Fall Weekend Getaway: Newport, Rhode IslandColorful foliage and apple picking in New England are staples of fall in New England. If you’re looking for a laid back weekend trip, I highly recommend a couple of days in Newport, Rhode Island – the playground of America’s wealthiest Gilded Age families. I remember visiting them once with my parents as a kid and then decided to go back again recently. While the photos below are from a late-winter visit, fall would be a much more picturesque time to tour this historic neighborhood. To plan your visit, head over to the Preservation Society’s Newport Mansions website where you can read up on each mansion and purchase tickets.
  The Breakers

  Marble House

  Chinese Tea House at Marble House

  The Elms

Fall Weekend Getaway: Newport, Rhode Island

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Colorful foliage and apple picking in New England are staples of fall in New England. If you’re looking for a laid back weekend trip, I highly recommend a couple of days in Newport, Rhode Island – the playground of America’s wealthiest Gilded Age families. I remember visiting them once with my parents as a kid and then decided to go back again recently. While the photos below are from a late-winter visit, fall would be a much more picturesque time to tour this historic neighborhood. To plan your visit, head over to the Preservation Society’s Newport Mansions website where you can read up on each mansion and purchase tickets.

The Breakers Mansion in Newport Rhode Island via KatieGoes.com The Breakers

Marble House Mansion in Newport Rhode Island via KatieGoes.com Marble House

Chinese Tea House at the Marble House Mansion in Newport Rhode Island via KatieGoes.com Chinese Tea House at Marble House

The Elms Mansion in Newport Rhode Island via KatieGoes.com The Elms


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Following My Roots & Then Some  A preview of my upcoming trip. Photo from 4feet2mouths.com.
As I sit here writing, I’m finalizing an upcoming trip to Turkey and Greece. It’s one I’ve been dreaming of taking for a number of years. Much like my trip to Copenhagen almost two years ago, I can’t fully explain its appeal. I know my family in Greece, but most of what I’ll be seeing will be new to me, so I’ll have no familial connection to these areas, nor in Turkey.
I’ll begin in Turkey, where my grandmother was actually born (Buyuk Dere in Istanbul to be exact) and also where she met my grandfather, while he was working at the Inci Bakery after he moved to Istanbul to find a job. From what I’ve heard, though, it is a completely different city today than it was back then. We’ll also be venturing outside the city to visit some of the ancient sites in the country, but I’ll wait until I am there to share photos before divulging into the geek-dom of the history of the sites to be seen!
Then, it will be on to Greece for a bit of a road trip! From Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, down to Athens. Along the way there will be a bit of hiking around Mount Olympus National Park and around Meteora, where monasteries are perched at the top of sandstone rock pillars. Then, there will be an all too brief stop in the village where I spent most summers as a child. Most of my history-fix will be concentrated in Delphi and then Athens for the usual suspects.
There will be lots of posts to come after I get back, but if you can’t wait until then just follow me on Twitter and Instagram where I’ll be trying to post whenever possible. So get excited and stay tuned!

Following My Roots & Then Some

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A preview of my upcoming trip. Photo from 4feet2mouths.com. A preview of my upcoming trip. Photo from 4feet2mouths.com.

As I sit here writing, I’m finalizing an upcoming trip to Turkey and Greece. It’s one I’ve been dreaming of taking for a number of years. Much like my trip to Copenhagen almost two years ago, I can’t fully explain its appeal. I know my family in Greece, but most of what I’ll be seeing will be new to me, so I’ll have no familial connection to these areas, nor in Turkey.

I’ll begin in Turkey, where my grandmother was actually born (Buyuk Dere in Istanbul to be exact) and also where she met my grandfather, while he was working at the Inci Bakery after he moved to Istanbul to find a job. From what I’ve heard, though, it is a completely different city today than it was back then. We’ll also be venturing outside the city to visit some of the ancient sites in the country, but I’ll wait until I am there to share photos before divulging into the geek-dom of the history of the sites to be seen!

