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“We cannot hope to create a sustainable culture with any but sustainable souls.”                                  ― Derrick Jensen

Sustainable Travel is the twin sister of responsible tourism.  Both are focused on the impact that tourism has on local communities, but sustainable tourism is also concerned with conservation and tourism development’s environmental impact. 

Orangutang in Sumatra

The positive influence of eco-tourism in Sumatra

By Bianca Caruana

Green Hill tracking rangers in the village of Tualang Gepang, North Sumatra, received a call last month concerning a solitary orangutan who had wandered up a durian tree nearby the local village. The great ape was spotted by villagers who notified the rangers, and the case was quickly escalated to … Read more   Read more

Asia Eco-tourism Sustainability
Eco-lodge photo by Chelsea Wiersma

Traveling with small footprints: A guide to eco-tourism

By Chelsea Wiersma

Eco-tourism has been rapidly growing in popularity over recent years. There are now eco-friendly stores, eco-lodges, vegan restaurants, and sustainably made products in almost every major travel destination. It is the responsibility of travelers to be mindful of their impact on the environment and make informed decisions while exploring our … Read more   Read more

The World Eco-tourism Sustainability
The Musée des Confluences is a science centre and anthropology museum in Lyon, France.

The rise of ‘second city’ travel

By Katherine Bertrand

I’m going to take a wild guess here: following your latest travel adventure, the story you were most excited to entertain your friends and family with wasn’t one of the long, winding lines at the Louvre. Or the sea of tourists obstructing your view of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. … Read more   Read more

The World Off the Beaten Path Sustainability
Amtrak train

Travel greener in 2020 with these 5 incredible Amtrak journeys

By Katy Spratte Joyce

As travelers seek ways to minimize their impact on the environment while moving about the globe, Amtrak trains are standing out as an increasingly desirable option. The eco-friendliness of this transportation option is a big selling point, as the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that trains use about 50 percent less … Read more   Read more

United States Family Travel Rail & Road Travel Sustainability
bicycler in forest

How travelling responsibly can help preserve our planet

By Audrey Lim

Here’s some food for thought. We’re now in an era in which human activity is the dominant influence on our climate and the environment. Scary, I know. Our actions have increased the pace of environmental change to a rate that has never been seen before in history. As I write … Read more   Read more

Oceania Sustainability
Alicia-Rae Olafsson takes in the view at Möllerfjorden, in the Norwegian Arctic on the archipelago of Svalbard.

The Magnetism of the Polar Regions: Voyaging through the Arctic and Antarctic

By Alicia-Rae Olafsson

Maybe it’s the cold bite of the wind on your cheeks as you trek across the Arctic tundra in the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, discovering pristine landscapes of craggy mountains and glaciers surrounded by the glistening Arctic Ocean, making you feel alive. Possibly it’s the sound (and unmistakable smell) … Read more   Read more

The World Off the Beaten Path Sustainability
Ayers Rock, Uluru, Australia

Australia Enforces 3-Year-Old Climbing Ban On Uluru

A climbing ban on the sacred Uluru rocks in Australia brought hundreds of people to get in one last climb before enforcement takes effect.   The ban, which was passed in 2017, recently went into effect after the Anangu aboriginal people claimed it was a sacred place for many thousands … Read more   Read more

Oceania Social Responsibility Sustainability
Northern Lights over Svalbard

Svalbard: No Visa Required and Traveling Unplugged

Travel to a country where no visas are required and learn how easy it is to reconnect when you disconnect.   Read more

Europe Sustainability
Westminster and Big Ben clock in London

Report says UK More Dangerous to Visit Than Rwanda, Romania and Azerbaijan

While it may receive over 37 million visitors per year – making it seventh place on the list of most visited countries in the world in 2018 – a recent study has found that the UK is statistically more dangerous to visit than Rwanda, Romania and Azerbaijan. Every two years … Read more   Read more

Europe Sustainability
marina in the Arctic Circle

Arctic Cruises Damaging Environment

It may be seen as one of the last bastions of adventure travel, but the recent boom in tourists travelling to the Arctic Circle is having a devastating effect on its environment, being damaging to both the local landscape and its inhabitants. Arved Fuchs, a German polar explorer and environmentalist, … Read more   Read more

Europe Adventure Sustainability
Large cruise ship in Venice, Italy

Venice Plans New Large Cruise Ship Ban in Historic Center

In recent years, Venice has introduced a number of laws and regulations in order to crack down on the large number of tourists that flock to the city every year, including a tourist tax of up to €10 for day trippers which caused controversy at the beginning of this year. … Read more   Read more

Europe Sustainability
Apple orchard

Taste the Local Lifestyle with Agritourism

By Breana Johnson

I bend to reach under a blueberry bush, knowing the juiciest berries are hiding underneath, where all the other pickers have missed them. Ping! A blueberry hits me in the back of the head, catching me by surprise. I turn to see my ten-year-old nephew looking sheepishly at me just … Read more   Read more

The World Agritourism Food & Drink Sustainability
Greenpeace turns world-famous ‘Iamsterdam’ sign into solidarity message to save Amazon © Olivier Truyman / Greenpeace

“I amsterdam” Returns As… “I amazonia”

By Ali Jennings

Amsterdam is a city with many recognizable features like winding canals and famous historic buildings such as the Anne Frank House. It’s also one of the world’s most bikeable places, and it’s renowned for its cafe and coffee house culture. But in December 2018, Amsterdam lost one of its most … Read more   Read more

Europe The Arts Sustainability
Adult male orangutan photo by Matilde Simas

Saving a Species: Palm Oil, Orangutans, and the Leuser Ecosystem

By Jessica Barrett

Six and a half million acres. That’s the size of Indonesia’s Leuser Ecosystem, one of the most ancient and biodiverse places ever documented and the last place on Earth where Sumatran rhinos, tigers, elephants, orangutans, and sun bears roam freely together.   Read more

Asia Sustainability
Barcelona Cruise Port

Mayor Colau Looks To Tackle Barcelona Cruise Ship Problem

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau is promising a crackdown on the number of cruise ships that can dock in the popular Mediterranean city. According to Colau, the city doesn’t have a lot of capacity. However, she also promised citizens that they would have better air quality. Barcelona’s air quality levels often … Read more   Read more

Europe Sustainability