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April 22: The End of Plastic?

Could this be the end for plastic bags? Whole Foods has announced their goal to eliminate all plastic grocery bags by Earth Day (April 22). The grocer, which features natural and organic foods, said it hoped shoppers would bring their own reusable bags, but would offer 100 percent recycled paper grocery bags when needed. Why…

The Not So Lazy Environmentalist

A self-described “passionate yet lazy environmentalist” Josh Dorfman, radio host, environmental entrepreneur, author, and speaker, is anything but lazy. Since starting his satellite radio show, The Lazy Environmentalist, Josh has interviewed people ranging from celebrities to magazine editors highlighting green living, sustainable travel, and more. What inspired you to start the Lazy Environmentalist? I felt…

The World’s First Solar City

An enviro-utopia may be on its way. The city of Abu Dhabi, the World Wildlife Federation, and English architects Foster + Partners have recently revealed plans for a 3.5-mile car-free walled city near Abu Dhabi. The planned Masdar City, which means “the source” in Arabic, will be the home to some 47,500 residents. The WWF…

Baby, You’re Electric!

The next time you’re shoulder-to-shoulder on the subway, in a bus terminal, or on an airplane, don’t get too aggravated — that heat leaving your body (and your neighbors’) may be the next source of renewable energy. A Swedish state-owned company, Jernhuset, has found a way to harness the energy produced by the 250,000 bodies…

Rangers worry that the gym-to-outside transition for climbers is threatening the ecology of parks. Maybe the elevation is going to their heads, but the Associated Press reports that some rock climbers aren’t being so kind to the terrain they’re scaling, and are leaving litter scattered all over Yosemite National Park. The increasingly popular sport is…

Tour de France

First Portland, then Madison, and now Paris? The City of Light has recently adopted a free bike system called Velibs, the name combining velo, meaning "bicycle" and liberte, for "freedom." After just 40 days more than 2 million journeys were made. According to "Free Wheeling: Paris’s New Bike System," in The Washington Post, the French…

Green Hotel Wish List

IT has a confession: All of this eco-travel research has just made us want to travel more. Lucky for Mother Earth, we can’t afford it. So when it’s pay day and time for a weekend getaway (or a week-long getaway to the Outback), we’ll have to consult our ever-growing (and eco-friendly!) wish list. Here are…

Sure, we do a lot of writing about sustainable traveling (and also practice it when we have the chance), but we’ve just come across a group of four who are really doing it. And we mean REALLY doing it. These four go by the name JuntoVenture and are traveling the length of North America (Death…

Keeping IT Close to Home

Just uttering the word "vacation" conjures images of sandy white beaches, mountain treks, and nine-hour road trips. But, what if it meant staying home? National Geographic’s Green Guide recently featured a piece on vacationing carbon free in your own city. Instead of housework, chores, or to-do lists, seek out local adventures like searching for the…

Travel Responsibly

If you’re working toward being eco-conscious but aren’t ready to ditch the training wheels, U.K.-based responsibletravel.com has all the tools you need for vacationing carbon-free. We especially like their mission statement: "A responsible holiday gets you closer to the real country & supports local people & the environment." Sound familiar? As on most travel booking…

Entranced by Ensenada

The challenge of working at a travel magazine is resisting the constant temptation to travel. National Geographic Traveler staffer Mary Beth LaRue likes to divvy up her vacation days—jetting off for long weekends in New York, Jamaica and good ol’ Iowa—rather than taking a single two-week trip in the middle of the year. Her most…

Bob’s Hope

Traveler staffers Mary Beth LaRue and Krista Rossow recently spent a day with National Geographic photographer Bob Krist and his wife Peggy in their charming small-town home of New Hope, Pa. MB dishes: Just an hour north of Philadelphia, New Hope seems like a different planet. As the road winds into town, the scenery changes…

Yoga + Reggae = Yoggae?

Our staff yogi, assistant online editor Mary Beth LaRue, ditched her HTML duties and D.C.’s cold weather for a week of downward dog at the Negril Yoga Centre on the west coast of Jamaica. And has she ever got tips (and pictures—click the links!) for you: Stay cheaply Our accommodations at the yoga center were…

Home Sweet (and Salty) Home

National Geographic Traveler‘s assistant online editor Mary Beth LaRue often brags about her alma mater, the University of Iowa, despite barrages of corn and farmer jokes, and the occasional puzzled look ("I know the state exists, but where is it?"). But Iowa City, which she likes to call the "cultural hub" of the Midwest, is…

IT Travels with Mary Beth LaRue

During a quick weekend trip this spring to Portland, Oregon, Traveler‘s assistant online editor Mary Beth LaRue had some of her best meals not in four-star restaurants (although those weren’t too shabby either) but in neighborhood Victorians with vintage charm. She reports: Several of this innovative city’s most popular restaurants have taken a low-key approach,…