Forty may be Peter Essick’s lucky number: He’s done 40 stories for National Geographic over the last 25 years, and was recently named one of the 40 most influential nature photographers in the world by Outdoor Photography Magazine. So perhaps it’s an opportune time for the release of Essick’s second book, Our Beautiful, Fragile World, which offers an exceptional overview of his career photographing nature and environmental stories.
The book takes readers on a picturesque journey to some of the world’s most impressive ecosystems, from America’s National Parks to Patagonia’s Torres Del Paine, from Finland’s Oulanka National Park to penguin colonies in Antarctica. But Essick’s work as a National Geographic photographer also conveys important messages, addressing issues like climate change, Canada’s tar sands, nuclear waste, and the world’s impending fresh water shortage head-on.
We were delighted when Essick reached out to us about the possibility of being featured on Green Global Travel, and even moreso when we arranged an interview over coffee in Atlanta, where we both live. What follows are the highlights of our enlightening hour-long conversation.
It’s no secret among friends and family that we’re nuts for Christmas, decorating our house from wall to wall and immersing ourselves in local holiday celebrations. In fact, it’s the one time of year that we refuse to travel. But even we didn’t know much about the various Christmas traditions around the world until we began researching this story. Hope you’ll find these 50 fun Christmas facts as fascinating as we did! Continue reading
Last year, during a trip to the Amazon, we fell in love with Peru– the wildlife, the culture, but most of all the warmth and graciousness of its people. Nick Stanziano can relate: In 2005, a few years after graduating from the University of California, he moved to the country’s Urumbamba Valley to volunteer for a non-profit in the Andes Mountains.
Now, the 33-year-old has become a Peruvian citizen, married a Peruvian woman, and launched SA Luxury Expeditions, a Peru-based tour operator specializing in sustainable eco-adventures in Latin America. Here, we talk to Nick about what drew him to Peru, the importance of Peruvian culture, and some of the amazing ecotourism options the country has to offer.
After three years of frequent travel, we’ve got packing down to a science. We NEVER check luggage, so everything we travel with has to fit into two carry-ons, a laptop bag and a backpack. From rolling up clothes tightly to packing clothes that can be easily hand-washed, we’ve learned a few tricks along the way. What follows is our travel packing checklist of everything we take with us, from luggage and clothing to photo and video gear. We were not compensated by any of the companies mentioned, but if you make a purchase through our Amazon affiliate link, we do get a small % at no additional cost to you:
(The following is a guest post by Freya Renders of Holiday Nomad. You can connect with Freya on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re a travel blogger interested in contributing a guest post to GGT, please contact Bret Love at [email protected])
Some people wouldn’t consider a Volcano as their dream vacation destination due to the destructive power of these fire-breathing mountains. But Volcanoes also have positive environmental impacts: Their eruptions offset some of the effects of Global Warming by cooling down the earth, and the soil surrounding volcanoes is often very fertile. Just think about how many volcanic islands (Hawaii, Galapagos, etc.) are in the heart of a nature lover’s paradise! Here are our Top 10 Volcanoes for your World Travel Bucket List: