Culture & Tourism

Ecotourism: What I Learned from Touring Peru

December 29th, 2016 by

I spent my three months in Peru studying and researching with the School for Field Studies. One of my most memorable moments was the day I hiked to a tiny village on a mountaintop with a woman herding llamas. The stout old woman marched up the mountain much faster than us students, all while spinning…

Vicente Fox on Mexico and the US Going Forward

November 22nd, 2016 by

Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox delivered a talk last week to an expatriate audience at San Miguel de Allende’s Real de Minas hotel. He shared his global perspective and wisdom accumulated since leaving office in 2006. Here are some of his key insights on the U.S. and Mexico going forward: On Mexico: We’re not…

Biomuseo Panama at the ‘Bridge of Life’

March 6th, 2015 by

Sitting on the Amador peninsula, with the high-rise towers of Panama City on one side and the ships of the Panama Canal passing on the other, I am mesmerized by the recently opened Biomuseo in Panama City, a ‘must-see’ for anyone visiting the region. The museum is a one-stop for learning about the nature of…

SXSW Eco Does Sustainability Austin-style

October 19th, 2014 by

As a seasoned consultant and a green entrepreneur, I’m always interested in conferences focused on sustainability and social innovation. What makes SXSW Eco particularly special is its Austin location. In association with that famous organizer of fun, SXSW Eco has a reputation for seamlessly blending learning with celebration. As a first-time attendee, I was very…

Tabacon: Pura ida in Costa Rica

April 19th, 2014 by

Too often, “sustainable” comes off sounding like “sacrifice.” Even environmentally aware people appreciate luxury, comfort, and convenience on vacation. What travel experiences offer the eco-conscious a way to indulge in the finer side of life? For an uncommon experience, green enthusiasts should visit Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Tabacon boasts…

WorkAway: Adventure Planning Made-to-order

February 11th, 2014 by

Humans have many needs and wants competing for their attention. Work, recreation, and relationships are manageable, but what about our need for travel and experiences? Here’s how WorkAway is making travel easy, inexpensive, and sustainable. Maintaining a healthy work/ life equilibrium can be tough. To compensate we often compartmentalize in order to maximize efficiency. When…

Exploring Tortuguero, the Land of Turtles

January 25th, 2014 by

How would you like to journey to a secluded corner of the world where you can immerse yourself in a spectacular setting teeming with ocean life? What if you also learned that these beautiful sea creatures were endangered, and that your travel experience could have significance for ocean conservation, too? If adventure and stewardship tickle…

How to Plan an Ocean-Friendly Family Adventure

January 16th, 2014 by

Kids love adventure. A great way to give them a memorable one is to journey to the coast for your next family vacation. Instilling a fascination for the sea in your children at an early age will also create a shared family love of ocean exploration – something you will be able to build on…