ice Project: A Journey to the North Pole

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 4 March 2013

The Dark Ice Project is a two-man expedition that will soon return to the Arctic with the ultimate goal of reaching the North Pole unsupported during the polar winter, when 24-hour darkness reigns and temperatures top out at -50 degrees Celsius.

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The Best Local Travel Pictures of 2012

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 January 2013

With another year of pictures under our belt, it’s time again to spotlight our Photo of the Year – an image that most captured the imagination of The Travel Word team and a group of external judges. Like our Photo of the Year 2010 and Photo of the Year 2011, we believe this year’s winning image truly captures the imagination, a glimpse of something uncommon in a very familiar place.

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Way Off the Beaten Path: A Homestay on the Togean Islands of Indonesia

  • Stephen Lioy
  • 11 December 2012

In a country like Indonesia that falls squarely on many tourists’ radars for its all-inclusive resorts and organised bus tours, I instead remember the Togean Islands as a place where the most serious decisions I made included “SCUBA or snorkel?” and “Should we walk across the beach for a warm beer or the island for a cold?” It was a place where, unlike most of the island paradises of my memory, paradise lived up to my ideals.

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