Clarissa Caldwell

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9 years 8 months ago

Treehouses have become a trendy lodging option for eco travel enthusiasts. And, due to better building technology and environmental concerns, more and more treehouses have been popping up atop trees around the world.

Baumhaus Hotel, Germany

Baumhaus features artsy treehouses with brightly colored curvy walls and oddly shaped beds. Each house has an "emergency toilet" but it's much preferred that guests use the toilet on one of the lower decks. The treehouses have cold water showers (to please the eco travel types)...


9 years 8 months ago

The recent announcement that Boeing would join the space tourism industry has not yet received much attention from the green travel movement. Instead, the media has focused on the politics and money concerning space travel. The political aspect is interesting, since Obama recently decided to retire the Space Shuttle program and so astronauts can only take the Russian Soyuz spacecraft (that is, until NASA gets restructured). The Obama administration has proposed that private...


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Paris has proven their commitment to green travel by pushing eco transportation options. The famous bike sharing program, Vélib’ (short for vélo liberté, meaning "bicycle freedom"), is an enormous success. There are now 20,000 bicycles around the city, with 1,639 stations, making Paris a leader in environmentally friendly transportation. Vélib’ is the largest bicycle sharing system of it's kind, and it has been copied around the world.

Pleased with the success of the program, Paris now has plans for another form of green travel: Autolib', an electric car-sharing system. The...


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This year, World Tourism Day circled the the theme "Tourism & Biodiversity", giving a nice boost to the sustainable travel movement. The events, organized by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO), China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and Guangdong Province, took place in Guangzhou, China. The 2010 theme of the annual event coincides with the United Nation's "International Year of Biodiversity". Last year, World Tourism Day took place in Ghana, with the theme "Celebrating Diversity." Other themes have included "Tourism: Responding to the Challenge of...


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Miches, a small, tranquil town in the Dominican Republic, hopes to become an eco friendly destination. Miches is rich with natural beauty: pristine beaches, mountains, waterfalls, tropical weather and wildlife. Unfortunately, many people in Miches live in poverty. Electricity is sporadic, water is unclean and the economy is subsistence-based due their isolation from other communities.

Professor Don Melnick from Columbia University says that a group of people from Miches basically told him:  "We are poor, but Miches is ours. What we are afraid of is that we will still be poor,...


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FlightNetwork recently polled Canadians about their interest in green travel, and discovered that most travelers don't think about the environment when booking a flight. Well… do you? Probably, like most people, you aren't considering  green travel options when you're researching airlines. Instead, you're thinking about how much that ticket costs, how many connections you have to deal with, and whether or not you're going to land in traffic. It's not that you don't care, but you don't see the airlines publicizing their green programs and so eco friendly options don't cross...


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Zuvy does not offer a full-time responsible vacation itinerary; instead, the organization suggests an "afternoon excursion" of volunteer work. Many volunteer travel options have been criticized due to the impact on the environment and the cost, but Zuvy is more scalable and feasible than your average "build a house abroad" project. It is designed for travelers who want more than sun and sand, but don't want to dedicate all their travel time to a volunteer organization.

Founder Sonsoles Navarro began the organization to help people see the spirit of a destination beyond well-known attractions. She believes that moving beyond...


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The Serengeti, which contains several pristine national parks and game reserves, is a well-known eco friendly destination, drawing travelers from around the world. Unfortunately, a recent proposal from the Tanzanian government to build a highway through the Serengeti would alter the safari experience for future visitors, and could severely harm the ecosystem.

On May 17, the Tanzanian government announced plans to build a $480-million highway, which would run through the Serengeti National Park. The road would make it easier to reach Mara and...


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Crested Butte, Colorado still offers old-fashioned eco travel.  Crested Butte, a town of 2,000 people in a remote part of the Rockies, is sometimes called the "last real ski town." But, as many of the locals will tell you, the real secret season is fall. Summer is gorgeous (it's called the "Wildflower Capital of Colorado"), but in the fall the aspens turn yellow and crimson and the air is so crisp you can taste it. Apart from the colors in the leaves, though, the town is very "green" just as it has always been.

Crested Butte has been an eco travel destination for decades: offering hiking, biking, climbing, kayaking, fishing and anything else anybody wants...


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Jonathon Stalls is walking across the country (how's that for sustainable travel?) to raise money for Kiva, the micro-lending website. Stalls has walked over 2,100 miles, and with the helped of the Kiva Walk Lending Team he has raised over $282,000 in loans. Kiva is founded on three important beliefs: people are generous, the poor are highly motivated and connecting people will foster relationships that are based on more than money.

Stalls was inspired...


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