Then, it will be on to Greece for a bit of a road trip! From Thessaloniki, Greece’s second largest city, down to Athens. Along the way there will be a bit of hiking around Mount Olympus National Park and around Meteora, where monasteries are perched at the top of sandstone rock pillars. Then, there will be an all too brief stop in the village where I spent most summers as a child. Most of my history-fix will be concentrated in Delphi and then Athens for the usual suspects.

There will be lots of posts to come after I get back, but if you can’t wait until then just follow me on Twitter and Instagram where I’ll be trying to post whenever possible. So get excited and stay tuned!

Link Round-Up: Animal KingdomThe second monthly newsletter is going out tomorrow, so if you want to find out the latest travel tips make sure you sign up (to the right or click here) today!
Over the last week or two, I’ve been seeing a lot of news relating to the wellfare of animals. Even if animal rights is not a topic you are passionate about, it’s easy to feel compassion for the world’s furry friends. Hopefully after reading these articles, they’ll give you something to think about when making decisions during your own travels.

Seaworld has admitted that Blackfish has hurt ticket sales during the second quarter of the year.
Elephants go through a heart-breaking process known as “the Crush” before giving rides to tourists.
Over 100,000 elephants have been killed by hunters and poachers in Africa over the  last three years.
Zambia has lifted a ban on safari hunting after it caused financial problems for the country.

Link Round-Up: Animal Kingdom

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The second monthly newsletter is going out tomorrow, so if you want to find out the latest travel tips make sure you sign up (to the right or click here) today!

Over the last week or two, I’ve been seeing a lot of news relating to the wellfare of animals. Even if animal rights is not a topic you are passionate about, it’s easy to feel compassion for the world’s furry friends. Hopefully after reading these articles, they’ll give you something to think about when making decisions during your own travels.

Like Round Up: Animal Kingdom via KatieGoes.com

Seaworld has admitted that Blackfish has hurt ticket sales during the second quarter of the year.

Elephants go through a heart-breaking process known as “the Crush” before giving rides to tourists.

Over 100,000 elephants have been killed by hunters and poachers in Africa over the  last three years.

Zambia has lifted a ban on safari hunting after it caused financial problems for the country.

Meet Ashley: A Lifestyle Re-Boot in ColoradoAfter graduating from college at American University, my friend Ashley started her big girl life in Pennsylvania. A few years later, plus a boyfriend who always wanted to move to Colorado, and she now finds herself a new resident of America’s nature state (Colorado, in case that was not clear) as of this past June.
I thought it would be fun to check in with her and see how the Rocky Mountain State is treating her:
  Ashley Hiking in the Great Outdoors

How has Colorado surprised you when compared to Pennsylvania?
Colorado is incredible. Western Pennsylvania has nice mountains, trails and natural areas but nothing in comparison to what I’ve seen so far out West. There is nothing better than leaving work and having snowcapped mountains to stare at the entire drive home (yes, there is still snow covering the tops of most). 
The one thing that surprised me is how in-shape people are. Everyone is so active! In fact, Fort Collins is one of the most active cities in America. Also, the lack of humidity has been a very nice surprise!

How has your lifestyle changed since moving to one of the most healthy and outdoor-loving states?
When we first moved here, we saw a dog with literally every person/couple. So, what did we do? We went an adopted a puppy! She keeps us really active and motivated to explore new trails and parks. I was active back home but I now find myself taking my activities outdoors as opposed to at home or at the gym. I’ve also found myself trying new things like paddleboarding!

You are a PiYo and beach body instructor. How are you incorporating your active lifestyle into your bootcamps?
My bootcamps are program-based, so it’s something that participants can do at-home with the DVD program and nutritional plan or at a gym. Each day, I post motivational things, nutritional tips, fitness tips, healthy habits so that they can break bad habits, learn new ones and adapt a more active lifestyle once the bootcamp is done. As more folks from Fort Collins join, I’m going to host some workouts in the mountains, at parks, etc.

Do you have a favorite hiking trail, yet?
They are all so incredible. My favorite area to hike right now is the Poudre Canyon. The views are amazing and the Cache la Poudre River flows right through the mountain, so there’s a nice place to cool off or go rafting right there!

