Posts Tagged ‘The International Ecotourism Society’

Bidding for Good…Travel

Have you spent much time on the website Bidding for Good? It’s the online charity auction website where you can find all sorts of items and “Shop for a Cause.” Yankees tickets, signed scripts from celebrities, walk-on roles for your favorite TV shows, the musical instruments used by famous bands, indulgent products and art and spa visits and you-name-it, and each supports a particular charity.

One of my favorite sub-sites run through Bidding for Good is that of The International Ecotourism Society (TIES). At their auctions you can find amazing travel deals and experiences at far less than market value, and the proceeds go toward TIES’ mission “to promote responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local people.”

Offerings change all the time. For instance, right now there is a Nepal village homestay experience for six travelers for 6 days/5 nights, and the winning bid is $114. That’s nineteen dollars a piece for you and five friends to spend 6 days having a unique village experience in Nepal. Or the 3-day wildlife experience in Borneo that is listed, getting you up close to orangutans and Borneon Pygmy Elephants–so far there is no bid on that, so name your price!

It’s wild what’s available out there if you know where to look for your next adventure.

Travel Green Guide

At this time of year, the majority of travelers are readying themselves to join family and friends for celebrations in private homes, staying with loved ones, sleeping on lumpy pull-out sleeper sofas, and eating too much. The new year represents, in so many ways, a new beginning for each of us—a blank slate. As you begin to fantasize and dream about your plans for 2010 travel, I have a new tool for you. The International Ecotourism Society is a global source of knowledge and advocacy uniting communities, conservation, and sustainable travel. Each year they publish their Travel Green Guide filed with travel tips and suggestions, travel providers who place earth first, and advice on how to be culturally and ecologically sensitive wherever you may wander. The listings of companies and organizations with their areas of expertise make choosing a travel provider or tour provider much easier. It’s worth perusing, and can be studied online.

Since today is the opening day of COP15, the  United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark (December 7-18), where delegates from 192 nations are gathering to analyze and explore the ramifications of global warming—this seems a perfect time to make GREEN the color of your future travel plans.