[29 Jul 2013 | No Comment]
A Typical Day at Pura Vida House

A typical day of vacation in Costa Rica for our non-tennis or golf playing friends starts just like most; sunlight and crowing roosters, followed by the growls of howler monkeys off in the distance, and then chiming song birds fill your room. The morning symphony, we call it here at Pura Vida House in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

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[19 Jun 2014 | No Comment]

Vinaka Fiji’s volunteering programme educates and inspires in a beautifully symbiotic relationship between volunteers and locals in the remote Yasawa Islands, Fiji.  Angie Aspinall finds out more.
 The word ‘awesome’ is somewhat over-used but, every now and then, it is the most appropriate word to use to sum up a person or a situation.  Take ‘The Awesome Lady’ from Fiji: if ever there was someone to inspire awe, it has to be Elle.  Elenoa Nimacere is a truly awesome lady.
She was instrumental in assisting the owners to set up Awesome Adventures …

Sustaining Destinations »

[19 Jun 2013 | 5 Comments]
Award-Winning Eco Resort Isla Palenque on Track with Sustainable Development Plan

By Yvonne Bauche

The award winning eco resort on Isla Palenque, 90 minutes from David, Panama opened its doors for the first guests this spring. The planned development aims to “create sustainability that is not only good for the land, but good for the people that will live on it”. Recently, IUCN also recognized Isla Palenque for practicing biodiversity and conservation in its siting and design.

Sustaining Destinations »

[17 Jun 2013 | One Comment]
Morgan’s Rock Ecolodge Fulfills Visions of Sustainable Land Use

Morgan’s Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge’s motto is “playing with time, working with nature”. Owners, Eric and Carolina Poncon, say playing with time invites you to shift into reverse and drive away from the modern day hassles of itineraries, meetings, cellular phones and agendas while resetting your biological clock to countless sunrises and sunsets. The ecolodge is a 15-bungalow hideaway on a mile-long picturesque sandy beach, frequented year-round by nesting sea turtles.

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[15 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments]
Digging Deep into Vietnamese History at the Cu Chi Tunnels

By Charles Barker

Seven million tons of bombs were dropped on Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia – more than twice the amount of explosives dropped on Europe and Asia in WWII. But amazingly, it didn’t work. Not only did the Vietnamese stubbornly fail to be destroyed, they won the war. How on earth could a relatively small, poor country defy the might of the most powerful nation on earth and send them packing? Ten minutes spent exploring the tunnels at Cu Chi about 40 miles from Ho Chi Minh City reveals the answer.

Africa, ecoDestinations, Local & Slow Travel Stories »

[3 Jun 2013 | One Comment]
Six Things to Do in Nairobi, Kenya

By Samuel Hopkins

Nairobi, Kenya is one of region’s biggest draws, catering to all types of interests. To help you make the most of your time there, below is a list of six unforgettable and essential, but slightly off-the-beaten-track Nairobi experiences. Often, when people think of Africa, they’re reminded of its impressive wildlife. So what better way to start off a trip to the continent than meeting some of its most famous inhabitants up close and personal?

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[19 May 2013 | 4 Comments]
From Melbourne to the Great Barrier Reef with a Traveling Children’s Book Author

By Melissa Williams

I once told a friend that my goal in life was to never work a “nine to five.” I live that quote everyday, working till midnight at times and taking weeks away from my office in tropical settings to work remotely across multiple time zones. I look at my laptop clock and it’s 6:30 pm in my home city of Houston, Texas. But in my present moment of reality, it’s 8:30 am the next day as I sit at a little coffee shop staring across the street at the Whitsunday Islands of New South Whales, Australia.

Wildlife Conservation & Education »

[13 May 2013 | One Comment]
Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand Offers New Hope for Working Elephants

By Anna Beech

An amazing woman called Lek established the Elephant Nature Park (ENP) over 10 years ago with Adam Flinn. Despite extreme financial difficulties, she succeeded in founding ENP which rescues abused elephants and rehabilitates them on its 50-hectare plot in Northern Thailand, near the city of Chiang Mai.

Local & Slow Travel Stories, Marine Tourism, Wildlife Conservation & Education »

[12 May 2013 | One Comment]
Family-Friendly Galapagos Vacations

The incredible biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands is a draw for nature enthusiasts of all ages. If you are looking for a family-friendly vacation to the Galapagos that adheres to your green ideals, check out Ecoventura, a cruise company that operates out of Ecuador and who offers itineraries, in a child-friendly environment, that will appeal to the child in all of us. Throughout the year Ecoventura sprinkles departures exclusively for families into its schedule.

Community Based Tourism, Indigenous Communities »

[6 May 2013 | 2 Comments]
Luxury Eco-tourism Promises to Protect the Bolivian Rainforest

By Ronit Epstein

The sprawling Amazon rainforest is alive with sights, sounds and movement that cannot be seen anywhere else on our beautiful planet. Bolivian Amazon covers 59.6 million hectares, and more than 11 percent of Bolivia is officially protected. Anyone visiting this beautiful region will experience some of the world’s most stunning, strange and wonderful wildlife, leaving memories that are difficult to beat.

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