Nearly Naked for Charity in Petra, Jordan

Taking A Break From the Sun in Petra, Jordan

Why We Got (Nearly) Naked For Charity


I’ve never known what it’s like to be skinny.


Even as a child, playing soccer at age 6, I was taller and broader than most of my teammates. By the time I was 12, they called me “Bulldozer” because of my penchant for going through a line of defenders rather than around them. Even when I became a semi-pro dancer at age 15, rehearsing 10-12 hours a week, I still had to work out every single day to keep my weight down.


In high school, acquaintances often referred to me as “Big Man.” When it came time to buy my costume for One-Act Play during my Senior year, I had to shop at a different store than my classmates: Back then, a 38-inch waist meant you had to shop at the Big & Tall store.

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View of The Treasury in Petra, Jordan from the Siq

Our First View of The Treasury, Near the End of the Siq

JORDAN: The Secret Trail in the City of Petra


I cried tears of joy when we visited Jordan‘s ancient City of Petra. I don’t care how many times you’ve read about this “rose-red city half as old as time” (as poet John William Burgon once described it): NOTHING can prepare you for the intense emotion of seeing this immense archaeological wonder in person.


From the first moment I laid eyes on Al Khazneh (a.k.a. The Treasury)– stopping dead in my tracks to marvel at a tantalizing glimpse from between the sheer sandstone cliffs of the Siq– I was mesmerized by the majesty of this otherworldly desert dream. But that’s not why I cried…


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Peter Greenberg on the Travel Business, Budget Travel & Blogging


Not many people can rightfully claim to be a travel guru, but Peter Greenberg is arguably among the world’s foremost experts on the subject. As the CBS News Travel Editor, he reports on travel news for CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News. Known as “The Travel Detective,” he’s written numerous books, including The Travel Detective BibleThe Traveler’s Diet and Don’t Go There: The Travel Detective’s Essential Guide to the Must-Miss Places of the World. He also produces a radio show, Peter Greenberg Worldwide; runs his own travel site; and serves as the Travel Ambassador for AARP. So, when he called us up for a chat about the evolution of the travel business, tips for budget travelers, and his thoughts on blogging, you can bet that we were all ears…

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Passports With Purpose 2012

Win An Amazon River Cruise & Help Build Wells in Haiti


Did you read our series of stories about cruising down the Amazon River in Peru earlier this year and think to yourself, “Man, I wish I could do that”?  Well, now’s your chance, and all it will cost you is a donation to Passports With Purpose!


Green Global Travel is proud to partner with our friends at International Expeditions to offer one lucky winner a free cabin aboard one of their Amazon Voyage cruises in 2013. This is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure down the mighty Amazon River and its various tributaries, departing from Iquitos and venturing deep into the heart of the Picaya-Samiria Reserve. You’ll have a chance to fish for piranha, see myriad wildlife species (such as sloths, howler monkeys, macaws, parrots, caiman, etc.) in the wild, learn all about the Amazon ecosystem, and spend an amazing day in a local Ribereños village. For us, it was truly a life-changing experience.


The trip includes almost everything for up to two people: 8 nights accommodation, tours of Lima and Iquitos, arrival & departure transfers, most meals, guided tours & lectures by native naturalists, wildlife excursions, cooking demonstrations, complimentary laundry aboard the boat, a blessing ceremony with a local Shaman, and more. The only exclusions are airfare, passport/visa fees, departure taxes, tips and items of a personal nature (such as your bar tab). Total value of this prize? At least $5000. 




So, how does this whole Passports With Purpose thing work? PWP was founded in 2008 as a way to build community among travel bloggers and to give back to the places that we, as travelers, visit. Each year the founders select a charity based on several criteria, and this year’s chosen charity was Working with hundreds of travel bloggers and prize sponsors, the community’s mission is to bring $100,000 worth of fresh water well projects to Haiti– an impoverished nation that desperately needs our assistance– in 2013.




We’re delighted to participate in Passports With Purpose this year. As I mentioned in my Travel Bloggers Give Back post on last November, I spent several months without running water or plumbing in my teens. More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Bringing fresh water to two Haitian villages? You just can’t put a price tag on that sort of thing. And International Expeditions makes a perfect partner because one of their main eco-initiatives is to provide water treatment plants to Ribereños villages at various spots along the Amazon River.




So here’s how you participate:  This year’s fundraiser launches on Wednesday, November 28th. On that day, you’ll be able to find a full catalog of prizes from more than 150 bloggers. The list will include everything from luggage and overnight hotel stays to week-long getaways and, of course, the aforementioned Amazon River cruise.  The fundraiser closes on December 11 at 11:59 pm PST, and for every $10 donation you make before then, you’ll have one chance to win a prize.


Whether you donate $10 (for one chance) or $200 (for 20 chances), it all brings us closer to our goal of $100,000. You get a chance at amazing prizes, Haiti gets a chance at fulfilling a basic human need, and we all get a chance to feel good about spreading positive energy throughout this world we love. Please give generously, won’t you?  Visit the Passports With Purpose donation page to get started and see all the fabulous prizes. –Bret L0ve


If you enjoyed our story on how you can win an Amazon River Cruise, you might also like: 

PERUVIAN AMAZON: Birds & Monkeys 

PERUVIAN AMAZON: Sloths & Dolphins

PERUVIAN AMAZON: South American Manatee

PERUVIAN AMAZON: Shaman’s Blessing & Ribereños Village

PERUVIAN AMAZON: Into the Jungle




Mary, Post-Panic Attack, Snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay, Hawaii

How Mary Conquered Her Fear of Water

& Learned To Love Scuba!

I’ve had a crippling fear of water (specifically, putting my face into it) ever since I was little.


For two weeks each summer, I stayed with my grandparents in New Hampshire on the banks of the Merrimack River. My grandmother would watch us play in the water, but couldn’t swim, so she was terrified that we’d go under and she wouldn’t be able to save us. You could see the tension in her eyes, encompassing her entire body. Her fear of water became my own, and I became more and more cautious every time I entered the water.


I also vividly remember getting caught up in the surf of the Atlantic Ocean at the Jersey Shore as a child. I was sitting at the shoreline and a huge wave tumbled me. I got caught up in wave after wave, rolling with the surf, and couldn’t find my way up for what seemed like a very long time. Even though I was close to the shore, it was very scary. Is it any wonder that even the thought of putting my face in the water started giving me the heebie-jeebies?

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