| Getting A Green High | Whenever I exchange what-do-you-do’s at a party or social meet-and-greet, I’ve learned to anticipate THE SNIGGER. It comes right after I say I write about green travel. “And so you fly from place to place? How can you call that green?” It’s a fair question, despite the dreaded snigger. [...]
Healthier air travel and hotels lead the year’s travel trends spotted by Wellness Tourism Worldwise, an international organization focused on well-being and travel. The forecast is based on an analysis of
| Luxury Fit For a Green Sheikh | The towering skyscrapers of Dubai disappear behind me in a haze. The air smells and tastes of sand, even as the taxi whisks past a new cricket field whose emerald turf is in shocking contrast to the dun surroundings. We have far to go, and we’re flying [...]
United Airlines’ commitment to the friendly skies is soaring to new heights. The air carrier has joined the Sustainable Aviation Fuel Users Group (SAFUG), whose objective is to accelerate the development and commercialization of aviation biofuels.
Disgusted by dirty, germy airplanes? Now there’s a personal space you can be sure is clean with an antimicrobial tray table cover made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The environmentally friendly cover slips over and is fastened to the tray table, covering it completely. It’s is food-contact safe
| Not All Sales Are Equal | This is a cautionary tale. Only last year US Airways delighted us with several rewards miles sales at a bargain-basement price. To wit: 1.5 cents a mile, or less than US$1,500 for 100,000 miles—enough for two coach tickets to Europe or one Business Class ticket. Few, if any, [...]
| It’s Worth It | Notes from the Green Travel Guru’s flight log… I am planning the perfect getaway when I get that familiar sinking feeling: To make this trip I face more than 12 hours of flying time, shoehorned into cattle-car class, otherwise known as coach. In other words, a bum-numbing test of my [...]
Starting January 1, a new law will charge a greenhouse gas emissions tax on all air travel to and from European Union airports. The plan, which was passed by the European parliament two years ago, was recently given the green light after a court challenge from a U.S.-based aviation group and others was rejected.
A new era in American aviation begins this week, as Alaska Airlines flies the first of 75 commercial passenger flights in the United States powered by biofuel. These flights signal that sustainable biofuels can provide a viable alternative to conventional fuel and enable airlines to reduce their environmental impact.
Hollywood A-listers, top business CEOs, a head of state and senior environmental campaigners came together in the Maldives last week to share ideas on how to make tourism a benefit rather than a threat to the planet’s environment. The event—the SLOWLIFE Symposium, organized by the eco-luxe resort company Six Senses—drew actors Daryl Hannah and Edward Norton, business leader and entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, the heads of two solar power companies and green thinkers Jonathon Porritt and Tim Smit to Soneva Fushi resort in Baa Atoll, Maldives.