Are there any essential items you take with you on every hike?
Water and some snacks. My boyfriend always carries his Leatherman on him. Of course, treats and a water dish for the pup.

Stay up to date with all of Ashley’s fitness tips at www.AshleyWilhelm.com.

 
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Meet Ashley: A Lifestyle Re-Boot in Colorado

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After graduating from college at American University, my friend Ashley started her big girl life in Pennsylvania. A few years later, plus a boyfriend who always wanted to move to Colorado, and she now finds herself a new resident of America’s nature state (Colorado, in case that was not clear) as of this past June.

I thought it would be fun to check in with her and see how the Rocky Mountain State is treating her:

Ashley Hiking in the Great Outdoors Ashley Hiking in the Great Outdoors

How has Colorado surprised you when compared to Pennsylvania?

Colorado is incredible. Western Pennsylvania has nice mountains, trails and natural areas but nothing in comparison to what I’ve seen so far out West. There is nothing better than leaving work and having snowcapped mountains to stare at the entire drive home (yes, there is still snow covering the tops of most).

The one thing that surprised me is how in-shape people are. Everyone is so active! In fact, Fort Collins is one of the most active cities in America. Also, the lack of humidity has been a very nice surprise!

How has your lifestyle changed since moving to one of the most healthy and outdoor-loving states?

When we first moved here, we saw a dog with literally every person/couple. So, what did we do? We went an adopted a puppy! She keeps us really active and motivated to explore new trails and parks. I was active back home but I now find myself taking my activities outdoors as opposed to at home or at the gym. I’ve also found myself trying new things like paddleboarding!

You are a PiYo and beach body instructor. How are you incorporating your active lifestyle into your bootcamps?

My bootcamps are program-based, so it’s something that participants can do at-home with the DVD program and nutritional plan or at a gym. Each day, I post motivational things, nutritional tips, fitness tips, healthy habits so that they can break bad habits, learn new ones and adapt a more active lifestyle once the bootcamp is done. As more folks from Fort Collins join, I’m going to host some workouts in the mountains, at parks, etc.

Do you have a favorite hiking trail, yet?

They are all so incredible. My favorite area to hike right now is the Poudre Canyon. The views are amazing and the Cache la Poudre River flows right through the mountain, so there’s a nice place to cool off or go rafting right there!

Are there any essential items you take with you on every hike?

Water and some snacks. My boyfriend always carries his Leatherman on him. Of course, treats and a water dish for the pup.

Stay up to date with all of Ashley’s fitness tips at www.AshleyWilhelm.com.

 

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Creating Personalized SouvenirsAt the end of every trip, we all go home to a memory card filled with hundreds and hundred of photos. What do you do with all those snaps? They probably get transferred from memory card to hard drive never to be seen again. Or how about those museum ticket stubs? Road maps? If you’re anything like me, then they probably get tossed in a bag and shoved into the back of your closet.
The best I’ve been able to come up with so far as been (a rather pathetic attempt at) a gallery wall in my room. Side note – I fell in love with this headboard and decided to buy it even though I knew it was too big. Ignore that, focus on the pictures 


Ticket Stub Pillow
  http://www.pinterest.com/pin/203154633166562658/

Map Magnets
  http://www.pinterest.com/pin/203154633166562648/

Souvenir Penny Bracelet
  http://www.pinterest.com/pin/203154633166562641/

Road Trip Shadow Boxes
  http://www.pinterest.com/pin/203154633166562631/

 
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Creating Personalized Souvenirs

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At the end of every trip, we all go home to a memory card filled with hundreds and hundred of photos. What do you do with all those snaps? They probably get transferred from memory card to hard drive never to be seen again. Or how about those museum ticket stubs? Road maps? If you’re anything like me, then they probably get tossed in a bag and shoved into the back of your closet.

