batikI’m enjoying the articles on the “Good Nature” travel blog. This one is about the importance of ecotourism in preserving cultural traditions as well as landscapes and ecosystems.

“When ecotourists pay to be a part of and witness a canoe-making ceremony, they are incentivizing the preservation of knowledge and therefore helping a culture retain tradition and heritage.”

SavageAntiguaNeed some inspiration? Roz Savage’s new book, Stop Drifting, Start Rowing, is due out on October 15th. Roz holds four world records, including First Woman to Solo Row Three Oceans: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian. She is a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year 2010 and a Yale World Fellow 2012.

Here’s how Roz describes the book: “Based on my Pacific crossing between 2008 and 2010, Stop Drifting, Start Rowing is a story about my quest to raise awareness of environmental issues, as well as a personal search for happiness and meaning.

Wend Magazine’s article, Ten Endangered Rivers That Still Have a Chance, posted by “peter.” (Note: the Sacramento-San Joaquin river system tops the list!)

A tour of the nation’s most endangered rivers—even on paper—is a sobering trip. The conservation group American Rivers today released a list of the top ten rivers in trouble all over America and the variety of locations is rivaled only by the types of threats facing these rivers—from floods to sewage to encroaching highways.

Orphaned elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Orphaned elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Thanks to Kaye McKenzie for this link to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, to which you can contribute by adopting or fostering an orphaned elephant or rhino.

Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick (“the first person in the entire world to successfully hand rear newborn fully milk dependent African Elephant orphans”) explains the organization’s philosophy: “Saving wildlife and wilderness is the responsibility of all thinking people. Greed and personal gain must not be permitted to decimate, despoil and destroy the earth’s irreplaceable treasure for its existence is essential to the human spirit and the well-being of the earth as a whole. All life has just one home — the earth — and we as the dominant species must take care of it.”

“Head in the Sky, Feet in the Mud”—Conversations with Eco-Innovators

The Institute at the Golden Gate, in collaboration with Conservation International, presents the ongoing lecture series: “Head in the Sky, Feet in the Mud: Conversations with Eco-Innovators.” Begun on September 18, 2008, and continuing into the summer of 2009, the lecture series delves into environmental challenges faced throughout the world, looking into societies from Costa Rica to China. Click to learn more and to watch past lectures online.

Nature Travel

February 23, 2009 | Leave a Comment

Here’s a blog about nature travel; looks interesting.

“Welcome to the world of nature travel. I’ve been traveling for over 2 decades to some of the world’s best wildlife- watching destinations and I’d like to share some of the travel tips and experiences I’ve come across. I work with small communities and conservation groups as they develop wildlife viewing opportunities and community-based destinations for tourists. I hear some great stories and create a few of my own and I’d like to share them with you.”


February 10, 2009 | Leave a Comment “where ecology meets travel” targets eco travelers. “Our ECO community includes a photo section where users may upload their personal photo album with pictures from their trips, hotels, countries, and daily lives and comment on each other’s photos and hotels.” Articles include How to offset carbon emissions for travel and living and Is your ecohotel really green? How to tell.

From a press release: National Geographic Adventure magazine has named Boundless Journeys one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” in their most recent issue (February, 2009). A panel of editors, travel writers, and experts judged 248 travel companies, and Boundless Journeys ranked in the top 30 worldwide and top 10 for “Hiking & Trekking” companies. Even more importantly, and something we are very proud of, we received the second highest score given (98.33 out of 100) for client satisfaction. Our loyal following of Boundless Journeys guests is a true testament to the care we take in providing that our journeys exceed expectations each and every time.

November 6, 2008
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Rowing for Children: For those of you who have been keeping track of Erden Eruç’s progress as he rowed—singlehanded—from the waters off California to those off Papua New Guinea, you can hear a first-person account of the adventure at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon on November 6. Click on the link to learn more, or to RSVP.

