How to Enjoy Authentic and Ethical Animal Tourism: the responsible traveler

When we were planning our first safari in 2014, I found many tour groups offering a "Walk With Lions" experience in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The brochures stated that these were young lions, likely orphans, and that the organization would reintroduce them to the wild when they matured. This sounded great! But the more I read … Continue reading How to Enjoy Authentic and Ethical Animal Tourism: the responsible traveler

Focus Costa Rica: 5 of the Best Reasons to Visit Costa Rica

Birds, Wildlife, and Sustainable Ecotourism Costa Rica has been on my list for years. In fact it’s so high on the list that we’ve considered living in the country! Which is quite something as we’d never visited before. Why were we so enamored with a country we’d never seen? Once you read about Costa Rica … Continue reading Focus Costa Rica: 5 of the Best Reasons to Visit Costa Rica

Green Travel Planning, How to Design a Sustainable Trip: a case study

As wildlife lovers, we have always been interested in environmentally friendly travel. We followed all the basics - avoiding plastics and taking short showers - but only recently began to understand all that goes into making our travel destinations sustainable. We’ve learned that taking time to understand the issues challenging the destination, and planning accordingly, … Continue reading Green Travel Planning, How to Design a Sustainable Trip: a case study

Sustainable Travel: a globetrotter’s guide to being a responsible tourist

Sustainable Travel... Is it possible to be both environmentally responsible and a world traveler? Would it be better if we all just stayed home to reduce the carbon emissions from air travel? No, actually. Tourism is one of the most significant motivators towards preserving the natural and cultural treasures of the world. The challenge comes … Continue reading Sustainable Travel: a globetrotter’s guide to being a responsible tourist

Top Ten Gifts for the Eco-Friendly Traveler

This year we're putting our money where our principles are. No more of the mounds of holiday plastic and fast fashion. We have committed to a more green, sustainable lifestyle and we plan to choose gifts to reflect that. If you have travelers on your gift list, they are probably acutely aware of the need … Continue reading Top Ten Gifts for the Eco-Friendly Traveler

Responsible Traveler at Home

People travel for many reasons - adventure, culture, education, wilderness. We do a bit of all these things, but focus our biggest trips on earth's treasures. This produces a conflict - we thrill to explore natural places and be in the presence of wild creatures, but the trips themselves cause damage to these same environments. … Continue reading Responsible Traveler at Home