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Villa Vajra, Bali: eco-haven of peace & tranquility

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| Simple, Sophisticated Luxury | Bali is a paradise beyond my wildest dreams: lush, dense jungle; picturesque rice paddies; tropical beaches with world-class snorkeling among coral reefs, outdoor adventure activities, ancient temples, traditional arts, delicious dining options, endless varieties of yoga and meditation classes and retreats, and countless mystical shamans and energy healers. Truly, Bali […].

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7 great Philippines eco-travel destinations

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| Go Green or Don’t Go | With today’s ease of travel comes staggering environmental problems, particularly in the Earth’s underdeveloped but most beautiful destinations. Case in point: The Philippines.

Forest bathing in Green Wine Country

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| No Soap, No Stress | We eco-travelers seek experiences that offer connections with the natural world. They leave us inspired, rejuvenated and, often, more relaxed. So, when our GTG team learned of a special 2018 Earth Day event promising to slow our pulse rates by connecting us directly with the land via a time-honored […]. All California Green Wine Country North America Sonoma United States forest bathing forest therapy green wine tourism Red Car Vineyards shinrin-yoku

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Envision Festival 2015: Costa Rica’s Burning Man with an eco-twist

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| Green Travel News | Envision Festival returns to the breathtaking shores of Uvita, Costa Rica, February 26 through March 1, 2015.

500+ properties now listed on VeggieHotels site

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| Green Travel News | More than 500 hotels and B&Bs that serve exclusively vegetarian or vegan food are now listed on VeggieHotels. The Berlin-based web portal, launched in 2011, makes it easy to find purely vegetarian hotels, guest houses and conference centers.

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JustAhead app supercharges national park vacations

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| Green Travel News | A new GPS-powered travel app turns smartphones into hands-free audio tours of Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Death Valley and several more U.S. national parks.

San Francisco: Bay Area Green Tours leads the way

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Imlay City, Michigan: Mulefoot Gastropub redefines the food culture

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| A Green Field of Dreams | It’s on a beach walk along wind-swept Lake Huron in the Thumb—do as all Michiganders do and think of the state as mitten-shaped and you get the picture—that we meet Paul Weideman. He is playing with his big, boisterous dogs. We begin to chat.

Chefs predict green menu trends for 2016

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| Green Travel News | Next year’s restaurant menus will be getting greener. That’s the welcome prediction of nearly 1,600 professional chefs surveyed by the National Restaurant Association in its annual What’s Hot culinary forecast.

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Santa Barbara grows up (and gets green)

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| A New Eco-Hotel in a Revitalized Arts District | I grew up an hour south of Santa Barbara, and have lived there twice over the last two decades.

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Just back: the green Sands of the Las Vegas desert

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| Can Excessiveness and Eco-efficiency Coexist? | | Las Vegas Strip—love or hate it, few question its supremacy as America’s Babylon, the pinnacle of excess, debauchery and vice.

5 great green hotels in Canada

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| Greening in Canada | When it comes to traveling, people who have sustainable lifestyles might think that they have to leave their green practices at home and tolerate an overwhelming amount of wasted resources when staying at a hotel.

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Planning and traveling to an eco wedding abroad

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| Say ‘I Do’ to Green | Destination weddings are still trending—big-time. For Americans, the San Francisco Bay Area, Hawaii and South Florida are among the most popular options, but untold thousands of couples are also opting to have their wedding where passports are required.

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Aqua Bamboo: a green sanctuary in the heart of Waikiki

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| ‘The Cool Place’ | Just a five minute walk from Waikiki beach, tucked in between high-rise hotels, fancy restaurants and the haute couture shopping district, lies a true Hawaiian oasis—Aqua Bamboo.

Las Vegas green: B&B Ristorante

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12 tips for sustainable travel in 2016

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| Green Travel News | It’s never too late to add this New Year’s resolution: travel sustainably. For most of us, the beginning of a new year inspires plans for a bigger adventure than the year before. A place more diverse, more thrilling (or relaxing!), more exotic.

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3 tips for eco-friendly adventure vacations

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| Greening Your Adventure | “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks,” said John Muir, the Scottish-American naturalist and tireless advocate of preservation of wilderness in the United States.

Big-game trophies not welcome aboard, says Delta

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| Green Travel News | Delta, the only U.S. airline with direct flights to South Africa, just put up a big roadblock for American hunters hoping to bring home animal trophies.

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Just Back: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

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| The Beauty Amid Us | It has oft been observed that we ignore or overlook the beauty in our own backyards.

Want cheaper plane tickets? Use a ‘fake’ location

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| A Simple Trick To Save Money | I can’t explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage.

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Health-conscious travelers near half of U.S. market

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| Green Travel News | Health-conscious travelers now make up more than 40 percent of the U.S. travel marketplace and that number is trending upward—fast.

