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What Do Nature Travelers Want?

Perhaps the first thing that crosses your mind when you see that question is, ‘Am I typical’? Well, I'm not sure there is such a thing. Last month I did a series of rather comprehensive interviews with nature travelers. Nature travel is a kind of a broad umbrella that...

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When Getting There is Half the Fun!

When Getting There is Half the Fun! I just got back from a trip to England and Spain, so the flights home to New Mexico were long and many. Given that the long haul is fresh in the memory, it seems like the least likely time for me to focus on ecolodges that are not...

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Our Lawmakers Gone Wild

Here are some words that don't normally catch my attention: “accounting”, “economic”, “politicians”, “legislation”. I like the words “outdoor”, “act”, “Nature”, “recreation”, and “travel”, much better. Strangely ALL of these words came together in December while most...

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What’s the point? (Video)

In your heart, you probably know that staying at an ecolodge or going on an ecotrip is good, but do you want to know a little more? What are the ripple effects of an ecotrip? You really don't have to sacrifice a thing to travel in a more eco-friendly way and the...

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Seeking Wellness

  By this time of year, you are probably plotting your escape. The holidays are coming, you might be getting cold, and ‘travel more’ is probably a top contender for your New Year’s resolution list. Maybe, just maybe, you are a little burned out? Under the best of...

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Glamping is the New Camping

Glamping is the New Camping Remember that feeling when you were a kid and you built a fort out of pillows or blankets and then crawled inside? It was always strangely exhilerating. Camping can give you that same feeling, but sometimes there are barriers that keep us...

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Morocco! How unusual.

One of the ecolodge owners on EcoTripMatch shared this video with me yesterday. Kasbah Du Toubkal Mountain Retreat is perched (really perched) in the high mountains of Morocco. They offer treks, yoga, and cultural experiences that are unlike anywhere else. They also...

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Why Winging It Wouldn’t Work

Why Winging it Wouldn’t Work When people think of ecotourism I’m guessing many of them think of the classic African safari... close to nature, learning about animals, tented camps, adventure. Well, I am thrilled to say I just got back from one of those classic African...

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Floating a Unique Idea

From the first time I saw a photo of Four Rivers Floating Ecolodge in Cambodia, I knew it was different. The whole thing floats on a river surrounded by forest!!  What an interesting idea! Imagine not clearing a patch of forest to create a new tourism development. So,...

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Are You a Closet Ecotourist?

Are you a closet ecotourist? You may have some assumptions about what an ecotourist is… unshaven, vegetarian, war- torn backpack… you know, someone who would turn down a perfectly good hammock to sleep on the ground. But, ecotourists come in all shapes and sizes (and...

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The Best Ever Short Video on Ecotourism

  The Best Ever Video on Ecotourism Sometimes those inboxes are like unwelcome dictators, defining the day’s to-do list without your own input! But, sometimes an unexpected jewel comes along. A couple weeks ago, one of those jewels came along from Ecuador and you...

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EcoTripMatch featured on Trekking Green

Crossing paths with someone else who is on a similar path is one of the joys of life. Through a friend of a friend, I recently met a local woman with a passion for ecotourism. What luck! She writes a blog and featured EcoTripMatch this week. You can read it here:...

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