Eerie morning in Timbavati Game Reserve

The Wilds of Amboseli National Park & Timbavati Game Reserve

 

(The following is a guest post by Susan Portnoy, the communications and public relations consultant who shares her adventures as The Insatiable Traveler. If you love eye-catching nature/wildlife photography, you’ll definitely want to follow her journeys on Facebook and Twitter.)

 

 

There is very little in this world that captures my attention like the African bush. I’ve joked with my friends that I am addicted, but I only half jest. When I’m there, I feel totally at ease and fully present. When I am away, there’s always a nagging desire to return.

 

Not too long ago I indulged my habit in both the Timbavati Game Reserve of South Africa and Kenya’s Amboseli National Park— two very different, but equally stunning locations —during a two-week photographic safari with Wild Eye.

 

Timbavati is known for its leopards and dense, rugged terrain, while in Amboseli, elephants are the heroes along with its wide-open plains and lush marshes. Combined together in one epic journey, I experienced an unforgettable adventure that did nothing to quell my love of the bush. Instead, it only fueled the fire…

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Peak Seasons Sweepstakes: Win a free Dream Ski Vacation to Chile and Vail

Win a $47,000 Dream Ski Vacation for Two to Chile & Vail!

 

(The Peak Seasons Sweepstakes is sponsored by LAN Airlines, Vail Resorts, Turismo Chile, Adventure.travel, Wagner Custom Skis and Helly Hansen. But our opinions remain our own.)

 

A few weeks ago, at a Travel Massive networking event we were co-hosting in Atlanta, Mary and I wound up chatting with representatives from several Colorado ski resorts who just so happened to be in town on business.

 

During the conversation, they seemed shocked to learn that, despite our extensive travels around the world, I’ve actually never been skiing or snowboarding. But both of these activities are, as they say, “on the list” (as is a visit to Colorado).

 

Unfortunately, I’m ineligible to enter the Peak Seasons Sweepstakes being co-sponsored by LAN Airlines, Vail Resorts, Turismo Chile, Adventure.travel, Wagner Custom Skis and Helly Hansen. But there’s nothing stopping you from entering to win more $47,000 worth of prizes!

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Dolphin Discovery at the Moon Palace Resort

Dolphin Discovery at the Moon Palace Resort

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How to Grade Dolphinarium Facilities

 

I saw them before I even stepped off the stage after my Opening Keynote session at TBEX Cancun with Dr. Martha Honey. More than a half-dozen employees of Dolphin Discovery– the dolphinarium that offered “Swimming With Dolphins” tours at the Moon Palace Resort– stood in a semicircle, looking uncomfortable, waiting for me to wrap up my conversation with another blogger so they could chat with me about what was being called “Dolphingate.”

 

For those who missed the drama, in July it was announced that the tours being offered to travel bloggers attending the TBEX Conference included a “Swim With Dolphins” tour at a Cancun dolphinarium. Blogger Matthew Kepnes called for a boycott of TBEX, with hundreds of other bloggers and concerned travelers signing his petition. TBEX honcho Rick Calvert was unyielding and unapologetic, saying that bloggers should behave like journalists and make their own decisions. We eventually entered the fray (which we were unaware of because we’d been traveling, and had not planned to attend the Cancun conference) and convinced Cancun Tourism to cancel the tours.

 

In the midst of the controversy, we were invited by TBEX to appear alongside Dr. Honey– founder of the Center for Responsible Travel– in a keynote session to discuss ecotourism and responsible travel issues, including dolphinariums and other animal attractions. Manuel Garduno (Manager of Marine Mammal Operations), Michelle Madueno (Manager of Education & Conservation), and several other members of the Dolphin Discovery staff were there, with “Debunking the Myths About Dolphins in Human Care” brochures in hand, to invite us to tour their facility and learn why not all dolphinariums are created equal.

 

How could we refuse?

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The 1st GGT Planning Meeting, August 2010

The 1st GGT Planning Meeting, August 2010

Green Global Travel is Hiring Staff Writers!

 

As you may have read, Mary and I are getting extremely swamped with Green Travel Media, the “Just One Rhino” charity project we’ll be announcing soon, and other commitments. And it has always been our goal to make GGT a true multi-author site.

 

To that end, we’re hiring four Green Global Travel staff writers,” paying them $25 per story and requiring them to turn in one story per month. These stories will go through a thorough pitching and editing process and will have hard deadlines (just like the other publications I edit), so there will be an educational component involved in these positions as well.

 

There’s no specific word count on our stories: I run GGT just like a magazine, with different story “departments.” Sections such as Go Green Tips, Global Culture and Endangered Species Spotlight tend towards the 600-800 word range, while our Destinations and Eco News pieces tend to be 1200-1500 and up. And of course we also do Photo Essays as well. Basically, the word count is whatever the given story requires.

 

We realize that $25 isn’t much, but we’re only just starting to make any sort of real profit on the work that we do on GGT. As we grow, so will our staff and our editorial budget. And of course our people will get dibs on many of the paying projects that come in through Green Travel Media.

 

The $25 is basically just a token: The real opportunity is for long-term career development, working with me as your professional editor.  We’re looking for folks who REALLY believe in what we’re doing and want to be a part of it, not people just looking for any paying gig.

 

If you’re interested, please send us an email including a brief summary of your blog and your professional writing experience (if any), and a link to ONE story that you feel best represents the type of work you’d like to do for GGT to info[at]GreenGlobalTravel.com. People who have been writing about ecotourism and conservation issues, and who have supported GGT’s work in the past, will be moved to the front of the line. Thanks in advance for your time and consideration!  –Bret Love

 

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Americans Legal Travel to Cuba

 

If you’ve been keeping up with GGT lately, you know our company Green Travel Media recently signed on as the editorial voice behind International Expeditions’ 2015 rebranding efforts. But while this post was sponsored by the company,  the truth is that we’ve always been fascinated by Cuba.

 

As a Music Business major and Music Theory minor, I studied Jazz History and the history of African-American culture in college. I learned about how Afro-Cuban music had influenced legends ranging from W.C. Handy and Jelly Roll Morton to Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. I immersed myself in the music of Cuban bass legend Cachao, singer Celia Cruz, percussionist Tito Puente and the all-star lineup of Buena Vista Social Club.

 

I dreamed of exploring the rich culture that gave birth to mambo, salsa and son, but of course it was illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba back in the ’90s. But now International Expeditions is among a handful of companies permitted to offer legal trips to Cuba under the People to People program, which is licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Guided by Cuban natives, these tours allow travelers an opportunity to learn about Cuban history, culture and nature, while also interacting with local people.

 

International Expeditions is promoting their Complete Cuba itinerary by giving away over $2000 worth of prizes (click on the image below to enter). We were excited to get a chance to speak with one of IE’s Expedition Leaders, Ana Maria Perez, about growing up in Cuba, the evolution of Cuban attitudes towards the U.S., the richness of Cuban culture, and the wealth of natural and historical attractions the island nation has to offer.

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Morocco- A Journey into the Atlas Mountains
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The Haunting Beauty of Icebergs
Penguins of Antarctica
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Top 5 Eco Attractions in Antarctica
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Laos- The Pastoral Paradise of Muang Ngoi
Malaysia- Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre
Malaysia- Orangutan Conservation at Sepilok
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Taiwan- Top 5 Eco Activities in Taipei
Thailand- Top 5 National Parks
 
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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
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GA- Best Christmas Light Displays
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GA- Jekyll Island Eco Activities
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GA- Top 5 Eco Attractions in North GA
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HI- Hawaiian Mythology
HI - Top 5 Kauai Nature Attractions
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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
 
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