From Erdun: “There will be dinner beginning at 6 p.m. and I will begin my presentation at 7 p.m. about my row across the Pacific Ocean from California shores to the Papua New Guinea waters…  This singlehanded crossing by oars was especially meaningful for me since we raised about $47,000 for charity during that crossing to benefit the rural primary school children in regional boarding schools in Turkey.

January 14, 2008
1:00 pm

“Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West invites applications from professional journalists for the paid Western Enterprise Reporting Fellowships. Fellows are in residence at Stanford for up to two weeks to develop articles and broadcast series on the environment, politics, and culture of the Western U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Deadline: January 14, 2008.” Above is from the Society of Environmental Journalists.

April 1, 2008
1:00 pm

“The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ)’s annual journalism contest honors outstanding environmental coverage in nine categories, each with a $1,000 prize offered, plus a student category. As well, we are pleased to announce a new book category with a $10,000 prize available. Deadline for SEJ’s seventh annual contest is April 1, 2008.”

Integrated Media

January 3, 2008 | 1 Comment

The New York Times Frugal Traveler series is a great example of integrated travel writing: articles, video, slideshows, readers’ comments/responses, and even a soundtrack. Good examples for those of us who are looking for new ways to market our work.

January 3, 2008
12:30 pmto1:00 pm

I love Carla (no relation) King’s new brand, and I’ll bet her new show will be equally brilliant:

Carla writes, “For years and years many of you have been sending me emails headed Dear Miss Adventuring so I’ve finally taken you up on it and embraced the title. The Miss Adventuring Show on is the first step. It launches on Thursday January 3rd at 12:30 pm Pacific Time USA.”The goal of the show is to create a How-To Guide for a Fabulously Misadventurous Lifestyle. Contributing will be guests who are living inspiring, out-of-the-box, live-your-dreams kind of lives. They’re a varied lot, including writers, dancers, entrepreneurs, parents, boaters, bikers, artists, technologists . . . you never know who will turn up.


December 29, 2007 | Leave a Comment

Here’s a link to Sailing Toward Paradise, a New York Times article by Matthew Power, contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and National Geographic Adventure. “Thousands visit the otherworldly Galápagos each year, but few do it the way Charles Darwin did more than a century ago—approaching from the vast Pacific on a boat powered by the wind.”


  • How do people live and work at the bottom of the Earth where it’s 100 degrees below zero, the sun never shines in the winter, and they are faced with surviving blizzards of epic proportions?
  • What is the fate of the Adelie penguins—the bellweather of climate change?
  • What is it like to explore unmapped territories where your footprints will outlive you?

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This press release from provides hope—very slim hope—for those of us who would like to get paid for adventure travel writing.
“The British Antartic Survey has appointed young British writer, Melanie Challenger, as Artist in Residence for International Polar Year 2007-8. She will live in the Antarctic for three months, working alongside the scientists in the region and gaining access to regions of the Antarctic totally closed to the general public. She will stay on board the RSS James Clark Ross.

Green Travel

August 29, 2007 | Leave a Comment

Here’s a special report from the Washington Post on green travel.

Global Cooling Plagues the U.K.
********************************After an unexpectedly glorious April, the weather in England turned…English. And not just your ordinary cold-and-wet English weather, either, but the coldest, wettest summer on record. None of the plans I’d made for my summer abroad included a glacial monsoon. During the first few weeks of gale-force winds and constant downpour, I tried to adapt. When my coping tactics — ranting, whining, drinking, taking long naps, and cutting my own hair with dog-grooming scissors — had no affect on the suicidal gray skies, I tried waiting it out, but after two solid months of virtual winter, when even the usually stoic natives were breaking down, I could bear it no longer. I hopped a cheap flight to the Iberian Peninsula where a record heat wave was reportedly killing people. If the apocalypse was imminent, I decided I’d rather roast than drown in it.

