Tag archives for sustainable travel

In the 1980s, ecotourism—driven by a deep conservation and environmental ethic—focused on remote jungle lodges, nature treks, and the like. It was well-meaning and maybe appropriate to the time, but dwelled on the fringes of a largely uninterested mainstream travel industry. At Traveler we observed this and felt a broader approach, around sustainable tourism, would…

In 1979, I was a young backpacker in search of paradise. I found it in southern Thailand. Lost on Ko Phangan, I stumbled upon the brilliant sands of Haad Rin. I stayed there a month, made a hand-drawn map of its location, and vowed never to let the secret out. But others discovered it. Today Haad Rin represents tourism gone wrong.

A confession: I don’t play golf, partly because I’m unable to reconcile my conservation work with a sport also known for habitat destruction, massive water consumption, and heavy use of chemicals. Now the sport may be about to take a big step, in a surprising place.

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

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After working as a reporter in Cairo, Theodore May wanted to know more about the history, culture, and people of the Middle East. So he decided to explore it, and use one of history’s conquerors as his guide. For the next eight months he’ll be following in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, tracing the…

To Yosemite…And Beyond!

Today National Geographic and local partners reveal a unique and interactive way to explore Yosemite National Park: The Yosemite Gateway MapGuide. NG worked with the Sierra Business Council and Sierra Nevada Conservancy to gather area residents’ secrets–more than 800 of the best places to visit off-the-beaten tourist path. The MapGuide points out “one-of-a-kind coffeehouses” and…

What better way to explore some of the country’s greatest natural treasures and historic sites than a bicycle tour through the back roads of Florida? And now, you can do it any time of the year! In an effort to help make Florida tourism greener, non-profit organization Bike Florida is bringing back year-round, long-distance bicycle…

Finnair is seriously green. How serious? It has its own vice president for sustainable development, Kati Ihamäki. Next month the carrier will begin disclosing operational details related to its environmental efforts, including recycling and waste management programs that are designed to “maximize eco-efficiency across operations,” she says. Finnair also launched a blog focused largely on…

Chillin’ (on) the Beach in Dubai

Hold on to your hats, IT readers. I may have discovered the most unsustainable travel innovation yet. While browsing the news for our weekly Radar roundup, I came across a story announcing plans by the new Palazzo Versace in Dubai to…wait for it — air-condition its beach. That’s right, air-condition an outdoor beach for those…

Going RV-ing? Try Going Green

Ahh, the open road. What could be more American than a cross-country road trip? Just pack up the kids and hop in the RV. But wait–isn’t that an unsustainable way to travel? Not for Sara and Matt Janssen, who converted their RV into a green motor home. The pair sold their house and has been…

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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…