The Great Green Travel Give Away Offers Free Eco Trips

The Great Green Travel Give Away is offering 20 eco-friendly vacation prizes. Proceeds support Sustainable Travel International (STI), a non-profit that aims to promote an sustainable travel around the world.  STI helps travelers find responsible travel companies, and also offers sustainable solutions to the travel industry. Their core programs include Standards Development (an eco-certification program), Carbon Management (reducing carbon emissions), Membership and Outreach (educating members and the travel industry) and Advisory Services (providing sustainable solutions).

Natural Habitat Adventures is sponsoring the STI sweepstakes. Natural Habitat Adventures focuses on nature travel, and leads small groups to quiet, secluded areas.  Unique itineraries allow travelers to have unusual adventures, including close-up encounters with polar bears and whales. Ben Bressler, founder and director of NHA, says “We’ve partnered for years with STI toward making our nature tours and office operations greener, including providing all carbon-neutral tours.” NHA was happy to sponsor the STI sweepstakes to support green travel.

The Great Green Travel Give Away offers prizes from STI members. The October Grand Prize, donated by Ecoventura, is a 7-night Galapagos cruise for two. Ecoventura leads small yacht cruises into the islands to see pre-historic iguanas, fur sea lions and blue footed boobies.

First prize, hosted by Apumayo Expediciones, is a hike to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Apumayo Expediciones is a local Peruvian company based in the City of Cusco, which specializes in adventure travel such as rafting, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Second Prize, donated by Tiger Mountain, includes two nights at Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge in west Nepal. Yoga, massage and meditation are including in the package, as well as a spectacular view of the Himalayas.

Every two months, a new set of green travel prizes will be offered. In December and January, prides include a luxury safari for two to Botswana, by Wilderness Safaris, a four-night ski package at Bentwood Inn in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and five nights at the Soria Maria Boutique Hotel in Cambodia.

The Great Green Travel Give Away will run through November 2011, and participants can enter anytime with a $10 donation to STI.  For official rules, visit greentravelgiveaway.org

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