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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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'

fshok.com 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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How Iberia is flying toward more sustainability

  Environmental sustainability - yes, you could say it's a "buzz phrase", but even so, it's a concept that all of us need to focus on in the years to come in order to save our planet's biosphere. Many businesses are stepping up to the plate, and Iberia is one of them, with initiatives including more efficient, emissions-reducing aircraft; electric airport vehicles; recycling of inflight waste; digitalisation of as many procedures as possible; and renewable energy in our facilities. It's a…

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A reality check for those concerned about flying and climate change

Like some in the travel media and industry, in the back of my mind I have for some time been a bit uneasy about the role we play in promoting travel - especially via air - inasmuch as it seems to contribute to further polluting the environment and especially increasing carbon emissions that promote climate change. Well, the other day I came across a post in the online Daily Beast called "Why Your Carbon Footprint Is Meaningless," which among many other things points out that "transportation…

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  • One of the advantages of not being a Nepali is that you can enter the casinos. The laws of the land officially forbid a native from gambling. ... Read the full travelogue on Wanderink.com 

  • Wow, just discovered Tripatini a couple of days ago, very glad to see this group. Needs more love though, only 27 members?! This should be integrated as major component to any social media network for travel... not just a small ad in

  • Hello everybody, we're honoured to join this group, and we hope to be able to work with you in making Responsible Travel more and more a reality.

    We agree with the points you all made there regarding the definition of Responsible Travel. Like Thommen, we believe that the sustainable transformation it brings should be able to reach different aspects of the community, from the economy, culture and traditions, and environment, as well as politics, education, and others.

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    Daniel

    Muskoka Foundation 

    www.themuskokafoundation.org and Tweeter: @dogoodasyougo

    The Muskoka Foundation - Do Good as You Go: Travel and Volunteer to Do Good on your next Adventure
    Do Good as You Go is a growing movement of independent travelers volunteering their time, leveraging their skills and traveling responsibly throughou…
  • Fam trips to our Oasis Camp Lake Elementaita at USD 40 per person fullboard. www.oasis.co.ke/eco.html
  • Business Partnership

    We are a small intimate eco lodge located on the shores of Lake Elementaita Kenya which recently became a UNESCO world heritage site.
    Our Lodge is suited for families, birders and nature lovers.

    The sorrounding attractions/activities include.
    - Visit to the Great Rift Valley Lakes - Lake Nakuru, Naivasha, Bogoria and Lake Baringo
    -Early morning or Late evening dip at a hotsprings near the camp - a relaxing treat
    -Game viewing at Lake Nakuru national park
    -Visit to Kariandusi Prehistoric site discovered by Dr. Leakey
    -Visit to Menengai Crater and Hyrax Hill prehistoric sites.
    -Visit to Thompson Falls
    -Hiking on the Oasis Trail - A thrilling 3-4 hr hike/climb with great views
    -Biking Tours - Very nice biking trails around the camp - Please bring your bike
    -bird watching along the shores of Lake Elementaita and the acacia forest
    -Or you could just relax in the camp with a book or listen to the birds

    We are looking for partners who would be interested in booking their clients in our facility.
    For more info: bookings@oasis.co.ke

    9008244458?profile=original

    http://www.oasis.co.ke/eco.html

  • My blog Wanderink.com... deals with mostly rural travel, into hinterland India. There is a section at the end 'Wanderink recommends' - basically to stimulate discussion and to come up with pointers for three-pronged development of these areas: environment, economy, culture and traditions. I guess as enthusiasts of responsible travel, we owe that much.
  • I think that falls within my 2nd point, meaningful community participation.  For a full page definition go to my website: http://www.eco-tropicalresorts.com/what-is-ecotourism.htm.  I bring up the issue you just did, Paul...it's a good one.
  • Good points, Lise.  I think of it as more than just eco or green tourism, but also a way of approaching travel that helps or at least does not harm local communities socially and economically, as well as environmentally.
  • Perhaps we should define Responsible Travel before we start the discussion.  In it's simplest form, I think it has to:

    1) Provides for conservation measures. 
    2) Includes meaningful community participation and 
    3) Is profitable and can sustain itself.

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