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Iceland - Part II
Iceland - Part II

For a country with a population of only below 350,000 people, Iceland has a lot to offer. Its unique geography and history add size and scope to its tourism sector. Where else in the world can you grab a chopper to hover above a glacier covered volcano in a northern light washed starry night, jump o

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Your #Susty Summer Music Festival Guide
Your #Susty Summer Music Festival Guide

Whether it’s your first music festival or your hundredth, there are lots of little hacks that will improve and simplify your festival experience. Planning ahead helps you focus on what really matters once you arrive: the festival itself. Here are some things to consider as you prep for next su

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Three U.S. Destinations Certified in Sustainable Tourism Management
Three U.S. Destinations Certified in Sustainable Tourism Management

Going on vacation, many people do not think about their environmental impact. You go away somewhere to forget your responsibilities, right? What if I told you that there are places that are eco-tourism certified? There are places you can go that have a certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management.

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Portlandia - Things to do in the sustainable city of Portland
Portlandia - Things to do in the sustainable city of Portland

Greetings, Fellow Eco-Stewards! Back for more sustainable destinations? Fantastic! Today, I’ll be stepping outside the comfort of my home city, and discuss the wonderful city of Portland and all its green wonders. Here are some green events coming up for both residents and visitors this month!

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5 Youtube Channels Worth Subscribing to for #Sustainability Learning
5 Youtube Channels Worth Subscribing to for #Sustainability Learning

I think it’s a fair assumption that everyone reading this blog has watched a youtube video, and I think that’s fantastic. Youtube provides a great platform for people to publicly share their ideas around the world in a unique and interactive format, and I give credit where credit is due

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Chicago: A Haven for Green Business?
Chicago: A Haven for Green Business?

Sometimes to move forward, you need to go out and meet people. In my experience, taking the initiative to meet new people and try new things is the best way to get involved - it was how I got started in my own eco-conscious career. It’s overwhelming if you don’t know where to look or how

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Green Apps for 2017
Green Apps for 2017

There are several tricks to a sustainable lifestyle, but sometimes it gets difficult keeping track of what you use, what comes from where, or what to pay attention to. We’ve come to the point where our smartphones are practically grafted to the hip, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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Thankful for a Sustainable Thanksgiving
Thankful for a Sustainable Thanksgiving

  Thanksgiving is fast upon us, a time to be thankful for all the good things in your life, and appreciate everything that you have. The main event during this holiday season is the dinner. A chance for the family to come together, spend some quality time in each others company and

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Iceland - Part I
Iceland - Part I

Iceland stole the headlines in the month of June 2016, when their astronomical rise in the world of men’s association football / soccer became noticed by the rest of the world at the European Championships in France. Never mind that the women’s soccer team had already achieved far more t

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Beetroot Red Lips: Natural Versus Synthetic Coloring in Cosmetics
Beetroot Red Lips: Natural Versus Synthetic Coloring in Cosmetics

Part of traveling includes purchasing consumer products—often in the form of a souvenir or item viewed as unique to a particular location. Think of lava scrubs from Iceland or chocolate from Ecuador. In this article we will take a look at what constitutes sustainable ingredients for cosmetics

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Vishala – A revival of Indian traditions
Vishala – A revival of Indian traditions

In India, food is culture. This is what makes weddings memorable for eternity.  In daily life, each meal is hand-cooked fresh with home-made spices. Every state of India has its own assortment of food that manifests the geography, the culture and even the physical appearance of the people. Food

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Sustainable Living:  An exemplary case of Ralegan Siddhi
Sustainable Living: An exemplary case of Ralegan Siddhi

The village of Ralegan Siddhi in India is a perfect example of how self-reliant villages can be achieved through the commitment and involvement of common people. From acute poverty to prosperity, from drought to water conservation, from alcoholism to participatory methods of development - is it a mi

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Are Food Trucks Sustainable?
Are Food Trucks Sustainable?

