20 Tallest Mountains in the World By Continent (For Your World Travel Bucket List)

The writing staff here at Green Global Travel has been a fortunate group of ramblers, exploring a bevy of the biggest and tallest mountains in the world. From Alaska’s Denali/Mt. McKinley and Tanzania‘s Mt. Kilimanjaro to the Andes mountains of South America and the Himalayan region around Ladakh, India, every continent has its most formidable and majestic peaks. Collectively known as the Seven Summits, these massive

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

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

DIY Mesa Verde Tours: How to Explore the National Park on Your Own

DIY Mesa Verde Tours: How to Explore the National Park on Your Own originally appeared on Green Global Travel. When I started planning a cross-country road trip with my British wife, Emma, Mesa Verde tours weren’t originally part of our itinerary. We spent most of the last decade in Central America, admiring the great Mayan temples there. But I never really stopped to consider the rich indigenous history of my own country, the United States. One of the great tragedies of US history is how much of it has been swept under the rug. Before colonization and expansion, our nation was replete with natives far more in respectful of its natural wonders. Unfortunately those

Otavalo, Ecuador: Keeping Indigenous Andean Roots Alive

Otavalo, Ecuador: Keeping Indigenous Andean Roots Alive originally appeared on Green Global Travel. On a Wednesday morning, the market in Otavalo, Ecuador heaves with activity. Stalls are stuffed with local wares: The ponchos for which the Otavalo market is famous. The hat for which Panama stole the glory. A bounty of chow— quinoa, fingerling potatoes, ceviche de chocho— for which

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