Glamping next to Rock Creek

Glamping next to Rock Creek. Photo via Ranch at Rock Creek

What is Glamping?

An Introduction to Luxury Camping

One of the biggest problems we encounter when we tell people that our site focuses on Ecotourism is that a lot of people actually have no idea what Ecotourism is.

 

Even when we explain that it’s relatively synonymous with buzzwords like “sustainable travel,” “responsible travel,” or “green travel,” there are still a lot of misconceptions, even among experienced travel industry veterans.

 

For people outside the travel sphere, the word Ecotourism seems to conjure up images of camping out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nature, cooking everything over a campfire and using some sort of ancient herbal remedy to keep the bugs away.

 

And technically, yes, a trip like that could fall under the umbrella of what Ecotourism is all about, which is traveling in a way that respects (and hopefully benefits) the nature, wildlife and indigenous culture of a place.

 

But the truth is that Ecotourism is ultimately more about a philosophical ideal than a specific style of traveling. It encompasses experiences that run the gamut from rustic to elegant, from budget to luxury. And one of our favorite forms of Ecotourism, known as Glamping, offers the best of both worlds.

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Walking With Lions in Africa

Photo via TheInsatiableTraveler.com

The Connection Between

Walking With Lions & Canned Lion Hunting

 

Imagine yourself petting a cute, cuddly lion cub. You can play with it, pose for pictures with it, even go for a walk through the African bush with it. Sounds pretty amazing, right?

 

But what if you knew that, as soon as the cub is too old to be safely handled by humans, he will be forced into a cramped cage with dozens of other lions, and eventually killed by hunters who pay hefty fees to shoot their trophy?

 

This is the ugly truth those Walking With Lions tourist attractions don’t want you to know about.

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waterfall

Photo by Ian Sane via Creative Commons

 5 Hobbies That Can Help

Offset Your Carbon Footprint

 

Our modern lives tend to generate large quantities of harmful carbon emissions, whether through pollution caused by automobiles or through the process of generating electricity. The UK alone generates an estimated 7.9 metric tonnes of carbon emissions per person per year, much of it the result of power generation.

 

With energy prices rising and fossil fuels in increasingly high demand, finding cheap alternative energy sources may seem like the most important answer. But it’s also important to look at ways you can reduce or offset your carbon footprint.

 

Did you know that some hobbies can actually help you cut down on the amount of atmospheric carbon you generate, while others can actually offset some of the emissions? Here are a few suggestions for fun past times that are actually good for the environment:

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Lake District National Park, UK National Parks

Photo via National Parks UK

The Top 5 UK National Parks

 

There are 15 UK National Parks spread across England, Scotland and Wales, the majority of which are miles away from big cities. And while many people travel to the United Kingdom each year, the majority usually stick to the capitols, forgetting that so much beauty lies beyond their borders. As a proud British citizen, I often remind travelers that there is so much more to my native land than London. If you plan on visiting the UK, take some time to explore the incredible ecotourism opportunities afforded by our gorgeous national parks.

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Interview with Hassan Hakmoun on Gnawa Music

Photo by Chikako Iwahori

Moroccan Legend Hassan Hakmoun on 

Gnawa Music & Culture

 

Known as “the Godfather of Gnawa music,” Hassan Hakmoun is arguably the most famous musician ever to emerge from Morocco.

 

Born in Marrakech in 1963, he grew up with a mother widely known as a mystic healer who conducted trance-inducing ceremonies (referred to as lila or derdeba)– typically all-night affairs in which hypnotic music, dance and chanting is used to heal illness and communicate with or exorcise spirits. Rooted in ancient African Islamic spiritual traditions, Gnawa music captured Hakmoun’s  interest at an early age, and by the time he was 14 he was leading his own musical ensemble.

 

Hassan Hakmoun with Jazz Legend Miles Davis

A Young Hassan Hakmoun with Jazz Legend Miles Davis

 

A master of the sintir– a 3-stringed bass lute with a body made of camel skin stretched over nutwood– Hakmoun moved to New York in the late ’80s, becoming a star on the jazz-rock-world music fusion scene. He recorded one album with jazz trumpeter Don Cherry, another for Peter Gabriel’s Real World label, and turned icons like Miles Davis, David Sanborn and U2 producer Daniel Lanois into rabid fans. In recent years he’s worked with a diverse array of artists ranging from Latin hip-hop hybrids Ozomatli to his ex-wife, singer-songwriter Paula Cole.

 

Now, nearly 20 years after his last solo album, Hassan Hakmoun is back with a new CD, Unity, on his own Healing Records label.  It’s a rollicking record rooted in Gnawa musical traditions, combining spiritual call-and-response vocals with hypnotic percussion, mesmerizing bass, and deep African blues grooves. I was truly honored to get a chance to speak with a legendary artist I’ve listened to for 20+ years now, covering everything from the healing power of Gnawa music to his favorite places to go in Morocco.

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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