  During one of my latest visits to Expo2015 in Milano I started wondering why they decided to use food tracks in several locations, first of all in the pavilion of the United States.   In Italy, food trucks (more commonly known as street food) started to be recognised as good food

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The Underwater Hotel
The Underwater Hotel

Sea level rise as a consequence of climate change is expected to cause destruction to many coasts at best and topple entire island nations at worse.  But what if part of our adaptation strategy was to embrace the abundant salty water that makes up over 70% of Earth? From desalination plants tha

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The Cycle Lift
The Cycle Lift

It is one of those New Year’s resolutions that somehow keeps reoccurring, year after year. It could take the form of increasing exercise, saving money, improving well being, or spending more time with family. In all cases, one technique that some mastered by the age of ten appears to be the ti

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Cuba: A Susty Agriculture History
Cuba: A Susty Agriculture History

Cuba, a Spanish speaking Caribbean island, is a very unique place.  Its history and heritage is distinct compared to surrounding nations. This is remarkably so in the way Cubans grow their food.   Back in 2008 I attended an interesting presentation in London by Roberto Pérez R

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The Something Else of Austin
The Something Else of Austin

“If you are sustainability-minded, then Austin is the place for you,” I have heard time and time again. So I set out to explore a little bit of this pearl in Texas.   My first encounter with the city was with transportation. The Uber drivers were uber-friendly, recommending th

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Join the Sustainable Tourism Movement
Join the Sustainable Tourism Movement

  SustainableVisit has launched its first crowdfunding campaign.   Help us further the sustainable travel and tourism cause by making a small donation today.    Help make it happen for ‘Sustainable Travel & Green Tourism’ @SustainVisit #Indiego

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El Camino de Santiago
El Camino de Santiago

If anyone ever asks me why I chose to do the Camino, otherwise known as The Way of St. James, I wouldn’t be able to give a straight answer. I had an inkling of its do-ability but never thought of pursuing it until a basic idle thought, followed by intense spontaneous curiosity led me to a firm

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World Summit on Sustainable Tourism
World Summit on Sustainable Tourism

From 26-27 November 2015 the most important event on sustainable tourism of recent times will take place in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain) on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Charter for Sustainable Tourism.   The World Summit on Sustainable Tourism (ST+20) is organized by the Re

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Composting Toilets
Composting Toilets

    Check out the composting toilet on your next sustainable trip. Learn more from Black Sheep Inn Ecolodge through our partners at Hopineo.    

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Pursuing Sustainability in Hohhot (Inner Mongolia, China)
Pursuing Sustainability in Hohhot (Inner Mongolia, China)

At first glance, it's much easier to see the environmental degradation of Hohhot rather than its preservation. But that's not to say that efforts toward sustainability are non-existent. Below is a short list of activities or establishments that are taking steps toward sustainability or other

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The North - Minneapolis as a Sustainable Travel Destination
The North - Minneapolis as a Sustainable Travel Destination

As winter turns to spring and spring to summer, my thoughts wander to summer travel plans and new adventures. Whether it's flying to a new exotic place far far away, taking a stay-cation to enjoy those often overlooked local treasures, or heading out on a classic road trip in the family station

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When Sustainability Means Respect: 1% of the Population Needs to Eat Gluten Free
When Sustainability Means Respect: 1% of the Population Needs to Eat Gluten Free

A gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes gluten, a protein composite found in wheat and related grains, including barley and rye. Gluten causes health problems in sufferers of celiac disease and some cases of wheat allergy. For

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Natural Repellent for your Next Holiday
Natural Repellent for your Next Holiday

This blog is a video brought to your by our partner Hopineo. The summer is here and so are the mosquitos...here is how you make your own natural repellent. Subtitles in English, Spanish and French.

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The Green Faces of Armenia
The Green Faces of Armenia

  One of the key challenges faced when creating a sustainable and rewarding itinerary is finding the local partners with an ethos and approach to tourism that is different from the typical routes. In some countries this is a real challenge, where the concept or support for sustainability initi

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Organic Restaurants and Sustainable Restaurants in Italy
Organic Restaurants and Sustainable Restaurants in Italy

The topic of sustainable restaurants has been quite difficult to approach. Very often I have lovely experiences in restaurants: I eat delicious food, I ask or at least read where the products are from (and most of the time the answer is nearby the town where I am eating). It is much more diffic

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Finding the Equator – A Responsible Tourist in Quito, Ecuador
Finding the Equator – A Responsible Tourist in Quito, Ecuador

The city of Quito has a very rich history and a very beautiful natural backdrop. The climate varies from cloudy, chilly and wet conditions in December - January to scorching hot, dry conditions from June - August. The temperatures can vary from 10 to 33 degrees Celsius at any time of the year due

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Authentic Tourism at Mu Gompa
Authentic Tourism at Mu Gompa

The start of the trail towards Mu Gompa is pleasantly flat, so you can focus more on the unfolding beauty around you. As we were well into the middle of autumn, in October, and at a relatively high altitude, the further we went, the more bleached the trees at the foothills became, in different shade

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Haiti’s Fort Picolet
Haiti’s Fort Picolet

