“Climate Change? Bring It.” A bumper sticker for sale in the visitor center snarkily sums up what the Greater World Earthship Community near Taos, Mexico is all about. Without power lines, water systems, or natural gas pipes connecting it to the outside world, this growing cluster of Earthship homes is built to fend for itself.
In a world this big, it’s impossible to see it all. Even country counters — try as they might — cannot reach everything in one lifetime. And unless you’re offsetting your flights, “seeing it all” would involve a major carbon footprint.
Luckily, for travelers who are interested in the deep nature and local culture of afar (but can’t spend the time, money, or fuel to visit them all), the internet keeps enchanting us with little windows in the form of short film. Here are eight of my favorites:
During the month of September, I’ll be enjoying the big perk of life as a travel professional on a fam trip to Peru. I wrote about the anatomy of a fam trip after Ecuador in 2012. To summarize: “fam trip” is tradespeak for familiarization trip. I’ll be getting familiar with elements of our upscale itineraries at Southwind Adventures.
Should employers be required to provide paid vacation days to their full-time employees? It depends on where you live. For most countries with advanced economies, the answer is an obvious yes.
Not here. In the United States, the standard agreement is two weeks (if you’re lucky) of paid vacation time each year, which is still low compared to our peer countries. For 25% of American employees — 28 million people — the number of annual paid vacation days is zero.
I’ve spoiled myself on hot springs. While traveling in Guatemala, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, and Iceland, I sought out more than my share of good geothermal soaks. Closer to home, Colorado is endowed with an impressive number of hot springs to explore. They’re dispersed all over the Rocky Mountain high country. Lately I’ve been tracking them down, checking them off my bucket list, and revisiting favorites. Here’s what I love most about Colorado’s hot springs: