Top 20 Things To Do In Costa Rica (for Nature & History Lovers)

Top 20 Things To Do In Costa Rica (for Nature & History Lovers) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. I took my first trip to Costa Rica back in 1997. Back then the Central American country was still just emerging as a world-renowned ecotourism hotspot. I was just emerging as a professional journalist/editor, and it was my first trip abroad as an adult. As a nature lover, I was blown away by all the things to do in Costa Rica. From the beautiful beaches of Playa Tambor and the dramatic scenery of the Arenal area to the remarkably …

Hawaiian Mythology (Hawaii’s Sacred Connection With Nature)

Hawaiian Mythology (Hawaii’s Sacred Connection With Nature) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Author Joseph Campbell once said, “Myth is the secret opening through which the inexhaustible energies of the cosmos pour into human cultural manifestation.” There are few places in the modern world in which this connection between mankind…

The Best Caribbean Islands to Visit (If You Love Nature & Hate Crowds)

The Best Caribbean Islands to Visit (If You Love Nature & Hate Crowds) originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Stretching from the southeastern U.S. down to the north coast of South America, the Caribbean consists of more than 700 islands, islets, reefs, and cays. Yet the vast majority of travelers seem to visit the same old hoary chestnuts…

Top 10 Things To Do In Jamaica: An Ecotourism Guide

Top 10 Things To Do In Jamaica: An Ecotourism Guide originally appeared on Green Global Travel. When talking about the world’s best exotic islands, everyone has their favorite. Personally, I’m in love with Jamaica, which was one of the first travel destinations I ever visited. I love Bob Marley and lots of other Jamaican music, and had several Jamaican friends when…

Three Ways to Visit Cuba’s Cigar Country

One of the most pervasive associations with Cuba, at least for Americans, is cigars. The heart of Cuba’s cigar country is a town called Viñales, located in the province of Pinar del Rio, but cigars themselves are only part of the story here.  Viñales, you see, is surrounded by limestone karsts carpeted in emerald jungles, a paradise by most any definition.  There’s also the people, or one of them in particular—more on him in a minute. The various ways you can visit Viñales, whether you do so as a day or weekend trip from Havana, as …

7 Harmful Traditional Practices Tourists Should Never Support

7 Harmful Traditional Practices Tourists Should Never Support originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Go Green Tip #120:7 Harmful Traditional Practices Tourists Should Never Support In the last few decades, as world travel has gotten exponentially easier, global markets and exoticism have grown more trendy. Many harmful traditional practices rooted in local culture have been exploited for tourist revenue, despite becoming glaringly antiquated. While ritual remains important, times do change. And with them, so does the world. Though there are many aspects of the “days of yore” that deserve to be preserved, we must collectively make progress towards …

GO GREEN TIP #119: Responsible Travel to National Parks

GO GREEN TIP #119: Responsible Travel to National Parks originally appeared on Green Global Travel. GO GREEN TIP #119Responsible Travel to National Parks The Responsible Travel slogan “Leave no trace” encourages us to explore the great outdoors without altering them. This mentality should obviously apply when visiting any of the 83 million acres of National Parks in the US, or the hundreds of other national parks…

Complete List of National Parks for Your World Travel Bucket List

Complete List of National Parks for Your World Travel Bucket List originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Complete List of National Parksfor Your World Travel Bucket List As we began to compile a complete list of National Parks for this piece to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, I was shocked and dismayed to realize how few of…

St Thomas Islands: Outdoor Adventures on Cas Cay

St Thomas Islands: Outdoor Adventures on Cas Cay originally appeared on Green Global Travel. St Thomas Islands: Outdoor Adventures on Cas Cay St Thomas, a sparkling jewel in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is world renowned for its gorgeous beaches. Many mainstream travelers are drawn to the island simply for its white sand and palm trees. But there’s an entirely different natural side to St Thomas that’s worth discovering as an off-the-beaten-path ecotourism experience. Located far away from the hordes of cruise ship passengers and day-trippers from other islands, Cas Cay is one …

Back Where We Started: Revisiting the Place That Changed My Life

Back Where We Started: Revisiting the Place That Changed My Life originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Back Where We StartedRevisiting the Place That Changed My Life It’s a strange feeling to return to the place where your life’s dream was born. Reflections of the past, observations of the present, and hopeful visions of your future all seem to collide in a rush of …

Our Epic Fjords of Norway Road Trip

Our Epic Fjords of Norway Road Trip originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Our Epic Fjords of Norway Road Trip Summarizing a road trip through the Fjords of Norway is a slippery slope of clichéd superlatives. “Jaw-dropping,” “awe inspiring, and “mindblowing” are the first adjectives come to mind. But the most often-used word during our week-long trip through western Norway was simply “WOW!!!” If you’ve used social media, you’ve likely seen stunning scenery from the Fjords of Norway in your Facebook or Instagram feed. With mountains…

Endangered Elephants of East Africa

Endangered Elephants of East Africa originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Endangered Elephants of East Africa The African continent is home to two species of increasingly endangered elephants. The elusive African Forest Elephant, which lives in the forests of the Congo, is the smallest of the world’s three elephant species. The African Bush Elephant can grow up to 24 feet in length and 13 feet in height, weighing around 11 tons. It’s the largest elephant species, the largest land mammal, and can live up to 70 years (longer than any mammal except humans). These …

Embracing Maasai Culture in Tanzania

Embracing Maasai Culture in Tanzania originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Embracing Maasai Culture in Tanzania I’ve never been so happy to depart a destination as I was the day we left Lake Natron. Wrecked by a stomach virus, relentless heat, and winds that pelted us with stinging sand, I was miserable and ready for pampering at Lake Manyara’s Escarpment Luxury Lodge. But it’s our time learning about Maasai culture in a nameless village along the way that I’ll forever…

Ljubljana Slovenia: The European Green Capital of 2016

Ljubljana Slovenia: The European Green Capital of 2016 originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Ljubljana castle from Neboticnik skyscraperLjubljana SloveniaThe European Green Capital for 2016 (The following is a guest post from Bob Ramsak, the journalist/photographer behind the PiranCafe travel blog. You can also follow Bob’s adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you’re a travel blogger interested in guest…