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What is Sustainable Tourism?

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Phrases like responsible, ethical, and sustainable tourism are becoming more and more a part of our vocabulary. As we become increasingly aware of the impact of travel on our planet, companies, tour operators, and individuals alike are looking to take action to have less of an impact on the world. With emissions from airplanes playing …

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Visiting White Sands National Park in New Mexico: The Ultimate Guide for Travelers

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Rising from the glistening white sands of New Mexico along the San Andres mountains is America’s newest National Park, White Sands. These sands are made of gypsum, a soft mineral left by the ancient Permiari Sea thousands of years ago. Here in the Tularosa Basin of New Mexico, repeated freezing and thawing cycles over millennia …

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Santa Fe Farmers’ Market + Distinctive Must-See Downtown Santa Fe Attractions

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New Mexico’s capital is brimming with fun and exciting things to do. With its mix of Native American, Mexican, Spanish, and Anglo-American cultural influences, it is quite the mix that will enthrall the entire family. I visited Santa Fe during a road trip around New Mexico, which included stops in Albuquerque, Taos, the Bisti Badlands, …

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Start Packing: 5 Sustainable Travel Destinations for 2020

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As I’ve been learning in my Sustainable Tourism class here on O’ahu, sustainable travel isn’t just a trendy buzzword, and it’s not just about the natural environment. Sustainability also includes the local economy, the culture, heritage sites, groups, and events. Creating a resilient tourism industry allows a country to continue thriving while also gaining the …

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Staying at the Luxurious Rattray’s on MalaMala Game Reserve in South Africa

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“You know you are truly alive when you’re living among lions.” ― Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa Our wondrous safari journey into the heart of South Africa’s massive wilderness began after a few days exploring Cape Town and a stay at the historic Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. Weary from travel, the warm air hugged us for reassurance as …

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Staying at Tongabezi Lodge in Zambia

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Have you ever heard a hippo trumpet?  The highlight of my time at Tongabezi was sitting on the deck outside our room, surrounded by mischievous monkeys, gazing out on the pods of trumpeting hippos in the afternoon sun.  When rumours spread that Prince Harry and then girlfriend Meghan Markle were staying at the Tongabezi Lodge …

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An all Female Photography and Artisan Tour of Guatemala with Amanda Björn Photography

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I recently had the great pleasure of producing photo and video content for Amanda Björn’s tour of Antigua and Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. Amanda is a professional photographer who leads photo and art-oriented tours in Cuba and Guatemala. Our trip felt more like traveling with a group of friends than a guided tour, which was …

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22 Unique Things to do in Spokane, Washington: Gateway to the American West

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Washington’s second-largest city quietly boasts access to some of the finest wine, coffee, architecture, and outdoor activities in North America.  There are so many unique things to do in Spokane, from exploring historic sites to flower picking at local farms. More than half of the buildings in Spokane are on the Historic Register, and the …

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Nikko Day Trip From Tokyo: Flower in the Mirror, Moon on the Water

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門前の小僧習わぬ経を読む。 An apprentice near a temple will recite the scriptures untaught For a spiritual reset after the commotion of Tokyo, and a fascinating glimpse into the ancient culture of Japan, I went on an excursion for two nights to the 1200-year-old idyllic Japanese mountain town of Nikko. Nikko is the perfect day or overnight trip …

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