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

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

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

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

The Real Xmas Tree Vs Fake Xmas Tree Debate: Which Is Better?

The Real Xmas Tree Vs Fake Xmas Tree Debate: Which Is Better? originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Getting together as a family and decorating Christmas trees is arguably among the most popular Christmas traditions around the world. Around 85-90 million households purchase a real Xmas tree each year in Europe and the United States alone. According to a Nielsen survey for the American Christmas Tree Association, some 75 million households in the U.S. prefer a fake Xmas tree. And that’s not even counting the 160+ other countries that celebrate Christmas. READ MORE: Countries That Don’t Celebrate Christmas People have been debating the positives and negatives of real vs. fake

Invasive Species List: 10 Destructive Species You Can Eat

Invasive Species List: 10 Destructive Species You Can Eat originally appeared on Green Global Travel. The world’s invasive species list seems to be growing every year. From plants such as Dandelions and Kudzu to animals such as Lionfish and Nutria, many of these invasive species are harmful to the ecosystems to which they’ve been introduced. It’s a well-known fact that our diets can have a serious impact on the environment, for better or worse. The raising of livestock contributes about 18% of all human generated

57 Simple Sustainable Travel Tips Any Traveler Can Use

57 Simple Sustainable Travel Tips Any Traveler Can Use originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Sustainable travel (which is also known as responsible travel or ecotourism) is an umbrella term used to encompass ethical issues such as wildlife tourism, volunteering abroad, conservation, etc. It’s become an increasingly hot topic in the tourism industry over the past decade. When we started Green Global Travel back in 2010, we were hardly what you’d call sustainable travel experts. But we had a deep passion for ecotourism, an interest in eco-friendly living, and a desire to learn more about how we could lower our negative impact, both at home and abroad. Over the past seven

7 Permaculture Gardening Techniques To Try This Spring

7 Permaculture Gardening Techniques To Try This Spring originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Conventional gardening tends to use a one-size-fits-all method for growing food. Permaculture gardening is instead based on the concept of adjusting for the climate and utilizing only what works best for the local environment. Dry climates require a different approach than humid climates. Hot climates support different flora than cold climates. So permaculture techniques are incorporated from many different sources, allowing anyone to adapt their permaculture garden to whatever methodology their plant hardiness zone‘s climate dictates. Many permaculture methods work well across a broad variety of climatic conditions. Besides climate, permaculture gardening techniques also focus on

7 Reasons Responsible Tourism is Better for Everyone

7 Reasons Responsible Tourism is Better for Everyone originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Responsible Tourism is an active awareness about the effects travel can have on other places, both positive and negative. The general idea is that when tour operators, hotels, governments, locals, and tourists all take responsibility for ensuring travel is sustainable, it makes better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit. Responsible travelers think about the people with whom they interact, both economically and experientially.

Do It Yourself Pallet Projects: 7 Simple Designs

Do It Yourself Pallet Projects: 7 Simple Designs originally appeared on Green Global Travel. I had no idea that do it yourself pallet projects would captivate me so deeply. Carpentry was something I’d always enjoyed, but pallets had never featured in any of the work I’d done. When I landed the gig as Projects Coordinator for Guatemala‘s Caoba Farms, coordinating volunteers and a weekly farmers market, pallets had nothing to do