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Our Travel Packing Checklist

GGT’s Gift Guide for Travelers

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:

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Baby Monkey at Curu Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica

Making Friends at Curú Wildlife Refuge, Age 29

#EcoCostaRica

Announcing GGT’s Next Big Adventure!

 

In June we announced the formation of EcoAdventure Media, a new collective of strategically hand-picked media professionals collaborating to connect sustainable travelers with destinations and brands that put an emphasis on traveling responsibly. Now, we’re thrilled to announce our company’s first major project, #EcoCostaRica!

 

As the co-founder of EcoAdventure Media, it seems remarkably apropos that Visit Costa Rica should be our new company’s first major client, for reasons both personal and professional.

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You're not good enough & Other Lies

“You’re Not Good Enough” & Other Lies

 

(Four months ago, on my 45th birthday, we published a post called 45 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Younger Self. That post has since become our most popular ever, with over 65,000 views. What follows is the first chapter of a book based on the post– part memoir, part self-help, part philosophical guide to happiness– which I hope to share with my daughter someday. We appreciate all constructive feedback!)

 

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“The creative artist and poet and saint must fight the actual (as opposed to ideal) gods of our society– the god of conformism as well as the gods of apathy, material success, and exploitative power. These are the ‘idols’ of our society that are worshipped by multitudes of people.” – Rollo May

  

In the beginning, we are each born whole, full of the magic and spark of creativity; full of awe and wonder; full of life and light.

 

To watch a young child explore the parameters of their existence, experimenting with the boundaries and discovering the outer limits of their imagination, is to witness the birth of self– a wholly original work of art upon the blank canvas of our souls.

 

But, all too often, in our attempts to nurture children and help them find the right path, we unwittingly imply that the path they might find and choose for themselves isn’t good enough. And, while it may not be our heart’s intent, the message that’s ultimately conveyed is, “You’re not good enough.”

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The Science of Happiness: Expressing Gratitude

Granny & Granddad at a Native American Pow-Wow

The Science of Happiness

Expressing Gratitude

 

We don’t often (read: NEVER) write about Internet memes. But this viral video on The Science of Happiness from Soul Pancake simply proved too inspiring and thought-provoking for us to ignore.

 

The concept seems simple on the surface. “Psychologists have scientifically proven that one of the greatest contributing factors to overall happiness in your life is how much gratitude you show.” It’s not a new idea– self-help gurus like Brené Brown talk about the benefits of practicing gratitude all the time, and I used to write about my weekly gratitudes back in the MySpace days. But Soul Pancake’s Experiment in Gratitude takes it one step further, offering compelling proof of the scientific theory in action.

 

First, subjects were given a brief survey to determine how happy they are. Next, they were asked to write a letter of gratitude to the person who inspired them the most. Then, assuming that person was still alive, they were asked to call and read the letter to them over the phone.  The emotional catharsis was clearly powerful and, in subsequent surveys, every single person registered as being happier for having expressed those feelings of appreciation. Most interestingly, the people who benefitted the most were the people who were least happy to begin with!

 

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Green Travel Reviews Launch

Is This the Proper Way to Format a Blog Birth Announcement?

Announcing Green Travel Reviews

(& Great Prize Giveaways)!

 

When most people start having kids, they tend to wait a few years in between babies to give the first one time to develop. So perhaps it’s not entirely coincidental that we’re launching our second website, Green Travel Reviews, just one month shy of Green Global Travel‘s 3-year anniversary.

 

Last year was incredible for us: In just over 12 months, we traveled to the Galapagos Islands, Yellowstone, the Peruvian Amazon, Bermuda, Panama, Dominica, New York, Jordan, Churchill, Ft. Lauderdale, Chilean Patagonia, and Antarctica. In that time, GGT went from a few thousand to more than 35,000 unique visitors a month, and emerged as the biggest independent ecotourism/conservation blog in the world.

 

But, as we took time over the holidays to reflect on our insane 2012, we realized that our lives had gotten out of balance. We missed my daughter, our dog, our home and our friends. And since our intense travel schedule didn’t leave much time for freelance work, we also missed about 1/3 of our annual income!

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Co-Founded by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett, Green Global Travel is an ecotourism, nature / wildlife conservation & cultural preservation magazine. More about us.

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Destinations We’ve Covered:

• AFRICA
Egypt- Top 5 Eco Attractions
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 Without 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
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- Moorea 4x4 Safari Tour
Tahiti- Moorea, Tiki Village Theater
Tahiti- Pearl Diving in Bora Bora
Tahiti- Ruahatu Marine Sanctuary, 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
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
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
Riviera Maya- Monkeys, Pyramids & Pottery
Riviera Maya- Rio Secreto
Riviera Maya- Tulum & Coba
 
• CARIBBEAN