The best I’ve been able to come up with so far as been (a rather pathetic attempt at) a gallery wall in my room. Side note – I fell in love with this headboard and decided to buy it even though I knew it was too big. Ignore that, focus on the pictures :)

My attempt at creating a gallery wall for displaying photos

Ticket Stub Pillow

Create a souvenir pillow by printing a ticket stub onto fabric (at Kinko's) http://www.pinterest.com/pin/203154633166562658/

Map Magnets

Turn your old vacation maps into magnets for a great souvenir http://www.pinterest.com/pin/203154633166562648/

Souvenir Penny Bracelet

Create a souvenir penny bracelet out of all those pennies you get on vacation http://www.pinterest.com/pin/203154633166562641/

Road Trip Shadow Boxes

Upcycle old maps from your favorite vacation or destination into a shadow box souvenir http://www.pinterest.com/pin/203154633166562631/

 

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Historic Hotels Gives a Place its Face
The architecture of a destination is one of those few characteristics that really defines a place, especially for visitors. Describing a colonial building will differ significantly from a victorian. As will the iconic pyramids of ancient Egypt versus pyramids of the Mayan Empire. As a child, architecture was one of the features that captured my attention when I first started traveling.
Today, one of the best ways to really experience a destination’s architectural style is to stay at a historic hotel. These historic buildings go through extensive renovations to bring them up to today’s standards while still maintaining their original charm. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

The Omni Shoreham Hotel has been a favorite of presidents, dignitaries and world travelers since the 1930s. The hotel was home to the legendary Blue Room, the swankiest nightclub of its time. A favorite gathering spot for John and Jackie Kennedy, the club was also the site of Liza Minnelli’s first public performance.

Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, Tucson, AZ

In 1948, Hacienda Del Sol was converted into a guest ranch that immediately attracted the Silver Screen’s most notable stars, among them John Wayne and Clark Gable. Legend has it that Hacienda’s Casita Grande was the favorite hideaway of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

El Castillo, Valle Hermoso, Córdoba, Argentina

El Castillo was built in 1870, as a farmhouse for the “Las Playas” estancia in the town of Valle Hermoso, Province of Córdoba, Argentina. Today, El Castillo is a family owned, eco-sustainable 5-star hotel and training center, built following a 3-year refurbishment of a 19th-century castle. 

Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi, Italy

Located in a 13th-century monastery, which once was home to Cistercians monks and Cappuccini friars, the Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi is perched on a cliff top high above sea level with spectacular views of Amalfi and the Mediterranean Coast and only steps away from the historic city center and the harbor of Amalfi.

 

Historic Hotels Gives a Place its Face

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Historic Hotels Collage via KatieGoes.com

The architecture of a destination is one of those few characteristics that really defines a place, especially for visitors. Describing a colonial building will differ significantly from a victorian. As will the iconic pyramids of ancient Egypt versus pyramids of the Mayan Empire. As a child, architecture was one of the features that captured my attention when I first started traveling.

Today, one of the best ways to really experience a destination’s architectural style is to stay at a historic hotel. These historic buildings go through extensive renovations to bring them up to today’s standards while still maintaining their original charm. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC

Omni Shoreham Hotel in DC one of the Historic Hotels of America

The Omni Shoreham Hotel has been a favorite of presidents, dignitaries and world travelers since the 1930s. The hotel was home to the legendary Blue Room, the swankiest nightclub of its time. A favorite gathering spot for John and Jackie Kennedy, the club was also the site of Liza Minnelli’s first public performance.

Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, Tucson, AZ Hacienda del Sol Guests Ranch in Arizona

In 1948, Hacienda Del Sol was converted into a guest ranch that immediately attracted the Silver Screen’s most notable stars, among them John Wayne and Clark Gable. Legend has it that Hacienda’s Casita Grande was the favorite hideaway of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.

El Castillo, Valle Hermoso, Córdoba, Argentina

El Castillo Valle Hermoso Historic Hotel in Argentina

El Castillo was built in 1870, as a farmhouse for the “Las Playas” estancia in the town of Valle Hermoso, Province of Córdoba, Argentina. Today, El Castillo is a family owned, eco-sustainable 5-star hotel and training center, built following a 3-year refurbishment of a 19th-century castle. 

Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi, Italy

Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi in Italy

Located in a 13th-century monastery, which once was home to Cistercians monks and Cappuccini friars, the Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi is perched on a cliff top high above sea level with spectacular views of Amalfi and the Mediterranean Coast and only steps away from the historic city center and the harbor of Amalfi.

