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Eco travel is all the rage now and for good reasons, the United Nations recently designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. How can we be eco friendly when we are living in a disposable world? It’s definitely not easy, especially when everything in the travel industry seems like it’s meant to be thrown away. From plastic bottles to shopping bags to snack sized food, we are surrounded by wastefulness.

Here are the basics to eco traveling and being a friend to Mother Nature instead of a polluting enemy. Follow these rules and your travel plans won’t affect your environment negatively and you won’t have any regrets for wandering the planet in search of your happiness.

 

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Eco travel is all the rage now and for good reasons, the United Nations recently designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. How can we be eco friendly when we are living in a disposable world? It’s definitely not easy, especially when everything in the travel industry seems like it’s meant to be thrown away. From plastic bottles to shopping bags to snack sized food, we are surrounded by wastefulness.

Here are the basics to eco traveling and being a friend to Mother Nature instead of a polluting enemy. Follow these rules and your travel plans won’t affect your environment negatively and you won’t have any regrets for wandering the planet in search of your happiness.

 

Stay at green properties

First thing first, only stay at green properties. If we stop staying at these massive polluters then we may actually make a difference. These huge complexes aren’t built with the environment in mind; instead they look at profits and losses. Let’s get them thinking about the environment by boycotting places that don’t meet strict eco guidelines.  

Hitting these corporations in the wallet is the only way they will listen, so plan accordingly and do your research. Make sure that your accommodations follow eco tourism guidelines and protect our planet form destruction.

Major chains are already listening with changes popping up everywhere from towels and linens being washed less to food being sourced locally.

Lets work together to shape the planet we all want to live in and not just live life by what our wallets can afford.

 

Always pack a reusable shopping bag

Plastic is polluting our planet and oceans at an alarming rate and shopping bags are a major problem. Just by always packing a reusable shopping bag you personally can cut hundreds of plastic bags from hitting our oceans and environments. They make very convenient collapsible bags now that fit in any pocket or purse. I keep a few on me at all times because you never know.

 

Bring your own reusable water bottle

Plastic water bottles are another huge polluter and we can stop it in its tracks. Boycott plastic water bottles at home and abroad and save our planet. By simply packing your own reusable water bottle we can drastically reduce the amount of waste from our vacations.

Many destinations have dirty drinking water, so tourists strictly drink out of plastic water bottles, which is terrible for our planet. Instead, get a water bottle with a filter and your pollution problems are gone.

 

Green transportation

How you get around on a vacation can really affect the local environment. Try taking pollution free transportation like walking or bike riding if y9ou can. Once I get to a city, I can navigate around like a local and fit in no problem. Walking allows you to see the city like a native and it’s pretty sweet. Lessen your carbon footprint and travel consciously.

Follow these simple rules and you won’t have any problem being eco friendly on your next vacation. Just be conscious of how your actions affect the environment and you won’t have any issues.

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Why You Should Visit Hawaii

 I break down each island in the chain and tell you why you should visit each one

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Hawaii is paradise on Earth and one of the most traveled to destinations on the planet, so why all the hype? I break down each island in the chain and tell you why you should visit each one. Check out paradise in each of its unique forms from the laid back vibes of Molokai to the big city by the beach in Oahu’s Honolulu.

 

Oahu

Oahu is home to the largest city in all the Hawaiian Islands and is the most populated. There is a huge military population on Oahu as the Navy has its base, Pearl Harbor. Honolulu is the island’s only “big” city and Waikiki is the party destination if you are into that sort of thing. Not all of Oahu is a party destination, as many parts of the island operate at a much slower pace. Check out the North Shore for bohemian beach towns and world-class surfing.

For some interesting attractions, check out the Polynesian Cultural Center or the sunken remains of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. The beaches are world-class and the resorts are massive.

 

Hawaii (Big Island)

The largest of the Hawaiian Islands by far is Hawaii or “the Big Island.” This massive island features almost every climate in its rich ecosystems. There is often snow on top of the mountain peaks that are surrounded by rainforests and deserts. The big island features a wide variety of terrain and activities. Check out some of the best surfing, snorkeling and hiking the world has to offer. The island is split into two main sides, the leeward side, which is very dry and arid, and the wayward side, which is the wettest region in America.

Make sure you check out Mauna Kea, the world’s tallest mountain, measured from the sea floor up. There are also two active volcanoes to check out where you can see lava flows.

 

Maui

The most all-around island in the chain, Maui has a little bit of everything. Every major resort has a luau and we recommend checking one out for some culture and unlimited mai tais. This island has all the outdoor activities you could ever want with some incredible hiking, surfing and snorkeling. The weather is perfect and the sun is usually shining.   Take a hike to the crater of a volcano at the Haleakala National Park.  

 

Kauai

Known as the garden island, Kauai is easily the most beautiful of the main islands. This is also known as the lovers’ island and the retirement island as most guests are on their honeymoon or well, old. There aren’t too many spots open past 8pm and the island’s nightlife is almost non-existent. There is some of the best hiking and outdoor activities in the world.

Check out the Na Pali Coast, a rocky, 20-mile section of the island that is unreachable by car and where you’ll recognize the beginning of Jurassic Park. Take a helicopter tour of amazing waterfalls and secret beaches galore.

The most impressive feature is the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, the Waimea Canyon.

 

 

Lanai

The smallest of the Hawaiian Islands that are open to the public, Lanai is mostly owned privately by billionaire Larry Ellison (Oracle). This island used to be a huge pineapple plantation and is now home to two Four Seasons resorts. Golf is god here as two of the best courses in the US are located here.

 

Molokai

The most remote Hawaiian Island is Molokai, which has hardly any infrastructure and has very few visitors each year. The pace is slow here and they only operate on island time. Come here if you want to chill hardcore and not do many touristy activities, as they don’t really exist here.

 

Find which version of paradise you like the most and check it out. Hawaii has a little of something for everyone; you just have to find it.

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Get The Best Deals On Rental Cars

Let’s examine the best ways to save big on car rentals and certain times when renting a car isn’t even needed.

 

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Rental cars can be quite pricey and vacations are already wallet suckers, so let’s try and find the best deals around. Like anything in travel, timing can be everything, especially when booking a rental car. We spoke with some industry insiders and got the lowdown on the car rental business so you won’t get overcharged for a crappy rental car.

Let’s examine the best ways to save big on car rentals and certain times when renting a car isn’t even needed.

 

Rental Car Yes or No?

First lets determine if you even need a rental car or if you can get around on public transportation alone. Avoiding a rental car all together will save you some scratch and make your vacation much easier. Dealing with rental cars, parking and driving in foreign countries can all be nightmares that can be avoided by not renting a car in the first place.

What kind of vacation are you going on? Are you staying in one location or traveling around to multiple destinations? How close are you staying to town and does your hotel offer free shuttles?

If you are staying at an all-inclusive resort, you won’t need a rental car. Same if your hotel offers free shuttles to attractions. Your best bet is to do some research and figure this one out first.

Sometimes renting a car is your best bet so in that case, follow these simple few hacks to get the best deals.

 

Smaller Sites

The actual site of a car rental site will never have the best deals; instead look at aggregator sites like Costco travel or AAA.com. These sites offer great deals because you already pay for their services so you are getting an inside deal. You are paying for the memberships already so why not take advantage of their deals. I almost exclusively book through these two sites and constantly save big on bookings.

Smaller sites and companies will offer lower prices to compete with the big dogs of the industry. Hertz will never have the same deals as a small service like Fox rental cars has. You may not get the frills with these small companies but you won’t pay a premium either.

 

Get the compact

Stop acting like a nice rental car will make or break your vacation. Rental car companies make their money on upselling you, so stop it and chose the cheapest car. Think about how often you will be in this car, now think about if paying upwards of $50 more a day is worth it, most likely its not.

  

Insurance?

Stop buying the rental car’s insurance. If you have your own car or book with a major credit card, you are already insured. This is the biggest scam in all of car rentals. Stop paying upwards of $25-50 a day in insurance when you are already covered. Just say no!

 

Fees to avoid

Other than insurance, there are countless other bullshit fees they try and charge you. Toll transponders can cost a few dollars a day, same as GPS devices. Stop it, your smart phone has a better map system anyway, so use that and save big. Satellite radio? Are you serious, bring an IPod or some CDs and call it a day.

Save huge by renting off airport property and avoid the stupid fees they charge. Never rent on-site again. I find the site that is at least 20 minutes form the airport and you will have zero lines and pay close to half the price of on-site rental places.

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Incredibly Vibrant Neighborhoods to Visit

If you are looking for the most colorful and vibrant towns around the globe, look no further. Take a visual trip to your happy place in these incredibly vivacious scenes.

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If you are looking for the most colorful and vibrant towns around the globe, look no further. These neighborhoods are incredible vacation destinations with brightly painted homes and just the most picturesque locations you’ll ever see. Take a visual trip to your happy place in these incredibly vivacious scenes.

 

St. John’s, Canada

Check out what residents call “jellybean row” and see some beautifully colored row homes. The story on why these homes are painted so vibrantly goes all the way back to the towns origins as a fishing village. Apparently the town folks painted the neighborhood brightly so the fisherman could see the shore during the dense fog that plagues this region. So out of safety comes beauty, so cool.

 

 

Maafushi, Maldives

The Maldives is a beautiful island chain that doesn’t really need any help in the beauty category, but the little island of Maafushi is trying anyway. Nestled right next to the crystal clear waters are wonderfully painted buildings that look like candy. Imagine the views from this island. The colors here look like an Easter basket exploded and candy shrapnel is everywhere.  You won’t find neighborhoods like this in your home town.

 

 

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

This little district in Cape Town, South Africa is a huge melting pot of cultures, so it’s obvious that this place would be painted so vibrantly. Settled by Muslims this district has gone through many changes and they all can be seen in the Bo-Kaap museum. The pastel colored buildings will make any Instagram post an instant classic so visit colorful neighborhoods soon.

 

Colmer, France

Take a walk back in time, simply visit Old Town Colmer in France. The vintage looking homes are all half-timbered medieval buildings that are painted in pastel colors. Feel like you are walking through a fairy tale when you visit this wonderful town. Enjoy canal lined streets and wonderful old school charm.  These type of neighborhoods don’t come along everyday.

 

Gamcheon, South Korea

This little bastion of color has many nicknames like “The Machu Picchu of Busan or Korea’s Santorini. In 2009 the neighborhood invited artists to paint wonderful murals all over the artsy town. So now the buildings are all painted in pastel hues and are covered in elaborate murals. Come for the views and stay for the incredible amount of street art.  This town looks like god spilled a box of crayons and left them to melt in the sun, so cool.

 

Las Palmitas, Pachuca, Mexico

The entire district lives near the poverty level but that hasn’t stopped the locals from turning their neighborhood into a giant mural. The neighborhood used to have a real negative vibe but now people are happier and tourism has brought some much needed cash flow.

 

Burano, Venice

Located just 40 minutes from Venice, Italy, sits the beautiful little town of Burano. The homes here are all brightly colored and beautifully unique. The canals are lined with some of the most vibrant color displays you will ever see with your own two eyes. Take a leisurely stroll down a canal and you can expect to see roughly twenty different colored homes, each more spectacular than the next.

If you own a home in Burano and wish to paint, you must write to the government and they will send back a list of approved colors. Its like looking directly into a box of Crayola crayons.

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