Things to Do in Coron, Palawan: Island Hopping

Top 7 Things to Do in Coron, Palawan

Coron is confusing: It encompasses a town (on Busuanga Island), an island (Coron Island), and over 50 minor islets in the Calamian archipelago.

 

Say its name to Filipinos in Manila and you’ll see their eyes light up like kids on Christmas morning. That’s because Coron is arguably the most picturesque part of Palawan, which has been voted Best Island in the World by Travel + Leisure readers several years in a row.

 

We recently had the pleasure of spending a week in Coron, bookending our time teaching a workshop at TBEX Manila. From gorgeous beaches and dramatic limestone landscapes to exquisite Scuba diving and all sorts of wildlife, it was an extraordinary experience that left us eager to go back and spend more time in the Philippines.

 

What follows is our picks for the Top 7 Things to Do in Coron, from climbing scenic mountains and swimming in Asia’s cleanest lake to soaking in hot springs and snorkeling with Dugongs.

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Best Hiking Trails for your World Bucket List

The Best Hiking Trails

for your World Travel Bucket List

 

There’s no escaping the environmental impact of traveling… unless we decide to travel on foot. Trekking the world’s best hiking trails is arguably the most eco-friendly way to travel. It’s as carbon-neutral as it gets, especially if you carry all your outdoor gear, sleep in a tent and remove all your waste.

 

Long-distance hikes are becoming more and more popular each year. It’s partly due to the success of books/films like Wild and A Walk in the Woods, in which hiking for days/weeks/months on end is portrayed as a reflective, spiritual experience.

 

Although the number of trekkers grows each year, you’re still likely to find yourself alone with nature when you hike a long-distance path. And despite the discomfort you’ll no doubt experience along the way, the journey is sure to be a transformative one.

 

Sadly, many hikers are far from being responsible travelers, littering the trails or causing wildfires by being careless around camp. You know the old adage, “take only memories, leave only footprints”? Let’s keep that in mind as we hit the trails. Here are our picks for seven of the world’s best hiking trails– all of which provide memorable experiences sure to stay with you for a lifetime.

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Sri Lanka Wildlife- Elephant by the water

Elephant photo via Gal Oya Lodge

Conserving Sri Lanka Wildlife

Using Poachers As Protectors

 

Sri Lanka is an abundant paradise filled with huge national parks, wildlife reserves and other areas of outstanding natural beauty. So it’s hardly surprising that ecotourism has become big business in the country, making the conservation of Sri Lanka wildlife an increasingly important topic.

 

A large portion of the tourism industry in Sri Lanka is dependent on showcasing the landscapes and wildlife that are unique to the country. But the ecotourism and wildlife travel sector doesn’t always get it right, with some irresponsible tour operators putting profit over conservation efforts.

 

Of course there are options that try to uphold international guidelines on responsible tourism. In fact, there are so many back-to-basics tours and yoga retreats in the country, Sri Lanka is standing at the forefront in Asia in terms of redefining what responsible travel is.

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Go Green Tip #120:

7 Harmful Traditional Practices

Tourists Should Never Support

 

In the last few decades, as world travel has gotten exponentially easier, global markets and exoticism have grown more trendy. Many harmful traditional practices rooted in local culture have been exploited for tourist revenue, despite becoming glaringly antiquated. While ritual remains important, times do change. And with them, so does the world.

 

Though there are many aspects of the “days of yore” that deserve to be preserved, we must collectively make progress towards a more just and responsible world.

 

While traveling, we often face choices that test our own resolve: Do we accept customs that are in direct disagreement with our own beliefs ? Or do we reject unethical practices that are considered conventional elsewhere?

 

Like many aspects of responsible. sustainable travel, it’s a tough tightrope to walk. The following are examples of harmful traditional practices to which, for many responsible travelers, the answer is a resounding “nay.”

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Best Outdoor Supplies for Autumn 2016

Best Outdoor Supplies: Autumn 2016

 

Living in Atlanta (where it’s 92ºF in late September), summer recreation is usually limited to activities on or in the water. But once the weather turns cool and the leaves turn colorful, nature lovers pack up their outdoor supplies and head for the hills… the North Georgia mountains, to be exact.

 

Whether it’s backpacking, camping, day-hiking, fishing, kayaking or just enjoying a picnic beside one of the area’s myriad lakes and waterfalls, Autumn is arguably the best time to explore our native state. But it’s also a great time to travel abroad and take advantage of shoulder season deals.

 

From bush camping in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area and sleeping out under the stars in Jordan to glamping in Chilean Patagonia, some of our favorite memories have come from traveling in Autumn. Here’s a look at some of our favorite outdoor supplies for the 2016 season…

 

Disclaimer: We receive no compensation for our product reviews. But we do get a small percentage when you purchase products through our affiliate links. 

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