 

Very Exciting Small Changes Coming Soon
Change is something that most of us find quite frightening. We find comfort in routines, even function. There’s a reason we gravitate towards having some kind of regular schedule. Every so often, though, we feel the urge to switch things up. It’s why we go out to try new restaurants, take weekend trips or even go off to explore far flung places.
In the same spirit of mixing things up, I thought I’d use this week as an opportunity to introduce some changes that will be coming to this site starting next week…

E-Newsletter
For those who have been getting these weekly blog posts via the weekly emailed newsletter, first of all, thank you for signing up! Beginning next week, you’ll be getting a new, fresh monthly newsletter. Rather than just the latest blog post, we’ll discuss a couple of destinations that focus on a particular theme, related tours and hotels to book, what to pack and what to bring back home.
You may also remember those posts rounding up travel deals. Well, those will now be exclusively available to email subscribers. Want in on the action? Just sign up for the email updates to the right.

Weekly Posts
I’ll still be posting each week, but now you’ll have to stop by here or follow me on Twitter, Tumblr or the RSS feed to get those weekly updates. You can also check me out on Pinterest and Instagram to see what I’m planning and where I am now. Prefer using Facebook? I’ll (finally) be creating a dedicated page. It’s coming soon…
 
These are pretty minor changes, but I hope you are as excited as I am to see how it all comes to fruition.

 

Very Exciting Small Changes Coming Soon

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Change is Good via KatieGoes.com

Change is something that most of us find quite frightening. We find comfort in routines, even function. There’s a reason we gravitate towards having some kind of regular schedule. Every so often, though, we feel the urge to switch things up. It’s why we go out to try new restaurants, take weekend trips or even go off to explore far flung places.

In the same spirit of mixing things up, I thought I’d use this week as an opportunity to introduce some changes that will be coming to this site starting next week…

E-Newsletter

For those who have been getting these weekly blog posts via the weekly emailed newsletter, first of all, thank you for signing up! Beginning next week, you’ll be getting a new, fresh monthly newsletter. Rather than just the latest blog post, we’ll discuss a couple of destinations that focus on a particular theme, related tours and hotels to book, what to pack and what to bring back home.

You may also remember those posts rounding up travel deals. Well, those will now be exclusively available to email subscribers. Want in on the action? Just sign up for the email updates to the right.

Weekly Posts

I’ll still be posting each week, but now you’ll have to stop by here or follow me on Twitter, Tumblr or the RSS feed to get those weekly updates. You can also check me out on Pinterest and Instagram to see what I’m planning and where I am now. Prefer using Facebook? I’ll (finally) be creating a dedicated page. It’s coming soon…

 

These are pretty minor changes, but I hope you are as excited as I am to see how it all comes to fruition.

 

