Clarissa Caldwell

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9 years 7 months ago

Wanderfly, a New York start-up, offers fun and easy eco travel recommendations. You simply have to enter your current location, approximate budget and your eco interest. You can also choose to orient your trip around any number of the following topics: food, shopping, spa, party, beach, entertainment, culture, casino, outdoors, luxury and romance. In case you are wondering: there are indeed eco towns with casinos (like San Diego). And, if you want to combine all the available interests in one place? Kahului, Hawaii.

The site (still in beta) was launched today....


9 years 7 months ago

Portugal offers a myriad of green travel lodging options, ranging from minimalist to luxurious. Here are a few to whet your eco appetite. And, yes, the picture is of the Praia de Marinha, near Lagoa city, in Algarve, the southwest region of Portugal.

Alentejo Adventures is located in the so-called "Secret Portugal" region, consisting of open countryside and local culture.  Adventurous types can stay in eco bell tents and listen to the sounds of the secluded mountain valley.  Each cotton canvas tent has adjustable walls that can be rolled...


9 years 7 months ago

Wild Jordan encourages sustainable travel to support the social and  economic development of rural communities. Also, by helping start and sustain local nature-based businesses, Wild Jordan encourages eco-tourism for the sake of bio-diversity.

Wild Jordan is part of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), and is responsible for the socio-economic projects (such as eco...


9 years 7 months ago

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 (...


9 years 7 months ago

Move over Costa Rica, enter Panama: eco travel has put Panama front and center. Panama is now the hippest and hottest "green" Caribbean vacation destination. Travelers come back in awe of the open beaches, warm water and colorful wildlife. They tell their friends about the humpback whales, the tropical weather, and, perhaps, whatever eco resort they stayed in. The popularity of Panama has attracted both tourists and real estate developers, a handful of whom choose to set up eco resorts.

Rancho de Caldera...


9 years 7 months ago

As a leader in the eco ski movement, Wolf Creek is a responsible vacation choice for anyone in search of resort snow. Wolf Creek began pushing sustainable practices long before they were trendy or necessary; and this season, the ski area promises to continue going greener and greener.

Wolf Creek has a policy that forbids cutting down trees that are larger than 6" in diameter. Well, healthy trees, anyway. Beetle-infested trees are removed by helicopter. Like most of the state of Colorado, Wolf Creek suffers from...


9 years 8 months ago

For South Africa's Garden Route, eco travel is on the rise, according to a press release submitted by MyDestinationInfo.com. MyDestinationInfo reports that businesses along the Garden Route are focusing on offering more environmentally friendly services, reducing their carbon footprint and maintaining the biodiversity of the area. In other words: MyDestinationInfo.com knows that emphasizing sustainability will get them what they want (press!), and the travel companies know that emphasizing sustainability will get them what they want (wealthy tourists!).  As long as...


9 years 8 months ago

Responsible Bathroom offers a free, responsible vacation for four as the grand prize for the lucky winner of their sweepstakes. To win? You just need to register. Be warned: you will start out as a "Water Waster," with "0" pledge points. If you take a few pledges, for example: "I will not peel vegetables under a running faucet (save 2 gallons of water a minute)", you can earn points. Then you can become a "Savings Newbie", or even a "Conservation Cadet". More important than the eco ego boost: every 100...


9 years 8 months ago

The boutique travel company, Reefs to Rockies, has launched a series of free eco travel guides. The "Green Guides" will feature accommodations that have proven their commitment to sustainable practices, resource conservation and local communities. The first guide focuses on Costa Rica. Upcoming locations include Botswana, Ecuador, Mexico, Mozambique,  Nicaragua, Peru, Trinidad, and  Tanzania.

Reefs to Rockies, based in Denver,...


9 years 8 months ago

The State Department announced on Sunday that Europe may not be an advisable, responsible vacation option at the moment. Or, rather, they suggested that Americans to be extremely vigilant due to recent information regarding a possible terrorist attack. Is the United States issuing a reasonable warning, or an exaggerated threat?

As reported by the New York Times, U.S. authorities announced that the threat was "credible", but not "specific". Supposedly, the possible attack would be similar to the attack on Mumbai in 2008, which...


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