Sri Lanka Wildlife- Elephant by the water

Elephant photo via Gal Oya Lodge

Conserving Sri Lanka Wildlife

Using Poachers As Protectors


Sri Lanka is an abundant paradise filled with huge national parks, wildlife reserves and other areas of outstanding natural beauty. So it’s hardly surprising that ecotourism has become big business in the country, making the conservation of Sri Lanka wildlife an increasingly important topic.


A large portion of the tourism industry in Sri Lanka is dependent on showcasing the landscapes and wildlife that are unique to the country. But the ecotourism and wildlife travel sector doesn’t always get it right, with some irresponsible tour operators putting profit over conservation efforts.


Of course there are options that try to uphold international guidelines on responsible tourism. In fact, there are so many back-to-basics tours and yoga retreats in the country, Sri Lanka is standing at the forefront in Asia in terms of redefining what responsible travel is.

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Go Green Tip #120:

7 Harmful Traditional Practices

Tourists Should Never Support


In the last few decades, as world travel has gotten exponentially easier, global markets and exoticism have grown more trendy. Many harmful traditional practices rooted in local culture have been exploited for tourist revenue, despite becoming glaringly antiquated. While ritual remains important, times do change. And with them, so does the world.


Though there are many aspects of the “days of yore” that deserve to be preserved, we must collectively make progress towards a more just and responsible world.


While traveling, we often face choices that test our own resolve: Do we accept customs that are in direct disagreement with our own beliefs ? Or do we reject unethical practices that are considered conventional elsewhere?


Like many aspects of responsible. sustainable travel, it’s a tough tightrope to walk. The following are examples of harmful traditional practices to which, for many responsible travelers, the answer is a resounding “nay.”

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Best Outdoor Supplies for Autumn 2016

Best Outdoor Supplies: Autumn 2016


Living in Atlanta (where it’s 92ºF in late September), summer recreation is usually limited to activities on or in the water. But once the weather turns cool and the leaves turn colorful, nature lovers pack up their outdoor supplies and head for the hills… the North Georgia mountains, to be exact.


Whether it’s backpacking, camping, day-hiking, fishing, kayaking or just enjoying a picnic beside one of the area’s myriad lakes and waterfalls, Autumn is arguably the best time to explore our native state. But it’s also a great time to travel abroad and take advantage of shoulder season deals.


From bush camping in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area and sleeping out under the stars in Jordan to glamping in Chilean Patagonia, some of our favorite memories have come from traveling in Autumn. Here’s a look at some of our favorite outdoor supplies for the 2016 season…


Disclaimer: We receive no compensation for our product reviews. But we do get a small percentage when you purchase products through our affiliate links. 

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Things to do in China for Nature Lovers

Top 7 Things to Do in

China for Nature Lovers


China is an incredible and enchanting country that will captivate you with its stunning scenery and fascinating history. With 3,705,407 square miles of land, naturally there are an endless array of things to do in China, no matter what style of travel you prefer.


When you see the incredible palace that served the Ming and Qing dynasties and the beautiful gardens they created in Beijing, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported back to a very different time in this Asian nation’s history.


Things to do in China for Nature Lovers- The Yellow Dragon Jiuzhaigou Road

The Yellow Dragon Jiuzhaigou Road photo by zpAres via Pixabay


The famous army of clay soldiers in Xi’an will give you deeper insight into the intriguing, often superstitious beliefs at the core of this ancient country’s society. Exploring the history of China will leave you with countless incredible stories to share with the loved ones you return home to.


However, some of the best things to do in China involve exploring the myriad natural wonders that are scattered across the “Land of Dragons.” If you’re a real nature lover and you’re planning to pay China a visit, these sites should rank among the top breathtaking places on your bucket list!

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Tea Plantations Flourish 20 Years After the Rwanda Genocide

Rebirth of a Nation

Healing Wounds from the Rwanda Genocide


My heart aches. I feel as if I cannot breathe. I’m halfway through a tour of the Kigali Memorial Centre, which opened in 2004 on the site where 250,000 victims of the Rwanda genocide were buried in mass graves. I find myself so overwhelmed that I have to go outside to get some air.


Strolling among those graves in lovingly landscaped gardens filled with palms, roses, trellised vines and bamboo trees, I slowly regain my composure. But the devastating emotional impact of visiting the memorial still lingers now, a year later.


Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre

Kigali Memorial Centre, photo by Dave Proffer via Flickr


It’s not as if I didn’t know about the Rwanda Genocide, in which more than a million Tutsi and moderate Hutu were butchered by Hutu extremists (known as the akazu) over a 100-day period back in 1994.


My best friend, who was working with the Peace Corps in neighboring Burundi, was evacuated by UN tanks as the brutal, ongoing civil war spread across borders. But knowing that something happened and understanding how and why it happened are two very different things.


The history of the Rwanda genocide that you’ll learn at the Kigali Memorial Centre will leave you deeply shaken, stirred and saddened. But in order to truly appreciate the ways in which community-focused ecotourism is helping Rwanda to heal and rebuild itself, you must first understand how those tragic events of 1994 came to pass.

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