Tinariwen, Mali Tuareg Blues Legends

Tinariwen, Mali’s Tuareg Blues Legends


The African blues legends of Tinariwen have an incredible back-story that speaks to the importance of patience and persistence on the path to success, particularly in times of crisis. Formed in 1979 by musicians born in the Sahara Desert of northern Mali, the ensemble came together in Algerian refugee camps, where they lived to escape persecution after the Tuareg rebellion of 1962-64.


Ibrahim Ag Alhabib, who witnessed the execution of his father (a Tuareg rebel) at age four and later made his first guitar from a tin can, a stick, and bicycle brake wire, founded the band. Radical protest songs from Morocco, Algerian rai, and classic rock artists such as Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix influenced their music, but they started out playing weddings and baptisms. Locals called them Kel Tinariwen, which loosely translates from the Tamasheq language as “the People of the Desert.”


In 1980, Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi enlisted Tuareg men to receive military training, and Ag Alhabib and Co. heeded the call. In 1985 they did the same for Tuareg rebels, and ultimately met up with other musicians who would join the band. Tinariwen began writing songs about the sociopolitical issues facing their people, recording them onto cassettes for free for anyone who wanted one. Their “Desert Blues” sound began to spread by word-of-mouth, giving voice to the problems of the Tuareg people.


Then, after returning to Mali for the first time in 26 years, the second Tuareg rebellion of 1990 sent Ag Alhabib and his friends back to fighting for their lives and freedom.

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Bret Love & Mary Gabbett, co-founders of Green Global Travel

Bret Love & Mary Gabbett, the co-founders of Green Global Travel

“Improve Your Writing” & “Blogging For Business”

GGT Expands Mentorship Packages


We want to help you succeed. 


Whether you’re trying to Improve Your Writing or learn techniques in Blogging For Business, the first step in every mentorship we do is to ask simple questions about where you are in mastering your craft, where you want to go, and what obstacles you’ve encountered along the way.


When you answer, we listen. And from there, it’s a simple 1-on-1 process of helping you find your way over, around, or through the roadblocks on your unique path to success as a writer and/or blogger. 

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Galapagos Birds, Baby Magnificent Frigate

The Beauty of Galapagos Birds


We had no idea what to expect when Ecoventura invited us to join their small ship eco-cruise to the Galapagos Islands back in 2011.


The archipelago has been famous for its remarkable array of endemic species ever since Charles Darwin made his famous Voyage of the Beagle back in the 1830s. But the Galapagos was a dream destination we didn’t expect to be able to visit so early in Green Global Travel’s evolution. Our once-in-a-lifetime trip came together so suddenly, we had no time to do our usual advance research.


From the moment we set foot on Genovesa Island, we were blown away by the sheer diversity of species that could be found in almost shockingly close proximity. Although we walked a total of maybe 100 yards over the course of several hours, we saw a vast array of Galapagos Birds, from nesting Swallow-tailed Gulls and Tiger Herons fishing in the shallows to Magnificent Frigates soaring overhead and two different types of Boobies (Red-Footed and Nazca).


Birds were everywhere we looked– on the beach, on the rocks that lined the shore, in the bushes, in the skies above– with tiny squawking babies so close to the path we could’ve touched them. It was like no place we’d ever been before, and like no place we’ve been since. What follows is sampling of some of the incredible Galapagos Birds we saw during our week-long journey. –photos by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett

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Green Travel Tips

The Ultimate Guide to Sustainable Travel 


If you took a poll asking people whether they’d prefer to be responsible or irresponsible travelers, most would choose the former over the latter. But what does Green Travel even mean? How do you do it? Do you have to sleep in a tent and cook on a solar-powered camp stove to be considered eco-friendly? 


The truth is that sustainable travel is all about making simple choices to lessen your negative impact on a given destination. Individually, each one of these choices makes only a small difference. But collectively, becoming more conscious about these little things can have a huge impact.


What we’ve assembled below are 40 Green Travel Tips that EVERY traveler can use to be more eco-friendly. Most of them are ridiculously simple, such as using a refillable water bottle, putting a Do Not Disturb sign on your hotel room door, and buying locally made products rather than imports. But if every one of our 30,000+ unique monthly visitors began incorporating these tips into their travel routine, our collective impact could be amazing!

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Gringo Trails Director Pegi Vail & Co-Producer Melvin Estrella in Bolivia

Pegi Vail & Co-Producer Melvin Estrella in Bolivia

Are Backpackers Destroying the World?

An Interview With Gringo Trails Director Pegi Vail


Tourism is really about selling nature and cultural heritage,” says National Geographic Traveler editor Costas Christ during an interview near the beginning of the Gringo Trails documentary. The rest of the thought-provoking film explores the obvious follow-up question: At what cost?


The film was directed and co-produced by Pegi Vail, an American anthropologist and Associate Director of the Center for Media, Culture, and History at NYU. Once an avid backpacker herself, Vail began the project back in 1999 as a Fulbright scholar researching the impact of backpacking on the Salar de Uyuni region of Bolivia. Over time, the film’s focus morphed into more of a big picture examination of the impact mass tourism has on the culture and environment of a destination.


Gringo Trails Director Pegi Vail in Albania

Gringo Trails Director Pegi Vail in Albania


Through interviews with eco-lodge operators, members of Bhutan’s royal family, and travel experts such as Pico Iyer and Rolf Potts, the film culls stories from all along the historic “gringo trail.” The crux of the conversation is how we can reconcile the needs of tourists who want to travel off the beaten path in search of authentic experiences, and those of developing nations desperately in need of tourism revenue, without destroying the things that make these destinations uniquely beautiful.


While Gringo Trails offers no easy answers, it does ask poignant questions and offers some compelling examples of role models for sustainable ecotourism. We recently spoke with Vail (whose book based on her research, Right of Passage, is forthcoming) to discuss her thought-provoking film in depth.

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Yellowstone- Upper Geyser Basin
Yellowstone- Lower Geyser Basin

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