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Ted Alan Stedman

Ted Alan Stedman

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10 eco-friendly travel companies you can feel good about booking with

10 eco-friendly travel companies you can feel good about booking with

Whether you call it eco-travel, green travel, sustainable or ethical travel, if you’re an impact-minded traveler concerned about your imprint upon the Earth’s ecosystems and Indigenous cultures, you probably want to choose your travel experiences and providers carefully. But being a responsible traveler doesn’t have to be a buzz-kill. Diving unspoiled reefs, hiking remote mountaintops in the world's best national parks, observing Africa’s big game, building wells in a remote village – the sky is the limit when it comes to where and how travelers want to engage destinations in meaningful, exciting ways. The critical link often comes down to the travel company who plans, organizes, stages and conducts your trip. So, when it comes time to plan your next purposeful adventure, you won’t go wrong by enlisting the expertise of the following travel companies – some of the more elite, ethical and environmentally driven players in the global travel business. If your budget can handle it, just remember the old adage 'you get what you pay for.' In this case, it’s the experience of a lifetime, and a satisfaction index off the charts. RECOMMENDED: 12 ways to be a better tourist right now

The best hikes in the world

The best hikes in the world

The past couple years have seen a major uptick in people looking for new and epic experiences in the great outdoors (and the trend has only gotten bigger with social distancing in play). And while some might have attempted to chase the auora or tackle cold-water swimming during quarantine, the most basic way to start and finish an adventure is as old as when prehistoric human progenitors began walking upright. Hiking – a.k.a. putting one foot in front of another, then repeating – is one of the simplest of outdoor activities. Add in its health quotient and the fact that destinations around the globe offer a variety of breaktaking landscapes, culture and natural attractions, and hiking becomes an energized way to see the world. It’s also true that some of the world's most gorgeous scenery is off-limits to all but those who lace up their boots and head into the wild. But equal opportunity can be hiking’s forte, too. There is something for every trekker (and every type of body) who wants to craft a memorable life experience on the beaten trail. Day hike or multi-day journey? Solo or with a group? Independent backpacking or a guiding operator who leads, cooks, cleans and has your back? And don’t forget the various types of terrain that can include mountain climbing, coastal treks, rainforest routes, desert rambles and those where historical treasures like ancient ruins and cultural immersion take center stage. Inspiration is never far, and to light the fuse we’ve curated the top h