  One of the gems of Cap Haïtien, Haiti is Fort Picolet. It is one of the most interesting and lesser-known sites that are important to Haitian heritage. It is also one of the many little fortifications that Roi Christophe, the self-proclaimed King of Haiti, built during his reign from 18

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How to Travel Right in the New Year of the Sheep
How to Travel Right in the New Year of the Sheep

Welcome to the New Year of the Sheep. This year travelers can enjoy gentle travel according to the calm nature of the sheep/goat in Chinese astrology. Frequent travelers and tourists often ask: how can we do more? How can we travel right? Sus

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Nepal’s Tsum Valley – the Sustainability of Homestays
Nepal’s Tsum Valley – the Sustainability of Homestays

Tsum Valley is tucked away, just northwest of Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, in the Gorkha district and is very close to the border with Chinese Tibet. In fact, due to this close proximity to the border the people that live here are Tibetans.  Until just a couple of years ago this area was no

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France and Foie Gras
France and Foie Gras

It's that smooth meaty taste complemented with a side of fig jam that brings millions of people to relish in foie gras each year. Foie gras is one of the staples of Noel and New Year meals in many countries. In France, it is mission impossible to find a holiday menu without Foie Gras. This poses an

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Protected Forest, Unprotected People: Sustainable?
Protected Forest, Unprotected People: Sustainable?

  On the night of arrival at Kisoro, in Southwest Uganda, one of the Amajambere Community Camp managers introduced himself and the community activities that they organise. This includes a tour of the Batwa community and their activities. I had read a bit about their plight since their displace

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Summertime in Brazil - Fleeting Sustainability
Summertime in Brazil - Fleeting Sustainability

The summer time, starting for Brazil in September each year, begins with torrential rains. This popular travel destination is known for the recent World Cup Football games and magnificent natural sculptures and formations in Rio de Janeiro.   Brazil shares vast sections of the Amazon Ri

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Ecotourism at the Mi-Casa Green Hotel in Kathmandu
Ecotourism at the Mi-Casa Green Hotel in Kathmandu

The hotel Mi-Casa is quite unusual, amongst the bewildering array of hotels and guesthouses available to the tired and weary tourist, either jet lagged from a long journey to Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport or sore at the feet from a long trek in the mountains. The general presentatio

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Volunteer Tourism in Nepal
Volunteer Tourism in Nepal

I spent a couple of months touring Nepal in late 2007. I learnt a lot about the role of tourism and volunteering in rural village communities. Volunteer tourism is often matched by a homestay so that the visitor can better understand the local culture and customs. This includes having the authentic

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4 Lessons on Responsible Tourism from the World Travel Market
4 Lessons on Responsible Tourism from the World Travel Market

The team at SustainbleVisit.com attended one of the largest travel and tourism events of the year-the World Travel Market in London. There was a full line-up of speakers, exhibitors, and attendees fully dedicated to the various issues of responsible tourism. Events included increasing the local econ

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The Local and Authentic Green Travel Experience
The Local and Authentic Green Travel Experience

Many tourists who visit the Caribbean are faced with two choices: the all-inclusive resort experience or the local experience. That is not to say that one cannot mix and match both, but the planning involved is surely different. When speaking with many people who enjoy the occasional business trip o

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Green Infrastructure Tourism in the Horn of Africa
Green Infrastructure Tourism in the Horn of Africa

Nestled in the mountains of northern Ethiopia, Lalibela is one of the marvelous wonders of the world. Built in the 12th Century, the 11 monolithic Lalibela structures are completely rock-hewn. They are not layered like bricks, but rather shaped from a single piece of stone. Made of completely natura

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4 Helpful Tips for Sustainable Travel
4 Helpful Tips for Sustainable Travel

Sustainable travel is a concept that is becoming increasingly popular among travelers from around the world. Sustainable travel means traveling responsibly and reducing the negative impact that you as a tourist have on the place that you visit. Sustainable travel means supporting local cultures and

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Little Vienna Meets the City of Parks
Little Vienna Meets the City of Parks

Known across the country as "Little Vienna," Timisoara is one of the largest cities in Romania. Throughout history, the city has received various influences from the surrounding nations, an aspect which can be seen today in the different neighborhoods that make up the city. In order to aid their

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The Greener Side of Venice
The Greener Side of Venice

Mesmerized by the canals and gondolas, millions of people flock to Venice each year. Venice has a reputation for romance, delicious food, and charm. The city was built as a merchant center, representing one of the first banking capitals in modern history.   Venice may be one administrativ

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