Green Global Travel is the love-child of two kindhearted travelers turned eco-team. It started as but a humble blog and has grown into a force to be reckoned with, so much so that in late 2014 they set out a distress signal for contributing writers to join the site. Well, the opportunity proved too awesome to resist, and I'm now proudly a piece of the GGT movement towards responsible, environmentally friendly world travel.
Guatemala, unlike any other place I’ve been, seems to hypnotize the travelers who brave its borders. Despite being flagged as a risky location by various embassies worldwide, this country welcomes more than 1.3 million international visitors per year. Amazingly, many of them wind up deciding to stay.
My wife Emma and I are the type always ready to join in on a good boycott or protest, willing to do without Nescafe or bacon if it’ll make the smallest inkling of difference towards saving the world. In Central America, everywhere really, toothpaste had always been an issue as it is product dominated by conglomerate companies that test on animals and perform an assortment of unsavory acts in the name of whiter teeth...
Two major problems I’ve seen in most impoverished countries are insufficient construction and severe environmental concerns. Guatemala, my home for four of the last seven years, is no stranger to these issues. But, that’s not to say no one cares.
Spain was never a country I fancied visiting, mostly because my wife Emma—a Brit— wasn’t keen on the idea. The Mediterranean coast is a major tourist destination for much of Europe, infamous for its stag parties, assorted belligerence and an odd absence of anything authentically local.
GGT’s readers and staff have been practicing permaculture by the very nature of our interests, though we might not have known it until now. There are many ways in which permaculture’s ethics intertwine with responsible ecotourism. Now it falls on us to recognize and rev up our efforts. Here’s some of what we’ve been doing, and forage for thought about why it’s a good thing.
Ain't it grand that the world population is growing ever more mindful of what we eat!
I’m not talking about mindfulness self-centered around six-pack abs or tighter glutes. I’m talking about the ways people are becoming more concerned over how our food is produced, its effects on the environment, and the way those who are producing it are treated.
What a week it is when the powers-that-be in the grand ol’ USA decide to take a leap towards greener energy!
We’ve become far too familiar with weak environmental policy efforts that involve pacing around, arguing over the validity of Climate Change, while fossil fuels continue to vaporize into greenhouse gases.
I’ve been traveling slowly for the last ten years, so clearly I’m partial to it. But I also believe I’m an astute observer of why it works well. So, at the risk of provoking controversy, I’ll just come right out and say it: I think Slow Travel is the way everyone should see the world.
We get off the bus at a remote stop, with just a few shops clustered together in hopes of selling last minute supplies. I look down a road that disappears into a blur of vegetation, and head in that direction. We— my wife Emma and I— arrive before midday because we know we have to hike in. Toting food supplies, a change of clothes and not much else, we disappear into the 58-square mile jungle of Tayrona National Park.
If you’ve not gotten the dirty details on palm oil yet, then buckle up for a bumpy ride we all need to take. Because the palm oil industry is not only endangering Palawan Philippines (named the Best Island in the World in 2014 by Conde Nast Traveler readers), but the health of our entire planet.