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From the Vault: See the World

7 stories about travel and what it can do for our world – and for us. Travel: as this gentleman famously said, it’s fatal to bigotry, prejudice and narrow-mindedness. Once your feet meet the road, it’s not enough to merely see the world – you want to understand it as […]

5 Low-Impact Ways to Experience Central Park

Our friends over at Planet Green came up with five low-impact ways to explore New York City’s Central Park. Most of them are free and all of them are decidedly earth-friendly. So why aren’t you there right now enjoying nature? The first landscaped public park in the United States, Central […]

Video: Incubation

VideoDiving into Cuba. Incubation is a visual journey of 15 days through Cuba by Guillaume Le Berre, the beautiful combination of travel photography and film.

Green Travel Tip: Ziplining the World Round

I tried my hand at ziplining last week. Thanks to a PR-stunt by the British Columbia tourism board, I got the chance to zip for free right on over San Francisco’s Embarcadero. Hurtling down that 680-foot metal cable, comfortably nestled into my harness with my backpack clipped in above me, […]

Natural Beauty

The alluring appeal of tropical nature is enthralling. Straight from the pages of one of my favorite glossy muses, the May/June issue of Australia Vogue Living offers this piece of paradise in a ten page spread. Here’s an edited taste of the original article written by Susan Westwood. All the elements […]

30 Photos of Life in Motion

A seat with a view. “Journeys are the midwives of thought,” said Alain de Botton in The Art of Travel. “Few places are more conducive to internal conversations than a moving plane, ship or train.” Indeed, some of our favorite travel memories are of the moments in transit: the anticipation […]

Living the Dream Through Surfing and Sailing

When Liz Clark was nine years old, she started a piggy bank with a sign taped to it that read, “sailing around the world fund.” From that day forward, she set in motion a plan to follow the route sailed by Robin Lee Graham, who circumnavigated the world at age […]

Foodie Underground: Local Specialties to Make You Cringe

ColumnTrashy classics are the trendiest. Last week in Santa Fe I walked into a brewpub situated in the Railyard, an urban community of galleries, cafes and businesses blending into the gritty architecture of the railroad tracks. A chalkboard welcomed diners, highlighting all of the local meat and produce that was being […]

Foodie Underground: Travel and Tacos

ColumnTravel lessons: Good food, from good places, with good people. Only one day into a trip to Baja, Mexico, and my friend Megan and I had come up with our official “Taco Challenge.” (Because when you travel, you should always have a challenge.) This one involved eating at least one […]

Africa and The Elephant

Driving east beyond the Cape of Good Hope and the true terminus of Africa, Cape Agulhas, where the convergence of the Indian and The Atlantic Ocean dance to support untold stories of life and struggle in the ocean – the land of South Africa opens up. For the wild beasts […]

Arrival In Cape Town

After a journey that was punctuated by storms and unfavorable wind directions, the 5 Gyres crew arrived in Cape Town, South Africa. 31 days, 4100 nautical miles and plastic all the way. But I am proud. No one has ever explored the South Atlantic Gyre for plastic pollution before. We […]

8 Re-Purposed Hotels from Around the Globe

From using organic cotton sheets to serving up fresh, local fare, many hotels have adopted green initiatives. Still, others use a different sustainable strategy: re-purposing old buildings and turning them into hotels. On top of the environmental benefits of recycling a building that might otherwise get torn down, there’s something […]

10 Songs To Walk Down a Foreign Sidewalk To

An exclusive EcoSalon playlist inspired by the streets of the old world.  You squeeze your way past a busy cafe table, you dodge a Vespa, you nearly miss a run-in with a bike; there’s nothing quite like a European stroll. In the spirit of travel and exploring new cities, this […]

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, […]

Reflections from a Two-Timer

ExclusiveThe final chapter in a voyage through the Atlantic gyre. It’s not what you think, but it is true that I go both ways. I’ve just finished an epic three-point, five-month voyage that had me sailing from Brazil to South Africa to Namibia to Uruguay. We crossed the Atlantic twice, […]

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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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