Clarissa Caldwell

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9 years 7 months ago

A responsible vacation in Haiti doesn't necessarily mean volunteering. Just going to Haiti, relaxing on the beach, and spending your money would qualify as a responsible vacation. Haiti needs tourism, because Haiti needs money. The earthquake left over 1.6 million homeless, and foreign aid isn't going to cut it. $9 billion has been pledged, but only $686 million has arrived. Haiti is, by most measures, ...


9 years 7 months ago

Chumbe Island is a 45-minute boat ride off the coast of Zanzibar, and it's a miniature utopia for green travel enthusiasts. The island boasts a clean, unspoiled shoreline and a coral reef with hundreds of different species of fish. It's 16-acres of natural beauty and quiet, even when all seven bungalows on the island are booked.

The Chumbe Island Coral Park offers thatch-roofed bungalows with eco amenities. The island is a Marine Protected Area (MPA) and so eco-friendly design is at the core of all...


9 years 7 months ago

The Maldives, the smallest of Asian nations, is a popular eco travel destination. It's also the lowest-lying nation, and stands an average of about 5 feet above sea level. In other words: if the ocean rises three feet, as is predicted by 2100 due to global warming, the Maldives would be (mostly) uninhabitable.

President Mohamed Nasheed set up a fund that will help the entire nation (400,000) move to another continent, if need be. Most likely, they would go to India, Australia, or Sri Lanka. How will they pay for the new homeland? Eco travel. 500,000 tourists visit...


9 years 7 months ago

State Secretary, So Mara, hopes that Cambodia will become a welcoming and popular eco travel destination. This January, Phnom Penh will host the ASEAN Travel Forum for the second time, and hopefully establish Cambodia as a peaceful and lovely destination. The country has beautiful beaches, the temples of Angkor, and a myriad of eco travel opportunities in the (disappearing) rainforest.

State Secretary, So Mara, says that in 2009, the tourist industry grew 1.7% to...


9 years 7 months ago

You've heard about sustainable travel for the sake of local environment, economy and culture, but what about history? Around the world, untold stories risk disappearing without the attention of journalists, historians and attentive travelers.

Without the resources to preserve their stories on paper, many cultures rely on oral history alone.  So says author and historian Jeffrey Fadiman, "Each time an old man dies in Africa, a library is lost to humankind, for within the memories of the old men lies the history of an entire people." Why, then, don't we consider sustainable travel for the sake...


9 years 7 months ago

Sustainable travel experts like to put culture front and center, and Bruce Poon Tip believes that it's time to emphasize the unique perspective of the Australian Aborigines. Canadian Bruce Poon Tip, who founded Gap Adventures, stated his opinion at the Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference. The conference dedicated an entire day to encouraging indigenous tourism in Australia.

Convenor Tony Charters noted that today's tourists are interested in sustainable travel practices. They want to connect with nature and have meaningful experiences. He said,...


9 years 7 months ago

Forget boring responsible vacation insurance, and take a look at WorldNomads.com. Targeting adventurous  travelers, WorldNomads.com offers travel insurance to residents of over 150 countries. Bungee jumping? Skiing? Going swimming with sharks? They will cover you.

Unlike most insurance companies, WorldNomads.com puts the fine print in not-so-fine-print to explain the policy they offer.  You're not covered for illegal behavior, drunken absurdity or acts of insanity, but that you're covered under normal conditions. Provided that you follow...


9 years 7 months ago

It's easy to come up with sustainable travel options for vegetarians, but what about those eco-carnivores? Here are a few countries that serve delicious (and presumably sustainable) meat.

In New Zealand, home of the meat pie, cows and sheep rarely live inside. A classic New Zealand sustainable travel scene includes a flock of sheep grazing on rich green grass with a mountain backdrop.  Farm animals are sometimes fed silage (a supplement), especially in the winter months, but they're generally a healthy bunch. The Meat Industry Association in New Zealand keeps...


9 years 7 months ago

Taking a responsible vacation as a vegetarian can be a burden or a blessing. If you call yourself a vegetarian, vegan, pescetarian, frutarian, herbivore or any such variation, you might want to check out these four countries for good eats.

India is a fine place for a responsible vacation, and one that a vegetarian won't regret. Well, you might experience some tummy trouble, as most travelers do, but if you can get through that (or skip it), your taste buds will thank you. And, you will feel right at home, since India has more vegetarians than the whole rest of...


9 years 7 months ago

Green Living Project, Mexico Tourism Board, Rainforest Alliance, Conservation International, and Sustainable Travel International have joined forces to showcase six examples of eco travel companies in Southeast Mexico. The selected tourism companies will be placed in the spotlight at the United Nations Climate Change Conference this November, in Cancun, Mexico.

The companies were selected thanks to various sustainable travel practices, from organic food to geo-tourism. The Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria, which provides...


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