Bret and Mary

Green Global Travel is an ecotourism, nature/wildlife conservation & cultural preservation website focused on encouraging people to travel more adventurously, consciously and sustainably.Owned by Bret Love (a veteran journalist/photographer) and Mary Gabbett (business manager/videographer), the site has been named Best Specialist Travel Blog by TBU and was highlighted among the best travel writing on the web by National Geographic's Intelligent Travel. Other awards we've won include Best Feature from both the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Magazine Association of the Southeast.
Kayaking at Sunset in Sabah, Borneo

Kayaking at Sunset in Sabah

Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions In Sabah, Borneo

 

(The following is a guest post by Ivana Greslikova and Gianni Bianchini of Nomad Is Beautiful, a travel blog focused on responsible tourism, eco-adventures and healthy lifestyles. Follow these digital nomads on their journey on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re a travel blogger interested in guest posting on GGT, email pitches and writing samples to Editor-In-Chief Bret Love at info[at]GreenGlobalTravel.com.)

 

There are many countries in Southeast Asia that are famous for their breathtaking beaches, exotic food, wonderful people and adrenaline-charged sports. But, for remarkable wildlife, one place leads the pack: Borneo. The third largest island in the world (and the biggest in Asia), Borneo is divided among Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia.

 

In Sabah, one of Borneo’s 13 states, you’ll find a staggering 140-million-year-old rainforest that is one of the oldest in the world. Nowadays, this state protects six national parks, which includes three terrestrial (Mt. Kinabalu, Crocker Range and Tawau Hills) and three marine parks (Turtle Island, Tunku Abdul Rahman and Pulau Tiga), which provide homes to a huge variety of flora and fauna.

 

We spent three weeks in Sabah and gathered a list of the top places that we would recommend to anyone looking for great ecotourism adventures and stunning nature. Join us and discover Borneo, a new world…

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Variety Cruises' 40-Passenger Ship, Galileo

Variety Cruises’ 40-Passenger Ship, Galileo

Our Next Big Adventure: Sailing the Greek Islands!

 

Growing up in a lower middle class neighborhood in the South, I didn’t know many people who had traveled the world. Most of my friends’ families had never even left the Southeast.

 

My dad, whose number came up in the Vietnam draft, had gone AWOL to be there for my birth, shipping out a few hours later to fight in Southeast Asia. And my uncle did an Army stint in Germany when I was a little boy. But, in my mind, that didn’t count.

 

My grandparents were a different story. They had an Aztec calendar from Mexico. They had petrified wood from California. They had been to Hawaii. They wore silver and turquoise jewelry from New Mexico (where they sponsored an orphanage, which they visited regularly). To me, they seemed incredibly worldly and wise, and I grew up wanting to be just like them.

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Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

Little Corn Island

A Taste of Nicaraguan Nirvana

(The following post was sponsored by the Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa. But our opinions remain our own.)

 

 Little Corn Island is one of those off-the-beaten-path places that creeps into your consciousness, slowly but surely.

 

We first became aware of it back in December 2010, not long after we started Green Global Travel. Our friend Bryan Akers Mary’s next-door neighbor and an avid traveler who worked as a drum tech for punk legends Bad Brains– simply raved about it. He described Little Corn Island as a laid-back ecotourism escape perfectly in tune with GGT’s ethos, with no cars, incredible food, superb snorkeling, and widespread use of alternative energy sources. 

 

After reading Bryan’s post, this tropical paradise went right on our wish list. But then GGT blew up, our travel schedule got overwhelmingly hectic, and Little Corn got pushed to the back of our minds. Over the years, we’ve read pieces on Lonely Planet and This American Girl backing up our buddy’s vision of the tiny 1.1-square mile island as a Nicaraguan nirvana.

 

When we heard that the Mexico-based Colibri Hotel Collection had opened up an eco-luxury resort, the Yemaya Island Hideaway & Spa, on Little Corn Island, we became even more intrigued. So we sat down with property manager Michael Bitton for a conversation about the island’s culture, cuisine, and other ecotourism offerings.

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The Steep Incline of Nigardsbreen Glacier, Norway

The Steep Incline of Nigardsbreen Glacier

Climbing Nigardsbreen Glacier

A He Said/She Said Story of Adventure in Norway

 

I’m strangely wired, as human beings go.

 

I’ve faced a lot of adversity on a personal level, from tragic loss, abuse and bullying in childhood to homelessness, divorce and financial ruin as an adult. But I believe it’s how we work through these challenges in our lives that ultimately defines us. In the end, they either bring us to our knees or teach us how to fly.

 

Though I was shy and somewhat timid as a kid, I’ve evolved into a person who never shies away from adversity. Instead, I tend to plant my feet, lower my shoulders and confront it head-on. So when I saw the foreboding blanket of storm clouds rolling in over Norway‘s Nigardsbreen glacier (an arm of Jostedalsbreen, the largest glacier in continental Europe), I steeled myself for a cold, rainy day of climbing.

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African Muslim + Israeli Jew= The Touré-Raichel Collective

 

An Israeli Jew and a West African Muslim walk into an airport… It may sound like the opening line to a joke, but it’s actually the story behind the unique musical fusion known as the Touré-Raichel Collective.

 

After a chance encounter at a Berlin airport in 2008, Israeli singer-songwriter Idan Raichel and Mali’s Vieux Farka Touré (the son of legendary singer-guitarist Ali Farka Touré) became friends, jammed together, and eventually formed a band. Their music blends West African rhythms and Israeli melodies, with Touré’s bluesy guitar and voice creating a musical dialogue with Raichel’s improvised piano.

 

We caught up with the duo just before the release of their second album, The Paris Session, to discuss their unlikely partnership, the sociopolitical relevance of their union, and the universal language of music. Click on the video below to listen to their infectious music as you read their inspiring story.

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Destinations We’ve Covered:

• AFRICA
Egypt- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Morocco- A Journey into the Atlas Mountains
South Africa- Londolozi Game Reserve Safari
South Africa- Kruger National Park
South Africa- South Africa- Zulu Memories
Tanzania- Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

 
• ANTARCTICA
How To Get To Antarctica w/out Doing the Drake
The Haunting Beauty of Icebergs
Penguins of Antarctica
Taking the Polar Plunge
Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
Whales of Antarctica
 
• ASIA
India- Ranthambhore National Park
Laos- The Pastoral Paradise of Muang Ngoi
Malaysia- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Malaysia- Orangutan Conservation at Sepilok
Nepal- Hiking The Annapurna Circuit
Taiwan- Top 5 Eco Activities in Taipei
Thailand- Top 5 National Parks
 
• AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA
Australia- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Australia-Kangaroo Island
New Zealand- Kapiti Island
New Zealand- Tongariro National Park
New Zealand- Top 5 Ecotourism Attractions
Tahiti- First Impressions
Tahiti- Photo Gallery
Tahiti- Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour
Tahiti- Moorea, Tiki Village Theater
Tahiti- Pearl Diving in Bora Bora
Tahiti- Ruahatu Marine Sanctuary, Bora Bora
Tahiti- Swimming With Sharks in Bora Bora
Tonga- Eua Island Eco Activities

 

• NORTH AMERICA
CANADA
Churchill- Into the Wild of Manitoba
Churchill- Polar Bear Fight
Churchill- Polar Bear Photo Gallery
Churchill- Tundra Wildlife

UNITED STATES
America’s Best Volcanoes
AK- Denali National Park
CA- Hiking The John Muir Trail
FL- Sanibel Island Eco Activities
FL- Crystal River, Swimming with Manatees
GA- Barnsley Gardens
GA- Top 5 Autumn Activities Around Atlanta
GA- Best Christmas Light Displays
GA- Top 20 Atlanta Christmas Events
GA- Jekyll Island Eco Activities
GA- Weekend in North GA Mountains
GA- Top 5 Eco Attractions in North GA
HI- Hawaii’s Big Island
HI- Hawaiian Mythology
HI - Top 5 Kauai Nature Attractions
LA- Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday
MT- Hiking Glacier National Park
NC- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Greensboro Travel Guide
NC- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
NC- Outer Banks Wild Horses
NM- Top 5 Eco Attractions
NY- Going Green in NYC
WV- Outdoor Adventures
Yellowstone- Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone- Lamar Valley
Yellowstone- Grand Canyon & Hayden Valley
Yellowstone- Upper Geyser Basin
Yellowstone- Lower Geyser Basin

MEXICO
Cancun- Cancun Underwater Museum
Cancun- Mayan Museum of Archaeology
Cancun- Swimming with Whale Sharks
Riviera Maya- Monkeys, Pyramids & Pottery
Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
Riviera Maya- Tulum & Coba
 
• CARIBBEAN