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Our Next Big Adventure


We started Green Global Travel in November 2010. Our mission was simple: We wanted to help “Save the world, one story at a time,” inspiring people to travel and live in a more sustainable fashion. We wanted to help them go green gradually, making simple changes one step at a time.


After our site took off in 2012, we took a close look at our business model. We didn’t want to deluge our readers with ads and sponsored posts, and we never have. But how would we earn a decent living?


After some inspirational talks with our friend Tom Edwards of Tune Up and Travel, we decided that opening our own e-commerce Fair Trade Boutique seemed like a natural fit. To understand why, let’s take a quick look at what Fair Trade is and how it aligns with our mission.

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Lessons from David Bowie on The Creative Life

The Creative Life:

10 Lessons from David Bowie


I was never the world’s biggest fan of David Bowie’s music. But over the past 40 years I learned a lot from him about living the creative life.


My connection with Bowie came largely through his influence on the creative artists I adored: Bauhaus, whose goth-glam fusion borrowed liberally from Ziggy. Jim Henson, who cast Bowie as Jareth the Goblin King. John Hughes, who referenced Bowie in the opening of his 1985 classic, The Breakfast Club. Nirvana, who covered “The Man Who Sold the World” in their MTV Unplugged special.


Even if you didn’t own a single one of his albums, Bowie’s music provided the soundtrack for several decades: The haunting psychedelia of “Space Oddity,” released five days before the Apollo 11 launch. “Fame” defining the funky hedonism of the mid-‘70s. “Under Pressure” capturing the anxiety of the Cold War era. “Let’s Dance” evoking early-‘80s escapism. “Heroes” becoming the wall-breaking anthem for a divided Berlin and post-9/11 New York. His influence was as inarguable as it was inescapable.


Bowie was the rare artist who proved just as fascinating off-stage as he was on. A trailblazer who influenced everything from music and fashion to film and sexual fluidity, he changed our collective notion of what an icon could be. Here are 10 valuable life lessons today’s artists can learn from David Bowie on living the creative life:

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Best Photos of 2015 Best Photos of 2015:

Our Epic Year in Review


Visiting five of our international dream destinations, four conference speaking/teaching gigs, taking three U.S. road trips and getting two National Geographic assignments made this one seriously epic year. Here are our very best photos of 2015, and a look back on our weird, wild, wonderful adventures.

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Bret Love and Mary Gabbett at Tarangire Safari Lodge

50 Travel Blogging Tips

From Our First 5 Years


It’s hard to believe it was five years ago today that we first hit “publish” and introduced Green Global Travel to the world. It’s even harder to believe that this crazy dream of ours has led us to more amazing places than we ever imagined, both literally and figuratively.


Starting this site in 2010 was a HUGE leap of faith in pursuit of our mutual passions. We’d never read a single travel blog. But we had both managed businesses (me as a newspaper and magazine editor, Mary as a Client Services manager at an industrial psychology company), and I had 15 years as a journalist under my belt. So we jumped in, and figured out how to fly on the way down.


Following our business instincts, we made a lot of smart choices, a few dumb mistakes (see: starting out on the Joomla platform rather than WordPress), and learned an awful lot along the way. Here, we share 50 of our best Travel Blogging Tips from our first five years…

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Lions in Africa

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New Clients! Our Next Big Adventure!

The Future of GGT


My buddy Tony and I couldn’t have been more different: I was a long-haired, arty music business major with tattoos and earrings, he was a soft-spoken, short-haired, seemingly conservative science major. We connected at the pizza place where we worked, bonding over our mutual love of music– jazz, funk, reggae and hip-hop in particular– often trading CDs that inspired us.


With him on bass and me on vocals, we eventually formed a band together and began working our way up in the Atlanta music scene. I was a marketing intern for a major record label at the time, and used my connections to garner some interest from industry A&R reps for our edgy, alternative rock-rap sound. (This was 1992, when such things were not yet considered passé.)


But fate threw a curveball right in the face of my rock star aspirations: Upon graduating from Georgia State University, Tony signed with the Peace Corps and shipped off to teach fish farming in the central African nation of Burundi, one of the poorest countries in the world. I quit playing music, embarking on a career as a music journalist instead.



Cheetahs in South Africa


Tony and I kept in touch regularly over the next five years, as his Peace Corps projects moved him from Burundi to Gabon, and later Zambia, with only brief journeys to visit home in between. Every month I’d send him a package filled with new music, magazines and letters from home, and he’d send back music, photos and letters about his life in Africa. Our friendship gradually grew deeper, and I fell in love with the continent through his stories.


Tony was the first person I ever knew who went on an African safari. The stories he brought home from his trip to Kenya & Tanzania (which included incredible photos and National Geographic-worthy video of a lion on top of a floating hippo carcass defending his prize from hostile crocodiles) left me delighted for him and determined to see Africa for myself. And his Peace Corps experience ultimately inspired me to pursue my own crazy dreams…

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Egypt- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Madagascar- Ring-tailed Lemurs at Anja Reserve
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

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
Borneo- Sabah Ecotourism Attractions
India- Ranthambhore National Park
India- Tibetan Culture In Ladakh
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- Top 5 Eco Attractions
Australia-Kangaroo Island
Australia-Maria 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


Churchill- Into the Wild of Manitoba
Churchill- Polar Bear Fight
Churchill- Polar Bear Photo Gallery
Churchill- Tundra Wildlife

America’s Best Volcanoes
AL- Fishing Mobile Bay
AL- Mobile Carnival Museum
AK- Denali National Park
CA- Hiking The John Muir Trail
FL- Sanibel Island Eco Activities
FL- Crystal River, Swimming with Manatees
FL- Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
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- Lafayette Cajun Food Tour
LA- Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday
LA- Voodoo Museum
MT- Hiking Glacier National Park
NC- Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
NC- Asheville's Green Restaurants Scene
NC- Asheville's Top Ecotourism Attractions
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
TX- Sea Turtle Rescue, South Padre Island
WV- Outdoor Adventures
Yellowstone- Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone- Lamar Valley
Yellowstone- Grand Canyon & Hayden Valley
Yellowstone- Upper Geyser Basin
Yellowstone- Lower Geyser Basin

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