February 2011

| Green Travel News | Trip Advisor says eco-friendliness will be important for travelers and the U.S. hospitality industry alike in 2011. In the travel website’s annual survey of more than 1,000 U.S. hoteliers, B&B owners and innkeepers, 70% plan to reduce their impact on the environment this year as a way to attract travelers […]

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| Holy City Refuge | Early one smog-enshrouded morning in Varanasi, India, my pollution-spewing tuk-tuk 3-wheel taxi zooms across the cow-and-car congested city streets and delivers me to the sparkling 5-star Radisson. To say the least, this is one of Varanasi’s top hotels. The accommodations are flawless–from immaculately clean, tasteful rooms and reliable WiFi, to […]

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| Green Travel News | Climate Counts, a nonprofit that scores the world’s largest companies on efforts to shrink their carbon footprint, has released its latest ranking of major hotel companies—and once again this year, Marriott heads the pack. Six hoteliers–Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood, Wyndham and Carlson—were included in the annually updated scorecard. The companies […]

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| The Green Cruise | What better way to make the transition from touristed Thailand to laidback Laos than on that most famous of Southeast Asia’s rivers, the Mekong? And among the numerous “slow boats” that make the leisurely 2-day journey from the Thai-Lao border town of Huai Say in the Golden Triangle to the […]

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| Lakeside Green Style | The first word that springs to mind is drama. OK … maybe after wow! The lake itself is drama in liquid form. One of the 4 sacred lakes that bounds the traditional world of the Guatemalan highlands, Lake Atitlan is a total oh-wow stunner. A deep caldera filled with cool […]

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| US Airways Deal | Green Guru says, don’t buy rewards miles directly from airlines. Usually, they’re a bad deal. Except when they’re not! Once in a while, airline frequent flier programs make an offer that is too good to be missed. US Airways recently announced one of these—it’s the real deal, but it ends […]

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| Local, Fresh, Healthy | In early summer it’s mango mania around Puerto Vallarta, on Mexico’s central Pacific coast. Everywhere—mangoes, mangoes, mangoes. Awash in mangoes. Un problema fantastico! In the early mornings where we’re staying, first I skim a flotilla of delicate coconut palm flowers floating in the pool, and scoop out chlorinated land crabs […]

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| A Paradise Recycled | In our wildest imaginings, Indonesia of our forefathers was never like this, but are we complaining? Certainly not. We are instead humming contentedly on the veranda of Rumah Mandau, a solid teak, handcrafted antique dwelling home in traditional rumah tinggal style that once stood in western Java. Now it sits […]

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| The Green Shivdasanis | As we hope you soon will know, we absolutely believe that green travel will thrive only if it is great travel. And in our global search for the very greatest, we’ve encountered no one who understands this better than Sonu and Eva Shivdasani. And no one who masters the alchemy […]

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| LEEDing in Napa | We check in and are escorted through sunny courtyards and flourishing gardens to Room 102. Drawing in a breath, we gasp, “Oh, wow.” What we behold is a modern, high-tech suite made welcoming as a country inn by just the right accents of dark wood and soothing natural tones. We […]

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