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Places & Spaces: Win a $5,000 Eco Escape from VivaTerra

VivaTerra, the leading retailer of distinctive eco goods for the home, is offering an Eco Escape to one lucky winner, provided by WanderTours. Winning a trip anywhere is pretty cool. But winning a trip of your choice to an exotic destination? Now that’s what we’re talking about. From today through […]

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 […]

Foodie Underground: What Are You Traveling With?

ColumnWhen chocolate and sea salt just aren’t an option. Five minutes before I needed to be out the door I was running around like a madwoman. Leaving is always like this, even if it’s just for a short trip. Trash taken out? Check. Wallet? Check. Computer? Check. Computer charger? Check. […]

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 […]

Places & Spaces: The Crosby Street Hotel, New York City

Located on a cobblestone street in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood is the eco contemporary Crosby Street Hotel. In a city that’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the U.S., as well as home to many eco inventors, we’re excited that there’s an eco-hotel that’s leading the way […]

The Rules of International Romance

Been there, loved that. “Traveling is like flirting with life. It’s like saying, ‘I would stay and love you, but I have to go; this is my station.’” -Lisa St. Aubin de Terán There are few things sweeter in life than the thrill of freshly-sparked infatuation. Regardless of whether the […]

Green Travel Tip: Ditch the Ziploc and Get Organized

You’ve been planning your eco-friendly vacation for ages, and now you’ve picked an eco-resort that only feeds its customers organic, locally sourced food, you’ve purchased your carbon offsets and you even went all out and bought a solar charger for your laptop. Now all that’s left is to pack. With […]

How Should You Travel More Sustainably? Ask the UN

Understanding the threats that tourism poses to the environment and even cultures, the United Nations is launching a global initiative to make tourism worldwide more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism will be led initially by the French government and hosted by the United Nations […]

40 Photos of Doors from Around the World

In one door and out another. There’s something about a doorway that is at once welcoming and guarded. It provides an entrance as well as an exit; it beckons you while keeping you out. When you browse through this collection of door photos from around the world, you can’t help but […]

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 […]

Get Outta Your Car and Into the Outdoors

Take Your Trips Outside the Car I’m starting to think there really is no place like home. In his wonderful book, The Circumference of Home, Kurt Hoelting takes one year off planes, trains and automobiles in order to act on behalf of the planet, curbing his travel emissions and roaming-by […]

Ecotourism: Tel Aviv

Go beyond falafel and hummus, indulge in the bustling conscious culture of Tel Aviv. Before arriving to Tel Aviv, all my research concerning eating vegan or vegetarian pointed to one conclusion: falafel and hummus. Tel Aviv isn’t particularly known for its cuisine and has adopted its culinary creations from the […]

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 […]

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, […]

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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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