Hawaiian Mythology (Hawaii’s Sacred Connection With Nature)

Hawaiian Mythology (Hawaii’s Sacred Connection With Nature) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Author Joseph Campbell once said, “Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation.” There are few places in the modern world in which this connection between mankind, myth, and nature is more obvious than Hawaii (formerly known as “The Big Island“). Here, Hawaiian mythology is not just some relic of a distant past, but a very present spiritual belief among many of the island’s indigenous natives. More than 150 years before

What is an Eco Lodge? (The Top 10 Eco Lodges in the World)

What is an Eco Lodge? (The Top 10 Eco Lodges in the World) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. One of the questions we get asked most frequently by our readers involves how to choose a responsible tour operator, eco lodge or green hotel.   Research shows that global interest in ecotourism (which was defined by The International Ecotourism Society as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people”) has grown rapidly in recent years. According to the Center For Responsible Travel’s 2015 Travel Trends & Statistics report

Exploring Rio Secreto, the Riviera Maya’s Amazing Underground River

Exploring Rio Secreto, the Riviera Maya’s Amazing Underground River originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Caves held a strange, primal allure for me long before we visited Rio Secreto. From reading about Tom Sawyer’s adventures in Mark Twain’s classic novel to watching movies such as The Goonies and the original Indiana Jones trilogy, I’ve always associated caves with adventure, exploration, and intrigue. We’ve been fortunate to visit caves all around the world on our travels, from southeastern U.S. sites such as Ruby Falls and Craighead Caverns to the ancient cliffs of Petra and the Milodon Caves of Patagonia. No matter where

What Is Ecotourism? The History & Principles of Responsible Travel

What Is Ecotourism? The History & Principles of Responsible Travel originally appeared on Green Global Travel. What is ecotourism? How does it work? Why does it matter? And how can we, as travelers, put the core principles of ecotourism into practice? In recent years, the growth of interest in responsible travel has outpaced that of traditional sun/sand tourism by an increasingly wide margin. With some experts estimating that ecotourism now represents 11.4% of all consumer spending, these sorts of questions have become

Best Eco Experiences for 2018

I’m constantly being asked What’s your favorite ecotourism destination? and my answer is always It’s the destination that has placed emphasis on tourism that benefits local communities. Thankfully, unlike a decade ago, there are more examples of communities stakeholders that are banding together to discuss sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, youth education, as well as cultural and heritage

List of National Parks By State: An Epic Guide to “America’s Best Idea”

List of National Parks By State: An Epic Guide to “America’s Best Idea” originally appeared on Green Global Travel. As we began to compile a list of National Parks by state for this piece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, I was shocked and dismayed to realize how few of the 59 officially designated parks we’ve visited. Fortunately, we’re already planning a future family road trip to visit some of the many parks still on our bucket list. The NPS was originally created

30 Amazing Galapagos Islands Animals

30 Amazing Galapagos Islands Animals originally appeared on Green Global Travel. In a rugged archipelago situated 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, there are more than 200 recorded species of Galapagos Islands animals. From a historical perspective, the islands’ remote location and harsh volcanic terrain played a huge role in their current status as a world-renowned nature sanctuary. The Galapagos was a favorite spot among pirates (who pillaged the tortoise population for meat) and whalers (who plundered its waters for their ample bounty) in the 17th and 18th centuries. But all efforts to colonize the area ended badly, and by the late 1800s the Galapagos Islands were

What Is Permaculture Gardening? An Intro to Permaculture Design and Principles

What Is Permaculture Gardening? An Intro to Permaculture Design and Principles originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Conventional gardening tends to use a one-size-fits-all method for growing food. Its central concepts are based on what gardeners want to grow rather than on what plants best suit a particular piece of land. Permaculture gardening, on the other hand, is based on the concept of using the perfect plants for the climate, and utilizing only what works best for the local environment. Dry climates require a different approach than humid climates. Hot

Best of green travel in 2017

Description: Our favourite experiences from 2017 from a community-run pub in the Cotswolds and dog sledding in the Catalan Pyrenees to an award-winning biodiversity conservation project in Indonesia. In all our articles, photographs and films we try to show characterful places, real people doing real things and insightful experiences that benefit biodiversity conservation and local communities. Here is a selection of our favourite experiences from the year, as chosen by our team of contributors Paul Bloomfield, Sarah Baxter, Rhiannon Batten, Harriet O’Brien, Mark Rowe, Ginny Light, Jini Reddy, Holly Rooke and Richard Hammond.Best rural accommodationOne of Greentraveller’s film unit stayed at Rural Casa Mas Garganta, Catalonia while producing a video

Top 10 Things to Do in Coron, Palawan

Top 10 Things to Do in Coron, Palawan originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Coron, Palawan can be seriously confusing at first. The municipality encompasses a town (located on Busuanga Island), an island (nearby Coron Island), and over 50 minor islets in the Philippines‘ Calamian archipelago. Say Coron’s name to Filipinos while you’re in the capital city of Manila and you’ll see their eyes light up like kids on Christmas morning. That’s because Coron is arguably the most picturesque part of Palawan, which

How Mass Tourism is Destroying the Destinations Travelers Love

How Mass Tourism is Destroying the Destinations Travelers Love originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Mass Tourism was arguably the most significant travel trend of 2017. Its downside, “overtourism”– the point at which the needs of tourism become unsustainable for a given destination– made headlines all across the world. “Overtourism plagues great destinations,” claimed sustainable travel expert Jonathan Tourtellot in National Geographic. “Mass Tourism is at a tipping point- but we’re all part of the problem,

