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Don’t Act Surprised! Green Hotels Do Exist!

Here are some beautiful eco-friendly vacation destinations so you can keep your conscience and the Earth clear while still enjoying a luxurious trip.

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Let’s face it, traveling can be wasteful. These days, being environmentally conscious is trendy and being wasteful is out of style. So does that mean you should cancel those travel plans so that you can save the Earth?

Not at all, here are some beautiful destinations that don’t harm our mother Earth at all. So travel on and keep your conscience and the Earth clear with these eco-friendly vacation destinations.

SONEVA FUSHI, MALDIVES

Head over to the Maldives to this once deserted island named Kunfunadhoo. The Soneva Fushi resort was built here to give vacationers an amazing resort that is environmentally friendly.

They recycle an amazing 90% of their waste. No that’s not a typo, they recycle 90% of their waste. They use all their food waste as fertilizer in the garden, their glass is used to make art and the styrofoam is used as a construction material. The resort is run completely on solar energy and the water they use has been desalinated. Talk about making your vacation guilt-free!

BOM BOM RESORT, SAO TOME

This resort has nineteen beautiful beach bungalows in beautiful Sao Tome which lies off the coast of Africa.

There are plenty of amazing things to do on this small island like scuba diving, hiking, enjoying the wildlife which includes whales, turtles, monkeys and birds and even visiting the smallest city in all of Africa, San Antonio.

EXTREME HOTEL, KITE BEACH, CABARETE, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Evidently, Cabarete is known as a kitesurfing capital, did you know that? Maybe you did. Maybe you’re reading this article while currently kite surfing in Cabarete. But if you’re not Dan Cortese, then don’t worry, you can still check out the beautiful eXtreme Hotel.

You don’t have to kitesurf, you can also do yoga, ride horses and hike.

But what about my carbon footprint? You ask. Well, the hotel is solar powered and they don’t use any air-conditioning. They just made the hotel super smart so that it is incredibly ventilated and utilizes the natural wind to cool the hotel down.

They also collect rainwater and have some 2,000 trees that not only keep carbon down but give tons of produce to the lucky hotel visitors.

INKATERRA, TAMBOPATA NATIONAL RESERVE, PERU

Check out the Inkaterra Guides Field Station deep in the Tambopata National Reserve. This place used to be a research location but now is a rad hotel.

This lodge runs a bunch of great projects focused on the conservation of the rainforest so your money is going to a good place.

Plus you’ll be in a good place when you go on a hike over the canopy walkway or a beautiful boat trip. You’re in the rainforest so you’re bound to see plenty of wild animals.

BUSHMANS KLOOF WILDERNESS RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA

Feel like conserving but don’t feel like compromising on the size of the resort you stay in? Then try this 18,000-acre wildlife reserve just 170 miles outside of Cape Town in the beautiful Cederberg Mountains.

They are known for protecting and reintegrating endangered species, can you get more environmentally friendly than that? Well they can, they also do organic sustainable gardening, wastewater processing, and energy-saving initiatives.

Also if you get tired of all this saving the earth and looking at endangered species, go check out the 130 rock-art sites, that have been preserved for over 10,000 years. So they’re not only taking care of animals, they’re taking care of rocks too.


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The 411 On Travel Insurance

Whether it was a family memeber or stranger,you’ve probably had someone talk about travel insurance. Read through this simple breakdown and find out everything.

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     There are those that swear by it and some that don’t even know what it is – we’re talking travel insurance… and it actually may be much more beneficial than you may think! You never know what may happen when traveling so it’s always best to be prepared for anything and everything. The last thing you’d want is a ruined trip thanks to one unavoidable issue. This guide will help breakdown the extra expense and explain everything you need to know about travel insurance.

Needed?

     First and foremost, we’ll start by saying that it is definitely not necessary for any and all vacations. It all depends on what kind of trip you’re taking. Officially, you can ensure any trip that involves traveling at least 100 miles. so if you’re taking a short driving trip to visit family or friends within your state or a neighboring state, chances are you won’t need to bother. But, once your trip involves a longer flight, travel insurance can be a safe bet.

     However, there are many misconceptions about the insurance. It doesn’t cover any expenses that may come up during your trip. It will only ensure payments that took place before your departure. So, that suggests any shows or sporting event tickets, hotel expenses, pre-paid car rental, etc. can all be covered by travel insurance. But, if in the middle of your trip, you decided to catch a concert last minute, that expense cannot be covered by your travel insurance. Similarly, travel insurance cannot cover anything that is refundable, even if it was purchased before departing on your trip.

     Also, it is very important to compare and contrast plans before picking one. There are several different options out there. Take your time and consider everything about your trip and your budget. Consider the ages of all parties involved, the location of the trip, and the length of the trip. And make sure the one you choose is comprehensive and includes things like emergency medical coverage and baggage protection.

Again, travel insurance isn’t always necessary, but it can be extremely helpful and can help ensure you enjoy a safe and enjoyable travel experience. 

