Mother Earth Hosts Our Travels

As conscious traveling Paupers we must always be concerned about our dear Mother Earth. If you think about it, you travel across her face, and she is the host to your journey; without her we could not find the unfolding adventures that attract and feed our souls.

I have found some valuable resources for us to use and publicize, all of which are dedicated to responsible travel and care of our environment.

International Ecotourism Society

A well-established nonprofit group which conducts research, publishes articles, provides consumer information, and has a directory of members around the world. With Rainforest Alliance, it recently started an ecotourism certification standards program.

Sustainable Travel International

Formed three years ago to bridge the gap between research and ocnsumer information and to promote sustainable development and eco-friendly travel. Offers a carbon offset program and last month started an eco-certification program that will follow standards laid out by the International Ecotourism Society.

Responsible Travel Handbook

Created this year for the Educational Travel Conference meeting, this lengthy guide has a wealth of contributors and information. (Click on responsible tourism to download).

Lonely Planet Code Green: Trips of a Lifetime That Won’t Cost The Earth
by Kelly Lorimer- Lonely pLanet Publications

The first “green travel” book to be published by Lonely Planet includes dozens of “responsible travel experiences” and provides traveler information on responsible and eco-travel. Lonely Planet also runs a discussion board on responsible travel at

Better World Club

The environmentally conscious alternative to the American Automobile Association, offering auto and bicycle road assistance, has resources on hybrid car rentals, green lodging, and carbon offsets.

Let us join and use these groups when planning our trips. By raising our level of consciousness and employing ‘green’ tactics and travel itineraries we will, each in our own small way, be contributing to a healthier world where we act as stewards to the environment while discovering the rich and breathtaking rewards of travel.
Victor K. Pryles is the author of “Travel Cheap-Travel Well!- Confessions Of A Traveling His daily blog is at: He also offers a Free E-Course: “The Top 100 Travel Planning Websites


One response to this post.

  1. I work for AAA and would like to respond to your comment about that organization. AAA has supported mass transit/public transportation, clean air and recycling programs for years. AAA also promotes eco-tourism and the reduction of auto emissions. If your readers are interested in knowing the real scoop on AAA’s environmental stances see There is one motor club that uses environmental issues as a marketing ploy to get people to join, but AAA stands on its record of supporting safety issues for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Oh, and AAA started the first Scenic Byways program in the US and it continues today.


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