BookDifferent.com to publish carbon emissions for 593,000 hotels

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| Green Travel News | Several travel booking websites now call out eco-friendly lodgings, but in a world-first, not only is the Netherlands-based BookDifferent revealing which hotels have a valid green certification—they are also publishing nearly 600,000 hotels’ carbon emissions.

Fly carbon neutral on United for Earth Month

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| Green Travel News | In honor of Earth Month, all United Airlines passengers aboard the company’s signature Eco-Skies aircraft in April will be flying carbon neutral.

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OMunity Bali: not a private villa, a private green village!

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| Finding ‘Undiscovered’ Bali | My quest for ‘undiscovered’ Bali continues. I yearn to be alone in the wilds, with scarcely another tourist within miles, in a Bali as I imagined it might be long before it became inundated with outsiders like me.

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Menorca: a natural paradise in the Spanish Mediterranean

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| Unspoiled, Low Key | It’s high time for Menorca to claim its place as the natural beauty of the Balearic Islands.

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People matter: Tanzania evicts thousands of Maasai for hunting safaris

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| Green Travel News | Thousands of indigenous Maasai are being forced off their land at gunpoint, in an illegal land grab orchestrated by the Tanzanian government and a company based in the United Arab Emirates that wants to operate luxury hunting safaris.

Winning some (eco) green in Vegas

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| Green? Wanna Bet? | | The odds of finding an eco-tourist in Las Vegas are about as good as my winning a slot machine jackpot. And yet there are always a few winners, aren’t there?

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn: great past, green present

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| Indulge In A Classic | Don’t you just love a true sense of place?

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5 great apps for green travel

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| Green at Your Fingertips | There’s an app for everything these days, so why not for traveling greener? You have the power in your pocket to keep track of your carbon footprint and take steps to minimize it like never before.

Green tourism in Greece today: back to the future

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| An Introduction | I meet Aphrodite on the west side of Mt.Olympus. She comes to greet me when I arrive at her family’s hotel. She is as beautiful as her name implies—dark eyes, graceful body, long black hair, pale skin—and she is very smart.

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Manhattan: An Eco-Friendly Element in Times Square

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| The Big (Green) Apple | From the bustling street, you might not suspect that Element Times Square West is one of New York City’s eco-pioneers.

San Francisco: turning back the carbon clock

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| America’s Greenest City? | | We are proud to have been asked to contribute the May cover story for British Airway‘s magazine, High Life.

Want to stay close to nature in Europe? Try mobi-camping!

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| It’s Glamping Plus | You know about glamping—luxury camping with the comforts of home. But have you heard of mobi-camping? We didn’t think so. We just coined the phase…pass it on.

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5 smart tips for traveling green

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| Back to Basics | Listen up, class. The planet is in trouble. We love traveling, but travel is carbon intensive. So, don’t stop traveling. It’s one of life’s greatest pleasures. Just don’t give in to the temptation to ignore those sustainable habits we have at home.

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East Maui: the heart of Hawaiian culture at Travaasa Hana

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| Truer Shade of Green | The heart of Hawaiian culture is family, food, and ’aina, or a connection to the land.

San Francisco: Verbena, new green magic on Russian Hill

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| Over-Delivering By Design | We are pretty sure new magic is now in bloom on Upper Polk Street, on Russian Hill, the already vibrant San Francisco neighborhood.

Ktima Bellou: a green hotel in shadow of the Greek gods

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| Macedonian Green Elegance | It’s in the shadow of Mount Olympus, home to the ancient Greek gods and highest mountain in Greece. Nearby is the traditional village of Agios Dimitrios, population maybe a thousand and surrounded by farm and forest.

Letting Lisbon happen at the eco-friendly Inspira Santa Marta hotel

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| A Green Oasis | Lisbon isn’t a city you can pin down. In terms of both time and space, the Portuguese capital is at once so many different things.

How to tell if a hotel is greenwashing

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| A Pre-booking Checklist | We’ve all stayed at hotels that proudly boast, via little signs on the bed and/or bathroom sink, that they’re doing their part to save the environment. Don’t want towels changed in order to save water?

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Why walking can be your best eco-friendly vacation ever

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| Healthy Steps For Fun | What if we told you there’s an unforgettable adventure in your future. It will be Instagram-worthy to the max. It will engage, and sometimes challenge, all your senses. Thrill you with cultural and scenic wonders.

Barbados: 5 natural wonders to visit on this paradise isle

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| An Eco Short List | The eastern Caribbean island of Barbados loves its afternoon tea and cricket matches, just like London. This independent nation is still a member of the British Commonwealth.

Costa Rica: 5 great green reasons to go NOW

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| The Americas’ Greenest | Costa Rica and eco-travel have long been synonymous. And for good reason.

5 Tips for making your music festivals eco-friendly this summer

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| Zero-Waste Partying | Thousands of people of all ages attend music and experiential festivals every year, here in the U.S. and internationally. The music and other Instagram-worthy moments can be thrilling, but what about all the waste left behind?