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11 WWF & Nat Hab Travel Destinations Top the New York Times 2014 Bucket List The New York Times published an exclusive list 52 places to visit in 2014. Here are 11 of the destinations WWF and Nat Hab can take you to in 2014. #1 Cape Town, South Africa (c) Wilderness Safaris Cape Town, South Africa tops the New York Times’ list – but don’t travel all the way to South Africa without getting a closer look at its incredible wildlife population. If you want to soak in some of the sites of the city, we recommend booking a 4-day Cape Town extension.

The International Ecotourism Society With the support of the Planeterra Foundation, the International Voluntourism Guidelines for Commercial Tour Operators have been developed by The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) and an international advisory committee. The goal of this project is to develop a practical tool that will help international voluntourism providers plan and manage their programs in a responsible and sustainable manner. >> Download publication >> Join the Voluntourism Group on TIES-EXCHANGE Advisory Committee As 'Voluntourism' Explodes In Popularity, Who's It Helping Most? : Goats and Soda hide captionHaley Nordeen, 19, is spending the entire summer at the Prodesenh center in San Mateo Milpas Altas, Guatemala. The American University student helped build the center's new library. Carrie Kahn/NPR Haley Nordeen, 19, is spending the entire summer at the Prodesenh center in San Mateo Milpas Altas, Guatemala. The American University student helped build the center's new library.

10 Most Beautiful Villages in Europe From the Alps to the Mediterranean, these frozen-in-time European villages will make you appreciate the beauty of taking it slow. Reaching some of these European beauties requires extra effort, yet the rewards are dazzling. Your eyes will thank you. Hallstatt, Austria GEN Global Ecovillage Network Europe: Map Ecovillages are one solution to the major problems of our time - the planet is experiencing the limits to growth, and our lives are often lacking meaningful content. According to increasing numbers of scientists, we have to learn to live sustain­ably if we are to survive as a species. The United Nations launched its Global Environment Outlook 2000 report, based on reports from UN agencies, 850 individuals and over 30 environmental institutes, concluding that "the present course is unsustainable and postponing action is no longer an option." Ecovillages, by endeavoring for lifestyles which are "successfully continuable into the indefinite future", are living models of sustainability, and examples of how action can be taken immediately. They represent an effective, accessible way to combat the degradation of our social, ecological and spiritual environments.

Post-tornado Joplin, Mo., map spurs outcry An inspirational sign at an intersection in a Joplin, Mo., neighborhood… (Charlie Riedel / Associated…) Much of the post-tornado rubble has been removed from Joplin, Mo. But for the city's residents, a six-mile scar of house foundations and turned-up dirt serves as a raw and sorrowful reminder of the epic twister that killed 161 people and destroyed thousands of homes as it swept through around dinner time May 22. While the community struggles to rebuild, a flap is playing out on Facebook over a map created by the local tourism agency that points out-of-towners to hard-hit areas in the tornado's path. Natural Habitat Adventures The migration of nearly two million wildebeest and zebra across the plains of Tanzania's Serengeti and Kenya's Maasai Mara is one of the oldest and last great land migrations on the planet. The movements are dictated solely by the rains and food sources (grasses), with zebras eating the long grasses, while wildebeests follow to feast on fresh shoots. While often unpredictable and not a perfect science, the typical movements of the herds are illustrated in the interactive map below, which also shows the locations of camps in each area. January

The ethics of disaster tourism: What is the right thing to do? Removal of fuel from the Costa Concordia, which ran aground last month off Tuscany, began last week and officials say that after it’s gone, it may take seven to 10 months to refloat the ship. Meanwhile, Tuscan tourism officials are urging tourists to visit eight-square-mile Giglio, off whose coast the ship ran aground on Jan. 13, as a “gesture of love.” Not long after the accident, which killed at least 17 people (15 are still missing), islanders said people came to Giglio to gawk and not because of their affection for Giglio, one of seven islets in the Tuscan Archipelago. All of which raises this question: Is it love or is it lewd to visit a place after a disaster?

37 Reasons Why You Should Visit Northeast India Before You Die “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao Tzu This becomes automatically true when you visit The Land of Seven Sisters – the mesmerizing North East India. You simply can’t arrive and claim, “That’s it, I’ve seen it all”. A few steps away, an unseen beautiful waterfall might be waiting for you. While the interest of visiting North East is on the rise among travelers these days, very few finally visit. So we decided to roll out a comprehensive guide on the main attractions of each state.

3 Magical Places In India That Are Peacefully Hidden From The Outside World. We’ve all read about Shangri-La, the mystical but fictional valley that is synonymous with an earthly paradise – a Himalayan Utopia. So we decided to find out magical places in India where you can live the ‘Shanri-La’ experience; places that are isolated from the outside world; places that are divinely beautiful. 1. Phugtal Monastery How to Plan a Responsible Trip to Africa Video Africa is filled with beautiful tourist destinations and has something for everyone. This video will show you the best ways to travel around Africa responsibly.See Transcript Hi, my name is Nathan Buck for About.com and today I'm going to talk about how to plan a responsible trip to Africa. This video will be referencing the excellent guide content on the About.com Africa Travel site.

Swimming with Whale Sharks Swim and Snorkel with These Gentle Giants, Which Are Actually the World's Largest Fish! Just off the tip of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is a small island largely untouched by tourism, despite its proximity to Cancún. Isla Holbox might go unnoticed entirely, except for some unique visitors who come to its warm ocean waters each summer. Their presence is hard to ignore, since they average 40 feet long and weigh 15 tons.

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