Contiki | Sustainable Vacation Packages

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I’m not one for activity-planned vacations. I prefer to do a little research, drop myself somewhere, soak up some local color and then do my own exploring. I don’t like crowds and I don’t like sharing my holiday with anyone other than those I’ve personally selected.

But I got a shout-out about a vacation provider called Contiki that’s integrating a ton of green initiatives, so I thought it was worth a mention. Calling themselves the “world leader in vacation packages geared towards 18 to 35 year olds”, Contiki recently announced their plans to help globe trekkers travel carbon neutral.

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Disneynature | Literally Going To The Ends Of The Earth To Bring You Nature

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The Walt Disney Company — which seems to own half of the entertainment industry — is now making its claim on the planet.

Studio Chairman Dick Cook announced Monday that the mega-corporation is launching their newest film label Disneynature — which, according to their press release “will literally go to the ends of the earth to produce major big screen nature documentaries”. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Greenbox | An Eco-Emerald on the Isle

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Whenever someone mentions Ireland, I think of shamrocks, Irish beer, River Dancing and the fact that the Irish descendants I know always seem to have a mighty good time. Beyond that, I know that Eire is a popular word in crossword puzzles, and that’s about it.

But recently I became aware of Greenbox, Ireland’s recently dedicated green belt for eco-tourists. A quick Google search revealed that the “green” in Greenbox is more than just a pretty color Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

America’s Greenest Cities List Does Not Say Much!

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If you lean green and want to join the legions in a green city, you should check out Popular Science’s rankings of the 50 greenest U.S. cities. For those of us who take personal responsibility for our footprints on the world no matter where we live, the list offers hope that urban communities can curb their fossil lust. And the rest of you … well, you’re probably not reading this anyway.

The cities are ranked based on four categories: electricity, transportation, green living (meaning green dwellings), and recycling/green attitude, for a possible total of 30 points, with the first two getting 10 points each and the second two getting 5. But enough of guidelines, you’re probably dying to know who came to the top.

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Stranded in Harmony in Costa Rica

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If you fly into a small airport forty miles from the nearest paved road — an airport that uses a local cow field as an airstrip — you may initially wonder if you’ve been stranded someplace desolate. That is, until you notice the small beach in Nosara, Costa Rica and take a sip of your freshly squeezed juice cocktail. Then you’ll realize that this secluded paradise is the home of the Harmony Hotel.

Located on Guiones Beach, famous for its impressive surf and beautiful surroundings, the Harmony Hotel was recently renovated to combine relaxation with a dedication to preserving a healthy environment, both on the property and in the surrounding community.

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Una Lodge | Quiet Mexican Eco-Vacation

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I’m not one of those vacationistas who likes to overplan. And I avoid going on trips with travel divas who feel the need to schedule every possible minute, jamming in activity after activity in the hopes of seeing everything and doing everything. That stresses me out and usually makes me feel like I need a vacation in order to recover from my vacation.

My ideal getaway involves just that — getting away. Going someplace remote, where you can leisurely enjoy the outdoors, drink cervezas and put all the stress of daily living behind you.

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Gaia Napa Valley | LEED Certified Spa

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Maybe it’s the Opera House-inspired awning or the Sydney Harbour Bridge (yes, with a “u” – that’s how it’s spelled down there) entrance way, but something about this hotel screams Conservation Centre (yes, “re”) in Outback Australia. You’d almost expect Bindi Irwin to jump out with a troop of grown men dressed as kangaroos, performing an educational (but with the pretense of entertainment) song and dance about protecting our environment. Well, at least that last part has some bearing on the story to follow. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Kylie Minogue Selling Island Eco Home

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Why would someone spend a million dollars greenovating an island retreat off the coast of Australia only to turn around and sell it? I don’t know the answer, but I bet Kylie Minogue has some thoughts on the subject. The singer has put her French Island home in Western Port Bay on the market and is expected to collect nearly $2 million for the place.

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Virgin Atlantic Flies on Coconut Oil

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As temperatures continue to tiptoe higher, buzzes of sustainable but efficient shifts in building and transportation are becoming increasingly important. Though nihilism periodically dominates some of these explorations, there’s much positive work and research being done in an effort to preserve life as we’ve come to know it.

A little known fact is that air travel contributes about 2% of the world’s total carbon output. In a pioneering effort to find a sustainable way to fly, Virgin Atlantic has created the first (partially) biofuel-powered jet. The Boeing 747 – which gets about 20% of its power from fuel made from the oil of coconut and babassu nuts – successfully flew a passenger-less test run from London to Amsterdam. So says Sir Richard Branson, President of Virgin Atlantic: “biofuel can work at 30,000 feet without freezing.”

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Turtle Island Resort | Sinfully Sustainable

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Remember the controversy surrounding “The Blue Lagoon” when it hit theaters back in 1980? With its themes of teenage sex, masturbation and alcoholism — not to mention a scantily clad underaged Brooke Shields — the film was a new low for Conservative Christians who branded it “immoral”.

But all that controversy aside, wasn’t the location beautiful?

The movie was shot on the island of Nanuya Levu in Fiji, which is owned by retired American entrepreneur Richard Evanson. Three decades later, let’s revisit the scene of the “crime”.

Evanson, the owner and managing director of the island, enjoyed the companionship of the film crew so much that after principal photography wrapped, he decided to turn Nanuya Levu into a socially responsible resort under the name Turtle Island.

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Greenhouse | Green Nightlife in NYC

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Green is about to become MK Olsen cool with the launch of the world’s first eco nightclub in NYC. The not-so-imaginatively titled Greenhouse is expected to open this winter at a so-far “secret” location — somewhere in the vicinity of West 21st Street and Tenth Avenue in Manhattan Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos

Post Ranch Inn | Environmental Getaway

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A weekend getaway can be extravagant — both for your pocketbook and for the environment. But it doesn’t have to be that way. But it is possible to a good time and remain safe in the knowledge that you’re not doing a nasty number on Mother Earth.

If you live in or near California, the Post Ranch Inn is a luxurious, yet socially conscious option.

Situated on the breathtakingly beautiful Californian coastline, Big Sur’s Post Ranch Inn is just a six-hour drive north of Los Angeles and a mere three hours south of San Francisco.

The Post Inn Ranch meets the strict guidelines of the Big Sur Land Use Plans and utilizes California’s first commercial greywater system. So, it’s no wonder the resort is ranked #6 in Trip Advisor’s Best Hotel For Romance in the U.S., as well as coming in #1 in Travel and Leisure’s 2007 Best Hotels in California.

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