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| Green Travel News | Several travel booking websites now call out eco-friendly lodgings, but in a world-first, not only is the Netherlands-based BookDifferent revealing which hotels have a valid green certification—they are also publishing nearly 600,000 hotels’ carbon emissions. Each hotel will have a icon listing the number of kilos of CO² emitted per night stayed. […]

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| Green Travel News | Starting today, Virgin Hotels is shuttling its guests around Chicago in a top-of-the-line, red Tesla Model S, the premium electric vehicle that is also the quickest-accelerating four-door vehicle— 0-60 in just 3.2 seconds—ever built. Doug Carrillo, Virgin Hotels vice president of sales & marketing, said, “Tesla is the hottest electric car on the road […]

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| Green Travel News | Envision Festival returns to the breathtaking shores of Uvita, Costa Rica, February 26 through March 1, 2015. Co-founded by organic entrepreneur Steven Brooks (Kopali Organics, Kopali Communities), Envision, now in its fifth year, brings together renowned international DJs, world-class yoga teachers, eco-adventure and more—all with an underlying commitment to environmental sustainability. […]

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| Can Excessiveness and Eco-efficiency Coexist? | Las Vegas Strip—love or hate it, few question its supremacy as America’s Babylon, the pinnacle of excess, debauchery and vice. Yet in a counter-intuitive twist, it also boasts something good for all of us—one of the world’s greenest building complexes, the triumvirate of the Venetian, Palazzo and Sands Expo, […]

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| A New Eco-Hotel in a Revitalized Arts District | I grew up an hour south of Santa Barbara, and have lived there twice over the last two decades. At risk of dating myself, during that stretch of time I’ve witnessed a staggering amount of change and development on this self-proclaimed “American Riviera.” Both good and bad. While […]

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| A Simple Trick To Save Money | I can’t explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage. For reasons I never quite understood, […]

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| Eco-Active In The Vines | Now that the harvest rush is winding down, it’s the perfect season for green wine lovers to savor the good weather and fall vineyard landscapes with a hike or bike ride in California wine country. Capped off with, of course, some wine tasting. All of California’s dozens of wine regions offer hiking and biking opportunities, […]

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| Green Travel News | Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company, has announced a partnership with Nest, which reinvents unloved products in the home. Together, the companies are helping Airbnb’s community of hosts and guests conserve energy and continue to have a positive impact on their local environments. Airbnb is providing selected hosts in the […]

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| The Beauty Amid Us | It has oft been observed that we ignore or overlook the beauty in our own backyards. As a California native who has lately been spending much of my time overseas, I jumped at the offer to explore America’s crown jewels: Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. It turned out to […]

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| Green Travel News | Health-conscious travelers now make up more than 40 percent of the U.S. travel marketplace and that number is trending upward—fast. Already a $439 billion market, the wellness travel industry is expected to grow another 50 percent through 2017, according to the Global Wellness Tourism Congress. Meanwhile, hotels and resorts are […]

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