 


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Travel East To West & Back On A Cross Country Train

Traveling in America can be expensive so what if I told you there is a route across the continental Unites States that only costs $213. Not on a plane but on a train!

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     Wanderlust takes us far away to foreign lands and different cultures but many haven’t even seen their home country. America is a huge parcel of land that it’s shocking how common it is for us to have never explored our own preverbal backyards.

We recommend getting out there to see what makes America so grand. Its people, land, and its majesty. Traveling across America can be expensive. Therefore, what if I told you there is a route across the continental Unites States that only costs just north of $200? Not on a plane but on a train! See our land and all it has to offer for only $200+!

Travel blogger Derek Low figured out the route and shared it with the world. He mapped out a path from San Francisco to New Your City on two trains.

His route takes you through 11 states, across 3,397 miles and so many unforgettable sights. Amtrak has some great deals so if this isn’t your desired destination, you should plan your own train adventure and see this beautiful country for yourself.

 

Details

     It’s a simple two-train path that can easily be recreated for a return trip. Amtrak offers these incredible 15-day rail passes that allow the rider to essentially take up to 8 separate rides.  The 15-day deal is more expensive ($429) than the straight route but it allows you more exploration time and freedom.

If you purchase Amtrak’s 15-day deal you can stop at cities along the route and explore at your own pace, as long as you finish the trip in 15 days. What a great way to see new cities without breaking the bank.

     Blogger Derek Low stopped at Salt Lake City, Denver, and Chicago on his way to New York. Can you imagine how expensive it would be if you tried to fly to all these different cities? Plus all the added stress that flying brings, geez, why does anyone fly. Oh, yea because it’s so fast.

If time isn’t an issue, traveling by trains are much less stressful and visually more appealing. Airports can be a real sore and most major city train stations are relics of our architectural past. Train stations hark back to a time when train travel was exciting and people treated it as such an inspiring event. Let’s make that magical feeling happen again and see just how special our country is. 

The Route

     From San Francisco, buy a ticket on the California Zephyr Line for as cheap as $130. This line takes you all the way to Chicago, through Salt Lake City, Denver, and Omaha. At times, this train travels alongside the historic route 66, the famed road from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The next route takes you from Chicago to New York City along the Lake Shore Limited for as cheap as $83. That’s a grand total of $213 for a cross-country trip, pretty sweet indeed.

For more adventures the train runs all the way to Boston, so your options are pretty limitless.

 

 


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Visiting The Very Best American Factory Tours

Factories are the backbone of America. More than likely, this beautiful country wouldn’t exist without them… And some of those factories have amazing tours!

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     There are thousands of American brands that we all know and love. You own and use all their great products but you rarely think about how or where they’re assembled. Visiting factories is a literal ton of fun and an activity many tourists never consider. Visiting a factory is a fantastic way to spend the day, enjoying some of your favorite items being crafted.

America was built through incredible factories which built amazing products. However, most people don’t realize that these factories are home to tantalizing tours as well. Here are some of our favorites:

GIBSON GUITARS

Memphis Tennessee has a rich musical history that has tourists flocking to the town to experience where some of their favorite musicians spent a lot of their time.  This is where Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and many other music legends spent a lot of their time cranking out hit after hit. A lot of these amazing artists need guitars to make their music and when they reach for a guitar, odds are they reach for a Gibson.

The Gibson factory is where they craft these awesome guitars and you can take an awesome one hour tour of the place for only ten dollars. You will see guitar technicians put these guitars together from scratch and the end results are sure to blow your mind. If you like guitars then this is definitely the tour for you.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON

Cruising on your hog is a pleasurable experience that many people love to partake in when flying down the open road. If you love bikes then a tour of one of or all of the Harley Davidson factories is a must. You can find factories in York, Pennsylvania, Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin and Kansas City, Missouri.

See these bikes built from handlebars to seat and marvel at the beauty of the classic Harley Davidson motorcycle. Each factory focuses on a different model so if you’re looking for a specific Harley in your tour do your research first and make sure you’re hitting the right factory. 

CRAYOLA CRAYONS

If you got some kids on a trip then definitely hit the Crayola Crayons factory. See how they create colors like mac n cheese, Caribbean green, and celestial blue. This tour is great for adults and insanely fun for kids as well. There are 26 different attractions for kids to experience such as Melt & Mound, Drip Art, and Doodle in the Dark. With names like that do you expect anything but a colorfully good time? I don’t think so.

KOHLER

Sometimes you want to see something you use every day be made. If you have a lot of experience with something then it’s good to know how that thing is made so you have a better understanding of how it works and where it comes from. We all have a lot of experience with toilets, that is unless you live out in the woods somewhere.

So come see how toilets are built at the Kohler factory tour in Kohler, Wisconsin. They don’t only make toilets there, they make kitchen and tile products as well. The tours are completely free and you’ll have no problem taking a few bathroom breaks.


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