November 2010

There are plenty of adventure travel companies out there, but Classic Journeys seems to have found and refined its own niche: tours that combine cultural immersion with physical activity in some of the most delightful locations in the world. What’s more, many of these trips can handily fit into a

Ed Wetschler The Second International Planet, People, and Peace Conference pretty much kept me indoors, but that’s not the only reason it took me several days to figure out that Costa Rica was being hit by a hurricane. The news I saw when I went online was mostly about Haiti,

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM FOR CRUISESHIPS? by Ed Wetschler Ruud Klep has a different day job than most of the other people at the Second International Planet, People, and Peace Conference. He does not operate an ecolodge, work for a sustainable tourism NGO, or serve the government. But like many of the

Hitesh Mehta. Authentic Ecolodges: The Definitive Guide? By Ed Wetschler Hitesh Mehta, an expert on sustainable travel, says that the 36 properties in his new book are the most authentic ecolodges on the planet, so he named this large, photo-rich tome Authentic Ecolodges. Some people are just good with titles.

Sustainable Tourism: What’s the Definition? By Ed Wetschler “Sustainable tourism is like safe sex,” says Lelei TuiSamoa LeLaulu at the Planet, Peace and People conference in Costa Rica. “The rules are very simple, but if you break any of them, you’re dead.” No wonder people work double-time to define those

The view from Il N’gwesi Community Lodge. Ed Wetschler DAY ONE: Planet, People, Peace Sustainable tourism: an oxymoron? That’s the pessimists’ view, an argument that the travel industry, even at its best, diverts land from better uses of it, erodes local traditions, results in a lot of jetfuel emissions, and

THE DEAL: Romantic Weekend Evening at The Athenaeum WHAT’S THE DEAL: The Athenaeum is that rarity (some might say oddity), a five-star Mayfair property on Piccadilly overlooking Green Park that’s both fashion-forward and family-friendly. Glass, mirrors and marble are in its DNA, and you’ll find young Chinese millionaires in Tods

British Airways A-318 Elite: Lie Flat and WiFi Ready. Everett Potter So there I was, somewhere close to Newfoundland, reclining in a generous seat that would eventually lie flat. I had eaten the roast halibut fillet with lemon caper sauce and new potatoes, sipped a bit of Chablis, and was

A Pearly Queen and King in the East End (Dalma Heyn photo). By Dalma Heyn The East End of London was once as high on a tourist’s must-see list as the Kibera slums of Nairobi. 

By Richard West Musica  letitiae comes medicina dolorum: “music is the companion of joy, the balm of sorrow.” And so are certain books, especially so when they are great ones returned from obscurity.