July 7, 2007
9:30 amto10:00 am

I have scheduled an interview Roz Savage, who has rowed across the Atlantic Ocean and is leaving San Francisco in July to row—solo—across the Pacific, in a bid to be the first woman to do so. How does Roz do it? And why? How big is her “rowboat”? What does she take along to eat and drink? Why doesn’t Roz use a chase boat? And how in the world does she keep from going mad with boredom? Here’s a 15-minute interview.

The upcoming half-hour interview will be broadcast live on BlogTalkRadio on Saturday, July 7, at 9:30 a.m. Pacific time.

Expedition 360

June 20, 2007 | 1 Comment

Thanks to Kathy Barlow with Travel Insurance Services for sending information about her friend Jason Lewis’ Expedition 360, “an attempt at one of the last great firsts for true circumnavigation: reaching antipodal points on the surface of the globe using only human power (no motors or sails). Bicycles, in-line skates, kayaks, swimming, walking and a unique pedal powered boat are being used by Englishman Jason Lewis and an international team to travel over 40,000 miles across five continents, two oceans and one sea (1994 – 2007).”

Did you recognize “Gail (30 something, straight, single, Gidget with Attitude),” a local travel writer, in Rebecca Chekouras’s My Word essay in the February 25 San Francisco Chronicle Magazine? “The stories she sent back were each a Faberge egg using an economy of words to open a wealth of images. I loved them.”

I have to link to the article, both because “Gail” is a friend of mine (yes, she’s a wonderful travel writer, and yes, she’s Gidget with Attitude), and because I really enjoyed Rebecca’s writing, and will be watching for her forthcoming book, Through the Turquoise Gate.

Interested in traveling to Africa? Then don’t miss The Cultural Explorer, which specializes in off-the-beaten-path itineraries. In 2007, there are two Make-a-Difference tours (one departing in September and one in October) on which you meet with “entrepreneurs, interact with the local children, visit schools, teach in a orphanage, assist health care workers, observe animal rescue, and experience life in the townships.” For 2008, there’s a tour that combines animals and art, and sounds absolutely wonderful.

The “Trusted Adventures” family (which includes Austin-Lehman Adventures) has added The Wayfarers, which specializes in walking tours. “Specialists in walking vacations since 1984, The Wayfarers is committed to providing inspired options for the very best of travel on two feet. Freedom of spirit and a passion for adventure set the scene. We seek out expert local walk leaders and put the focus on exciting itineraries featuring diverse landscapes, gracious lodging and delicious regional cuisine. Affordable pricing covers all accommodations, ground transfers, meals on itineraries, wine with dinner, entry to specified museums and historic sites, lectures and events.”

Want to be inspired? Listen to this interview with Erden Eruc, who is leaving from San Francisco next week to row—singlehandedly—across the Pacific Ocean to Brisbane, Australia. “Born in Cyprus, and a Turkish citizen, Eruc is a longtime U.S. resident who has dreamed of a human powered, self-propelled journey around the world since 1997.”

Sounds crazy, right? Don’t jump to conclusions. Eruc has already:

  • Bicycled 5,546 miles roundtrip from Seattle to Alaska
  • Climbed 20,320-foot-high Mt. McKinley (Denali)
  • Bicycled 3,980 miles from Seattle to Miami
  • Rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean between the Canary Islands and Guadeloupe

Want to be inspired? Listen to this interview with Erden Eruc, who is leaving from San Francisco next week to row-singlehandedly-across the Pacific Ocean to Brisbane, Australia. “Born in Cyprus, and a Turkish citizen, Eruc is a longtime U.S. resident who has dreamed of a human powered, self-propelled journey around the world since 1997.”Sounds crazy, right? Don’t jump to conclusions. Eruc has already:

* Bicycled 5,546 miles roundtrip from Seattle to Alaska
* Climbed 20,320-foot-high Mt. McKinley (Denali)
* Bicycled 3,980 miles from Seattle to Miami
* Rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean between the Canary Islands and Guadeloupe

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