The Grand FInale at Moorea's Tiki Village Theater, Tahiti

The Grand Finale at Moorea’s Tiki Village Theater

Why the Moorea Tiki Village Theater

is Tahiti’s Coolest “Tourist Trap”

 

We were warned about the Moorea Tiki Village Theater. We were told by an employee at the hotel where we were staying that it was a “tourist trap.” They recommended that we should just stay at the hotel and have dinner there, enjoying their Polynesian show instead. Fortunately, we didn’t listen.

 

Don’t get me wrong: I was extremely trepidatious when the tour bus pulled up to the entrance. In the dim post-sunset light, you could see that the front of the building was in need of a paint job, one of the letters in the sign was falling, and the musicians serenading us as we were forced to walk through the gift shop to get our tickets made us wonder what sort of Disney-fied hell we’d traveled an hour across the island of Moorea to enter.

 

My BS spidey-senses were on red alert as we were led into the expansive open-air arena to get tropical welcome drinks at the entrance to yet another gift shop, this one selling jewelry made from Tahiti‘s famous Black Pearls. I noted the sparse audience of 40-50 people and the unflattering halogen lighting, which reminded me of late nights working on cars with my dad as a teen. I checked my watch, sighed, and prepared myself for a long, hot, humid night.

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GMO Foods Protest

The Monsanto Protection Act

& the Uproar Around GMO Foods


GMO Foods have been at the center of global controversy for years. Now, in a rare display of agreement, conservatives and liberals alike are all ruffled up by President Obama’s recent signing of the Monsanto Protection Act.

 

The act, which was sneakily buried within the new U.S. budget bill,  exempts biotech firms from the arm of judicial law, allowing companies like Monsanto to plant genetically modified crops (commonly known as GMOs, or genetically modified organisms). The Act is like a big kiss on the lips from Congress, stripping federal courts of the power to stop the production, growth, and sale of GMO seed crops, regardless of any concerns and criticism.


GMOs have long drawn ire for a variety of ethical and safety reasons, especially concerning safety to the environment and to human health. Currently, the labeling of GMO foods has little to no regulation in the United States. Last summer, major biotech companies spent millions of dollars lobbying against Prop 37, which would have required labeling of all foods made with genetically modified ingredients. Thanks to the defeat of that legislation, the USA is one of the few first-world countries where genetically modified foods don’t require labels.

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Magnificent Frigate, Galapagos Islands

The Benefits of Ecotourism

20 Top Travel Bloggers on the Importance of Nature Travel

 

What is ecotourism, and why does it matter? What are the benefits of ecotourism compared to other, less sustainable forms of travel? How can responsible ecotourism help to make the world a better place, preserving nature, wildlife, and the indigenous cultures that often depend on those ecosystems for sustenance? These are the questions that inspired us to launch Green Global Travel, and finding the answers has been the focus of our mission from day one.

 

As you may know, April 22 is Earth Day, an annual day for worldwide events demonstrating support for environmental protection. But it is our humble opinion that ecotourism– which we define as “Responsible travel to natural areas, which helps to conserve the environment and improve the welfare of local people”– offers a simple way that travelers can support environmental protection all year round.

 

In the two years since we launched this site, we’ve been extremely fortunate to visit some of the world’s most incredible ecotourism destinations, from the Galapagos Islands and the Peruvian Amazon to Churchill, Manitoba and Antarctica. Over the course of our travels, we’ve come to understand that exploring the world’s last remaining pristine ecosystems, seeing its most beautiful (and, in many cases, most endangered) species, and understanding its indigenous cultures enrich our lives immeasurably.

 

The benefits of ecotourism are not just measured in the amount of wilderness preserved, species saved, or economic impact on developing nations. There are intangible benefits as well, changing us as human beings and altering the way we perceive our role in the Universe. The more of these life-changing experiences we have, the more eager we become to protect these special places from the ravages of climate change and unsustainable development.

 

So this year, in observance of Earth Day, we reached out to 20 of our favorite travel bloggers to ask why ecotourism matters to them. From fellow nature/wildlife lovers and adventure travel specialists to family travel experts and cultural travel enthusiasts, what all of these bloggers have in common is a love of the great outdoors. Collectively, we hope their words will inspire you to travel the world, and to help protect it in the process…

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Guy Laliberté Press Conference for ONE DROP Foundation

Guy Laliberté at a Press Conference for His ONE DROP Foundation

Cirque du Soleil’s Guy Laliberté

On His Water Charity, the ONE DROP Foundation

 

I’ve been a Cirque du Soleil supporter for decades. My fandom became even more ardent as founder Guy Laliberté’s interest in nature and conservation influenced the artistic direction of shows such as OVO and Totem. But it wasn’t until we learned about Laliberté’s ONE DROP Foundation that we decided we had to interview him for GGT.

 

Founded by Laliberté in 2007, the ONE DROP Foundation is a Montreal-based non-profit whose mission is to make safe water universally accessible, today and forever. Their 3-pronged, sustainable approach towards solving the global water crisis includes a technical component, a microfinance component, and a social arts and education component designed to raise collective awareness.

 

Last month, on World Water Day, seven of Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas-based productions came together for an extraordinary fundraiser, One Night for ONE DROP. The event, which was also broadcast online, featured more than 230 performers (including special guests such as singer Jackie Evancho, painter David Garibaldi and Victoria’s Secret model Orluchi Orlandi) and ultimately raised over $5.3 million for the ONE DROP Foundation.

 

We were delighted to land this exclusive interview with the always-busy Laliberté, talking about the inspiration behind his water charity, its various projects around the world, and the impact he hopes to have on the global water crisis over the next decade.

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Family Hang Gliding Lessons in Outer Banks, North Carolina

Hang Gliding Lessons in Outer Banks, North Carolina

Thoughts On Family Traveling

and The Bonds We Make (or Break)

 

I don’t speak to my parents, or my siblings. I haven’t in a long time, and have no plans to do so anytime in the near future.

 

The reasons why aren’t particularly relevant to this story, which is about family traveling. What is important is that my recent Spring Break trip to Outer Banks, North Carolina with Mary and my 11-year-old daughter, Alex, brought back memories of a time when my parents and I were still very close.

 

This was many years ago, before my first sibling, a baby girl, was stillborn. Before the arrival of twins overwhelmed my parents with the responsibilities of raising three children at an age (28 and 29) when they were still practically kids themselves. Before our lives became dominated by constant arguing, financial problems, multiple types of abuse, and crappy life circumstances (like my mom wrapping her tiny Fiat around a telephone pole to avoid hitting a homeless person illegally crossing the street in the middle of a thunderstorm).

 

It was the last time I can recall my immediate family being what anyone might describe as happy.

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• AFRICA
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

 
• ANTARCTICA
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
 
• ASIA
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/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- 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

 

• 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
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

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
 
• CARIBBEAN