What’s More Green: How to Choose Green Transportation for Your Next Vacation
When the time comes to book your next vacation, it’s likely that the most eco conscious amongst you will consider the environmental impact of your transportation options. Everyone knows that it’s greener to take a short journey on your bicycle than it is to hop in your car, but what about your other lengthier travel options? What is the greenest way to travel across the Atlantic or across the country? You may well be surprised by the results:
The Environmental Impact of Flying
Flying has long been considered to be one of the most environmentally unsound forms of transportation. In fact, for most Americans, air travel is by far their largest environmental sin. One return flight from New York to Europe creates a warming effect equivalent to 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person. [1] If you live in a city where you don’t need a car and you don’t drive cross country very often, that means that your annual foreign vacation could be the deepest annual carbon footprint you make. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t take your annual vacation. If you have to fly then think about how you fly: first class seats may be more luxurious but they’re no friend to the environment. Because first class seats take up more space, they are responsible for generating twice as much carbon as a coach seat on a domestic flight. [2] Budget airlines with no first-class cabin can lower a plane’s per-person emissions 10 to 15%: saving money and the environment!
How Green is Cruising?
The cruise industry is working hard to reduce waste and carbon emissions and become more eco-friendly, but it still has a bad reputation for its lack of eco-credentials. Much of this bad reputation is undeserved. Cruising does release more carbon emissions than flying; According to Climate Care, a large cruise liner such as the Queen Mary II will emit approximately 0.43kg of CO2 per passenger mile, compared with 0.257kg for a long-haul flight. [3] What that statistic doesn’t take into account, of course, is the capacities of the vessels and that numbers can fluctuate massively depending on how many seats are booked on a flight. It’s also worth noting that, according to The Guardian, the Queen Mary II has a zero-discharge policy and that all cruise liners are now required to meet stringent environmental targets. When evaluating the environmental impact of a form of transport, it is also important to consider how much CO2 it emits. Fuel is a key economic and environmental issue for cruise lines, particularly as cruise liners travel more slowly than airplanes, meaning they need to carry more fuel. However some cruise liners, such as Celebrity Cruises, have installed solar panels on their decks whilst others, such as Disney Cruise Liners, use their waste cooking oil as fuel. It is clear then that whilst emissions from the cruise industry might be large, work is underway to reduce these figures.
Shared Travel Options
If you’re travelling across country and you aren’t in any particular rush then, by far, the greenest travel option available to you is shared ground travel; either by train or coach. Trains are often overlooked in favor of planes, but they are a fantastic way to travel, especially if you want to see lots of smaller countries in one trip. The InterRail system in Europe, for example, is both one of the most cost effective and environmentally friendly ways to travel across Europe. [4] Don’t dismiss train or coach travel as slow or difficult; think of all the incredible local landscapes and scenery you’ll be able to see that you might otherwise miss if you were flying thousands of miles in the air.
Ultimately, however you choose to travel will produce a certain amount of carbon emissions. There is no such thing as carbon neutral long haul transportation at this point. The short term solution for the eco-conscious is to offset any emissions generated by your trip: there are several companies that can do this for you, and offsetting is the most cost-effective and economically-efficient way to reduce your C02 emissions. [5] Climate change can only be reversed if every single individual reduces their CO2 emissions as much as possible and then offsets the remaining unavoidable emissions: something to bear in mind when you book your next vacation.
Written & Contributed by Susan Miles.
1 “Your biggest carbon sin may be air travel”, New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/sunday-review/the-biggest-carbon-sin-air-travel.html?_r=0
2 “What’s the greenest way to travel?”, USA Today, http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/travel/news/2009-05-14-green-transportation_N.htm
3 “How responsible are cruise liners?”, Responsible Travel, http://www.responsibletravel.com/copy/how-responsible-are-cruise-liners
4 “Eco Friendly ways to travel”, Living Green Magazine, http://livinggreenmag.com/2013/05/10/lifestyle-choices/eco-friendly-ways-to-travel/
5 “Carbon offsetting and carbon neutrality”, Carbon Footprint, http://www.carbonfootprint.com/carbonoffset.html

What’s More Green: How to Choose Green Transportation for Your Next Vacation

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FlightWindow_Green

When the time comes to book your next vacation, it’s likely that the most eco conscious amongst you will consider the environmental impact of your transportation options. Everyone knows that it’s greener to take a short journey on your bicycle than it is to hop in your car, but what about your other lengthier travel options? What is the greenest way to travel across the Atlantic or across the country? You may well be surprised by the results:

The Environmental Impact of Flying

Flying has long been considered to be one of the most environmentally unsound forms of transportation. In fact, for most Americans, air travel is by far their largest environmental sin. One return flight from New York to Europe creates a warming effect equivalent to 2 or 3 tons of carbon dioxide per person. [1] If you live in a city where you don’t need a car and you don’t drive cross country very often, that means that your annual foreign vacation could be the deepest annual carbon footprint you make. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t take your annual vacation. If you have to fly then think about how you fly: first class seats may be more luxurious but they’re no friend to the environment. Because first class seats take up more space, they are responsible for generating twice as much carbon as a coach seat on a domestic flight. [2] Budget airlines with no first-class cabin can lower a plane’s per-person emissions 10 to 15%: saving money and the environment!

