Clarissa Caldwell

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9 years 6 months ago

How's this for a green travel crusade: friends on the road exploring America's approach to sustainability in 50 different states. In 2007, Mark Dixon, Ben Evans and Julie Evans (Ben's wife) hit the road and interviewed over 800 people in order to assess America's ecological situation (the best, the worst, the weirdest).

This may seem like old news, but Yert (Your Environmental Road Trip) is working on a feature film about their trip (check out the trailer) and they could use some love (...


9 years 6 months ago

A new kind of eco travel hotel is attempting to distinguish itself by… disappearing. These so-called "pop-up" hotels are present for a season, and then they get packed up and leave no environmental trace whatsoever. EcoCamp Patagonia, which sets up camp in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, was probably the first of the so-called pop-up hotels to appear on the horizon (with the possible exception of mobile camps in Africa).

EcoCamp mimics the...


9 years 6 months ago

Responsible vacation goers can now opt for more than an eco-spa, because farm-spas have entered the running. What, exactly, is a farm-spa?  Well, it might not be an official term, yet, but  "hyper-local spas" on farms have been popping up all over the world. The farm-to-table movement has moved to the massage-table.

Hay Barn Spa, Gloucestershire, UK

Journalist Alice Fishburn describes the Hay Barn Spa offers rural charm "a sense of utter luxury", (...


9 years 6 months ago

Switzerland is a very clean, very green, very eco friendly destination. Switzerland often tops the charts for "green" countries. Nearby neighbors, including Austria, France, and the Scandinavian countries usually make the list, but Switzerland is most always somewhere in the top three. Switzerland took second place on the Yale Environmental Performance Index this year, pushed out of the top spot by Iceland. However, in 2006 and 2008, Iceland wasn't in the top ten countries, whereas Switzerland was in second and first (respectively). Switzerland has been considered an eco friendly destination for...


9 years 6 months ago

Skyline Eco-Adventures offers a high-speed track to a responsible vacation. Company wide, Skyline Eco-Adventures is part of "1% for the Planet", a group of businesses that gives back 1% of all sales to environmental effort. They also offset all their carbon emissions through credit with Carbon Fund.

Skyline Eco-Adventures offers zipline tours in various responsible vacation destinations in in the United States, including Dollywood in the Smoky Mountains (Tennessee), and Ka'anapali, and Haleakala (Hawaii). In Maui, Skyline hosts tree planting events throughout the...


9 years 6 months ago

Thanks to the Mekkah Metro, a high speed train to holy sites, Mecca now offers sustainable travel access. The train will transport between 130,000 - 170,000 passengers between holy sites this Hajj season, which is expected to start in mid November.  It's been dubbed "Holy Rituals Train".

The train is only open to Saudis and citizens of other Gulf nations this year, and it will only operate up to 33% of its capacity this year. However, it will offer a sustainable travel option for up to...


9 years 6 months ago

Rock-star yogi Michael Franti and Carla Swanson have created a new sustainable travel locale: the Stay Human Retreat Center in Ubud, Bali. The tropical retreat will be open to visitors (looking to relax), as well groups who want to practice yoga or meditation. The grounds are complete with lotus ponds, gardens, a pool, an authentic Balinese yoga deck and a small music amphitheater (sure to be graced with Franti's occasional presence).

A river runs along the property, and from the deck yoga practitioners will look out...


9 years 6 months ago

High mountain peaks are typically eco friendly destination stops: no people, no trash, no noise. Just a spectacular view of open space, a lot of quiet, and a sense that nature is ever-present and alive. However, as of last week, there's something else ever-present at the top of Mount Everest: 3G.

Last week, at the base camp of Mount Everest, a private telecom firm (Ncell) set up Nepal's first 3G services. Only 30% of the 28 million people of Nepal have telecommunication services. Nepal is South...


9 years 6 months ago

Responsible Vacation plans are trendy this year, and hotels have taken note. Hard Rock has declared that "green is the new white this holiday season". Maybe so: some forward-thinking lodges are waving green flags around, hoping to attract holiday vacationers with juicy environmentally-friendly offers.  A lot of the packages seem to involve trees and eco-cars…

Dreaming of a Green Christmas Package, Hard Rock Hotel, San Diego, CA

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is offering a...


9 years 7 months ago

According to the UK government, the green travel agenda inspired the rise in Air Passenger Duty (APD).  The air tax was put into effect on November 1st, much to the dismay of many passengers, airlines and travel companies.

The tax is divide into different bands. Band A comprises destinations less up to 2,000 miles from London, Band B: 2,001 - 4,000 miles, Band C: 4,0001-6,000 miles, and Band D: more than 6,000 miles. So, travelers flying to the Caribbean will pay the taxes required for Band C, £75 per person (up from £50). Anyone going to Australia will pay the charges for Band D, £85 per person, which means that a family of four would pay £...


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