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10 Reads of Sweet Summer Love

“A life without love is like a year without summer.”  -Swedish Proverb It’s hard to say precisely how, but summer—with its sunshine, extended days, and slower pace—changes us in some small way. Whether we’re traveling the world or exploring the backyard, the carefree days of summer seem to foment some […]

Christmas in the Slums of Gugulethu: Part 2

The rains coming in mean bad news. In Gugulethu, the shanties here are on dirt and when the water comes, this equals mud. But even though the rain has poured during what is typically the dry season, people are out and about preparing for the Christmas tradition. Here, there are […]

The Eye of the Gyre

At long last, the weather is good. After enduring a storm that has tested my physical and mental endurance beyond any limit I’ve previously experienced, the 5 Gyres crew has awoken to calm seas and brilliant sunshine. The longest I’ve been caught in a storm at sea is 72 hours, […]

Behind the Veil in Kuala Lumpur

An American writer’s trip to Kuala Lumpur and her first hand experience with wearing a veil. The formidable Margaret Thatcher once said that if you want something done, you should give it to a woman. I would argue that if you want something done in extreme heat, give it to […]

Video: A Walk in Nature

VideoNature is a powerful thing. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Life is a journey, not a destination.” This video should inspire you to keep exploring. A Walk in Nature from NotWorkingFilms on Vimeo.  

Twinkies In Outer Space

ExclusiveThe voyage into the heart of the Atlantic gyre continues. To make landfall in Uruguay, we’re dependent on our engine to propel our vessel through the windless areas of the open sea. But today, as we followed a line of garbage where we pulled out milk crates, buckets, and nondescript […]

Eco-Homebodies: Finding Afar Close to Home

A view of Portland on 350 Day, October 24th, 2009 I’ve been away from my home in Portland, Oregon for 75 percent of 2010. I’ve become used to a gypsy eco-adventure life on the road or at sea – I’ve got a good tan and my hair is going blonde, […]

Beach Retreat: 5 Essential Items for a Tropical Getaway

Winter is finally setting in, but if you are fortunate enough, you may have a warm weather escape on your horizon! It turns out that I am the aforementioned lucky duck who writes this post from the middle of the Indian Ocean on a set of exquisite islands off the […]

4 Things to Inspire Your Conscious Travel Spirit

In this day and age, the word “green” gets thrown around a lot. But what does it really mean? When we talk about “green travel” it tends to imply anything from eco resorts to carbon offsets. These are all good things, but the crucial part about “green” travel isn’t that […]

The Slums of Cape Town: Part 1

I travel the world looking at garbage. Plastic garbage. This is my job. Our NGO quantifies plastic density in the oceanic gyres, but because all would-be plastic patches are land born, we study garbage wherever we can. When I arrive in a new country, I’m keen to investigate waste management […]

Speedy, Green Travel Favored in Spain

Spain’s Alta Velocidad Espanola train is destined to win the race against carbon emissions. Spain’s Alta Velocidad Española (AVE) high-speed rail service is providing a greener, and more enjoyable way to travel short distances. For example, approximately six million people travel the 325 miles between Barcelona and Madrid each year. […]

Seeing the Gulf From Above

A picture is worth a thousand words. The expression may sound cliche, but in the conservation movement, it couldn’t be more true. In the day and age of quick soundbites and short attention spans, when it comes to promoting a cause, grabbing people’s attention is key. We need more than […]

Behind the Veil in Kuala Lumpur

An American writer’s trip to Kuala Lumpur and her first hand experience with wearing a veil. The formidable Margaret Thatcher once said that if you want something done, you should give it to a woman. I would argue that if you want something done in extreme heat, give it to […]

Foodie Underground: Appreciating Simple Food

ColumnTaking a Swedish approach to appreciating our everyday food routines. I’ve been traveling for a few weeks, and in doing so have failed to keep up with the latest and greatest in food news that seems to inundate the blogosphere on a daily basis. But a girl needs a break […]

Foodie Underground: How to Travel Like a Foodie

ColumnA step-by-step guide to making sure you travel like a food lover. “You can’t eat yet.” My tablemates were ready to dig into their meal when my best friend and travel partner Rachel alerted everyone that they had to wait for a few. “Just one second,” I said, while whipping […]

Attack of the Bed Bugs

I never knew how much I would regret not camping on a weekend jaunt to Yosemite. I’m reminded of it every second of the day as I feel the burning and itching sensation up and down my arms and other parts where the sun don’t shine. I was attacked by […]

Music Monday: Earth is My Hometown

EcoSalon’s weekly playlist pick from 8tracks. In need of a trip? If you can’t get to buying a ticket today, you can at least get to listening to this playlist, which is a nice collection of multilingual tracks from around the world, from Emilie Simon to Bon Iver.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Travel in 2015

The new year is upon us, and with it come the new year’s resolutions that we have the best intentions of keeping (but, admittedly, typically fall by the wayside come February). This year, though, I suggest we all try a different tactic – a set of resolutions that foster health, […]

Nourish Your Body and Soul: Plan a Mediterranean Diet Vacation

A Greek salad with fresh feta. Grilled lamb chops with bright sprigs of mint. Mussels sautéed with flavorful tomatoes and garlic, partnered with earthy olives and potatoes. Now, picture these Mediterranean diet dishes served against a setting as delicious as the meals themselves: a farm-to-table restaurant overlooking rolling vineyards, a […]

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