How Green is Cruising?

The cruise industry is working hard to reduce waste and carbon emissions and become more eco-friendly, but it still has a bad reputation for its lack of eco-credentials. Much of this bad reputation is undeserved. Cruising does release more carbon emissions than flying; According to Climate Care, a large cruise liner such as the Queen Mary II will emit approximately 0.43kg of CO2 per passenger mile, compared with 0.257kg for a long-haul flight. [3] What that statistic doesn’t take into account, of course, is the capacities of the vessels and that numbers can fluctuate massively depending on how many seats are booked on a flight. It’s also worth noting that, according to The Guardian, the Queen Mary II has a zero-discharge policy and that all cruise liners are now required to meet stringent environmental targets. When evaluating the environmental impact of a form of transport, it is also important to consider how much CO2 it emits. Fuel is a key economic and environmental issue for cruise lines, particularly as cruise liners travel more slowly than airplanes, meaning they need to carry more fuel. However some cruise liners, such as Celebrity Cruises, have installed solar panels on their decks whilst others, such as Disney Cruise Liners, use their waste cooking oil as fuel. It is clear then that whilst emissions from the cruise industry might be large, work is underway to reduce these figures.

Shared Travel Options

If you’re travelling across country and you aren’t in any particular rush then, by far, the greenest travel option available to you is shared ground travel; either by train or coach. Trains are often overlooked in favor of planes, but they are a fantastic way to travel, especially if you want to see lots of smaller countries in one trip. The InterRail system in Europe, for example, is both one of the most cost effective and environmentally friendly ways to travel across Europe. [4] Don’t dismiss train or coach travel as slow or difficult; think of all the incredible local landscapes and scenery you’ll be able to see that you might otherwise miss if you were flying thousands of miles in the air.

Ultimately, however you choose to travel will produce a certain amount of carbon emissions. There is no such thing as carbon neutral long haul transportation at this point. The short term solution for the eco-conscious is to offset any emissions generated by your trip: there are several companies that can do this for you, and offsetting is the most cost-effective and economically-efficient way to reduce your C02 emissions. [5] Climate change can only be reversed if every single individual reduces their CO2 emissions as much as possible and then offsets the remaining unavoidable emissions: something to bear in mind when you book your next vacation.

Written & Contributed by Susan Miles.

1 “Your biggest carbon sin may be air travel”, New York Timeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/sunday-review/the-biggest-carbon-sin-air-travel.html?_r=0
2 “What’s the greenest way to travel?”, USA Todayhttp://usatoday30.usatoday.com/travel/news/2009-05-14-green-transportation_N.htm
3 “How responsible are cruise liners?”, Responsible Travel, http://www.responsibletravel.com/copy/how-responsible-are-cruise-liners
4 “Eco Friendly ways to travel”, Living Green Magazinehttp://livinggreenmag.com/2013/05/10/lifestyle-choices/eco-friendly-ways-to-travel/
5 “Carbon offsetting and carbon neutrality”, Carbon Footprinthttp://www.carbonfootprint.com/carbonoffset.html

Does Travel Do More Harm Then Good?It’s day one of your vacation and you’re checking into the hotel. You’ve got a city tour scheduled for the next day. Plans to go shopping in local boutiques. Eating in local restaurants. Does any of this money being exchanged actually make it into the local economy? You would think so, but not always. If the local economy isn’t benefiting from visitors, then what’s the point?
During a tour in Mexico earlier this year, our guide tried to dig into this topic. She told us how difficult it was for employees of all-inclusive hotels to support their families. Employees may get fed and housed but that only benefits them. Not their families. Outside of these big-box hotels, options are limited, but because it’s better than what is otherwise available. Since guests get all they need at the hotel – food, entertainment, shopping, nightlife – then there is no reason to leave the property and spend money in the local community. This means that the hotels offer the most viable job prospects, and as a result, younger generations don’t bother learning the traditions and dialect of their native culture.

