Pompeii with Vesuvius in background

Pompeii with Vesuvius in background photo by Qfl247 via Creative Commons

Top 10 Volcanoes

For Your World Travel Bucket List


(The following is a guest post by Freya Renders of Holiday Nomad. You can connect with Freya on Facebook and TwitterIf you’re a travel blogger interested in contributing a guest post to GGT, please contact Bret Love at [email protected])


Some people wouldn’t consider a Volcano as their dream vacation destination due to the destructive power of these fire-breathing mountains. But Volcanoes also have positive environmental impacts: Their eruptions offset some of the effects of Global Warming by cooling down the earth, and the soil surrounding volcanoes is often very fertile. Just think about how many volcanic islands (Hawaii, Galapagos, etc.) are in the heart of a nature lover’s paradise! Here are our Top 10 Volcanoes for your World Travel Bucket List:

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Baby Monkey at Curu Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica

Making Friends at Curú Wildlife Refuge, Age 29


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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Stone Mountain Christmas Parade Santa

Stone Mountain Christmas Parade, photo courtesy of Stone Mountain


Your Guide to Our Top 20 Annual Favorites


Everyone knows that Green Global Travel is crazy passionate about ecotourism and nature conservation. But unless you’re a long-time reader, you might not know that our family is equally kookoo for Christmas. From mid-November right up through Christmas Eve, we make a point of attending as many Atlanta Christmas events as we possibly can. We won’t even travel in the weeks before the holidays, to make sure we have ample quality time to celebrate the season! What follows is a list of our Top 20 annual Atlanta Christmas events, from concerts and theatrical performances to fundraising parties and parades:

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Museo Maya de Cancun, Mexico

Museo Maya de Cancun

Cancun’s Mayan Museum of Archaeology


When visiting a major metropolis like Cancun, it’s easy to forget that the area known as the Yucatan Peninsula  was once the heart of the mighty Maya empire. But the Museo Maya de Cancun (a.k.a. Cancun Mayan Museum) offers an amazing overview of Mayan history, art and archaeology that makes it a must-see for anyone intrigued by one of the world’s most powerful ancient civilizations.

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Megan Epler Wood, founder of The International Ecotourism Society

TIES Founder Megan Epler Wood

On the Evolution & Future of Ecotourism


I was influenced by Megan Epler Wood long before I even knew who she was.


After getting her Masters degree in Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University, Epler Wood went on to create The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) in 1990, with a mission to make responsible tourism a tool for conservation and sustainable development worldwide. Serving as President of that organization for 12 years, Epler Wood helped define what ecotourism is, oversaw ecotourism projects in 25 countries, and developed an infrastructure for responsible, sustainable tourism that continues to grow around the globe today.


In the years since she stepped down, Epler Wood has written numerous books about using sustainable tourism as an economic development tool, served as core lecturer at Harvard on Environmental Management of International Tourism Development, served as Executive Director of the Planeterra Foundation, and recently became Senior Professional Fellow at Cornell University’s Center for Global Sustainable Enterprise.  With her own company, EplerWood International,  she’s consulted with countries such as Honduras, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Brazil, Bangladesh, El Salvador and Brazil, helping to create their respective sustainable tourism development strategies. In short, she’s the closest thing the ecotourism industry has to an international celebrity.


So you can imagine the honor when Epler Wood recently extended a personal invitation to us to travel with her to visit a new Maasai ecotourism initiative during the recent Ecotourism & Sustainable Tourism Conference in Kenya. Unfortunately, we were unable to get funding for that trip, but were delighted when she agreed to speak with us about the past, present and future of ecotourism.

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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

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
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- 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


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

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

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