Sustainable Tourism Innovations Awards – Nominate or Apply Before August 2

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Sustainable Tourism Innovations Awards – Nominate or Apply Before August 2

As a relatively new field, ecotourism tends to attract entrepreneurs and innovators so you’ll have to be at the top of your game to win the International Ecotourism Society’s annual Innovation Leadership in Sustainable Tourism Award.  Good luck!  See details below. Media Contacts: The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) Ayako Ezaki, Director of Communications 202.503.5066... »

The Mindful Tourist Celebrates the Fourth of July

Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Mindful Tourist Celebrates the Fourth of July

Happy Independence Day, suckahs! Here is our planned schedule for how to celebrate the fourth in a fun yet socially conscious way: Location: Beach in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. 7am – Get woken up by douchebags who decide a good time to practice setting off the night’s fireworks is before anyone has had their morning... »

Slightly Off-Topic But Please Help Us Understand

Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Slightly Off-Topic But Please Help Us Understand

We’re truly baffled.  Maybe it’s because just today we finished Barbara Kingsolver’s wonderful (leetle bit preachy, Babs) Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, and are all hyped to go to the farmer’s market, bake some bread, and sit on turkey eggs. Here’s the conundrum: Slow Food USA is holding slow food cooking demonstrations in three American cities. ... »

Saving Money While Traveling Mindfully

Saturday, June 12, 2010
Saving Money While Traveling Mindfully

Recently, we were asked by a magazine to submit some travel money-saving trips.  We don’t know if any of our tips made it into the publication but we thought we’d also share them with you.  These are in addition to the typical ones we always talk about – local food, eco-friendly tours (this means no... »

When Sustainable Tourism is at Odds with Sustainable Culture

Monday, June 7, 2010
When Sustainable Tourism is at Odds with Sustainable Culture

Sometimes, sustainable tourism is a good thing.  And sometimes, it’s a mask designed to demonstrate how progressive a country is when that country is in fact, catering to tourists more than to its own longtime culture and the health of its citizens.  The latter is exactly what seems to be happening in Bostwana now.... »

Graham Land and His Green Peeves in El Pod of Cast

Saturday, May 29, 2010
Graham Land and His Green Peeves in El Pod of Cast

Did anything in that title make sense to you?  Keep reading and all will be revealed.  Graham Land (possibly most awesome name ever) is an environmental writer who we knew back in the days of his straight edge youth, which incidentally served us well when we were locked out of our house one day... »

Bodhi Tree Foundation’s Goal of Sustainable Tourism

Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Bodhi Tree Foundation’s Goal of Sustainable Tourism

Over the past year, two new foundations focused on sustainable tourism have been formed.  While in theory, this is great news for those of us who promote and believe in responsible, sustainable, socially-conscious, whatever you want to call it-tourism, there is also cause for slight concern. The Bodhi Tree Foundation was founded by Jena... »

Someecards: A Decent Way to Pass an Hour

Sunday, May 9, 2010
Someecards: A Decent Way to Pass an Hour

Last year we were introduced to someecards (thanks, Shannon!), a snarky alternative to cheesy, typical e-cards, and since then, we’ve had a good time picking out deliberately ambiguous (is she being serious? is she mad or just being funny?) cards to our loved ones.  Here are some goodies related to the upcoming summer travel season:        ... »

A Proactive Mindful Traveler

Sunday, April 25, 2010
A Proactive Mindful Traveler

Jeremy Smith writes about how his vision of ecotourism has changed over the years.  His personal epiphany is interesting but the best part of this article is the questioning of passive versus active ecotourism.  That is, doing the least to harm a place is good, but isn’t doing the most to improve a place... »

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