Then there is the question of environmental sustainability. A couple of weeks ago, John Oliver did a great anti-tourism segment on his show Last Week Tonight after reports showed that Antarctica was changing as a result of record tourists visiting the South Pole. The point is, with so many people able to travel around the world there are new pressures on the environment as a result of our current modes of transportation, waste, food, accommodations and more.
We make conscious decisions to work with companies that try to minimize their impact on the planet. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is an example of a natural wonder the was on the verge of death, but with a conscious effort from local tourism companies to implement environmentally sustainable practices, we continue to visit the reef with (less) damage to the ecosystem. The reasons don’t have to be completely altruistic. In fact, it has to be profitable to last.
If you’re interested in learning about these kinds of ethical business practices, Bruce Poon Tip, CEO of adventure travel company G Adventures, recently published a book. Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business is part memoir, part business philosophy. In the book Poon Tip discusses his own beliefs of who travel and tourism can benefit the planet and how he has tried to implement those beliefs at G Adventures. 


 

Does Travel Do More Harm Then Good?

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It’s day one of your vacation and you’re checking into the hotel. You’ve got a city tour scheduled for the next day. Plans to go shopping in local boutiques. Eating in local restaurants. Does any of this money being exchanged actually make it into the local economy? You would think so, but not always. If the local economy isn’t benefiting from visitors, then what’s the point?

During a tour in Mexico earlier this year, our guide tried to dig into this topic. She told us how difficult it was for employees of all-inclusive hotels to support their families. Employees may get fed and housed but that only benefits them. Not their families. Outside of these big-box hotels, options are limited, but because it’s better than what is otherwise available. Since guests get all they need at the hotel – food, entertainment, shopping, nightlife – then there is no reason to leave the property and spend money in the local community. This means that the hotels offer the most viable job prospects, and as a result, younger generations don’t bother learning the traditions and dialect of their native culture.

Then there is the question of environmental sustainability. A couple of weeks ago, John Oliver did a great anti-tourism segment on his show Last Week Tonight after reports showed that Antarctica was changing as a result of record tourists visiting the South Pole. The point is, with so many people able to travel around the world there are new pressures on the environment as a result of our current modes of transportation, waste, food, accommodations and more.

We make conscious decisions to work with companies that try to minimize their impact on the planet. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is an example of a natural wonder the was on the verge of death, but with a conscious effort from local tourism companies to implement environmentally sustainable practices, we continue to visit the reef with (less) damage to the ecosystem. The reasons don’t have to be completely altruistic. In fact, it has to be profitable to last.

If you’re interested in learning about these kinds of ethical business practices, Bruce Poon Tip, CEO of adventure travel company G Adventures, recently published a book. Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business is part memoir, part business philosophy. In the book Poon Tip discusses his own beliefs of who travel and tourism can benefit the planet and how he has tried to implement those beliefs at G Adventures. 

 

Last Days to Catch the World Cup Exhibit at Columbus CircleThe World Cup is coming to an end this Sunday. Germany is heading to the finals after thrashing Brazil in yesterday’s semi-final match. Today, we’ll see the Netherlands come up against Argentina for the final spot in Sunday’s finals.
Already missing all the World Cup action? The Time Warner Building in Columbus Circle has been hosting a series of original drawings, one for each team along with a little write-up predicting their chances – many of which are surprisingly insightful! Enjoy these snaps of the posters below and head over to Columbus Circle before Sunday if you want to read the write-ups.

Group A:

 
Group B:


 
Group C:


 
Group D:


 
Group E:


 
Group F:


 
Group G:


 
Group H:

Last Days to Catch the World Cup Exhibit at Columbus Circle

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The World Cup is coming to an end this Sunday. Germany is heading to the finals after thrashing Brazil in yesterday’s semi-final match. Today, we’ll see the Netherlands come up against Argentina for the final spot in Sunday’s finals.

Already missing all the World Cup action? The Time Warner Building in Columbus Circle has been hosting a series of original drawings, one for each team along with a little write-up predicting their chances – many of which are surprisingly insightful! Enjoy these snaps of the posters below and head over to Columbus Circle before Sunday if you want to read the write-ups.

Group A:
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Group B:

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Group C:

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Group D:

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Group E:

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Group F:

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Group G:

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Group H:

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