Best Coffee In the World: A Gourmet’s Guide to the Perfect Bean

Best Coffee In the World: A Gourmet’s Guide to the Perfect Bean originally appeared on Green Global Travel. One of our favorite things about traveling around the world has been the opportunity it affords us to sample the best food, wine, and spirits the cultures we explore have to offer. I’ve been a hardcore coffee fanatic since I was 15 years old, making my dad

60 Weird Animals Around the World

60 Weird Animals Around the World originally appeared on Green Global Travel. The world is a wild and wonderful place, filled with millions of different species most of us have never even heard of. Growing up feeling like a bit of an odd bird myself, I’ve always been fascinated by

What is Aquaponics? The Ultimate DIY Beginner’s Guide

What is Aquaponics? The Ultimate DIY Beginner’s Guide originally appeared on Green Global Travel. What is aquaponics? In recent years it has proven to be one of the most rapidly growing trends among those who want to grow the food we consume more sustainably. To state the obvious, aquaponics centers around water. The ten-cent explanation is that fish are raised in the water, and plants are then grown using the nutrients (fishy toilet business) from that water. As they feed, the plants are filtering and cleaning the water so that it can be

The People, Mountains, Food & Wine of Argentina

Where are you going again? Salta, I said. It’s a province of Argentina that’s in the northwest of the country bordering Chile, Bolivia, and Paraguay, continuing my explanation. Oh, that’s nice! Why? Because given its position at the foot of the Andes Mountains, the area is filled with natural wonders, many of which are still undisturbed. And, I wanted an opportunity to travel with a company that believes in the power of sustainability as much as I do. With that, our small group embarked on five days of leisurely hiking through varied and beautiful terrain (think jungles, mountains, and dry valleys all within

The Best Gifts for Travelers: Christmas 2017

The Best Gifts for Travelers: Christmas 2017 originally appeared on Green Global Travel. This is our fourth year of rounding up our picks for the Best Gifts for Travelers. And every year, our product selection just keeps getting bigger and better. This year’s guide is our most epic by far, with over 125 different gift ideas for every type of traveler on your Christmas list. From luggage and clothing to tech products and camera gear, there’s something here for every travel style, budget, and personality quirk. To make our expansive easier to navigate, you can jump straight to your section(s) of interest using the handy links below: Disclaimer: We receive no compensation for our product reviews, but some may contain

Catalonia from the summits to the sea

Description: We're currently travelling for 12 days through the beautiful Catalan Pyrenees, following a route from the Summits to the Sea. We’re currently travelling for 12 days through the Catalan Pyrenees, following a route from the Summits to the Sea. You can follow the trip using the hashtags #CatalunyaExperience and #visitpirineus on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We’ll be posting up a blog and video about the trip on our return. Select Ad to appear in the left hand column: Ordnance Survey Select Ad to appear in the footer: Ordnance survey

10 Recycled Christmas Decorations & Homemade Gifts Anyone Can Make

10 Recycled Christmas Decorations & Homemade Gifts Anyone Can Make originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Making DIY recycled Christmas decorations is a fantastic opportunity to slow down, spend some time with your family and friends, and avoid the consumerist trappings of the holiday season. Using waste materials to make these crafts (a.k.a. upcycling) is even better. It means that we aren’t producing more garbage in our celebration, nor are we spending money to buy decorations we could easily make ourselves. But still, we’re fully embracing the festive spirit of  the season. In our opinion, making homemade Christmas decorations and gifts just feels right. It captures the essence of the

13 Small Ship Cruises for Your World Travel Bucket List

13 Small Ship Cruises for Your World Travel Bucket List originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Cruises have gotten a bad rap: One study found that air quality on a cruise ship deck was “worse than the world’s most polluted cities.” But not all lines feature gigantic ships carrying 5000+ passengers. In our

NYC Christmas Windows: A Free Walking Tour

NYC Christmas Windows: A Free Walking Tour originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Anyone who reads Green Global Travel knows we’re passionate about ecotourism and wildlife conservation. But it’s less well known that we’re equally passionate about Christmas. So when an opportunity came along to visit Mary’s dad in New Jersey for Thanksgiving, we decided to make a quick visit to Manhattan to experience the NYC Christmas windows for ourselves. We were in the city for exactly 24 hours, ending with a lifelong dream of seeing the Macy&#

Top 10 Things to Do on the Isle of Skye (& How to Avoid Crowds)

Top 10 Things to Do on the Isle of Skye (& How to Avoid Crowds) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Spanning some 640 square miles, Skye is second only to Lewis & Harris among the largest islands in Scotland. So perhaps it’s no surprise that there’s a diverse array of things to do on the Isle of Skye, with activities geared towards nature lovers, outdoor adventurers, foodies, and families. The problem is that, during the peak summer months (June through September), there are too many tourists looking to explore the “Misty Isle.” Overtourism has become a huge problem in recent years, due partly to the popularity of the TV show Outlander and a recent

The Annapurna Circuit Trek: Why It May Be Now Or Never

The Annapurna Circuit Trek: Why It May Be Now Or Never originally appeared on Green Global Travel. The Himalayas are arguably the world’s most iconic mountains. They gave birth to the highest point on the planet, Mount Everest, 70 million years ago. However, Everest’s famous (not to mention dangerous) mountain climbing trek isn’t your only option. The Annapurna massif contains

Conservation Efforts in Tourism: Story Behind Uakari Lodge in the Brazilian Amazon

The link between conservation efforts and tourism in the Amazon became stronger after Rio Earth Summit in 1992. By then, the Mamirauá Institute for Sustainable Development was expanding its impact around a special floodplain forest area of the Amazon – more specifically the 1,124,000 hectares between the Amazon and Japurá Rivers that houses endemic species such as the White Uakari Monkey. That area, later, with the work of the Institute, became the first Sustainable Development