As more of us focus on giving back, minimizing social/environmental harm, & increasing world understanding, responsible/ethical tourism is becoming a hot travel trends, & one with deep implications for our planet & its people.

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An Africa tour operator which focuses on ethical tourism and voluntourism

  We used to have a desire to kick back on holiday, but now the desire to give back has moved to the forefront when it comes to booking that dream trip.  Proof that there’s more than one way to join in with the “feel good” factor, the “Travelling Eco-Book Depository” combines the traditional idea of recycling with the ethical mindset of today’s travellers – “reduce, reuse, recycle,” entering the travel sphere.  Simplistic it may be, but while most initiatives are generally tour operator led,…

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Travel/hospitality companies taking a lead in environmental protection

  As Daniel and Martha Everett and their two children enjoyed a trip to Florida's Walt Disney World, their focus was on entertainment and excitement rather than the environment. And when Barbara and Andy Allen checked into a Boston hotel, they wanted to fit as many sights as possible into their two-day visit. They gave little thought to how their stay might impact the ecosystem. post      

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Keys to Airline Decarbonization: Biofuels

Epipelagic Commercial aviation (along with much of aviation in general) has for more than a decade now been committed to "green" development, with much of the sector now dedicated to reducing polluting emissions with a goal of net zero by 2050. To put this into perspective, this sector emits less than three percent of greenhouse gases into the Earth's atmosphere, whilst cattle raising is responsible for 19 percent; Internet servers more than two percent; and the information/communication…

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Responsible travel to the fore for Virgos in 'Using Astrology to Plan Travel this Holiday Season' Still vibrant and popular today, the five-thousand-year-old art of astrology can identify, say, business and romantic opportunities or challenges. And those celestial bodies slinking about the stars can also help pinpoint optimal times and places for travel. And since destinations have their own astro-charts -- which interact with yours -- astrology can even serve as a kind of spiritual travel agent. It can tell you, for example, about places likely to be harmonious or challenging…

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  • I'd always thought of Las Vegas as an epitome of environmental wastefulness, so I was pleasantly surprised to catch this yesterday - although it's still not my cup of tea as a destination:
    How Sin City finally learned to sustain itself
    Las Vegas is a glittering oasis in the desert—defying the odds of nature. So how did it became an unlikely champion in sustainability?
  • Do you understand how "carbon offsets" for air travel work? I didn't, but came across this National Geographic piece from last year which helps a lot:
    Should you buy carbon offse
    More than a third of Americans would pay extra to offset their flights’ CO2 emissions, a new National Geographic survey finds.
  • More than most travel/hospitality players, ski/winter resorts are well acquainted with climte change and other environmental issues, and here's a look from CNN on how of some of the top spots around the world are going increasingly green (so to speak): (PESLING)
    10 of the world's most sustainable ski resorts | CNN
  • has an interesting piece on something called "regenerative travel" - worth a read!
  • A good question!
    The Travel Industry Has Ambitious Climate Goals. How Will It Meet Them?
    The travel industry has a long way to go to reach its climate ambitions of net-zero by 2050, but these companies and destinations are stepping up to…
  • Antarctica travel has been booming in recent years, of course. But Fodors recently published an article surveying the field and asking the question: is it really worth the environmental impact to check off another item on a "bucket list"?
    Antarctica Has Become a Popular Destination. But Should You Actually Go?
    Fodor's provides expert travel content worth exploring so you can dream up your next trip. The world is a weird and wonderful place—we want to show y…
  • Too many Caribbean islands succumb to the allure of cruise tourism, but Anguilla is a notable standout, citing its negative environmental impact. Of course, it's easier for them, since they make more from their exclusive, high-end brand of tourism. But commendable nonetheless!
    Stunning Caribbean island bans cruise ships - 'Not debatable'
    A CARIBBEAN island has said that cruise tourism is not worth the environmental impact. The Government has said it doesn't want to encourage cruise sh…
  • For the past dozen years, a blog started by the eponymous Points Guy, Brian Kelly, has evolved into an award-winning, and wide ranging authority on not just airline mileage programs but how-to travel in general, and a little while back published a great post on sustainable/responsible travel and how to do it:
    Ways you can travel more sustainably based on expert advice
    “Skip Machu Picchu and opt for Choquequirao — these Incan ruins only draw 20 visitors per day,” said Alexis Bowen, founder of sustainable travel star…
  • If you're interested in Africa safaris, you might want to give this a read:
    How to book an ethical safari: 10 things to consider
    If you want to make sure you're planning an ethical trip, here are 10 things to consider when you book that dream safari in Africa.
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