Mistical Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Family Adventure: Horseback Riding at the Foothills of Arenal Volcano

“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” – Jack Kerouac We woke up early to the sound of chickens and life on the farm at our stay in El Castillo at Parrot Hill Ranch. The morning fog was rising over Arenal and the surrounding jungle was coming to life with the roar of howler…

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Meet Six Companies That Are Empowering Women Through Travel

Here is a list of six amazing female-run travel businesses and tour operators supporting women’s programs around the world. From empowering young widows in India to homestays in Nepal or a visit to see the Quechua weaving community in rural Peru, these trips empower women and make a huge difference in not only their lives but yours as a traveler.

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How Ecotourism is Helping Protect Endangered Howler Monkeys in Belize

The Yucatan Black Howler Monkey is the largest monkey in the Americas, and found only in a small section of Central America. Originally called baboons by the locals, the Yucatan Black Howler Monkey has been listed as an endangered species since 2003 and its population has declined over 60% due to loss of land, hunting and disease. Yet an innovative, community-led grassroots project called the Community Baboon Sanctuary located in the Belize River Valley outside of Belize City is doing wonders to conserve and protect both the monkeys and the local community who support them. It was the first place I visited on my trip to Belize with G Adventures and was the perfect way to start off a week of adventure and sustainable travel.

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And So It Begins…Our First Epic Family Trip to Costa Rica

“May your adventures bring you closer together even as they take you far away from home.” – Trenton Lee Stewart Planning our first big family adventure was no easy feat. Despite my Type-A personality, usually when I travel solo I just sign up for a trip and go. I rarely do any pre-trip planning except for the…

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Belize Barrier Reef

SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL COMPANIES

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see”. –  Gilbert K. Chesterton Although I have traveled all my life, sometime in my late twenties I became a traveler. For most of my life, I had been more of a tourist trying to rush around the world seeing as much…

Tenorio Volcano National Park/Parque Nacional Volcan Tenorio, Costa Rica

Exploring the Rio Celeste at Tenorio Volcano National Park

We met out guide Wilson early in the morning at our hotel and were on our way to Tenorio Volcano National Park. Although the park is only about a fifteen minute walk from our hotel, the Rio Celeste Hideaway, we drove and in the end it was a good decision due to the high heat…

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Mkura Maasi Training Camp Tanzania

How We As Consumers Can “Buy The Change You Want To See”

“Buy The Change You Want To See: Use Your Purchasing Power to Make the World a Better Place” written by Jane Mosbacher Morris (Founder and CEO of TO THE MARKET) with writer Wendy Paris, discusses how every day people can harness their purchasing power for good and make a difference in the world. Whether it be by purchasing ethically made apparel, coffee, chocolate or goods, consumers and businesses are becoming more aware of the importance of purchasing ethically sourced and made goods to help solve some of the world’s most pressing issues. Check out my review of Jane’s book in this post.

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Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

A Guided Tour of Manuel Antonio National Park with Naturalist Johan Chaves

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks”. –  John Muir Our villa at Tulemar was like a treehouse, perched high above the jungle and surrounded by nature.  I woke at 5:30 am to the sound of the birds greeting the day and went out to watch the tropical rainforest come to…

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