KLM Airlines #FlatOrNot Competition

Win Two World Business Class Seats in

KLM’s #FlatOrNot Competition!

 

This sponsored post was brought to you by KLM Airlines.

 

As I mentioned in our story on the Negatives of Traveling back in 2012, I’m not historically a fan of long-distance flights. Because I’m 6’2” and built like a linebacker, being packed like a sardine, elbow-to-elbow with strangers for a dozen hours or more isn’t my idea of a good time. Add in a mysterious inability to sleep upright, and you have a recipe for a big, grumpy bear of a man when we fly internationally.

 

So I was immediately intrigued when the folks at KLM contacted us about their new #FlatOrNot promotion. The airline is debuting a seat that extends fully flat (which was developed by noted Dutch industrial designer Hella Jongerius) as a highlight of their new World Business Class. The seats offer each individual passenger more privacy and comfort, promising a more restful sleep and the freedom from worry about the guy in front of you unexpectedly plopping himself back into your lap.

 

 

To build buzz for their new World Business Class, KLM installed one of the full-flat seats in the middle of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. When unsuspecting travelers sat down in it, the seat was fully reclined into a bed, and their reactions were filmed via hidden camera. The first person who remained in the seat until it was fully flat was surprised with 2 World Business Class tickets.

 

Now, KLM is offering YOU an opportunity to get it in on the action and potentially win  two World Business Class tickets of your own. All you have to do is go to their #FlatOrNot competition website, watch the video and guess how each person reacted to the remote-controlled seat. But the competition ends May 20, so you’d best get to clicking!  –Bret Love

 

 

 

Hiking Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

My Stupid Mistake in

Corcovado National Park Costa Rica

 

I’ve done some truly dumb things before on my travels, from letting a street hustler scam me out of $40 in New Orleans to getting chased by a camel in Jordan’s Dana Biosphere Reserve for getting too close.

 

What happened in Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica was one of those “fool me twice, shame on me” situations that makes you feel like an idiot in retrospect for your sheer ignorance/hubris.

 

But if I’m being honest, I blame the whole thing on some advice I got from respected National Geographic photographer Peter Essick.

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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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• 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

 

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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